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Learn your favourite songs, songwriting, music theory, graded qualifications(gain UCAS points), whatever you want to learn. Lessons tailored to help you become the musician you want to be.


Looking for guitar lessons in Halifax, West Yorkshire or surrounding areas? That’s great news! You won’t be surprised to hear that I am a huge fan of this amazing instrument and if you’re looking for lessons I am sure I can help you reach your full potential.

When I first started learning the guitar as a teenager, I did it purely for fun. To begin with I was self-taught, as I’m sure some of you reading this will be too. I read the books and listened to the ‘teach yourself’ CD’s (no YouTube in those days!), but it was only when I started taking lessons myself that I really began to improve my technique. Soon after, I was playing in bands with my friends, then writing my own music and before long I was teaching other people how to play too. And even now, nearly 20 years since I picked up my first guitar, I still play in local bands and work with various charities in Calderdale helping others get started in music. I have now been teaching for 13 years, qualifying with the RGT in 2014 and I cannot think of a better way to spend your free time – or even your career!

I teach in Halifax and the surrounding areas and my lessons are taught at your home or a place where you feel relaxed and comfortable. Sessions can last either 30 minutes or 1 hour and during that time we can work on whatever you like.

If you only want to brush up on your existing skills, we can do just that. Perhaps you want to work towards grades and qualifications? Or maybe you have a guitar gathering dust in the corner and you’ve decided now is the time for you to finally pick it up and start playing! Whatever your current level of skill or style of music I can help you learn everything you need to get you on the road to success.


individual lessons

1 x One Hour Lesson £28

(Payment due on the day)

1 x 45 min Lesson £22

(Payment due on the day)

1 x Half Hour Lesson £18

(Payment due on the day)


4 x One Hour Lessons £100

(£12 saving)

4 x 45 min Lesson £80

(£8 saving)

4 x Half Hour Lessons £65

(£7 saving)


8 x One Hour Lessons £200

(£24 saving)

8x 45 min Lessons £160

(£16 saving)

8 x 30 Minutes Lessons £130

(£14 saving)


The Payment for your first will be required in advance and must be paid prior to your lesson.

(This can be by requesting the bank details and doing a bank transfer, PayPal, or paying in cash or cheque at the lesson (if the lesson is face to face in person) prior to the lesson starting).

All lessons cancelled within 48 hours will be charged for, by booking a lesson you agree to these Terms and Conditions.

By Booking a lesson with David Hattersley you agree to the 48 hour cancellation policy, if you do not attend your first lesson you will be charged by means of Paypal or postal invoice.

Repeated absences, not being at lessons when lesson is booked, repeated lateness and rescheduling, continued lack of practice may result in your lessons being stopped to help all parties concerned.

Lesson can be stopped at any time.



Here's what students are saying

I have enjoyed having Dave as my guitar teacher for over a year. He has introduced me to a variety of guitar styles from classical to blues, and has provided me with a range of projects to work on. He is friendly and reliable, and I feel I have learnt a great deal in both the theory and practical sides of guitar playing.


I have really enjoyed learning the guitar with Dave’s help. He teaches in an engaging and fun way and his lesson atmosphere is relaxed and student centred. His combination of talent and skill, repertoire of songs and a friendly open personality provide a really calm and easy environment to progress and pick up guitar.


When I booked my first lesson I was nervous and apprehensive, however I was made to feel relaxed straightway. Lessons with Dave are an absolute pleasure and regularly the most enjoyable hour every two weeks. I have advanced more than I could have ever have imagined 3 months ago when I started from scratch, playing songs with different playing techniques etc.

Highly recommended.


Dave was the best teacher I have had in my 13 years of playing. His vast technical knowledge of music was really engaging as well as his ability to teach. He is a person who can not only teach but also has a personality which helps him connect with the pupils he is teaching.


My daughter said that Dave is very patient and that he makes her lessons very enjoyable, she has learnt more than she expected in the past 4 weeks. She can not wait till her next lesson😃
oh I forgot to say that Dave is very easy going 😃 


Our son, Alfie, has been with Dave since June 2019. We have seen Alf go from having an interest in guitars, to being a superb little player. Dave is extremely accomplished and exceptionally good at teaching/sharing this talent. He is calm, yet challenging and Alfie, quite simply, adores his weekly lessons, so much so we went from a 30 minute to a 45 minute lesson after just a few weeks! 
We cannot thank Dave enough for all he has done with Alfie. We are excited about his musical future as with Dave’s teaching abilities, who knows where this could end?


My 11 year old son was keen to learn guitar as he loves live music. Dave is a great teacher, my son has only had a few lessons so far but he is coming on in leaps and bounds. My son looks forward to his lesson with Dave every week and he is always upbeat after it. Dave is brilliant with how he interacts and teaches and is very easy to get on with.


My sons love working with Dave and have made huge progress in their playing. He is reliable, friendly and supportive. We couldn’t ask for a better guitar teacher. 


Dave has taught me for over 9 years now and never for a moment have I doubted the choice of having him as my guitar teacher. He’s a brilliant guitarist and a brilliant teacher. He really good at incorporating different styles into lessons to broaden the skillset of his pupils. He’s friendly, reliable, and the best choice possible for a guitar teacher.


One of the many things that makes Dave a good teacher is his interest in the musical tastes of his pupils. He would research and learn the songs of my daughter’s favourite bands to be able to teach them to her along with other songs in the same musical genre. This made the lessons more enjoyable to her and improved her willingness to learn.


As a complete novice to the guitar, Dave was brilliant. He puts his students at ease from the get-go which makes learning so much easier. Dave has structure within his lesson plans at the same time assuring he is always open to requests from his students. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him. Not only is he a good mentor on the guitar, he’s also great to talk
to about life in general.



Do I need my own guitar?
Yes. Practice is key when learning any instrument and this is definitely true of the guitar. At the end of our lessons I will give you exercises and work to practice. Having your own guitar means you can practice in between lessons and develop your skills faster.

Do I need to be able to read music?

No. There are lots of famous guitarists who cannot read music (Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and all 4 of The Beatles to name a few). Most people learn using ‘tablature’ and charts which we will cover together in lessons. These are much easier and far more popular methods. However, if you would like to learn how to read sheet music we can work on this as well.

What ages do you teach?

Learning the guitar requires a high level of concentration and of course hands that can fit around the guitar! For this reason I generally teach students aged 7 and upwards. There is no upper age limit, it’s NEVER too late to learn.

Where do lessons take place?

I come out to a venue that suits you (this is normally your home). Ideally, to get the most out our sessions it’s best to work in a quiet room, with few distractions and where you feel comfortable. Parents of younger students are always welcome to sit in during lessons.

Will I need to buy any books?

The short answer is no. You can of course bring books you already have to lessons and we can focus on the material in them if that is what you’d prefer. In most cases I bring my own worksheets and exercises designed specifically for you to work on. However, if you do decide you would like to take the RGT exams, you will need to purchase their grade books (which I can order for you or alternatively can be bought through the RGT website).

How much does it cost to sit the RGT exams?

The exams prices vary depending on what grade you are taking. For a full breakdown of prices and exam dates visit the RGT website http://www.rgt.org

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