Double Bass - Bass Guitar - Clawhammer Banjo
I was born in Nottingham, UK in the late 70's and grew up listening to folk music, funk and grunge.
I am a musician with a wide range of musical experiences to draw from. As a young man, fresh from music college, I played in many bands around Nottingham and Derby making a good name for myself as a bass guitarist. After a few years I ventured off to Germany for a few years with a funk band and cut my teeth gigging and living music before coming back to the uk.
I currently play regularly with Pad the Hoof, The Midnight Specials, The Firecrackers and The Brickyard Rounders.
I am always looking to expand my musical horizons so if you need a bassist or banjo player please get in touch. I have recently played gigs with The Po' Boys (bass guitar), Rodina (bass guitar), The Ragged Out String Band (double bass and banjo) and
The Vanguards (double bass).
If you would like to book any of the bands I play in please drop me a line or visit their website (links below).
For contact details and example tuition videos please click on the red "Tuition" button above.
I teach music in a different way to most tutors. Rather than a set syllabus and a stock of transcriptions I help craft your journey through the joy of learning music by constantly assessing where you are at, what you want to achieve and how to best help you progress. Every person has different skills and challenges, hopes and desires, levels of patience and confidence so a one-size-fits-all approach is unlikely to snugly fit anyone.
The most common situation for a guitar is that their once hopeful owner has given up on learning and left it to gather dust. I believe a lot of this is down to a lack of understanding of what they wanted to achieve in the first place and a misguided approach to learning. For example, if your dream is to play a few pop songs to your close friends after a barbecue and a couple of drinks then grinding away at an Eb melodic minor scale is not going to be very inspiring. There are plenty of songs made of just two or three chords (sometimes even just one!) that are just fantastic and great fun can be had playing these. As you progress your desire to add extra stuff will be the inspiration to learn the more abstract things. Its all about staying inspired and confident, I spend time planning this for you so you will feel good about the progress you are making and will get some reward within the first few hours of playing.
In an ideal world I'd always prefer to teach face to face but in reality this is not always possible. However there are lots of other ways that can work well too such as virtual online lessons via Skype/Zoom etc, custom made video lessons on Youtube or handwritten paper based lessons in the post.
I teach music to individual students on a daily basis and have also taught at Sore Fingers Summer School, Crossover Festival, Gainsborough Old Time Music festival and FOAOTMAD online workshops.