Music is an art form, a means of expression. Whether you just want to be able to strum a Bowie song at a barbecue, or play lead guitar in a band, maybe you want to learn how to play so you can write songs; whatever you want from your playing, I can provide the tools to help you on your way. I have taught hundreds of people to play the guitar or improve on what they already know. I have been playing since 1992 and my passion led me to start performing and teaching shortly afterwards.
My playing encompasses elements of Rock, Funk, Blues, Metal and Jazz.
I have been teaching one to one lessons since 1994.
I studied guitar under Guthrie Govan at the ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) in Guildford in 1998-99.
I lectured music for 6 years at AMS (Academy of Music and Sound) in Birmingham between 2004-2010. I was involved with class-based teaching, with up to 20 people in a single lesson, with an age range generally around 16-20, although occasionally up to 40. The lessons covered everything from playing guitar and bass, to theory, performance and business studies. The course material was written by Shaun Baxter, formerly of the Guitar Institute, London.
As a visiting teacher at Shireland Language College in Smethwick (now Shireland Collegiate Academy) between 2001-2004, and at St Huberts Primary School in Oldbury between 2002-2004.
I did two teaching sessions for the BBC1 programme 'Honey, we're killing the kids' in 2005. The show was broadcast on prime time tv.
I studied Performing Arts at Neath College between 1996-1998.
I have played in a few bands down the years. Currently I play guitar and sing backing vocals with the Really Hot Chili Peppers, a tribute band that has taken me from the Nederlands to Turkey, as well as a variety of venues in the UK, Channels Islands and Northern Ireland. This is the kind of band that performs in front of anywhere between 200 and 5000 people, and is a lot of fun! There are links to audio and video on our website. Feel free to like us on Facebook too.
Another band I have played in is Shiny Metal Boxes. I was Lead Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter for this band. There are some very progressive moments in the music, and it was an excellent vehicle for me to develop my skills in all areas. Have a listen for yourself.