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Guitar Lessons Belfast

I'm Joel Harkin, a professional guitar teacher based in Belfast. I teach guitar in a wide variety of styles to students all over the Belfast area.

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Joel Harkin - Professional Guitar Teacher

Guitar Lessons Belfast Teacher - Joel Harkin
My Mission
Acoustic and Electric Guitar Lessons

I offer both electric and acoustic lessons is a wide range of styles. From song work to theory I will always do my best to advance your skill as quick as possible.

I am an experienced teacher having been playing for over 10 years in a wide range of genres including Folk, Rock, Punk and many more.


Ulsterville Gardens, Belfast, BT9 7BB

Guitar Teacher

Joel Harkin
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My Lessons
All Levels & Ages Welcome

I specialise in helping beginner students learn how to play the guitar, as well as offering lessons to intermediate guitarists who are "stuck in a rut". If you are a beginner or at an intermediate stage I'd be the perfect person to teach you so please don't hesitate to get in contact!

I have a vast range of experience in teaching students of all ages (starting from the age of 6) so I will always create my lessons to cater to your needs.

£17.50 per 1/2 hour
£30.00 per hour

Lessons are pay-as-you-go, weekly, fortnightly or as suits you.

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Beginners & Advanced Students Welcome

Friendly, helpful and focused on helping you to rapidly learn how to play the guitar.

Lesson Focus

Complete Beginners Welcome

Courses of lessons tailored to beginner students

My Experience as a Teacher

I have a First Class Honours Degree in Music Technology and Sonic Arts from Queen's University, Belfast, as well as a Higher National Diploma in Music Production with Distinction from North West Regional College, Derry.

Alongside my guitar tuition, I am an experienced folk singer/guitarist. I have been playing and performing for over 10 years and in a number of different outfits of various styles: including Indie, Punk, Folk. I regularly perform here in Belfast, as well as in other cities like Liverpool, Dublin and Galway.

I enjoy passing on the knowledge I have built up teaching, performing and recording over the years to help my student reach their full potential on the guitar.

Lessons Focus

Reach that next level

Push on as an intermediate player to become an advanced guitarist

More About My Lessons

My lessons are built around your wants and needs as a student. I understand the importance of knowing that every student has their own musical preferences and tastes. Using this, I will create a lesson plan that integrates the music you enjoy as well as keeping a base level of theory of understanding and all the necessary exercise work to ensure significant progress.

I welcome students of all abilities. I have a wide range of experience teaching beginners and helping them progress to the higher levels of guitar playing. As well as beginners I also have a wealth of experience teaching more advanced guitarists who have found themselves stuck in a rut or want to focus on a specific aspect of playing.

I like to make sure every lesson that you take with me is as informative as it is enjoyable. I will always make a personal lesson plan that suits every student's needs. We will always approach everything in a stress-free and fun way whilst also learning all the essential skills.

Teacher Tips

A Holistic Approach

Supporting all aspects of playing guitar, from advice on equipment to where to perform

Music Shops in Belfast

Many of my guitar students ask me where they can purchase high-quality guitar equipment from here in Belfast. Everything from starter guitars to amps ready to rock 1,000+ capacity concert halls. Aside from the array of online marketplaces where you can buy good quality equipment here are a few of Belfast's leading guitar shops:

Matchetts Music, has been a Belfast institution for more than 80 years, located in the heart of the city at 38 Wellington Place, Belfast, BT1 6GF. There is a massive range of guitars and other musical accessories for beginners and experienced shredders alike.

Dawsons Music Belfast, can be found at 121-125 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF. This established music chain has a branch in the city centre that would be an ideal stop for guitar shopping and also for picking up speakers, PA equipment and more.

Belfast Music Supplies, are another option for guitarists at Unit 24, Hanwood Business Park, Kings Road, Belfast, BT16 1DE. This retail outlet store stocks a range of guitars, ukuleles and is the main dealer for Tanglewood, a great beginner guitar brand.

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I can help you to

I believe that anyone can learn to play the guitar. Taking a course of lessons with a professional guitar teacher can make all the difference in the learning process, giving you the guidance and support needed to gain great results. As a teacher I know I can help you achieve this through building a course of lessons that is right for you, helping you to build on areas of strength and exploring areas that you can improve - doing all of that through learning the songs you enjoy listening to.

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Frequently Asked Questions

My guitar lessons are priced at £17.50 per half-hour or £30.00 per hour lesson.

I am able to offer guitar lessons from a dedicated teaching space located in BT9 7BB, as well as mobile guitar lessons - this means I can travel to your home to give lessons.

I welcome students from the ages of 6 upwards to attend my guitar lessons.

Most of my guitar students take an hours lessons each week, with a few taking lessons every other week. It is totally up to you how often you take guitar lessons. For younger students aged between 6 and 12 I suggest that half hour lessons each week.

Please note that Guitar Lessons Belfast operates a strict 48-hour cancellation policy. This means that if a lesson is cancelled within 24 hours of the arranged time the student will be charged the full price of the lesson. Should you need to cancel a lesson please contact me at your earliest opportunity to re-arrange.

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Guitar Lessons Belfast Music Studio Address


Ulsterville Gardens, Belfast, BT9 7BB
Teaching Space
I currently teach the majority of my lessons from my teaching studio that can be found at Ulsterville Gardens, Belfast BT9 7BB. This is a great place to learn guitar as well as being easily accessible from all ends of the city. My full teaching address will be provided upon your first lesson booking. I also offer mobile guitar lessons for those students who are interested in learning in the comfort of their own homes.

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Why wait?! Get in touch today to boon your first guitar lesson and start this exciting journey.

Guitar Teacher

Joel Harkin
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