Truly effective learning is about having the right tools & using them at the right time = Solutions!

A time proven tuition system that really works!

80% Increased learning efficiency

Up to 80% increase in learning and retention

Learning a musical instrument can be frustrating, but it doesn't need to be that way.

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What if you could achieve anything you set your mind to?

The Guitar Studio is run by Ian McLaughlin

Driven by my own quest for ability on the guitar, I quickly discovered that there was more to it than what the books and videos were saying. Most were lacking the glue that connected a nice theory or method, back into the reality of really making things work on the guitarSomething to cut through the confusion of it all was needed.

"What evolved from my desire to gain mastery on the guitar is a system that makes sense"

A system based on natural alignment with your individual body mechanics to get your hands moving effectively. Combining my understanding of the neurological process and sounds principals, your hands and fingers will move gracefully across your instrument.  My understanding of music, coupled with this learning system, allows you to gain a complete understanding of your instrument. I can help greatly improve the evolutionary process of your playing.

Over 20 years experience as a professional guitar tutor and motivator.

Sam Wilcock (Professional Guitarist based in UK)

balance of patience, motivation and discipline


As a professional guitarist working in London, I’ve come to reply on the things I learned from Ian on a day-to-day basis. He is a superb technician with a real passion and encyclopedic knowledge of the guitar, and has the best temperament of any tutor that I’ve come across. Ian was always able to answer questions, show me techniques, and point me in the right direction regarding equipment with the ease of someone who has dedicated their life to the instrument. He’s a nice guy too, with a great balance of patience, motivation and discipline. I would strongly urge anyone, from beginners and intermediates to pros in need of a high level tutor in any style, to seek out lessons from Ian McLaughlin. You won’t be disappointed.

The  Guitar studio system empowers
You to achieve Your goals!

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"There is a formula and You can tap into it."

The subject of playing the guitar is vast, though it doesn't need to be complex.
When the key attributes are layered in the correct way, everything falls into place.  

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  • Train your fingers to move purposefully and deliberately through chords...

  • Discover how your chord changes can become instinctive and intrinsic through layering of deliberate natural movement

  • Find out how to strum with perfect feel and timing to suite the song you are playing

  • Discover how to use the "inner game" to build confidence when playing in front of a crowd, big or small

  • Discover how to play scales and phrases as if you where having a conversation with a friend...

  • Understand the fret-board completely and gain the confidence that come with it

  • Express yourself freely on the guitar by gaining the ability to move smoothly

  • Discover how to complete those songs you start, using instrument specific problem solving and strategies...

  • Harness the power of efficiency of movement that can make you 90% more effective on the fret-board...

  • Train and develop your left and right hand coordination and how to integrate your twitch fibre muscles with deliberate movement

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The Way of the strings guitar tuition system is available for ​beginners through to advanced players.


Steadily improving and finding the guitar fun again

I tried to teach myself guitar for a couple of years but found myself struggling to make progress. Getting one-on-one lessons with Ian has highlighted all of the techniques that I didn't know I was missing and were holding me back. Now I am steadily improving and finding the guitar fun again. I highly recommend Ian as a guitar teacher to anyone interested in learning to play due to his skill, patience, and thoroughness.

Corey Sterling

"Incredibly patient"

Incredibly patient motivational teacher using goal setting to motivate, explains things simply makes learning a lot of fun

Julia Jones

learning of favorite songs

"The time spent learning with Ian was invaluable to building my knowledge of the guitar. The how's and why's were always answered with very "outside the box answers" that made sense on many different levels. The learning of favorite songs always kept me interested in guitar, while the practical and key scales were also incorporated into my learning to ensure I learned the proper knowledge of the working fretboard. Ian is a fantastic player and can work with any style of music. A very friendly guy and easy to have a good chat with. I would highly recommend him to anyone, at any age, wanting to learn any style. Choice Bro :) " Bryce - student of 3 years-

Byrce Jamieson

great teacher

“Ian is a great teacher who taught me to look beyond what most people see about guitar playing. He is encouraging and also honest about every aspect of playing. He definitely motivated me to learn more”

Cameron Chung

breaking things down

TESTIMONIAL FOR IAN MCLAUGHLIN Ian is familiar with a wide range of musical genres and therefore is able to cater to all students’ individual needs and interests. He helps me choose music that I like and listen to whilst all the time maintaining a clear evolution in developing new techniques and skills. He is an encouraging teacher who focuses on the improvements and progress I have made as well as providing useful constructive feed back to extend my playing even further. When learning new songs, techniques and ideas he’s always quick to acknowledge what I’m doing well and shows patience and understanding with any difficulties I’m having. He has a skill for breaking things down into small manageable steps, subsequently turning a potentially difficult learning process into a confidence enhancing experience. Ian is much more than a technical guitar teacher and I really appreciate how he has broadened my musical tastes, turned me on to many new guitar players and introduced me to some great guitar products. (e.g the amp simulation software amplitube). I really value talking to Ian about music and am impressed with his broad knowledge of guitar players, musicians and music as a whole. Through discussions on how music effects peoples emotions, he helped me appreciate music on a much deeper level. These insightful discussions have helped me bring more feeling and soul into my own playing. In conclusion I would highly recommend Ian for the holistic and personal service he provides students.

Nick Coulson

guitar guru

I have always been a huge fan of music particularly classic and alternative rock from the 60s-90s + and had always thought about learning the guitar. I have had the pleasure of meeting and learning from a guitar guru for four years and he has made this a very real and achievable goal for me. Ian has not only been a fantastic mentor with such an easy going nature and encouraging teaching style but also become a cherished friend. I have the utmost respect and awe for Ian in what he’s accomplished in his music career and look forward in continuing to develop my guitar skills with him :)

Chessie Chan

sense of accomplishment

Lessons with Ian are more than just 'music lessons'. For me I've found myself engaging parts of my brain previously pushed aside by work and life. The sense of accomplishment in being able to make music is profoundly-rewarding, I would encourage everyone to begin their journey with Ian.

John Morrison

couples this with an underlying philosophy

My guitar teacher is special. Sure he knows all the technical stuff but he couples this with an underlying philosophy derived from his understanding of the instrument and the way people learn. He believes the music we need is already in us – his job is to help us release that sound and energy. Yes he helps me understand music and the guitar but more importantly he helps to learn about and understand myself.

D C Edmeades

"Mentor and friend"

Ian has helped grow not only my guitar skills, but also my discipline and patience. My playing skills have improved greatly over the past six years thanks to Ian's great way of teaching. Ian is a truly talented musician with a passion for what he does and he is willing to make time to help his students succeed and achieve. I am proud to call Ian a mentor and friend.

Tom Fitisemanu
  • Fast track your progress
  • A proven layered developmental system 
  • There is a formula and YOU can tap into it

Guitar studio's proven 1 on 1 tuition system empowers you to achieve your goals!

Now's the time to ditch struggling, vote yourself in and learn "The Way of the Strings".  Drop us an email today, we'd love to hear from you!