Guitar Tutor … At the age of 25 in 1986 I decided to try my hand as a Professional Guitar Tutor.
History … I have been a professional musician for most of my life and have over 27 years of tuition behind me. This shot is recent still of me teaching in Frankfurt at Musikmesse 2013.
Status … Stating with the basics through to advanced level, i can lay claim to have taught many a current music professional and successful recording artist working in the global industry today.
A rich and varied past, a keen knowledge of guitar playing, recording and songwriting with years of experience has given me a unique insight into the needs of my students as they aim to succeed in music.
If you wish to contact me regarding tuition or any of my work, availability as a session musician or studio production – just contact through email, twitter or drop me a line on the comments page. Information on how to book one to one guitar lessons is available on the tuition page.
The start of it all ….. where to begin?
Influences … these are so wide and varied it’s almost impossible to list , here are some favs .. Jeff Beck /Michael Schenker /Ritchie Blackmore /Jimi Page /Jimi Hendrix /Glenn Hughes /Vangellis /Joe Satriani /Pat Travers /Gary Moore /EVH /Stevie Wonder / The Who / Pink Floyd /.. the list is just endless.
I began playing guitar at the age of around 15 and throughout Grammar school and Sixth form formed local rock bands and performed countless gigs during this time.
Between 1979 and 1985 I recorded and performed with various bands and even toured with likes of Budgie and Jack Bruce and had auditions with several named rock acts during that time.
As lead guitarist for arguably of the best Tribute Acts around in the last 10 years, I toured some of the best venues and Blues Festivals in the country with Free & Co (The Uk’s No.1 Free and Bad Company tribute act).
Testimonials … Many of my students have gone on to be very successful in the industry as recording artists, demonstrators and teachers in their own right. Most of which i can count as personal and life-long friends, check out their stories here.
Producer/Studio … I am proud owner and producer at Curly Lead Recording Studios
Producer/Songwriter/Credits … I have produced countless demos and released albums for many local artists over the past 15 years, featuring on sessions on many an album for friends and fellow artists (even co-writing a song with Jo Cowell which was given first prize in an MTV Global talent show).
I have also managed to fit in some acclaimed songwriting credits on soundtrack work for Star Sports China, PlayStation and Dreamcast.
Just recently the studio has been commissioned to master a 6-part project with Paul Hose and Natal Drums to compose several tuition videos for the popular Modern Drummer Magazine using both audio and visual media which has received great reviews.
Educator/Author … At present I work as a full-time guitar tutor educator and author. Teaching from the my studio and at the MLC Academy at both sites of West Bridgford and Carrington St. I have just finished co-authoring a new e-book for MLC-U.
Recent projects … include being guest performer at the opening of the new MLC Academy in Marseilles (France) along with top drummers,Paul Hose and Rob Hirons. The event was a huge success and attended by top industry men Paul Marshall (Marshall Amplification) and Graig Glover (Natal Drums) who sponsored the event.
Professional Musician … My new band is a top class original Rock Band – Mortland