Qualifications & Experience

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Ever since I started violin lessons – at the tender age of four! – I have played and studied music of one sort or another virtually non-stop.

Successful progress through the grades on Violin and Piano was followed by mastery of both Acoustic and Electric Guitars. With Electronic Keyboards, Drums, Double Bass and Flute to follow.

I am also incredibly well versed in Music Theory to an advanced level, specialising in the Classical and Jazz fields as well as Pop, Rock, Funk, Soul, Reggae, World and Latin.

After obtaining an A level in Music and a BTEC in Performing Arts at Islington Sixth Form College I went on to follow the BA (Hons) Jazz Course at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

While at the Royal Academy of Music I studied with a distinguished team of Professors and Teachers, including such leading lights of the UK Jazz scene as John Etheridge (Guitar), Jeff Clyne (Double Bass), Trevor Tomkins (Drums) and Michael Garrick (Piano and Theory).

Performing & Gigging

A MUSICAL JOURNEY

Right from my school days I was playing with numerous Rock and Pop bands. In the course of a career of over 25 years, I have performed in concerts, gigs and jam sessions at leading venues all over London and the rest of the UK. With performances at the Glastonbury Festival and various tours abroad being particular highlights.

I have toured for some time as the Bass Guitarist with a leading UK Santana tribute band; Viva Santana and although I have stepped down from my regular spot with the band I still make occasional appearances with them. I have also contributed on the 2008 album ‘Everything is Borrowed‘ by The Streets.

On the Jazz front I have collaborated on both Guitar and Double Bass with various London-based musicians, including Leon Greening (Piano) and Christian Brewer (Alto Sax).

I also manage an on-going project organising jazz duos for intimate venues. I typically play Double Bass or Guitar when performing as part of this project. My musical partners on this project include Eddie Jenkins (Piano / Keyboards) – who has toured extensively with Lily Allen and The Streets – and Mark van der Gucht (Guitar) – an experienced session musician and regular performer on the UK Funk and Soul scene.

As an experienced multi-instrumentalist and incredibly versatile musician I am always interested in opportunities to perform in a wide range of musical styles and genres. I believe I am a sympathetic and supportive accompanist for singers and solo musicians alike.

Teaching

PASSING ON MY KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

I am a fully qualified, experienced and supportive teacher. I have enjoyed great success in teaching pupils aged from 5 to 60+, both separately and in groups, privately, or in schools/music centres and across all genres of music.

I enjoy teaching popular, classical and jazz styles – both theory and performance – on a wide range of instruments: all Guitars, Double Bass, Piano / Keyboards, Violin / Viola / Cello, Flute and Drums.

For ten years I led a Saturday Rock and Pop Group session at the Barnet Music Centre. This proved a highly popular project for aspiring local teenage musicians.

Over the last 15 months I have also run a regular Sunday afternoon workshop at Muswell Hill’s enterprising independent music shop, Les Aldrich Music. In these workshops I have offered an open and fun introduction to Improvisation in Music. These sessions covered the important theoretical framework, but with an emphasis on actual practical performance throughout the sessions. In alternate sessions I either catered for youngsters still learning to play their instruments or worked with more experienced musicians who wanted to add improvisatory skills to their repertoire.

Currently my main teaching activities include:

  • a wide range of private lessons, normally conducted in the relaxing environment of my own studio (Sensory Room Studios), located in East Barnet, North London
  • regular work at Finchley Catholic High School where, as well as instructing my own students, I collaborate with my friend Dan Farrant – current Drummer with The Buzzcocks – in running a successful lunchtime Rock club.

Although I presently have a busy diary of teaching commitments, pupils do come and go for one reason or another. It is always worth contacting me to see if lessons can be arranged to suit your diary and mine. My teaching fees are fair and in line with those of other similarly qualified and experienced London-based music teachers.

If you’re interested in a lesson or would like some advice on where to go with your music tuition, please do not hesitate to contact me.