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By Josh Lloyd, Jul 13 2018 08:49AM

I'm excited to say that I have two new tracks to present to the world. These are songs I have written in collaboration with the new band 'Sweet Conjure'. These songs 'Someone Just Called (Don't You Know)' and 'Impulse' are part of a recorded 10 track recorded album I have been working on called 'Plastic Paradise', which will be slowly released over the next coming months. I'm excited about these songs and I hope you are too ;)

Thanks needed for Unit 2 Recording Studios, UWL, guest musicians Callum Grant-Cawdell and Stuart Bahn, and of course all members of Sweet Conjure. Special songwriting credits for Corrado Macchiarelli and Sandra Suglia.

Mixed and mastered by Nicolas Secretin @ Puzzle Factory Studios.

By Josh Lloyd, May 3 2018 02:33PM

For a guitar student who is new to modes, the concept can at first seem rather confusing. It can also seem quite daunting having to learn a whole new range of patterns (on top of the major, natural minor and pentatonic scales you may have learnt so far already), however the good news is that if you already know the major scale, you (sort of) already know to play all the modes we are about to discuss! The best way to understand modes to see how they relate to the major scale. Here below is an example:

C Major:


R 2 3 4 5 6 7


R = Root Note

T = Tone / ST = Semitone

Above is the C major scale, comprising of the entire sequence of notes and their intervals (an interval being the difference between two pitches). Now look at D Dorian mode, which comprises of exactly all the same notes, but with the emphasis on D instead of C:

D Dorian:


R 2 b3 4 5 6 b7


The great news is that you can essentially use the same shapes you have been practicing for the major scale in order to play all seven modes, however now the emphasis changes as you play different modes and use an alternative root note. What’s even stranger is that the major and minor scales you have been playing previously can also be referred to as the ‘Ionian’ mode (major scale) and the ‘Aeolian’ mode (natural minor scale). Below are further examples:

E Phrygian:


R b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7


F Lydian:


R 2 3 #4 5 6 7


G Mixolydian:


R 2 3 4 5 6 b7


A Aeolian:


R 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7


B Locrian:


R b2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7


Remember that you can play all the modes with any root note as your starting position (12 possible key notes in total), as long as you keep each particular mode’s sequence of notes intact, as follows:

Ionian: R 2 3 4 5 6 7

Dorian: R 2 b3 4 5 6 b7

Phrygian: R b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7

Lydian: R 2 3 #4 5 6 7

Mixolydian: R 2 3 4 5 6 b7

Aeolian: R 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7

Locrian: R b2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7

Each mode has its own ‘feel’ or ‘sound’ that can be taken maximum advantage of by the composer and/or instrumentalist. For example, the Dorian, Phrygian and Aeolian modes have a sense of ‘sadness’ which can be used to express regret, romance or other intense emotions in a particular piece of music.

Lastly, it is worth noting the key difference between tonality and modality. Tonality just refers to a simple question: which is the tonic or ‘key’ note? Modality refers to another question: how do the notes in a scale relate to the tonic? A piece of music can be referred to as being in the key of C major. That answers both questions; we now know the key note (C in this case) and also how the rest of the notes relate to the tonic. Equally, we get the same amount of information if someone says to play in A minor, F Lydian, E Dorian etc.

I hope this helps any student who is learning modes for the first time. Please feel free to comment or send me a message for any questions or further information. I am also free to take on more students if you are interested.

Josh Lloyd

By Josh Lloyd, Apr 20 2018 08:52AM

Hi everyone, I am excited to say that after much support from the local Ealing community, I have now gone from a part-time to a full-time guitar teacher, and to celebrate I would like to say to those who are looking to either find lessons for someone they know, or for themselves, to please get in contact and find out more about what I can offer. My style of teaching is very much relaxed, but focused with a drive on learning practical skills as well as theory. I have plenty of experience with a range of ages, including one-to-one and group lessons. Please see below some very kind and encouraging recommendations from my current students. To read more testimonials in full, please see here.

Sophie R. (Young Adult Guitar Student)

'Josh is all round a really kind and brilliant teacher. He is patient, always plans the lessons carefully and is on time every week... I always find myself looking forward to practicing and learning lots of new material every week. It's been a lucky find!'

Louise W. (Mother of Two Young Guitar Students)

'I would really recommend Josh to anyone, in fact I have done so multiple times. He teachers my two sons together; they are five years apart in age, but he manages to adapt his lessons to their different ages with no effort... I have found him be a knowledgeable, flexible and professional teacher, and also a great role model and altogether nice guy!'

Arun (Young Adult Guitar Student)

'I have had so much fun learning to play the guitar with Josh. I was taught songs I thought I would never know how to play in both a fun and engaging way. He is the only person I know who teaches like this and I would recommend him to all my friends.'

Lola B. (Aged 6)

'It’s fun playing the guitar with Josh. I’m learning lots because he’s a brilliant teacher and the songs he chooses for me are really good.'

Ian B. (Father of a Young Guitar Student)

'We feel very fortunate to have found Josh to teach our daughter to play the guitar. She is quite young to be learning but he pitches the lessons at the appropriate level, teaching her songs she recognises and really supporting her as she learns the basics. She’s come on at an incredible rate under his tuition. We couldn’t hope to find a more patient and encouraging teacher.'

