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I have been teaching in the local area since 2010 both privately and for the Stratford Music Centre on numerous instruments. I teach mainly from home, but am able to travel if needs be. I offer very competitive rates for both hour and half hour sessions so can cater to every need. Whether you’re 8 or 80, there will always be an instrument for you and I want to be the person to show you!
I started learning guitar at the age of 10 after I wanted to learn something new, having played the violin for 3 years previously. My love of the guitar and music in general launched into the stratosphere after I made this decision, and I can happily say I’ve never looked back! At 16 I’d gained my grade 8 Rockschool exam and had started my academic journey into a professional music career at Stratford College studying the Music BTEC. I continued to develop academically when I went to Coventry University and thoroughly stretched myself playing repertoire at a licentiate diploma standard for my final year in 2013. I’ve got quite an eclectic taste in music, mainly swinging towards rock and metal, however my real love is progressive rock. Spanning from classic 70s prog like Yes and Genesis, to modern progressive metal bands like Dream Theater and Haken, I will listen to it all. I think it’s the real complexities in time signatures and harmony that really grab my attention and make me think wow!
I am completely self-taught on bass, having thrown myself straight in when I joined Midlands band Cyanide Later. Having been used to string instruments for some time, the bass came very quickly to me, which has helped me to gain a good reputation for being a top quality player in the local area. Through playing bass I have come to appreciate many of the legends of the industry such as Jaco Pastorius and Flea for their fluidity and speed of playing, and their ability to withstand the blisters!
My first love. I started violin when I had only just turned 7 after a local music teacher saw my potential whilst I was in a singing for fun group. Why I picked the violin, I don’t know, but I think it was the best decision of my life. Since then it has enriched my life every day and I can happily say I have no regrets. I achieved my grade 8 ABRSM exam aged 18, and am currently the leader of the second violins for Stratford Symphony Orchestra. If I was to pick a favourite period of classical music, I don’t think I could really say a specific era. However my favourite composers would have to be Stravinsky, Mahler, Vaughan Williams, Delius, and Rachmaninov to name but a few. My real hero is Nigel Kennedy, who has broken down the class barrier for classical music and made it accessible to everyone. He adds a very playful side to an often quite stuffy genre of music, just look up his version of Monti’s Czardas!
Another completely self taught instrument, I actually learnt by chance as I was asked to do some cover teaching for a friend so had to quickly learn it in a week! It’s a very accessible instrument to learn as they’re cheap to buy and easy to learn. Like all instruments it can be learnt at any age, as at one stage I was teaching a student in her seventies, so it can be done! I try to avoid the cliché music of Hawaii and George Formby, but if that’s what you want to learn then I am more than happy to oblige.