Information About John - Bedford teacher
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As a musical director, keyboard player and guitarist, John has toured internationally with (among others) Alison Moyet, Marina and the Diamonds and Scissor Sisters. He has worked as a composer in musical theatre (Tales of the City the Musical) and live film scores (The Lost World, Tribute to George Méliès, etc) as well as commercial projects and scores for radio. His credits as mix engineer include Alison Moyet, My Girl The River, Silverclub and Simon Arlidge.
As an educator, John has worked at Primary, Secondary and Further Education level, as well as many years of experience teaching privately in person and online.
My teaching focus reflects 20 years of experience in the music industry as musical director, keyboard player, guitarist, bass player, composer, performer, improviser and producer/mixer/arranger.
As a result, my approach is multi-disciplinary. I specialise in pop, rock, and music for image (soundtracks and film scores). My approach is led by you, meaning that we will build on what you already know and help you to become more fully-engaged with your own creative process.
For the beginner/improver level, I recommend weekly or fortnightly sessions.
For advanced students, fortnightly or monthly is usually best in order to allow you time to work on projects in between sessions.
For our first session it's good if you can bring something that you are already working on or a particular issue that is challenging you. I prefer to generate content based on what your unique needs are rather than giving each student the same exercises to work on.
If you’re interested in beginning or improving the following elements, get in touch.
Using and programming synthesisers and soft-synths
Using DAWs for studio or live application
Understanding basics of sound – onstage and in the studio
Orchestration for small to medium-size bands
Working within other creative disciplines – TV/Film/Theatre/Radio
If you are already working in music and are looking for further professional development, please see / / Advanced Tuition / / below
Are you looking for progression in ANY of the areas below?
(These online sessions are aimed towards the working musician who already has some experience of gigging / touring / recording.)
Approaches to performance
Improving your playing
Exploring other styles
Working successfully with other musicians
Using FX pedals live
Using softsynths live and in the studio
Synthesis (ADSR etc)
How to use different FX (modulation/delay/distortion etc)
Midi Sync and Playback Sync
Playing to Click
Integrating technology with a live band
Working with vocalists
Effective Collaboration with crew
Building a live keyboard setup
Designing a live playback rig
Keeping performances fresh on tour
Troubleshooting live sound issues
Chain of communication on tour
How to run effective rehearsals
How are production rehearsals different from band rehearsals?
WRITING / RECORDING / MIXING
Compositional techniques and approaches
Mixing with plugins
Writing / Mixing Template
When and how to learn new skills
Finding and sustaining work
Networking – how to do it your way
Personal projects vs Commercial projects
Promoting yourself effectively
Staying true to yourself
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Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Chew Valley School (1993) - A-Level Music (School) (✘ Not On File)