At the heart of my own expression as a player and the soul of my teaching is a wooden box with 6 metal strings, the steel string acoustic guitar. As an instrumentalist it has so much to offer, and as an accompanying instrument it complements the human voice to absolute perfection.
I am a musician who is still in love with the acoustic guitar. I own a Martin D18. It is not the most beautiful or most expensive guitar in the world, there are even better guitars but my guitar is part of me, as music is part of me.
I write songs and lyrics, i arrange songs for guitar and voice or as instrumental pieces. I can support you in many ways.
- acoustic fingerstyle and playing with pick
- pop, folk, blues, country, jazz, singer songwriter
- converting from electric pick to acoustic fingerstyle
- solo (instrumental) playing and
- guitar accompaniment (for voice)
- open chords and barre chords
- chord changes
- using guitar tablature and rhythmic notation
- keeping time, rhythm and time signatures
- understanding key, chord families and progressions
- songwriting and arranging guitar for voice
- the CAGED system
- scales and arpeggios
- melody and harmony
- chord construction and chord extensions
- alternate folk and blues tunings and slide guitar
This is only a selection of genres and 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...)