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Corey Sterling

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.

Hannah Adams

Teaches with lots of Enthusiasm


Ian is absolutely fabulous! I cannot express how well my playing has improved in the last year. Being an adult learner, his style of teaching is extraordinary and I have gained so much confidence. Ian is always patient and kind and teaches with lots of enthusiasm, passion and is dedicated to his students success.

Ian from the Guitar Studio

The Guitar Studio is run by Ian McLaughlin with over 20 years experience as a tutor and motivator

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 guitar
Something 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.

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.

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inspires me to keep going

Ian has been an amazing teacher, his knowledge doesn't stop at just playing the guitar, it surrounds music, and truly inspires me to keep going, keep practicing and to keep enjoying the moments along the way.

Brahm Foley

Ability to get the message across

Ian is an awesome guitar tutor who has a fantastic ability to get the message across to his pupils. I know because I'm a pupil who had a go at teaching myself without success, but now I have a better understanding for music and the guitar all thanks to Ians hard work.

Murray Reynolds