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I’m a professional guitarist and guitar tutor with more than 16 years of full time teaching experience and over 30 years of playing experience. I have been performing in bands in excess of 25 years, during which time I have worked with some fantastic musicians and played at a wide variety of venues and festivals across the UK and abroad, including the likes of Manchester's legendary Haçienda, London's Earl's Court and Glastonbury festival.

I currently have a few bands on the go, ranging from acoustic acts to an EDM band that is pushing the envelope of what can be played on a guitar (for more on that, check out Galloping Cows) and I also provide live guitar for the internationally renowned dance band, The Egg.

In addition to rehearsing, recording and performing, I thoroughly enjoy tutoring in and around Stroud, both privately and at local schools.

All of this started way back in high school when I picked up the guitar because I wanted to learn how to play the music I was listening to. After begging a friend to lend me his classical guitar, I set about teaching myself the basics. It wasn’t long before I realised that the instrument I had borrowed was sonically challenged when compared to the weapons of mass distortion that my favourite guitarists were armed with (I was initially influenced by the virtuosic nature of rock and metal, especially the solos!) and shortly after this revelation I got my first electric guitar. I continued to plough through every guitar tuition book or magazine I could get my hands on and as I progressed, friends started asking me to show them what I had learnt. It was these somewhat informal lessons that got me hooked on tutoring guitar as much as playing it.

From there, I continued to teach myself how to play, took some guitar lessons and joined a few high school bands before moving to Manchester to study music. The next few years involved lots of learning, bands, gigging, a fair few recording studios, some fascinating people and more gigging. During my spare time I continued to tutor guitar, both privately and at local colleges, but it wasn’t until 2003 and a move from the bright lights of Manchester to the spa town of Cheltenham, that I began tutoring full time and decided to use Guitology as my trading name. More recently, I have completed a move to Stroud and I look forward to helping the guitarists of the local area progress their playing.

Since its inception, the business has gone from strength to strength, with many happy students having progressed in leaps and bounds (some of whom have been regulars for years) and many recommendations making for a busy diary. I have had the pleasure of tutoring students of all ages and abilities and been fortunate enough to have helped some great budding talent go from absolute beginners to gigging guitarists.

Tutoring guitar brings me a massive amount of enjoyment and the buzz of helping someone go from can’t to can (be it playing beginner chords or nailing a lick) is a fantastic feeling. For me, a big part of it is what students bring to the lessons. Their drive to learn and progress, as well as their uninhibited creativity, is an inspiration that helps me to further my own knowledge and abilities - after all, nobody knows everything about anything, not even the most seasoned of professionals. As such, I still have lots to learn and develop, but I also have a great source of motivation and the ability to do something I enjoy. For all of this, I am very grateful.



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