SeptOber 2013: Funk Soul Teacher

It has been a busy couple of months at my new teaching studio which I am very happy about. I have had an influx of new students which has seen me teaching everything from Bach to Hungarian minor scales, Jeff Beck to grade preparation, which is all very encouraging. Many of my students are now preparing for their Trinity Classical Guitar gradings which take place at the end of November and several of my students are taking the excellent Rock School gradings which are guitar grades aimed at the modern day electric guitar player.  Although it has been busy I still have a few slots available and may be opening up for Friday afternoon lessons so please feel free to get in contact if you are considering some lessons at

I have also been out gigging and depping for the great Soul Factory who play all the best 70’s and 80’s disco and soul, think George Benson meets Lionel Ritchie so the chorus pedal and compressor have been turn up to max. That band features some great playing by the likes of Andy Hodge, Wol Webster, Richard Green and Malcolm so thanks guys, great fun. I have also been out with my function band Firefly who had the fortune of having a great drummer friend of mine Julian McClaren playing for us, which is awesome and I’m looking forward to gigging a Christmas residency with Julian’s band The Dukes Of Havoc at the start of December. September also saw me finish of a load of gigs with great function band 29 Fingers  so looking forward to seeing them again soon for more rocking gigs.

Talking of all things funk I had an audition with a great band Soul Grenades and they liked my chops enough to get me involved with them so I am really chuffed and looking forward to gigging with them very soon so keep checking for gig dates.

When I haven’t been working I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing my very dear and talented friend Kelli Leigh (whose album I played on at the start of the year) singing backing vocals for pop starlet Jesse J. A great night was had and partying with the air trumpet after was most amusing. I got to check out a new friend of mine, simply know as Jon The Drummer, band play by the name of Atlantic Soul Orchestra and they were AWESOME, I strongly suggest you check these guys out providing slick outfits with old skool tunes served up in the funkiest way.

Finally a shout out to one of my students Teresa Jefferies who has excelled with her hard working approach to guitar since she started having lessons with me many years ago and has recorded this great version of Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits. All the guitar and recording was done by her so well done Teresa, loving your work.


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