My teaching studio based at ASCAPE STUDIOS in Bromley has been very busy with another large influx of new students this month which is encouraging for all things guitar. New students have ranged in abilities from beginner classical players to some more mature students who are looking to expand on the knowledge they have all ready acquired. My other students are busy preparing for their TRINITY College Music Exams so I want to wish them all the best of luck for their exam at the end of the month. Not all students wish to take exams but for those that do its a great way to progress on the instrument with an achievable goal at the end. The exam period occurs 3 time s year so if you are interested please get in touch and I would be happy to give you all the info you need.
My Home Teaching option is working out very well for students as it enables them to have lessons in their own home at a time that suits them. Do get in touch if you are interested in this option as i cover areas all around Bromley,Hayes Orpington and Chislehurst. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
This month I have been very busy gigging with my band Soul Grenades at several venues around London and the South East including Hootanannys in Brixton, Fox and Firkin in Lewisham and Pizza Express in Maidstone so keep a look on the website for info about up and coming gigs – SOUL GRENADES
Soul Grenades are finishing up our album currently and we have been back in the studio getting it finished so will let you know when it is complete.
Soul Grenades @ Sofa Sounds
Soul Grenades at Hootanannys in Brixton.
You can check out the video from the gig here shot by SOFA Sounds
I have also been out gigging with The RUBE GOLDBERG PROJECT which is a fantastic prog band broughtto life by the brilliant Jordan Brown. I have gigged with Jordan for several years and he asked me to play with them for the showcase of their album which i of course happily agreed to. The guys including Jordan, Lewis Jenkins on drums, Daniel Bowles on vocals and guitar and Richard on keys were an absolute pleasure to play with and top top musicians. The music was very hard (11/16 anyone!) but with only 1 full rehearsal we smashed the gig.
I was also asked to play in a production of Bugsy Malone this month at the Epsom Playhouse which was great fun. There was a lot of custard guns flying around and i took a bucket to the head that fell into the pit but it was a great production so well done all at Ewell School and thanks to Ben.
Bugsy Malone Pit
My function band Firefly have also been back in the studio recording some new demos for the new website and here I am with the wonderful Rosanna Colcough recording vocals and guitars. It was lovely to spend valentines day with her…..
A busy month playing music with wonderful people so thanks all. If you are interested in guitar lessons then do please feel free to get in touch even just to enquire and i will get back to you straight away.
@ The Studio
A slightly delayed but Happy New Year to everyone. Its been a while since I posted as i moved house over Christmas and as a result have not had any internet access for what seems like an eternity but i am back and things are busy. My Bromley studio has seen a large influx of new students which has been great as I have been helping people get started with their new Xmas presents. A lot of my new students are absolute beginners which is encouraging news in the world of guitar and i have been getting them used to their first chords as well as breaking them in with some strumming patterns and even a riff or two!. I have been teaching a lot of Ed Sheeran as well as James Arthur and people are always surprised that there may only be 2 or 3 chords in these songs and are really encouraged when they realise they can play it after a few days. I also have students who come to me and have been playing for some time or are quite advanced but want to learnt things outside of their normal playing style so I have a Heavy Metal player looking to get into some jazz harmony as well as a blues student who is keen to learn more about funk. Hopefully this shows you the kind of variety in teaching levels and styles that i work with so if you are thinking about lessons do feel free to get in touch at email@example.com
I have completed the application for my students Trinity Music Exams. Levels range this time from Initial which is a fully accredited exam prior to Grade 1 that is designed to get players used to entering for an exam as well as my student Alice going for her classical Grade 7 so best of luck to you all.
The home lesson scheme is also doing very well at the moment. I employ several teachers in and around Bromley who do home lessons for those who cannot make it to the studio or prefer the environment of their own home for lessons. Trying to juggle picking up children with dropping them off at other activities sometime means there is not time to drive to me for lessons but that does not mean that you cannot start learning the guitar. My teachers are fully insured as well as being fully CRB checked.
