Paul Wood Saffron Walden Guitar Teacher


Paul is a brilliant teacher. He’s been teaching my 15 year old daughter for 6 months now and the progress she’s made has been incredible. He’s patient, calm and makes lessons fun by allowing her to choose her favourite songs. I would highly recommend Paul to anyone wanting to learn guitar.

Camilla Brackstone. March 2024.

Paul has helped to build my son’s confidence. He knows the way to teach him that suits his learning style and needs. He has gone from complete beginner to being able to play some of his favourite songs! Paul has been very helpful and clear about what we need to do and how he feels my son will progress. It’s really helpful that we have been able to do zoom lessons too when face-to-face isn’t possible! Thank you for all your help and support Paul 🙂

Jodie Ann.

Paul is a great teacher. He prepares well for lessons and ensures good progress from session to session. He is friendly and provides good encouragement to his students.

Richard Higgs.

Paul is a fantastic guitar teacher. He is working with my teenage daughter who is often anxious and unsure of herself and he is always positive and encouraging. She enjoys the lessons very much and is growing in confidence. Paul is very down to earth and relatable. I highly recommend guitar lessons with Paul for his knowledgeable instruction and his understanding and supportive manner.

An L.

Paul is a great guitar teacher. I’ve enjoyed my lessons and have improved so much since he’s been teaching me. Lovely bloke. Couldn’t recommend him more highly.


Paul is an excellent guitar teacher, very professional and knowledgeable not to mention a great guitarist himself! He has been teaching two of my children for the last 4 years, they thoroughly enjoy their lessons and have both become keen guitarists. He is very helpful with any repairs, recommendations for equipment etc. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn guitar. Michelle, Saffron Walden.

Michelle Furlong.

Paul is a fantastic teacher. He is always encouraging and able to build up the motivation and confidence of learning guitar for my son. My son is confident enough to perform in front of us even though his skills are still pretty green – but that’s the point, he is not shy of his imperfection! A big thank you to Paul!

Shi Lam.

Paul is a fantastic teacher. He has inspired my son to play all kinds of music on guitar and opened his eyes (and ears!) to some really cool music. He’s also listened to my son and prepared guitar scores for sometimes random songs that my son has specifically requested. He sends me immediate feedback each week via WhatsApp on my son’s progress and encourages him to push himself and progress even further. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a guitar teacher in this area.

Sarah Switzer.

My son has had lessons both in school and privately with Paul for the past year and he has enjoyed every moment. Paul has a very encouraging and supportive teaching style which, combined with a vast songbook and endless patience has led to lots of impromptu gigs and a very happy boy! Paul is clear and helpful with administration, plus provides great lesson feedback each week. He really is an excellent teacher and musician and we 100% recommend.

Kate Reynolds.

I am having the most fabulous time learning to play the guitar with Paul as my tutor. Who would have thought that learning to play a musical instrument in your fifties could be so much fun ! Paul makes me feel like I am in control of my learning experience, but ensures that my understanding of the guitar is sound. He has such a wealth of experience and is an inspiring teacher. He makes every small achievement seem like a triumph. I have also noticed that he is excellent at nudging me towards a wider variety of musical styles.
He never makes the sessions feel hurried, yet the hour goes by in a flash.
Would I recommend him ? ABSOLUTELY.

Brenda Goldsmith.

I have been learning with Paul for several months now and have found him to be a kind, welcoming and patience music teacher. He is brilliant at engaging with students and their music tastes to make sure that they can play music that they like. He has a great music Database of hundreds of songs for students to play and if there is a song that’s not on there he will happy spend the time with students to figure out songs that they love. I would highly recommend Paul to everyone wanting to play guitar.

Grace Miller.

Paul has taught my son for five years now and my daughter for the last two and they both play guitar really well and love it! He is always patient with them and willing to come up with new songs or ideas to keep them interested. I would highly recommend him if you are looking for a guitar teacher that will make learning music fun, but also achieve great progress.

