I have been playing music for as long as I can remember, starting on Clarinet and working my way through the grades playing in orchestras and swings bands and even once for the Queen! I tried a bit of piano too, but it wasn't until I got hold of a guitar in the early 90's that I truly felt at home. I played as often as I could and any piece of music I could lay my hands on (this was way before the days of getting a "tab" off the internet!) from Cole Porter tunes to Led Zeppelin and Metallica songs, but most things I had to learn by ear, which is something I still actively encourage my students to do today. I played in bands all through school, doing my first 'proper' gig when I was 14 at the Masons Arms in Mansfield and have since gone on to play places like Rock City and The Garage with various other bands . I carried on my musical education by studying for a BTEC in Popular Music at West Notts College and then Music Tech at Clarendon College (now called NCN) before heading off to London to study Music, Sound Design and Music Technology at the Gateway School of Music at Kingston University. I still play the clarinet and piano, and have since taken up the tenor sax and cello, which I love!
I started teaching guitar in 2006 and have loved it ever since. It's a great process where, not only do I get to pass on my knowledge to my students, but I am still constantly learning and progressing. That's what I love about music, the constant need to keep learning new things, new ideas and techniques and I strive to pass on that passion to my students. Playing and learning a musical instrument is a way of life and isn't something that happens overnight but takes years of dedication and my aim is to make those years as enjoyable as possible.