As well as being back in Bromley teaching at several schools I have been very busy with my band Soul Grenades which has seen us back in the studio as well as playing a sold out gig at The Pizza Express Soho Jazz Gig shortly before Christmas. We also played the Brooklyn Bowl at the O2 in Greenwich supporting the brilliant Crowd Company as well as the very last gig at The Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch. I will keep you updated with all the new recordings and the album should be finish shortly.
I have also been busy gigging with top function bands Firefly, The Sustainiacs and New Years Eve with the fantastic Soul Factory.
The start of this year saw me back with producer Mark working on some material for an American TV show
My beautiful Suhr antique
December also saw me in the studio with the The Beatniks recording music for their website and I got to play through some beautiful gear that made me almost miss gigging my amp!
Recording with The Beatnicks
Thats it for now but lots coming up in Feb. If you are interested in guitar lessons in the borough of Bromley do please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
This month has seen some big changes at my teaching studio. For reasons beyond my control it was no longer possible for me to remain at my old studio so i am exited to let you know that lessons have been moved to ASCAPE STUDIOS in Bromley. Ascape studios is one of Bromleys top rehearsal and recording rehearsals and my teaching studio is now locate here. The only thing that has changed is the venue as we still have a waiting area for students, tea and coffee etc for your comfort and the new location is only a 1 min drive from the old location.
Apart from this small change everything else is full steam ahead as normal. I have students getting ready for their Trinity music exams coming up in December as well as a large influx of students who are just starting guitar or expanding on their musical goals. My home teaching programme is doing very well so if you are interested in lessons or know any one who is then do get in touch and I can help you start your lessons at a time that is convenient and comfortable for you.
I have been busy gigging as all ways and have been out with some great bands which include The Strobe Band as well as dipping for Mr James Gale as well as my band Firefly and the mighty SuperBad. Here is me rocking out with Firefly at a Charity Ball last week.
I have also been back in the studio writing with producer Mark as well as recording some guitars for various projects.
My beautiful Suhr and Axe FX
My band Soul Grenades have been busy int he studio as well as shooting a video to go with a new single which will be out soon. A teaser can be found here.
Thats all for now
Soul Grenades at a rainy festival
Its been a great summer so far full of gigs with new bands as well as hitting the studio with my band Soul Grenades.
Sometimes the summer months can see my Bromley teaching studio becoming quite due to people being on holiday and i suspect the lure of a pub garden however this year it has been very busy. I am pleased to say all of my current students who took there grades all passed which is great news and there has been a large influx of new students which is very encouraging. There is still space available and if you are not aware i also employ a second teacher who can provide you with home lessons at a time that suits you so if you are interested please get in touch. The studio has easy parking is fully equipped with all the guitar related stuff so all you have to do is enjoy playing. We also have tea and coffee as well as waiting area for parents so drop mean email at email@example.com for more info.
This summer saw me play out with some great new bands. Its all ways a pleasure meeting new musicians and getting the chance to play with them so i wanted to say thanks to Lovin the 90’s who had me playing everything from Gina G to Hanson and it was the first tim i had ever played Barbie Girl by Aqua! .I also played out with the Beatniks and also Backbeat Entertainment which was in the grounds of a rather stunning castle and were a stellar bunch of musicians. I also depend for the great James Gale with his band the Sustainacs who were an awesome bunch even in the rain!
James, Matt and Steve finding me very amusing as always!
My band Soul Grenades have also been very busy gigging at some festivals as well as playing a greta set at Londons Jazz Cafe supporting the Brooklyn Funk Essentials which was a great gig and BFE were on fire. Jazz cafe was a beautiful venue for a gig so thanks to Milan for getting it sorted.
Live at festival
ME and Sabina at the Jazz Cafe
Soul Grenades have also been in the studio recording our new EP so will keep you updated as to when that is ready for the world.