Emma Pelly.

Paul Wood has taught guitar to my two teenage daughters for over a year. Both girls love the lessons, respect and like Paul no end and can now hold their own across a range of musical genres, often playing with their dad in the evenings. As well as being fun, upbeat, and always responding to the girls ( & my ) requests for particular songs etc. Paul is a reliable professional, who takes a keen interest in his students’ progress and inspires them to enjoy their practising ! Highly recommended.

Clare Mulley.

Guitar lessons for (very) late starting adults as well as children! Paul is a patient and encouraging teacher, with a huge range of songs for his pupils to choose from, depending on their tastes and abilities. Even after only a couple of months, I have a repertoire of 6 or 7 rock and pop classics which I have chosen as they hark back to my 60s and 70s favourites. Thoroughly recommended.


Paul came highly recommended and my son is really enjoying his lessons. He has inspired my son very much who picks up his guitar at home without me telling him to ! With Paul’s musical knowledge and extensive library of great music, my son looks forward to learning from him every week especially with his calmness and patience, what a great teacher !

Clara Lee.

Paul was recommended by a friend who was so enthusiastic about him. They were not wrong. He is knowledgable, considerate and good fun and my son looks forward to every lesson. Can’t recommend him enough. Top bloke !

Karen Barker.

I’ve been learning guitar with Paul for three years. I started out as a total beginner and now due to Paul’s patience, I have become an intermediate player. He has made the purchase of my Strat totally worthwhile.

Martin Absolom.

We have found Paul to be an excellent teacher. He is patient and is able to put his students at ease. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Paul his passion for teaching and playing Guitar are clear to see.

Rowan Eatough.

Paul is organised and structured and blends encouragement and discipline to make the most of a session. He is technically strong but has a wide range of material to learn from – you feel like you make progress quickly. Highly recommended ! !

Ada Caius.

Paul is a thoughtful teacher he tailors his lessons to the skill and experience of his pupils, he has a vast amount of resources available from guitars to music data bases and website live performances. I would wholeheartedly recommend him as a teacher of all grades of guitar.

Tom Keenan.

Our son Nicholas has learnt remarkably well with Paul and we put this down to Paul’s caring professional tutorial skills and excellent manner. Highly recommended.

Andrew Bull.

Paul is great teacher and lovely guy, he makes learning the guitar a fun !

Sarah Banwell.

Paul has been teaching my dyslexic son for almost 4 years (he is now 12). He is extremely patient with a child who lacks confidence and who easily gets frustrated. He is so calm and encouraging. His progress has been amazing. These are not lessons aimed at exams, just at developing a confidence to pick up the guitar and play what you love.

Sarah Fawcett.

My son finds Paul’s style of teaching in his words “really good and I feel comfortable with him”. Paul teaches at a pace to keep my son interested and is very encouraging. Very convenient having him teach at our home too.

Sally Merrick.

“I have dealt with many peripatetic staff over the years my son has learnt an instrument and I would say Paul Wood is one of the best, certainly the most professional. I would thoroughly recommend him.”

J. Chapman

“Paul is a friendly, positive, highly enthusiastic, well organised, punctual and impressive teacher.”

K. R. Warren Wilson

“Moulds his accessible and easy to understand methods to suit each situation.”

T. Gosnell

“Reliable and trustworthy, Paul shows great patience and his enthusiasm for the subject is second to none. Progress has been made to a very high standard, all thanks to Paul.”

S. Gregory

“Enthusiastic, reliable and a very good musician. Great rapport, we look forward to his lessons.”

J. Jones

“Paul manages to “relate” in an exceptional way, always managing to maintain enthusiasm and commitment to the highest level. Totally committed to the future of young musicians.”

J. Heales

“Paul demonstrates great patience and commitment. He has helped our daughter to have confidence in her ability which has had a positive effect on her self-esteem in general. Always reliable and trustworthy, Paul has become a friend to the whole family.”

A. Hartley