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Lessons are taught in a low-stress format, meeting once a week for a half-hour or full-hour lesson, and follow a program developed by the Guitar Cities instructors based on their experiences as tutors and their careers as touring and recording professionals. Lessons are catered to the individual needs and goals of every individual student. Students also have the opportunity to apply their instruction by writing and recording their own songs on professional studio equipment, if that is a student's goal!

Convenient Location

Guitar Birmingham is located on the first floor of 22 Newhall Street. Perfect for those working in/near the Colmore District, lessons are a short walk from most businesses.

We are located at 22 Newhall Street, 1st Floor - Birmingham, B3 3EW

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Professional Instructors

Joe Shimmin
Joe Shimmin studied at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, where he gained a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and Production. He has played in a variety of projects, such as Musical Theatre, televised charity events and studio sessions. He currently performs jazz and world music and leads his own Jazz Quartet, playing at bespoke events across London. His friendly, relaxed, yet methodical teaching style has benefited countless musicians from all ages, styles and abilities.
James Lenger
Founder of the Guitar Cities schools and a graduate of Hope College in Psychology and Music, James Lenger has been teaching guitar and bass professionally for 24 years and has given over 70,000 lessons during that time. After touring with his band for a number of years and teaching privately, he founded the Guitar Cities music program in 2006, now located in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and London. James instructs privately in Chicago, London, and New York. He is also featured on the popular Instagram site, Fifteen Second Lessons, where he instructs easy guitar lessons to around 13,000 followers. He instructs all ages and abilities, and features a specially designed program that focuses on the needs of beginners and advanced, and caters to what they want to learn. Even if you've never picked up a guitar before, he can teach you the song you've wanted to learn, dive into the theory you want to go through, or put a program together for you that will make you a well-rounded musician!
James incorporates his knowledge of muscle mechanics/memory as a member of Team USA in his instruction of music, so you can learn quickly and efficiently. Primarily teaching in the morning, you can "hit the ground strumming" with a lesson before work, so you can have a more productive work day!


  - there is no registration fee for any of the classes at Guitar Birmingham!

Register for Private Instruction

Most students taking lessons at Guitar Birmingham are part of our private instruction program. Lessons are available all day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. If you have any questions about private instruction, please email us at If you wish to take our private instruction classes, please go to the schedule page here: Guitar Birmingham Private Instruction Schedule.

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Lessons can be booked over the phone at 020 3857 5030 or fill out the convenient form below to have us contact you!

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