Styles and techniques taught

  • Acoustic and electric guitar
  • Fingerstyle, rhythm and lead techniques.
  • Combining rhythm and chord changes.
  • Barre chords and the CAGED system.
  • Improvisation and creativity.
  • Songwriting and arranging guitar for voice.
  • performance, recording and open mic skills.
  • Reading and using guitar tablature and rhythmic notation.
  • Support with rock school grades.

I have a genuine love of all music. I have taught so many styles of music and been introduced to so many great new artists and songs by my students. Teaching has increased my appreciation, range of interest and understanding of music.

I am committed to helping you play the music that you love. All teaching is song based and all lesson content is personalised around your musical passions at a level that is appropriate to your ability. This will motivate you to pick up the guitar more than any technical exercise or standardised text.

This is only a selection of genres and great artists that I have taught...

INDIE (The Smiths, Radiohead, Oasis, Blur, Arcade fire, The Doves, Pulp, Stone Roses, The Pixies, Kasabian, Badly drawn boy,  Elbow, REM, The Libertines, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, Eels, Verve, Nirvana, The Kooks, The Killers, Belle and Sebastian, Caged the Elephant...)

ROCK and POP (Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, The Beatles, Santana, Pink Floyd, Stereophonics, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Guns and Roses, Clapton, CCR, David Bowie, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Sabbath, Quo, The Cult, The Eagles, Crowded House, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Rolling Stones, Foo fighters, Free, Deep Purple, Dire Straits, The Creme, The Who, Bad Company, BOC, Bon Jovi...) 

SINGER SONGWRITER (Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, KT Tunstall, Michelle Shocked, Simon & Garfunkel,  Tom Petty,  Van Morrison, James Taylor, Nick Drake, Jake Bugg, Donovan, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Adele, James Blunt, Paulo Nutini,  John Denver, John Grant,Tracey Chapman, Iron and wine,  Jose Gonzalez, Sufjan Stevens,  Natalie Merchant, Judy Collins, ...)

ROCK n' ROLL (Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochrane, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Everley Brothers...)

FOLK (Mumford & Sons, British Isles, and American, open tunings, fingerstyle, flat picking,  John Martyn, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Stefan Grossman,  John Renbourn, Davey Graham, Martin Carthy, Woody Guthrie,  John Fahey...)

ELECTRIC BLUES (Seasick Steve, Peter Green: proper Fleetwood Mac, Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Black Keys, T Bone Walker, Otis Rush, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters...)

COUNTRY BLUES (Delta, Ragtime, Slide, fingerstyle, open tunings, Robert  Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Charley Patton...)

PUNK, GRUNGE and NEW WAVE (Sex Pistols, The Jam, Joy Division, Green day, Nirvana, Pearl jam, The Stranglers, The Buzzcocks, The Police, The Cure, Hot water music, Smashing pumpkins, Lucero, Magazine, Echo and the Bunnymen, Menzingers, Gaslight Anthem, Teenage bottlerocket...)