Guitar, Songwriting and Music Theory


Cammo - Barnton - Cramond - Dalmeny - South Queensferry

An opportunity to study guitar, music theory, or songwriting/composition with a leading Scottish composer

Julian Wagstaff - guitar and music teacher, Edinburgh   Julian Wagstaff - qualified music theory teacher   Music theory, songwriting and guitar teacher, Cammo, Edinburgh

Would you like to learn to play the guitar? Or perhaps you already play, and would like to improve?

Would like to learn to write songs or instrumental music, or improve your existing songwriting skills?

Or perhaps you just want to brush up on your knowledge of music theory, including reading music?

If you're looking for help with any of the above, you're on the right page!


Music tuition with Julian Wagstaff



My name is Julian Wagstaff. I'm a composer and guitarist, with over twenty years' professional experience teaching guitar, music theory and songwriting/composition. I have recently started offering private tuition from my home in Cammo, here in Edinburgh.

I welcome students of all ages, and teach most musical styles at all levels - from complete beginner to advanced intermediate. All lesson plans are tailored to the needs and wishes of the individual student, and I can offer a high degree of flexibility in terms of lesson frequency and duration.

I hold a PhD in Music from Edinburgh University, and am a member of the Scottish PVG scheme for protecting vulnerable groups (which includes 'enhanced disclosure' certification). You can therefore have complete confidence in my suitability to teach.

I offer a FREE half-hour 'taster lesson', so you can decide in advance whether my lessons are the right choice for you.

Full details of lesson pricing and availability can be found below, along with a 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ) section, testimonials and links to my work and biography. And of course you can reach out by email or phone any time (contact details below).

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes

Julian Wagstaff


phone: 0131 208 5373



Subjects taught: Guitar (most styles, including rock, pop, folk etc.); Music Theory (including reading music); Songwriting; Composition; Orchestration (including Sibelius notation software).


£19.00 for a thirty minute lesson (all subjects)

£27.00 for a forty-five minute lesson (all subjects)

£34.00 for a sixty minute lesson (all subjects)

A FREE optional half-hour 'taster' lesson is also available


Payment is due immediately following each lesson. Payments are accepted in cash, by cheque, by bank transfer or via PayPal.


A block of five 30-minute lessons (paid for in advance) is billed at £90.00 (instead of £95.00)

A block of five 45-minute lessons (paid for in advance) is billed at £128.00 (instead of £135.00)

A block of five 60-minute lessons (paid for in advance) is billed at £160.00 (instead of £170.00).


I require at least 24 hours' notice of any cancellation or rescheduling of a lesson. Any lessons cancelled or rescheduled less than 24 hours before the start of the lesson will be billed for in full. I regret that I cannot make any exceptions to this.

Lesson frequency and times

I recommend weekly lessons. However, fortnightly, monthly or occasional lessons are also possible.

I prefer to teach on Wednesday evenings, Thursday afternoons and Thursday evenings. However, other times may be possible by arrangement.



Q: What clearance do you have to work with children or vulnerable adults?

A: I am a member of Disclosure Scotland's PVG scheme (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) in respect of regulated work with children and adults. My PVG membership number is 2303 2438 0310 9468. A copy of my Disclosure certificate can be emailed to you on request, and the original may be viewed by students or their parents/guardians at any time.

Q: Where do lessons take place?

A: Lessons take place at my home in Cammo, near Cramond on the north-western edge of Edinburgh. I will of course supply my full address at the time of enquiry

Q: Do you offer remote lessons (e.g. via Zoom)?

A: Remote lessons can work very well for subjects like music theory, but less well for instrumental lessons (guitar). However, I am happy to provide lessons via Zoom in all subjects, and offer a 5% discount for these.

Q: Do you offer group lessons?

A: Group lessons (up to a maximum of three students) can be arranged. Please enquire for prices (see Contact/Social section below).

Q: Can you teach me in my own home?

A: While I prefer to teach in my own home in Cammo (where I have a piano, guitars, books and other resources), it may also be possible for me to come to you, depending on my schedule and your location. Travel is charged at an additional £1.00 per mile of distance covered.

Q: You claim to be a 'leading Scottish composer'. How can I verify this?

A: You can find out more about my work at Or just perform a google search for 'Julian Wagstaff' or look me up on Wikipedia!

Q: What qualifications and teaching experience do you have?

A: I hold a Masters (MMus) degree and doctorate (PhD) in Music (composition) from Edinburgh University, where I also taught composition and orchestration at Bachelors degree level for three years as an Associate Tutor. In addition, I have over twenty years' experience of freelance music teaching, with a focus on guitar and music theory. I am a member of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and the Performing Rights Society. Copies of my qualifications can be emailed to you on request, while the originals may be viewed any time at my home in Cammo.

Q: What experience do you have playing rock and pop music?

A:I am the lead guitarist in Edinburgh band The Firrenes (see We have enjoyed extensive radio airplay around the world, and have performed to packed houses in Scotland, England and Germany.



"I am a huge fan of Julian's music. He manages to write tunes and songs that are both enjoyable to listen to, yet innovative and musically interesting. I was lucky enough to receive composition instruction from Julian a few years ago - he is a true gent and an all round good guy!" - Bridie, Newcastle.

"Julian gave me some lessons in chord theory to apply to the piano. I hadn't learned about chords in any similar way before and felt confused by them but his way of explaining things opened up a new understanding for me, within a very short time. Julian has a knack for breaking information down in different ways into logical chunks that are easy to process. He clearly gets a lot of pleasure from teaching and sharing his knowledge and expertise and I'd thoroughly recommend him for any kind of musical tuition." - Jennifer, Fife.

"Julian is a very tuned-in (forgive the pun) and sensitive guitar teacher. My son is ambidextrous and Julian initially worked closely with him on establishing which approach – being a left or right handed player – would be most successful in the long run. After that, Julian’s vast experience in developing fretting, fingering, and music theory techniques and understanding has helped my son become a very competent and confident guitarist." - Cluny, Edinburgh.

"Julian tutored our sons in guitar for a number of years and he always kept them motivated and brought their guitar skills to very high standard. They are both still playing and their music is a very important part of their lives." - Daniela, Edinburgh.

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