Key To Music

Key To Music is a provider of top quality music tuition in Edinburgh. We help students achieve their

If you have struggled in the past with self teaching on guitar or you aren’t sure how to get started, get in touch for your free intro session and discover that there are fewer hours than you thought between where you are now and playing some great songs. We are conveniently located for Edinburgh guitar lessons on Royal Terrace.

Operating as usual


Some of you will remember Key to Music student Nat Wilson His new band the Burnside Burners have a gig not to be missed this Sunday 2nd of July at the Hive in Edinburgh. Very inspiring for all of us to see our alumni musicians turn professionals doing their thing. Particularly fans of blues music (hopefully all of you!) get yourselves along to this. ⭐️🎸

Photos from Key To Music's post 08/06/2023

We all had a really great evening at The Leith Depot on Monday night for a students open mic and jam session. Well done everyone 👏🤩 also huge thanks to this awesome venue for hosting us

Photos from Key To Music's post 09/03/2023

This months student Open Mic night was a huge success! Well done everyone!! 👏 ⭐️


I’m one of six instructors presenting at next Saturday’s guitar breakthrough summit. It’s free to attend and the sessions will explore aspects of blues guitar, acoustic guitar, guitar technique and speed, composition and songwriting. A nice and musically valuable way to spend what could otherwise be a dark damp January afternoon!

Want to improve your songwriting?

Meet our next expert at Guitar Breakthrough Summit:

• Diana De Cabarrus - Songwriting Mastery Coach (UK): Spilling the beans on how to Write Lyrics That Stick In Your Listener’s Mind

Join us - for free, from your home by locking in your spot today at


Which movable scale pattern should I learn first on guitar? My vote is always for the pentatonic string pairs.

These are incredibly useful! They are basically a get out of jail free card for your fretboard.

With one little pattern, you can cover the whole fretboard. They learn themselves very well to be using slides and bend and hammer ons.




Easy way to make your pentatonic phrases sound musical.


Last session of the year with the awesome Ruth, playing us out with a Christmas original at our regular open mic!

Photos from Key To Music's post 21/12/2022

Merry Christmas from some of our awesome Juniors!


Going live today at 5pm as a guest of Tommaso Zillio, (Guitar and Music Theory For Guitar wizard) on his channel
Join us live or watch the replay if you're interested in songwriting - we're discussing how you can take a well-trodden theme (like Christmas) and respond in an individual way, or give your own twist and expression to a popular theme.

Theory Talks - Live Stream Get my FREE eBook “18 Tips To Make Your Pentatonic Solos Sound Professional” here:

Key To Music on Instagram: "The Key to Music Advent Calendar is here! #haveyourselfaverystrummychristmas #guitarlessons #guitaredinburgh #guitartips" 01/12/2022

Check out our Instagram this month for the first ever Key to Music Advent Calendar, where we will be giving you some tips and tricks for your guitar playing and generally getting into the festive spirit. 🎄See you everyday till Christmas!

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Photos from Key To Music's post 24/11/2022

We host a regular open mic for students who want to come along and get some practice playing in front of others and hone their playing chops. It’s always an awesome and supportive evening of great tunes and performances and a chance to try out covers or original material they have been crafting arrangements for! Well done students for another great open mic tonight - KTM stars


When was the last time you trained your rhythm skills? stay tuned for some short and very effective activities that will make your strumming sound pro. , tag

Photos from Key To Music's post 29/09/2022

Students open mic night tonight. Some performing for the first time EVER. What a brilliant evening with fantastic performances and camaraderie. Bravo KTM super stars! 🤩

Songwriter's Block: How To Get Unstuck [with Diana de Cabarrus] 22/09/2022

Live stream in T - 10 minutes! Diana will be joining the legendary Tommaso Zillio on his YouTube channel Music Theory For Guitar. This one is all about how to get unstuck when you are writing your own music. Very relatable!

Tune in for some inspiration and top insights here 🎸🎈

Songwriter's Block: How To Get Unstuck [with Diana de Cabarrus] Join songwriter Diana de Cabarrus and yours truly Tommaso Zillio for a chat on how to get unstuck when you are writing your music. Diana will share some grea...

Photos from Key To Music's post 27/08/2022

A bunch of super cool dudes performing at the Portobello Beach Busk today. Exceptionally proud of you all for showing up and rocking out. Your hard work continues to pay off in skill and also mega cool points!! A joy to watch 🙂🥳😎Well done everyone!

Photos from Key To Music's post 27/08/2022

Very proud of guitarists who went along and took part in the Big Beach Busk today! I used to really enjoy this event and I'm glad I get to see the clips and photos from Spain! Great job everyone :) 🤩


Students present and past! Fancy a spot of busking? 🤩 Key to Music is heading down to the infamous Portobello Big Beach Busk this Saturday!

If you have some songs you’ve been dying to try out to an audience, some old covers you’d like to dust off, would like to jam in with some others or just head down for some fun and great live music please do join us. We’d love to see you!

Sarah will be there to greet you at 11.30am near ’The Beach house’ cafe on the promenade. From there we will find a spot to set up, and relax into the great atmosphere of the day.

See you there!


I enjoyed presenting a session on songwriting over in the US of A!

Timeline photos 22/06/2022

I had a great time presenting on songwriting at Hessfest in the States and seeing the other intriguing presentations on various aspects of guitar playing, composition and technique. We start with the Ear-Training tomorrow. The approaches to ear training I encountered at college were quite traditional and have been superseded in the intervening years, so I'm looking forward to getting more up to date methods and seeing improvement in my own ability to play what I hear in my head.


One of our juniors rocking ‘Hey Jude’ today for the first time - go Connor! I’m consistently impressed at the determination of our wee juniors, getting past the sore fingers stage can feel super hard - I still remember it!
You rock juniors!

Photos from Key To Music's post 11/06/2022

Great times and memories from our most recent student jam session at the Outhouse in Edinburgh April 2022 🎶😎🥳


Edinburgh artist Kirsten Adamson has a fundraiser single out for the Ukraine, Peace in our time. It’s her interpretation of a song written by Stuart Adamson (her father) of the band Big Country. It’s wonderful and it’s fantastic to see an Edinburgh artist get visibility. It’s at 14 in the iTunes chart! Support a deserving local artist and a deserving cause.

Ok we have done it! #1 in the Singer/Songwriter chart. Thank you so much ❤️ ❤️ this is wonderful news!! Let’s see if we can get further up the main chart! Currently at number 14 in the overall iTunes. Can we get up beside Pink Floyd and have two peace songs riding high??

Go everyone! Thank you all for your support, we can surely make a difference now. 🕊

Learn About Looping On Guitar 17/03/2022


We are doing a workshop on how to use LOOP PEDALS on Sunday 3rd April, and we have, drumroll, OUR FIRST STUDENT JAM/OPEN MIC IN OVER TWO YEARS on Thursday 7th April at the Outhouse. Newsletter coming soon - I will be travelling up to Edinburgh for the week and would love to see any current and former students who'd like to come.

Learn About Looping On Guitar Curious as to how loop pedals work?

If You Want Smarter Kids Teach Them Music, Not Coding, According To MIT 23/02/2022

If You Want Smarter Kids Teach Them Music, Not Coding, According To MIT Most parents want their children to be intelligent and successful. And while some experts have pushed parents to teach their children coding, new research is pointing to music as the gateway to smarter kids. While coding does allow for a great advantage when it comes to technology, it lacks many ben...

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