Songwriting Lessons

Learn to tap into your own creative potential; combining harmony theory, lyric writing, music production, instrumental, singing and performance skills, find your own unique way to approach the art of songwriting.

Guitar Lessons

Learn to play the guitar with a particular emphasis on composing your own music (great for fledgling band members!) Any age, any ability any style.

Music Tech/Recording Lessons

Learn the basics of computer music production and audio engineering, program beats, design sounds and record your own music

Music Workshops

Al Southgate has been running music workshops for more than 15 years, specialising in songwriting, guitar, ukulele, singing, band skills, music tech, general music skills, parent and toddler, CPD and much more.

songwriting lessons

Songwriting is a science and an art. Al can help you explore lyric writing, melody, harmony and rhythm while working to increase your creative flow and overcome ‘writer’s block’. Sessions will be tailored to the individual and designed to help people find their own unique songwriting voice. If you want to perform, Al can help you build the confidence to face an audience; if you’re interested in recording your songs, Al can help you learn the production skills necessary to present you music to the world.

guitar lessons

Al offers a unique program of study tailored to the individual with an emphasis on students having a firm grasp of music theory and the ability to master not only the music they enjoy listening to but also their own, original compositions. Where appropriate, the learning takes place using a state of the art portable recording facility, enabling the student to take away custom made backing tracks and professional quality recordings of original compositions. Acoustic or electric; most styles catered for; any age and ability welcome.

Music Tech Lessons

If you are interested in recording your own music, making beats or becoming an EDM producer, Al can help you learn the principles of programming and sound engineering. He uses a state-of-the-art portable recording setup based around a MacBook Pro running Logic Pro X, or alternatively, he can help you find your way around your own hardware and choice of software. Learn to use a digital audio workstation creatively to write your own music, using powerful editing features along the way. Mix and master your finished track before rendering it to the appropriate file type and uploading it to a website that Al can help you create.

Music Workshops

Al has been a community music workshop leader since 2001 specialising in running a host of different music related activities. He has worked for various local charities and organisations including Community Music East, Musical Keys, The Garage, Creative Arts East, MAP, Aldeburgh Education and Access to Music. He has worked with a diverse range of client groups with a broad spectrum of needs and abilities. Contact Al to find out about tailor made Songhacks workshops for your group or organisation.


Norwich Guitar Club Coming Soon.

This September I’m launching a series of 6 week beginner guitar courses in Norwich UK   I very much enjoy teaching students one to one but, while I was a workshop leader for Community Music East in Norwich I used to love running guitar sessions for larger groups. Funding was halted for these popular short […]

The Songwriting Triangle

This is an overview of ┬áthe “Songwriting Triangle”, a tool I use to analyse my own work and make sure I achieve my songwriting goals.   A couple of years ago, I came up with the idea of the Songwriting Triangle. It’s a concept loosely based on something called the Rhetorical Triangle.   Rhetoric is […]

Relaunching Songhacks

Welcome to the new Songhacks website! This is my third attempt to create a coherent platform for my music teaching stuff, there’s not much here yet but please take a look around and make yourself at home. I have been involved in music education for a number of years now and I get great satisfaction […]

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