After university, I worked for Celebrity Cruises as an orchestra guitarist until early 2015. Being a cruise ship guitarist needs great flexibility to convincingly play in many different styles and notation reading skills, as we would often only see the sheet music the afternoon before the show for a quick run-through.
Since 2013, I have been employed to write articles on guitar tuition, and have written three books on heavy metal guitar playing published by www.fundamental-changes.com.
When I’m not teaching, I compose music for many short films and enjoy working with live sound track performances around Manchester, and perform with a wedding and function band (www.jukebox-band.com) filling dance floors all over the country on a weekly basis!
I also compose all the music and play guitar in Polar Institute, a six piece group that actively ignores borders between chamber classical music, post-rock, prog and modern jazz. Earlier this year we recorded our debut album and it should be available in early 2017. Please like the band Facebook page to find out about future gigs and the release date!
I started giving private guitar lessons in 2007, and am passionate about sharing my experience and knowledge. In that time, I’ve taught a wide range of ages and abilities, from 6 years old beginners to undergraduate music students, and adult beginners too.
Having performed in a wide range of musical styles and situation, I deliver a holistic approach to music, nurturing the listening, reading and theory of music, as well as mastering the mechanics of the instrument.