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Martin offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!


Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £25.00
Casual £25.00

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Personal Description:

I'm a practising guitarist of 25 years' experience, currently working in a number of different musical projects. I gig regularly and have played three festivals this year. I basically play rock guitar in all its forms, which covers a wide variety of genres, from easy listening to urban.

I have absolutely no formal musical training whatsoever, but then again, neither did Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, or Kurt Cobain. I don't think it matters too much - in fact, I prefer my mind unencumbered by convention. It's important to choose a teacher whose music you admire and whose playing you wish to emulate. I have provided plenty of links below so you can see what I can do. I specialise in pop, blues, and rock guitar. If you aspire to be a shredder or a folky there may be better choices for teachers on here.

My main job is as a registered healthcare professional. I have a couple of little kids, a comfortable music room, and a guitar collection that numbers in the 20s. I only know that because my wife counted them one day. That was awkward.

To get an idea of what I play, and whether you would like to learn how to play like this, check these projects out:

Ten Degrees Of Pitch, my main rock band where I write the music, play the guitar, and sing. Our Shed These Skins EP is available on Spotify, Amazon, etc.

ABSORB Live, the live version of grime artist ABSORB. He's got a fan in Nick Roberts of BBC Introducing Newcastle, and has had recent radio play on Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Check out our set at this year's Lindisfarne festival, it's easy to find on YouTube

Señor Tina, a male-female act where we do small gigs of mainly covers, and we're also working on a Bond-themed album. No kidding! Check out "The Other Side" and "What Would You Give" on Soundcloud. I play all the instruments on those two tracks.

Tutoring Experience:

As above, I have no formal qualifications and have never worked as a teacher. Informally I've been giving people ad hoc lessons for years.

Tutoring Approach:

I don't offer grades. For orchestral instruments they are essential, but for pop and rock guitar they're not useful. A school-age student may already be learning the guitar at school and being taught grades, but may wish to branch out into pop and rock. A more mature student may not want a formal education or to be the next Julian Bream - they just want to rock out on a Friday night. That's where I come in.

The guitar is a unique instrument in terms of its role in the delivery of popular music. Its most famous proponents probably couldn't tell you the difference between the Lydian mode and a hole in the ground, but they produced world-changing music all the same. You don't have to sweat about complex musical theory to play the guitar. If you become good enough at playing the thing to worry about that, that's great, but the playing should come first.

The objective of most amateur guitarists is to be able to knock out a tune and a scorching guitar solo in front of an audience. There's not much more fun you can have in life. How long it takes to get to that standard is impossible to say - it depends on the individual and how much time they put in. And with that, I can most definitely help.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • University of B (2001) - Non-music related degree (Other) (✘ Not On File)

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