Per Dress Vintage Gig
At lastly i have got a Fractal AX8 which is making life much easier and i may do a short video on it soon. I have another project i am currently working on but i will tell you more as it moves forward.
Please do get in touch if you are in the Bromley Area and are looking for guitar tuition. All ages and levels are taught and anything for classical to metal can be learnt so get in touch.
Hi and welcome to this months newsletter and unfortunately it has been rather a sad one as my student Dr Teresa Jefferies passed away this month. Teresa had been having private lessons with me for many years and was a fantastic guitar player as well as being a fantastic person with a brain the size of the moon. Teresa was a scientist for the Natural History Museum of London as well as being an awesome musician, baker, guitar builder, singer the list go’s on. Me and several other of my students played at her funeral service which was brilliant and I just wanted to take a moment to remember her. You will be sadly missed T!.
@ The Studio
The studio is very busy and my home teaching option is proving a huge success with students loving the flexibility of having a lesson that suits them rather than when I can necessarily fit them into my register. If this is of interest to you please do drop mean email and i will be happy to give you any info you require.
A lot of my students are getting ready to take their Trinity Music exams this week so very best of luck to you all though I am sure they will all pass with flying colours as they have been working so hard towards it. Music exams are only part of the my teaching at the studio as a lot of my other students are studying all sorts of music and this month i have covered everything from No Doubt, Skid Row, Guns n Roses, Lydian Dominant Scales, Blues and of course Greensleeves!.
I have been gigging a lot with many of the top function bands I play with including Firefly, Superbad and 29 Fingers and have played huge mansions in the Kent country side as well as a circus big top. Here is me out with 29 Fingers who have a very party and tartan vibe going on!.
My funk band Soul Grenades having been playing a lot of gigs in and around London including the Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch as well as Pizza Express in Chelsea which you can see below
You can also catch us supporting Brooklyn Funk Essentials at the Jazz cafe on the 20th July. You can get tickets here on the Soul Grenades website
I also got to see the guitar wizard that is Steve Vai who was performing the whole of Passion and Warfare from start to finish. Was a greta night and took back to be a young guitar player practicing hard.
Have a good month all.
Hello to you all and apologies as its been a while since i last posted but life can get so busy sometimes. The studio has been keeping me busy as well as lots of gigs and school teaching as well as playing in a musical and working hard with Soul Grenades.
The studio has been really busy at the moment mainly due to a lot of my students preparing for their Trinity Music exams as well as lots of new starters. I am very pleased to say that every single one of my students passed their exams which ranged from the Initial Grade (a fully accredited exam that new students can take before their Grade 1) to Grade 4 and I received some of the best exam results yet so I wanted to say a big well done to all of my students who have worked very hard to achieve their results. If may be worth letting you know that Trinity have updated their guitar syllabuses which you can find out all about here http://shop.trinitycollege.com/shop/prod_series_list.asp?seriesID=100216. Here you can see my Grade 4 student Katy working hard on her pieces during our lesson.
As well as my classical students I have been busy teaching blues and rock as well as helping some students get started with the Rock School examinations which again are fully accredited examinations but tailored to the more rock and roll type of player.
Having guitar lessons at my teaching studio works very well for some people but for others its not so convenient so for the last few months i have employed there services of an ex student of mine Neil who has been providing home lessons for me. The option to have lessons at home gives you the opportunity to decide on the most suitable time or day that works for you. This system is working very well for the students in question so if you think you would be interested in this option then please do get in touch with me and i would be more than willing to help you book a lesson that works for you.
I have been out gigging as always with the awesome Firefly as well as Superbad and most recently we rocked out at Aspers Casino at the Westfield Shopping Centre. As well as that my band Soul Grenades have had some great gigs in around London as well as a Mothers day special at Pizza Express in Maidstone.
I found my self back in the studio with the legend that is Mark last week as he wanted to record some tracks for his album.
