Video

My YouTube channel covers performances in the studio and live in various styles, original composition, and cover materiel.

I’m finding video to be an increasingly important part of how I develop.  Think about it; When you get dressed you look in the mirror.  Why wouldn’t you do that while practising and performing?  Video allows you to put the guitar down and really study how you are approaching the instrument. This can give you a brand new perspective in which to analyse problem areas.

Something you aren’t seeing that you’d like to?  Reach out to me on social media and I’ll see what I can do!

Current Projects

Improv

My current project is exploring improvisation in different musical styles.

Each week I’ll be attempting to improvise over a new style.  I find this to be a crucial way to step out of my comfort zone, and a great way to create inspiration.

I’ll be documenting the process on my YouTube channel and trying to give some insight into how recording what you do, and being honest with yourself can help you develop as guitarist.  I’ll also be covering my approach to practising, and how this is influencing my own practise time.

 

Axiom

My heart and sole goes into my band Axiom which is a ‘prog/post/I hate genres’ three piece with a single purpose: To make music we love, and to push ourselves as musicians.

Almost two years in the making we’re gearing up to start taking the project out live, before knuckling down and recording an E.P.

Axiom is where I push myself constantly, and is ‘music for musics sake’.  It’s platform from which I can explore creativity with no boundaries or fears, and gives me an opportunity to explore anything and everything new I learn.