By Josh Lloyd, Aug 3 2017 08:58PM

Here's a review I wrote for 'Be A Guitar Teacher', an invaluable resource for those looking to enhance their teaching skills. You can also see the review here on the Be A Guitar Teacher website:

1. What’s the best feature of BAGT?

The best thing about BAGT is most definitely the sheer quantity of useful information you receive. It is clear that Stuart has put a lot of his knowledge and years of experience into the videos, which is very beneficial for a new teacher such as myself. Even for a more experienced teacher, there will be something (quite a lot in fact) they can still learn by watching the videos.

2. What were your first thoughts on BAGT?

The videos were very clear and concise, and set out step-by-step the primary actions one should take in order to start out as a guitar teacher. Stuart recognises that teaching... isn't just about the teaching. It's also about the marketing, logistics and administration, which he clearly outlines throughout his tutorial videos. These are areas that are often overlooked by other instructors, and they are in fact critical to get right to be a successful and self-sustaining teacher.

3. What are your thoughts now?

I am delighted to have this valuable resource as I continue to build my teaching career. It's something you can always reflect on and watch again for further ideas and inspiration.

4. What are the three biggest benefits of BAGT?

Firstly, you can adapt this to your own style of teaching. Of course you do not have to follow Stuart's advice word for word, and he says that from the beginning, but you can take his advice and apply it to your style. Even if you do not alter your teaching approach as a result of watching the videos, you will certainly enhance the areas you are already familiar with.

Secondly, as I mentioned before, you receive a lot of high quality information. Essentially, you get both quantity and quality! There are numerous videos that are broken down and structured very clearly, so it is very easy to go back and revise different subjects.

Lastly, you learn from someone who is clearly a very gifted and knowledgeable musician/teacher with years of experience.

5. Would you recommend BAGT?

Without a shadow of a doubt I would recommend BAGT. You get a lot for your money, and it also acts as a very useful reminder, as a guitar player yourself, of the various areas to work on in your own professional practice. Regardless of the number of years you may or may not have already under your belt, you will definitely gain a lot by watching Stuart's tutorial videos.

By Josh Lloyd, Jul 23 2017 11:16AM

Josh Lloyd will be playing his first gig with Goldust this coming Friday (28th July 2017) at The Crown & Treaty in Uxbridge. They intend to play an action packed setlist, containing new material and a few additional surprises ;)

Feel free to come along and spread the word! More info will be posted up soon on the following Facebook pages:

By Josh Lloyd, Jul 2 2017 08:40PM

I am happy to say that the band that I play rhythm guitar for, Goldust, has recently released three new records; 'Gone', 'Fall in Line' and 'Better Days'. These tracks demonstrate the wide range of influences and genres that the band incorporates into its music.

Recorded at the University of West London (UWL) and mastered by Steve Kitch (, the tracks provide listeners with just a small glimpse of what the band has to offer. The band would to thank in particular Vika Raibužytė, who took the time to help record and engineer the tracks.

You can listen online here:

Watch this space everyone... there's plenty more music to come!


By Josh Lloyd, Jun 3 2017 06:42AM

I am happy to say that I am now teaching guitar lessons through the medium of Skype! This now enables me to reach out to even more people in the UK and potentially beyond.

Like my face-to-face lessons, I still provide personalised notes/handouts that help with the learning process. These will either be provided before the lesson by email, or during the lesson via Skype.

I will offer anyone who would like to take up Skype guitar lessons the opportunity of having a free 30 minute session to make sure that not only you enjoy it, but to also test the internet connection, including the quality of the audio/visuals.

If you are interested and would like to find out more, please feel free to get in contact. I look forward to hear from you!


By Josh Lloyd, Apr 7 2017 11:32AM

I am not sure what to think of this... (read this article for reference: whilst new technologies (such as Spotify and other online streaming services) have given us the incredible ability to search for new music instantly, at the same time they have also affected our listening habits (and not for the better I fear). Call me old-fashioned, but I enjoy listening to albums (and especially songs) from start to finish, and I particularly appreciate a build-up of dynamics over a long duration of time. Of course I like fast and short songs too from time to time, but I still need variety! We don't necessarily judge a film until we watch it in full... so why are we not as patient with music?

There is also the question of ownership. When people collect CDs and vinyls, they don't just buy the right to listen to the music whenever they want, but they also 'own' the songs, almost as much as the original songwriters. One feels a sense of pride when they review their music collection, and that is being lost I fear in the era of online music streaming. There has however been a move recently to reconcile with those who still want to 'own' their music (yet have the ability to quickly search for new music), and new online streaming services such as Voltra ( have made positive changes to provide just that. Voltra also gives a much fairer deal to the songwriters, it must be said.

Am I against music streaming in its entirety? Of course not! I use it on a regular basis and it has many, many benefits. I just don't want this technology to influence both the songwriting and the consumption of music too much. The art should always come first!

By Josh Lloyd, Mar 16 2017 05:41PM

I am happy to say that I am now teaching the guitar! Having had lessons from several amazing teachers, I have decided to give it a go myself.

So far it has all gone swimmingly. In fact, it has been a privilege to be a part of other people's artistic and musical growth. I am looking forward to see how far they will be able to take their newfound skills!

If you are based in London (UK) and are interested to find out more, please get in touch via the 'Contact/Subscribe' page.