MY VIEW ON TUTORING TALENT
Selection Process - I have aspired to the highest level of performance, in venues from stadia to clubs, and subsequently I want that for my mentees. I audition prospective students to ensure that they are able and willing to work hard, show talent and flair for what they do and have the drive and ability to excel.
Tuition & Mentoring - Guitar playing, first and foremost must be fun and rewarding, not endless drilling and focussing solely on grades. The last thing I want to see is a young person having the life sucked out of this amazing experience by regimented approaches to tuition, because the teacher "does it that way". It must inspire you to express yourself.
It is incredibly important to me to pass on experience and knowledge to up-and-coming new musicians in a practical way; to give life-long essential business and performance skills to emerging talent. Without that, and the wealth of practical experience and advice (good and bad) I've been given from other musicians, I wouldn't know a tenth of what I do now. My goal is to offer that to you.
Of course, you can get music lessons anywhere and achieve your Grade 8 with most music teachers. But stagecraft, performance, equipment, music business, essential skills - all the things a practical working musician will need - you will need someone with 30+ years touring and recording experience to really avoid pitfalls and get you where you need to go - along with real, practical lessons in playing, production, technique and tone. I do that.
Take a look at what the practical benefits will be - you will NOT get this in a regular school music curriculum and it will set you apart.
My BIO page will show the credentials I have to make this happen for you.
I don't believe in short cuts per se, but the premise of my teaching is to create just that: useful short cuts to realising excellence, by focussing on the real needs of a gigging and recording musician. These are skills that I have learned over 30 years, but you do not need to wait so long to learn those skills and benefit from what I know. Experience is a good teacher, but a great teacher with international experience makes all the difference.
PRACTICAL MUSICAL THEORY AND ITS APPLICATION
You won't be caught short when other musicians ask you to follow, You can jam with confidence and hang with the best.
ENHANCED GUITAR PLAYING SKILLS
Dissecting your favourite styles and lines, really learn your way around a fretboard. Enhanced techniques to make you sound like "you".
HOW TO SET UP YOUR INSTRUMENTS & EQUIPMENT
Proper care & maintenance. Optimal setups for your guitars and amps for reliability and perfect tone.
HOW TO PLAY WITH OTHER PEOPLE
Protocols and unwritten rules to collaborate and work with others without falling out or just looking inexperienced.
STAGECRAFT & PERFORMANCE
Don't just play, perform. Learn to be you at the highest level, to impress, entertain and really project yourself.
Stages, sound rigs, crew, lighting, box office, touring, travel, visas, contracts and legal, - all that, and more.
TONE, SOUND QUALITY AND PROJECTION
Finding your own voice. Tone is character. And it's in the fingers, not the gear. Don't sound like everyone else.
HOW TO WORK WITH TECHNICIANS (STUDIO & LIVE)
Speak the language, know what is and is not possible before asking them to work with you. Don't look inexperienced.
DEFINING YOUR OWN STYLE
Work out what you want to say and how to say it.
AMPS, PEDALS, INSTRUMENTS
Have incredible fun learning all the nuances of sound, pedals & effects -and create magic.