I have known Zaid for just shy of 20 years now. In that time he has helped me grow as both a guitarist and a musician. He is friendly, approachable and knowledgable, with a passion for helping others understand how to use theory practically.read more
Paul Williamson
09:35 27 Jun 17
Would highly recommend Zaid as a teacher. Finally started getting back into playing my acoustic after a very long break, I was really worried at first, but decided to try a few lessons with Zaid over Skype. What can I say….I’m so glad I found him. A fantastic tutor, really friendly, adaptable and patient. Lessons are always fun and my confidence in playing has come back. In the past I always got frustrated whenever I found myself hitting a plateau….but thanks to Zaid I feel like I’ve made real steady progress this time. Thanks again. Look forward to our next lesson.read more
Man Yee Lee
21:16 27 Jun 17
Zaid Crowe has spent countless hours passing on his love of music to my two little girls. Very patient and creative, Zaid always comes up with interesting ways to learn new things. Would definitely recommend to friends. Thanks Zaid!read more
Alex Buckland
19:42 27 Jun 17
As someone totally new to any musical instrument, Zaid has been absolutely great; patient, warm, friendly, flexible and most importantly, absolutely fantastically talented on the guitar! I've learnt a huge amount (both practical and theory) as well as the types of music and styles I wanted to! Hugely recommended to anyone of any talent!read more
Snoope Fiasco
19:31 04 Jul 17
Zaid is an extremely patient and passionate guitar teacher, and his mastery of the guitar has inspired me to become a better player. As an intermediate guitarist I would definitely recommend him as a teacher for learners of any level.read more
Stuart Nomimizu
20:27 09 Aug 17
I’ve had a few lessons with Zaid and I’m astounded by how differently I now approach the fretboard. Zaid breaks down complex ideas into easy to digest chunks of information, and teaches them to you in a way that you can actually apply to your playing. Zaid is friendly, knowledgeable and patient, and I would highly recommend his tuition. If you have hit a plateau in your playing (as I had) you will be amazed at how quickly taking lessons with a good teacher will change the way that you approach your instrument.read more
James Kershaw
14:41 01 Feb 18
I was a little sceptical about having guitar lessons via Skype, I had always had face to face lessons previously and worried that Skype lessons wouldn't give me the same level of interaction, and that if I was doing something incorrectly then the teacher wouldn't be able to see and correct on the fly! I needn't have worried! Zaid's lessons are brilliant! It's like having a one to one lesson with the exception that you don't need to leave your house, and the time you would have spent travelling to and from a lesson can be used for the other things in life we never seem to have time for! I use my extra time to practice for an hour after the lesson. All of the concerns I had disapeared straight away and Zaid was able to spot any issues without problem. From the first contact with Zaid, he was massively enthusiastic, even just his response when I emailed to find out availability. I emailed many Skype teachers and most of the responses I got were along the lines of 'Yes I'm available, this is how much it costs' whereas Zaid's response was comprehensive and he gave lots of background information about his teaching philosophy, and even gave me an introductory 30 minute session for free to see how we got on. The introductory lesson was brilliant, I had emailed Zaid previously to give him a backgorund of my guitar playing journey and where I wanted to get to in terms of guitar playing (something I would recommend anyone who is interested in having lessons with Zaid to do) and from the start he just knew what we should be working on, no messing around, just straight into it. We cover a lot during the lessons but it is always at a pace that seems to fit my ability to learn, and if I don’t quite understand a concept that we are working on then we stop and focus on on it before moving on.After the lesson Zaid emails a summary of the lesson, and gives a comprehinsive set of notes of things that were covered in the lesson, i.e scale patterns, chord shapes etc and what things to focus on when practising. I spent a year after finishing one to one lessons just noodling about on my own and really wished that I had tried Skype lessons sooner, it would of saved a lot of time trying to do things on my own.Skype lessons have re-engaged me with my guitar and I’m looking forward to where the lessons will take me.If you’re sitting on the fence, and not sure if Skype lessons are for you, I recommend booking yourself in for an introductory lesson. All you need is a laptop with a webcam and you’re good to go!read more
Adam Matthews
10:45 11 Feb 18
Zaid is such a kind and patient tutor!! After the lessons with Zaid, my 5 years old son have developed his interest on playing guitar (which is guitalele for his age). Being parents without any music knowledge, he managed to teach him to fully understand the knowledge and skill during the lessons! Rather than watching TV, my son now likes to spend more times on his little guitar at home.read more
Tim Ngai
21:50 30 Jun 18
After searching for Guitar lessons Birmingham and finding Zaid I couldn’t be happier with the guitar tuition he has provided me with. His home studio provides the perfect professional but relaxed environment for guitar tuition in Birmingham. As a guitar tutor he’s helped me increase my skills quickly and is the kind of tutor that knows exactly how to motivate you!If you are looking for guitar lessons in Birmingham - Zaid is your man!read more
Corey Deards
14:52 24 Jun 18
After trying to find guitar lessons Birmingham for several months I finally stumbled across Zaid. Within a few short lessons he had already helped me master several simple chords and gave me the ability to learn songs by finding tabs online. Whoever I get stuck I use Zaid’s tuition to help me overcome hurdles; I really can’t recommend this Birmingham guitar tutor highly enough for any skill level guitarist looking to improve their abilities!read more
Matt 'Cobia' Stephenson
15:16 24 Jun 18
Great teacher my sister who is 7 is loving her lessons. She has learnt a lot in a short time. Zaid has a lot of patience ☺
Joseph Richardson
09:08 14 May 18
Zaid is a great teacher. He has great zeal for music and he always makes stuff simple and easy to understand. Total value for money, I totally recommend him. 🙂
Arnab Ghosh
19:20 05 Jul 18
Zaid Crowe is a friendly and approachable and jolly tutor.  His studio, which is eye catching and inspiring, is in a location served by many bus routes and train stations - it is easy to find.  I am an adult learner and knew nothing about music, so I have taken over 13 lessons- as a Casual Learner with the least academic approach.  The lesson timings are flexible, from morning to evening and weekends, these can be booked easily online with 48 hours notice and payment is made by Card or Paypal.    He caters for all ages and abilities and is patient, which makes learning fun.  He understands that we all learn differently which might be because of a learners background and our personalities and characters influence how we adapt to new skills.  A bonus is that he is responsive via email and can provide supplementary visual and audio notes to enable learners to practice more confidently in our own time.  These notes are important to maintain the best methods of ergonomics, posture, dexterity of hands, arms and to maintain "muscle memory".  Notes might be an audio of your favourite songs, with a studio voice of "counting in" and "to rest".  Photos of right and wrong postures.  Photos of the anatomy of the instrument and a diagram of chords on the neck of the guitar.Zaid Crowe has a range of guitars to choose from, so even if you have not bought one, you can get comfortable and he can suggest which to buy at some point during your learning pathway.  He has a range of books on hand, which he talks through.I feel very motivated after lessons and look forward to lessons.I would say Go For It.read more
Shamsi Latfi Rashid
18:11 03 Aug 18
I honestly couldn’t ask for a better, lovelier tutor! The most important thing I needed in a tutor was patience and Zaid absolutely works with you at your pace. The structure of the lesson was tailored upon meeting me and seeing how I learn first hand which is only going to benefit me 10x as much in future lessons, which I absolutely intend to take with Zaid. 100% would recommend!read more
Farah Osseili
11:57 02 Oct 18
After spending 18 months learning the guitar, In 30 minutes with Zaid, I learnt a great deal. He's friendly and evidently loves the guitar. Looking forward to more lessons!read more
Katie Greening
10:10 09 Oct 18
i got a lot of of the lesson zaid is very knowledgeable and took time to assess my abilities booked again thanks zaid
kulvinder sambhi
20:24 10 Nov 18
I've always dabbled with my guitar but thought it was time to start improving my playing and getting past playing just chords. Zaid is a great teacher with a lot of patience and a huge passion for music. He listens to what direction you want to go in and always has good suggestions of how to learn the more tricky parts. Playing guitar is something I've never found easy because I like to sing at the same time, Zaid has given me tips and advice on how to get my head around playing more complicated parts which has made it way easier to play and sing. He is also a gear nut which is great for conversations about what kit to try out!read more
dean0707
20:09 01 Jul 17

Ready to Begin?

