About Guitar Lessons London

About Guitar Lessons London

Welcome to Guitar Lessons London! My name is Hawi Gondwe and I am a professional guitar teacher based in Camden, London, (though I can travel to my students) teaching guitar to students of all ages and abilities. I am a very passionate guitarist with 12 years teaching experience and almost 30 years experience of playing very many styles of popular music including Jazz and often at the highest level. I also have extensive experience as a performer, music educator, songwriter and composer.

I have taught, and continue to teach, as a visiting guitar tutor at various schools and colleges for over ten years in such schools as Westminster City School in 2014 and colleges such as Newham Sixth Form College from 2012 to now. I cover a wide range of styles from acoustic folky fingerpicking and strumming to classic rock styles, pop, jazz, soul and funk both as a teacher and guitar player - this enables me to tailor my guitar lessons to my student's musical preferences.

Alongside my teaching I am also a professional musician and I have performed with many great musicians over the years including artists like Amy Winehouse, below is a video of Amy Winehouse and I performing at the Mercury Music Awards in 2007:

I would be more than happy to teach you to play guitar if you are interested in rapidly advancing your learning with an intuitive ‘hands on’ approach based around your favourite songs and styles. The amount of theory you are offered is up to you and the main focus will be on practical application and ‘playing to learn’. Lessons take an informal, fun approach where straight away we will look at playing the kind of music you wish to play and your own enthusiasm behind that becomes your engine for learning. This will be the case whether you are a beginner or more advanced.

Below is a picture of me performing with Amy Winehouse at V Festival in 2008:

Amy Winehouse Performance

I have plenty of teaching resources, equipment and guitars at my home studio so there is no need to bring your own instrument if that is inconvenient. I am prepared to travel to you for lessons but we would need to agree that on a different basis. For more information simply get in touch via the contact form below.


"I started taking lessons from Hawi after I learned the basics from another guitar tutor. Hawi is a wonderful guitar tutor who tries to teach not only the techniques but also the soul of guitar playing.  Rather than making the student play monotonous examples in textbooks, he teaches by drawing examples from actual songs and playing along so I can 'feel' how to play. In addition to learning how to play the guitar, I can also gain good knowledge on various songs in the UK/International music scene, which I think is also an important learning experience. Hawi also tries to listen to what I want to work on and incorporate it in the lesson as much as possible so I never get bored" - Chiaki, Islington

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To book your first lesson or simply to find out more about my guitar lessons don't hesitate to get in touch via the contact form below or call 03455 086739.

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Electric & Acoustic Guitar

I cover all styles on both electric and acoustic guitar, enabling my guitar students to learn through the playing the songs that they love. Whether that is rock, pop, jazz, funk, blues, folk or anything in between we can cover it in our lessons. I have taught many beginner students over the years, developing a fantastic course of foundation lessons to enable my students to learn how to play the guitar at a pace that suits them. 

For more advanced guitarists I offer lessons to ensure that you reach that next level on guitar, whether that is improving improvistation, nailing solos or gaining a more rounded approach to playing guitar to a professional standard.

To book your first lesson or simply find out more about my guitar lessons in London send me an email or call 03455 086739.

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I was a fairly new guitarist when I went to Hawi. Hawi got me play the music I liked, giving me confidence in my playing, coupled with the fact that you will be learning from one of the premier guitarists in the country. - Dean, Essex