It has been 17 years now of studying and practicing both the acoustic and electric guitar. I must admit that I am still as excited as I ever have been about this challenging and wonderful instrument, as well as the fortunate opportunities it has brought me. I have studied the work of many different guitarists over the years however the ones that keep recurring as the biggest influences on my playing and my musicality are:
John Mayer, John Frusciante, Derek Trucks, Tommy Emmanuel, Guthrie Govan and Marcus King.
As well as teaching for the last 5 years, initially for The Guitar Gym before leaving to teach privately, I have played in numerous bands and recording projects. I still think one of the best things I have ever done as a musician was to start playing covers – now I understand how the Beatles became so damn good at music! When your sole job is to make hundreds of people dance and sing with everything they have got, you learn a lot about how to play your instrument!
👆🏼You know who’s teaching me guitar here, right? Hint: best guitar player on the planet.
Projects – Past & Present
Come Home – Du0
I worked with producer Du0 to record the guitars for the ambient, chill track “Come Home”. We are currently in the process of recording an EP together.
Session guitars – Bluey TV Show
In 2019 and 2020, I have been recording guitars with composer Joff Bush for the TV series Bluey. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular children’s shows around and it’s not hard to see why. Along with a warm and endearing perspective on modern family life, it has fabulous music. Joff is a genius and recording guitars with him is always a pleasure.
Dusk Blooms is a band that was formed 6 years ago dedicated to filling the gaping hole in the current music scene that was once occupied by tasteful riffs, lush guitar layering, and loud, punchy drums! We were honoured to have our self-produced record be accepted for mixing by the legendary producer Nick DiDia. The album was recorded mostly at my home teaching studio on a laptop with drums and vocals handled by Yanto Browning. It was mixed by:
Nick DiDia (Incubus, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Powderfinger, RATM,
Tom Thum’s Human Synthesised Band
I play midi guitar in one of the most unique projects I’ve been invited to join. Tom is a human sound-effects machine and beatboxer who is always reinventing his sound and approach to music. This band is built around a concept he had been nurturing for years: a live band, all playing MIDI instruments, that control sounds that he records using just his mouth in real-time. He makes the sounds of the drum kit and then the drummer plays
Incorporating Technology into Teaching Guitar
Over time I have moved towards incorporating the latest technology in my lessons as I have found it to be such an asset to students. I teach using the Fractal Axe FX, Guitar Pro Tab Software, RiffStation, Apple’s Logic and a suite of mixing plugins. These technologies combined provide you with access to the real deal. You can learn songs exactly as they were played by the guitarist who wrote/recorded them… using the exact same tones… with tabs/sheet music that you can play, slow down and practice t.
If we are going to learn how to play
A Few Words From Students…
“I’ve seen that anyone can learn the guitar and how to play and understand music. There’s easily enough time in a busy, modern life to make good progress provided that you approach learning skills and concepts in the right order and have sufficient motivation to make a small amount of regular practice a priority! If there’s ONE thing I’ve learned from teaching the guitar to over 200 private students, it’s that everyone comes to lessons for their own reasons. One skill that I have identified which sets a guitar teacher apart is the skill of understanding what a student’s reasons for learning are and for adapting the style of lesson to support those reasons and goals. The other is knowing the order in which skills should be learnt.”