Lessons start from as little as £15 (your first lesson is even free!), and can be conducted in person at my Birmingham studio, or over Skype.

I can even lend you an instrument for the duration of the lesson to get you going.

Ready to Begin?

Lessons start from as little as £15 (your first lesson is even free!), and can be conducted in person at my Birmingham studio, or over Skype.

I can even lend you an instrument for the duration of the lesson to get you going.

I have known Zaid for just shy of 20 years now. In that time he has helped me grow as both a guitarist and a musician. He is friendly, approachable and knowledgable, with a passion for helping others understand how to use theory practically.read more
Paul Williamson
09:35 27 Jun 17
Would highly recommend Zaid as a teacher. Finally started getting back into playing my acoustic after a very long break, I was really worried at first, but decided to try a few lessons with Zaid over Skype. What can I say….I’m so glad I found him. A fantastic tutor, really friendly, adaptable and patient. Lessons are always fun and my confidence in playing has come back. In the past I always got frustrated whenever I found myself hitting a plateau….but thanks to Zaid I feel like I’ve made real steady progress this time. Thanks again. Look forward to our next lesson.read more
Man Yee Lee
21:16 27 Jun 17
Zaid Crowe has spent countless hours passing on his love of music to my two little girls. Very patient and creative, Zaid always comes up with interesting ways to learn new things. Would definitely recommend to friends. Thanks Zaid!read more
Alex Buckland
19:42 27 Jun 17
As someone totally new to any musical instrument, Zaid has been absolutely great; patient, warm, friendly, flexible and most importantly, absolutely fantastically talented on the guitar! I've learnt a huge amount (both practical and theory) as well as the types of music and styles I wanted to! Hugely recommended to anyone of any talent!read more
Snoope Fiasco
19:31 04 Jul 17
Zaid is an extremely patient and passionate guitar teacher, and his mastery of the guitar has inspired me to become a better player. As an intermediate guitarist I would definitely recommend him as a teacher for learners of any level.read more
Stuart Nomimizu
20:27 09 Aug 17
I’ve had a few lessons with Zaid and I’m astounded by how differently I now approach the fretboard. Zaid breaks down complex ideas into easy to digest chunks of information, and teaches them to you in a way that you can actually apply to your playing. Zaid is friendly, knowledgeable and patient, and I would highly recommend his tuition. If you have hit a plateau in your playing (as I had) you will be amazed at how quickly taking lessons with a good teacher will change the way that you approach your instrument.read more
James Kershaw
14:41 01 Feb 18
I was a little sceptical about having guitar lessons via Skype, I had always had face to face lessons previously and worried that Skype lessons wouldn't give me the same level of interaction, and that if I was doing something incorrectly then the teacher wouldn't be able to see and correct on the fly! I needn't have worried! Zaid's lessons are brilliant! It's like having a one to one lesson with the exception that you don't need to leave your house, and the time you would have spent travelling to and from a lesson can be used for the other things in life we never seem to have time for! I use my extra time to practice for an hour after the lesson. All of the concerns I had disapeared straight away and Zaid was able to spot any issues without problem. From the first contact with Zaid, he was massively enthusiastic, even just his response when I emailed to find out availability. I emailed many Skype teachers and most of the responses I got were along the lines of 'Yes I'm available, this is how much it costs' whereas Zaid's response was comprehensive and he gave lots of background information about his teaching philosophy, and even gave me an introductory 30 minute session for free to see how we got on. The introductory lesson was brilliant, I had emailed Zaid previously to give him a backgorund of my guitar playing journey and where I wanted to get to in terms of guitar playing (something I would recommend anyone who is interested in having lessons with Zaid to do) and from the start he just knew what we should be working on, no messing around, just straight into it. We cover a lot during the lessons but it is always at a pace that seems to fit my ability to learn, and if I don’t quite understand a concept that we are working on then we stop and focus on on it before moving on.After the lesson Zaid emails a summary of the lesson, and gives a comprehinsive set of notes of things that were covered in the lesson, i.e scale patterns, chord shapes etc and what things to focus on when practising. I spent a year after finishing one to one lessons just noodling about on my own and really wished that I had tried Skype lessons sooner, it would of saved a lot of time trying to do things on my own.Skype lessons have re-engaged me with my guitar and I’m looking forward to where the lessons will take me.If you’re sitting on the fence, and not sure if Skype lessons are for you, I recommend booking yourself in for an introductory lesson. All you need is a laptop with a webcam and you’re good to go!read more
