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2001
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2001 - 2003

When I was thirteen, I dreamt of being a rock star. I think I have achieved that goal to a certain extent, although I dont see my learning journey ending any time soon.

Between 2001 to 2003 I was fortunate to be in the hands of a great teacher (Alan in Kilburn) who taught me how to play a bunch of songs. I remember learning Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Guns and Roses and other rock songs.

Then I just played at home and at school in the rehearsal rooms. We had some music spaces

where some of us jammed. Then I started playing little concerts here and there on holiday or to my family.

Seven years later I would be on stage with The Kings of the City

 

1995

My musical journey had started at secondary school playing piano and then at primary I started to learn the Violin.

After getting to Grade 2 I decided it wasn’t cool so I started learning the guitar instead!

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2004 - 2005

At 16 my education progressed I took a BTEC in music technology which gave me access to recording equipment and the knowledge to start recording in different studios for different projects. Whilst establishing my recording experience I was also playing for lots of different people.

I then started with a new guitar teacher and for the next two years (2005-2007) travelled through some different styles of music and expanded my knowledge and enjoyed learning some famous songs.

For me playing guitar has always been about the music – something (as it turns out, is very important within the G4 method).

 

 
 

2006

When I was 18 six of us formed a band, jamming together and recording. What started as a bit of a laugh started to turn semi-serious.

 
2007-2011
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2007 - 2009

I went to University and studied Recording Arts at the School of Audio Engineering. Which was a 2-year course.

Slowly over some time we then started putting some real songs together driven mainly by the lead singer and the other vocalist who was a rapper/producer.

 

Suddenly I was playing professionally as lead on songs and solos and lead sections in the verses.

 
 

2011

After playing loads of gigs around the UK with Kings of the City and recording a few EPs we then got to go on tour with Maverick Saber around the UK which was amazing (2011). Few things in life compare to standing on a stage with a big crowd playing lead guitar! The thirteen year old had got his dream.

Whilst learning about studios and business amongst other subjects I continued playing in Kings of the City and gigging around London and the UK and recording new material.

After playing loads of gigs around the UK with Kings of the City and recording a few EPs we then got to go on tour with Maverick Saber around the UK which was amazing (2011). Few things in life compare to standing on a stage with a big crowd playing lead guitar! The thirteen year old had got his dream.

 

2012-2013
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Whilst learning about studios and business amongst other subjects I continued playing in Kings of the City and gigging around London and the UK and recording new material.

 
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2013

In 2013 tragically the lead singer lost his 2-year battle to cancer. We put together all of the material we had with Danny even a phone recording of a song he made that we turned into the main track of the album “no snake”.

Ali, myself, the band and other friends and family musicians recorded and he produced the whole thing which we funded using a Kickstarter Campaign.

After everything was finished and released, we did a final farewell gig to Danny and that was the end of Kings of the City. We have had over 9 million streams on Spotify in the last 5 years which is pretty cool.

2017
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2017

In 2017 Ali set up his own recording studio and I worked with him on different projects, tours, adverts and much more.

Ali, the drummer Aaron (from Kings of the City) and I reformed and started playing for an artist called Hak Baker. Ali started recording him and then got Aaron and myself involved once they had a project going.

Since then he has been on all the big radio stations (Radio 1, Radio 1extra, Radio 6 etc..) Hak has also stared on Jools Holland in 2018.

 

 

 

2017 - The teaching started

Then the teaching started.

In 2017 I started teaching Guitar in a more formal and professional sense in people’s houses. Whilst I was doing this, I kept feeling that there must be a better way of teaching, a better system that really focused on the music.

I was using different books, or getting people to tell me which songs they wanted to learn and trying to print them out and teach it to them. I found it difficult because there was no clear structure and it was hard to tell if they were improving or not. I carried out a lot of research and started following some of the commercial curriculums like rock school and trinity and continued to look at a wide range of books but something wasn’t quite clicking with me.

At the same time, I was still working on growing my own skills still further and had been working with a new guitar teacher who went deeper into music theory and we were working through the grade 8 piece of Robert Johnsons - kind hearted woman. This was a great benchmark for me as it was at that point, I realised how much more I needed to learn and improve!

I then realised that I wanted to find a way that didn’t involve exams – I didn’t want to teach people to simply pass an exam and then forget about it and stop playing music.

2019
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The Future

Since lockdown I have been teaching online which has been a learning curve and my students have been great. With good mics and a decent internet connection it is straightforward to hold meaningful lessons that move people forward.

The biggest challenges I have faced over the years is direction and focus.

It can be trying to practice every day even when you don’t really feel like it but I always came back to the guitar. I feel it is a big part of my life.

Teaching with this great system is very rewarding – there is a look that people get when they learn their first notes and chords. I love seeing people start playing their first songs.

For everyone it’s a long journey and whilst I feel I am nowhere near where I want to be I can play a lot of music. Moving forward I want to keep getting more technical and expand my repertoire. This focus on continued improvement helps me understand what students are feeling about the learning process and I feel it make me a better teacher.

 
 

2019 - The G4 Method

In around 2019 I stumbled upon the G4 guitar method. After doing a great deal of research and talking with the Australian owner of G4 I realised this was exactly what I had been looking for – everything fell in to place and I realised I had found the best method for teaching guitar,

G4 is a method that keeps evolving and moving forward, indeed, the method has evolved significantly over the past three years and it just gets better and better.

 

The best part is that there are G4 guitar teachers across the world using this method and everyone helps each other – we are a learning community and in the end much more than the sum of our

parts !

 

Guitars

I am often asked about my guitars, I own a number of great guitars including Fender acoustic, a Telecaster, Les Paul, a Gibson SG and more pedals and amps than I care to talk about!

OUR PROGRAMMES

Young Beginner

This is a program specifically designed to allow very young children to learn to play in a fun stress-free way.

​(1-2-1 and group lessons)

Ages 3 to 6 years

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Junior

Suitable for an absolute beginner or someone progressing from Young Beginners.

​(1-2-1 and group lessons)

Ages 7 to 12 years

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Senior

Suitable for complete adult and teenage beginners with a focus on playing music.
 
(1-2-1 and group lessons)

Ages 13 years to adults

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