I also had the pleasure of playing with some fantastic musicians including the awesome and occasional Firefly drum dep Benjamine Essenhigh in the musical GHOST at the Bob Hope Theatre. The cast, crew and MD Hannah were on top form and i had a great week playing some rocking music as well as finding a great new pub in Eltham.
Thats about it for this month and if you think you would be interested in Guitar Lessons in Bromley either at the studio or at your home then drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bromley Concert Chorus Christmas Gig
A very Happy New Year to you all i hope you had a wonderful Christmas and am as stuffed and well rested as my self. I had a great Christmas catching up with family and friends and got some brilliant presents and been out gigging.
Christmas kicked off with a great double concert featuring the London Concert Chorus conducted by George Tormann and featuring the delightful Jonathan Cohen on piano and organ. The concert was great fun and is all in aid of Bromley Mind charity which helps people with mental health issues in and around Bromley and Lewisham and this year they managed to raise £6000 so massive congrats to them all. Thanks to Kevin Sloane on bass and Chris Persiva on drums for a brilliant gig. Here is a link to the great work that Bromley Mind does, https://www.blmind.org.uk.
As well as eating far to much and drinking excessive amounts of red wine I was out rocking with Firefly for some Christmas gigs featuring miss Rosanna Colcough on vocals who I had the pleasure of also sharing my New Years Eve Gig with.
Firefly Gigging Hard
Happy New Years!!!
The studio is as busy as ever with everyone practicing hard for their Trinity grades that happen in December. The results are due any day now and some students are all ready practicing for their next grade in spring of this year.
Last year I gave the option of students having lessonS at their home and I am pleased to say the that the trial period has gone very well. Having lessons at home gives you the option to have the lesson at a time that fits in with your diary as well as meaning you can have the lesson in an environment you feel comfortable in. If you are interested in lessons please get in touch as there are places available for all times of the week.
Right I’m off to the gym!.
The studio has had several new students start this month and its great to see so many people so enthusiastic about learning to play the guitar. Some of these students have never even picked up a guitar before and its amazing to see the progress in only a matter of weeks where by they are all ready playing their first songs as well as the students who are learning classical guitar. Which reminds me the count down to the Trinity Music Grade Exams has begun with many of my private students studying hard for their grades as well as the many school students I teach for with the Bromley Youth Music Trust (BYMT) so I wanted to wish them luck. Grading for Trinity happens 3 times a year at a local exam centre (my students take their exams in Sidcup) and they are a great way to help students to focus as well as the sense of achievement in taking and passing an exam. If you have any questions about the exam process then fell free to drop me an email.
The HOME LESSONS trial is going really well and I have received a lot of interest as well as having several students having lessons in the comfort of their home at a time that suits them. If you are interested in this then please drop me an email and I will let you know all the details.
Christmas is fast approaching and now is a great time of the year to get some one special guitar lessons to help them rock in the new year. Get in touch for more info at email@example.com
I have had the pleasure of being out with the fantastic SUPERBAD band again this month. The guys are all great players and with our new singer FLO the band are sounding as tight as ever. You can check out there Facebook page here. /https://www.facebook.com/groups/1609998599219158/photos/
Here are a few pics from some gigs this month with them
My band Soul Grenades have also just released our first EP SUNSHINE and we have made a video to go with it which you can check out here. It was shot in a sunny park in north London and we are really happy with how it came out.
Its is also available on iTunes : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sunshine-ep/id1054077464
Here is a video from our EP launch at the 229 Club in London
That is about it this month and if you have any questions regarding any of the above then please drop me an email.
@ The Studio
The studio has been getting busier and busier which is great news and there has been a huge variety in the levels, ages and styles that I have been teaching. The start of the September school term is always manic time and I have found my self nearly running out teaching time at the studio however I am currently trialling a new teacher i have employed who will soon be staring home lessons in association with Keir Moore Guitar Teaching. This is a great step forward for both me and the students as the teaching times at my studio are not always ideal for every individual but now students can have the same quality of teaching but in their own homes at a time that suits them and their family best. I have only started this trial period this month so will be letting you know how it goes in next months blog. If you are interested in having guitar lessons at home please do get in touch and I would be more than happy to discuss with you. I do still have a couple of slots free at the studio on Wednesdays and Tuesdays.