Adam Matthews
10:45 11 Feb 18
Zaid is such a kind and patient tutor!! After the lessons with Zaid, my 5 years old son have developed his interest on playing guitar (which is guitalele for his age). Being parents without any music knowledge, he managed to teach him to fully understand the knowledge and skill during the lessons! Rather than watching TV, my son now likes to spend more times on his little guitar at home.read more
Tim Ngai
21:50 30 Jun 18
After searching for Guitar lessons Birmingham and finding Zaid I couldn’t be happier with the guitar tuition he has provided me with. His home studio provides the perfect professional but relaxed environment for guitar tuition in Birmingham. As a guitar tutor he’s helped me increase my skills quickly and is the kind of tutor that knows exactly how to motivate you!If you are looking for guitar lessons in Birmingham - Zaid is your man!read more
Corey Deards
14:52 24 Jun 18
After trying to find guitar lessons Birmingham for several months I finally stumbled across Zaid. Within a few short lessons he had already helped me master several simple chords and gave me the ability to learn songs by finding tabs online. Whoever I get stuck I use Zaid’s tuition to help me overcome hurdles; I really can’t recommend this Birmingham guitar tutor highly enough for any skill level guitarist looking to improve their abilities!read more
Matt 'Cobia' Stephenson
15:16 24 Jun 18
Great teacher my sister who is 7 is loving her lessons. She has learnt a lot in a short time. Zaid has a lot of patience ☺
Joseph Richardson
09:08 14 May 18
Zaid is a great teacher. He has great zeal for music and he always makes stuff simple and easy to understand. Total value for money, I totally recommend him. 🙂
Arnab Ghosh
19:20 05 Jul 18
Zaid Crowe is a friendly and approachable and jolly tutor.  His studio, which is eye catching and inspiring, is in a location served by many bus routes and train stations - it is easy to find.  I am an adult learner and knew nothing about music, so I have taken over 13 lessons- as a Casual Learner with the least academic approach.  The lesson timings are flexible, from morning to evening and weekends, these can be booked easily online with 48 hours notice and payment is made by Card or Paypal.    He caters for all ages and abilities and is patient, which makes learning fun.  He understands that we all learn differently which might be because of a learners background and our personalities and characters influence how we adapt to new skills.  A bonus is that he is responsive via email and can provide supplementary visual and audio notes to enable learners to practice more confidently in our own time.  These notes are important to maintain the best methods of ergonomics, posture, dexterity of hands, arms and to maintain "muscle memory".  Notes might be an audio of your favourite songs, with a studio voice of "counting in" and "to rest".  Photos of right and wrong postures.  Photos of the anatomy of the instrument and a diagram of chords on the neck of the guitar.Zaid Crowe has a range of guitars to choose from, so even if you have not bought one, you can get comfortable and he can suggest which to buy at some point during your learning pathway.  He has a range of books on hand, which he talks through.I feel very motivated after lessons and look forward to lessons.I would say Go For It.read more
Shamsi Latfi Rashid
18:11 03 Aug 18
I honestly couldn’t ask for a better, lovelier tutor! The most important thing I needed in a tutor was patience and Zaid absolutely works with you at your pace. The structure of the lesson was tailored upon meeting me and seeing how I learn first hand which is only going to benefit me 10x as much in future lessons, which I absolutely intend to take with Zaid. 100% would recommend!read more
Farah Osseili
11:57 02 Oct 18
After spending 18 months learning the guitar, In 30 minutes with Zaid, I learnt a great deal. He's friendly and evidently loves the guitar. Looking forward to more lessons!read more
Katie Greening
10:10 09 Oct 18
i got a lot of of the lesson zaid is very knowledgeable and took time to assess my abilities booked again thanks zaid
kulvinder sambhi
20:24 10 Nov 18
I've always dabbled with my guitar but thought it was time to start improving my playing and getting past playing just chords. Zaid is a great teacher with a lot of patience and a huge passion for music. He listens to what direction you want to go in and always has good suggestions of how to learn the more tricky parts. Playing guitar is something I've never found easy because I like to sing at the same time, Zaid has given me tips and advice on how to get my head around playing more complicated parts which has made it way easier to play and sing. He is also a gear nut which is great for conversations about what kit to try out!read more
dean0707
20:09 01 Jul 17