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Dave’s high standards, experience and encouraging coaching have meant that I have gone from a complete novice to playing, singing and writing my own songs and now recording them in less than 5 years. 
The combination of 121 lessons, group meet ups, challenging exercises to do at home and the whole rhythm shack community environment has been thoroughly enjoyable as well as very productive. 
If you’re unsure just do it, you won’t regret it. 

Happy 10th birthday Rhythm Shack! Coming along for a taster singing session a year ago was one of my best decisions, even though I was terrified at the time! I loved singing but had no confidence in my voice at all and just sang at home in my kitchen. Joining Rhythm Shack has changed that - Dave’s teaching and coaching style has enabled me to quite literally find my voice and I’m now singing and playing guitar and building confidence in this. The combination of one to one coaching with Dave, group jam sessions and opportunities for collaborating with other students has been a fantastic experience for me. They’re a great bunch of like minded people and I would highly recommend Rhythm Shack to anyone who is thinking about giving it a go. 

I've been to a few guitar teaches over the years and Dave is the best I've been to. He won't teach you how to shred but If you want to get good at singing and playing acoustic guitar, or if you can already play and sing but want to get better, look no further. The regular jam sessions and performance nights are a nice touch too, especially if you don't have other friends that play. 

Since joining Rhythm Shack I have gained lots of confidence and lots of advice to develop myself as an artist - I have began to write songs, play at gigs and have also gained the confidence to go busking. Another thing I love about Rhythm Shack is the jam sessions, having been to every one, it has been an amazing opportunity to see what other students are doing and share things of your own in a chilled and non-judgemental environment. I believe that this way of learning is crucial because although you will be pushed, it is a very relaxed environment to learn in. 
Other big news! I went busking today in Southend and made … £140!!!!!!!!! 

I started with Dave to revive a singing voice and record some of my own material. Dave has been so encouraging without being pushy, and his huge experience has enabled me to make so much progress and my confidence has risen too. Today I joined the jam session and the chance to play, sing and chat to other students was great fun and even change ideas. I look forward to the next one. JOHN CARR "The jam sessions give you a chance to play with other guitarists and singers on a regular basis  - always relaxed, good fun and you always learn something new" "Rhythm Shack has a lovely relaxed atmosphere, you learn at a pace that suits you and songs that you choose. No having to do songs you don't want to!" "Ideal for those who want to learn songs rather than scales" "Many styles are catered for at Rhythm Shack....country, blues, rock, folk...anything you like really!" DARREN WARD Brilliant! Was a lot of fun! To start with it is a bit nerve wracking as it was my first time, but within 5 minutes them nerves are long gone. The thing with the jam sessions that I thought was unique is when everyone is playing a song we all enjoy, a lot of emotions and passion for the song came to life, as we all got lost away in our own music.


I feel that Rhythm Shack has really helped me build my confidence up especially when I was quite unsure about it at first. It has really helped me know more abput myself and made me realise how much I love singing and music. Every lesson is tailored to help me and Dave always makes me feel comfortable and pushes me to do my best. I wish I joined sooner but so glad to join now. The workshops like Jam sessions is a great stepping stone to building confidence singing with and to other people who are there for the same reason and having fun. I guess you never know how much you love something until you give it a try and never stop trying :)


I used to go to see Dave at the Rhythm Shack when I lived in Essex and I thoroughly enjoyed my singing sessions there! He is a great teacher and really boosted my confidence to sing! Highly recommended for all ages/abilities.



Great and talented tutor who helped me explore my voice, always supporting and encouraging my learning every step of the way DAVE WARD Hi Dave, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed my first singing lesson, it was magic! And thank you for not making me feel even remotely self conscious about singing, which was almost more of a surprise for me than discovering my voice. :) Looking forward to more lessons and even some jams with new-found confidence...

Cheers Rob


I've been having lessons with Rhythm Shack now for a number of months and have found the lessons invaluable. My playing has improved no end, and importantly we are focusing on my long-term ambitions as a musician. With Dave Crix's vast experience, he is able to tailor the lessons exactly to your standard and requirements. Dave also has the vision to see how to put your endeavours into practice in the form of showcases, so not only presenting the opportunity to play live, but also meet and work with other students and musicians. I would recommend if you have dream buzzing around in your head to play live to get on board with Dave at Rhythm Shack – you will not be disappointed!



I'm Lewis Churchill, a student of David Crix at the Rhythm Shack. Before I joined I was at a different singing company called Harbour Studios in Rayleigh, Battlesbridge, where I had no singing experience at all and worked with a private singing coach. He guided me through the technical side of singing as well as making the most out of it and made me build on my confidence. I decided that I wanted to learn from a different teacher as I wasn't making a lot of progress and still wanted to boost my confidence. David Crix made this happen as his teaching is done in a very relaxed way, but still teaches me everything I need to know about singing such scales, low, middle and high notes, facial exercises to help you relax and of course breathing exercises. I now feel like I'm making great progress and before I know it, will be making recordings by myself and with a group of people in the studio and at venues. I may also audition for the X-Factor or The Voice when I'm up for it. :) Thank you so much for your help and bringing out the best in me. I highly recommend this to anyone starting out singing lessons.



I enjoy and really look forward to my singing lessons each week. If only I could afford to have more lessons.. Massively recommend David to any singers/guitarists no matter what experience you have or don't have.



Never would have thought after a year or so I would be jamming with others and playing in front of an audience...albeit a small one! Dave's great at building confidence, teaching that rhythm and encouraging those of us that need it....give him a go. You wont regret it.... DARREN WARD


Thank you for the last few years, you have given George more confidence in his musical choices, and he has gained a lot from his time with you. If circumstances change we will be back in touch and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you as a teacher.



Amber is still keen to attend Jam sessions, and hopefully after her exams we can pick up where we left off if you have availability. Thank you for your efforts so far.



I would like to thank you for all that you've taught me. Not just the playing but also the understanding behind the music. You're a wonderful teacher and a real nice person. I don't know what the future will bring in terms of guitar but I won't stop playing or learning as I feel I've got enough behind me now to carry on progressing.