As I said the studio its self is really busy at the moment and I have not only been welcoming all the new students but also been preparing and entering all my current students for their Trinity Music Exams which take place at the end of November. If you are interested in entering for an exam or would just like some more details about it then feel free to email me with any questions.
I have been gigging a lot through September with some top function bands including 29 Fingers, Firefly and Superbad. The gigs have been great and I managed to grab a video of The Fingers smashing out Bruno Mars Uptown Funk.
I have also been really busy with Soul Grenades my originals funk band and this month we have been busy in the GTA Studios recording our new EP due for release on the 29th of October. We are just finishing up some mixing and BV’s but it is sounding awesome and really looking forward to getting it out. Here is a few shots from us in the studio
Me laying down some guitar
Chris wondering what to do with the drums
I also managed to record probably the best guitar part ever which you can see here….
As well as recording our EP in time for our release gig at the 229 club in London we have been shooting a video to go with the title track of the EP “Sunshine”. It was a long day but there are worse places to chill out in. Here is a collection of some of the shots of the day and hopefully by my next blog I should have the video up and ready to go.
As well this month i had time to pop into the Mike Panos blues jam at the Greyhound in Keston (2nd Wednesday of the month) as well as jamming with the Kritian Baker all-stars (featuring Dukes Of Havoc’s Julian Mc Lovin on drums) at the Change of Horses jam night. I will also be giggin with the Kritian Baker all-stars this friday the 16th at the ONeils Pub in Bromley featuring Mr Kirk Fletchers drummer and all round nice guy Wez the drummer so pop in if you fancy a beer.
Write off to reheasal and more tune writing for Soul Grenades, have a good month.
@ The Studio
The studio has been getting very busy and I have had a large influx of new students starting which is great news. I have had some beginners start as well as some older advanced players so I have been teaching everything from 3 blind mice to Get The Funk Out by Extreme which has been 2 extremes but go’s to show the variety in levels of my students. There are a few spaces left after school hours around 4 and 5 pm so please do get in touch if you are interested in guitar lessons in Bromley. I am preparing to go back to school teaching for the new term as I teach in schools for The Bromley Youth Music Trust and this means I have just taken my refresher course in Protecting Children which is necessary when teaching in schools as well as having a full CRB check.
Gigging hard with Mr James Mc Master
A great Indian wedding with Superbad
So August is prime wedding season time and this month I have been gigging a lot and have seen many many brides,drunken grooms and enough dad dancing to last me a lifetime but I did have some great gigs. I have been out with The Beatnicks, Superbad, Firefly, SF6 and more and they are all a great bunch so many thanks guys.
I also managed to catch this video of Firefly playing Sweet Child O Mine with the incredible Wez Johnson on drums who is shortly to be touring with amazing blues guitar player Kirk Fletcher.
I was also well over due a pedal board makeover and so decided to delve into the world of pedal switchers and have my board rebuilt. I am not a big gear head but the basics of the foot switcher (Muiscomlab Lite M6) is that all of my pedals can go into it and I can turn any of them on or off as well as changing midi and switching channels on my amp. I had a go at sorting it out my self but after several days of flipping through manuals and trying to strip wires I contacted Darren Taggart who did a wonderful job in sorting it all out and writing it up and can’t thank him enough. If you need any guitar work done I can highly recommend him and you can find a link to his website here http://www.darrentaggartguitar.co.uk. Here is a couple of pics of before and after!
I mentioned last month that I had been composing some music for an English Phonics School in Singapore, well the video is now up and had over 14,000 views so far so go check it out here.
Have a nice month and see you in September.