Guitar Lessons

Tim Sole | Guitar

Lessons are £19 per half hour

To book a lesson with me, please give me a call on 07890 142 713 or alternatively email me on timsole71@gmail.com 

Where were you born?
Banbury

Who do you teach? (i.e age range, ability etc)
Beginners to intermediate

How long have you been playing your instrument?
40 Years

What is your favorite chord?
The Minor and Major 7ths

Who are your musical influences?
Jason Becker, Steve Luckather , Gary Moore to name a few

Top tip for learning to play your instrument?
Practice, Practice, Practice!

Why should you learn to play an instrument?
It’s a much more constructive way to spend free time, rather than playing on a games console and Facebook!

Biography
I began playing guitar in 1979 at the age of 7 and was classically trained by a well-known, well respected classical teacher. I continued with classical for 6 years until my desire to play rock music became too great.  By the age of 16 I was playing in a working covers band with my dad and did so for 2 years until my own song writing meant that I could branch further afield. Since then I have been a member of several well known local rock bands, featured on the Tommy Vance BBC Radio 1 Friday Rock Show and trodden the boards of many of the UK ‘so most prestigious venues such as the Marquee Club, The Mean Fiddler, Oxford New Theater and more recently the Oxford O2 and Londons’ famous 100 Club.


Keith Masey | Guitar

Lessons are £18.50 per half hour

To book a lesson with me, please give me a call on 07716 145 711 or alternatively email me at keith.masey@gmail.com

Where were you born?
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

How long have you been playing your instrument?
I first guitar started in the early eighties. So 37 or so years. I don’t think about that question, it makes me feel so old! I got serious about the instrument as a young teen. I just learnt the basics as a young kid.

Who do you teach?
My youngest has been 6 year-old-child and my oldest a retired gentleman. I’m into many styles so I’m happy to teach anyone if they’re happy to learn.

Favourite chord?
I enjoy playing all sorts of music so that is a tough question. In one of my arrangements for a jazzy 12 bar blues in E, I really like B7b9#5 as the final chord in the sequence. In my studies of orchestral classical music the ‘Tristan Chord’ had a big influence on my ears for its otherworldly properties. As a big admirer of Jimi Hendrix the ‘Foxy Lady’ chord (E7#9) is great, and up there. But, as a fan of rock, my favourite chord technically isn’t a chord at all being the ‘power chord’ E5 (E5 is actually a dyad) and the most likely for my ‘favourite’, great for a bit of Metallica or Black Sabbath type rock!

Who are your musical influences?
I have very broad tastes. I sometimes joke that I listen to pretty much everything from Carcassi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D_fKozYpkI (classical guitar composer) to Carcass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpbpOgUybBM (Goregrind or Extreme Death Metal!). I don’t have a favourite guitarist as such, but I particularly love the work of Allan Holdsworth, Joe Pass, John Petrucci, Guthrie Govan, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Paul Gilbert, Frank Zappa, Tosin Abasi, Tommy Emmanuel, Richard Thompson, and Pierre Bensusan amongst others.

Top tip for learning to play your instrument?
Guitar playing and music in general is a journey not a destination. Enjoy the journey! With patience and regular practice you will improve. *Tautology alert* Rome wasn’t built in a day and a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

Why should you learn to play an instrument?
Learning a new skill is always good, especially one that is a bit of a challenge. Music has been proven to help in brain development of young children, for teens it makes you cooler than many of your peers, and with adults it keeps them sharper. It gives joy to yourself and others. It’s also really fun!

Biography
I started playing in the early 1980’s at primary school. I started with the basics on classical guitar, a few chords, and how to read basic musical notation and a few simple pieces. By the time I reached secondary school, I was practising more and more into and started really enjoying it. I started to look at some jazz, folk, blues and rock music and started getting into guitarists like Steve Vai, and bands like Iron Maiden, Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin.

My secondary school guitar tutor was quite an inspiration, a multi-instrumentalist and a fine composer. I played in many of the rock operas that the school performed and that he had personally composed. We took the shows to many parts of the country. One of the reasons I love teaching is that I hope I can inspire my students in the way that my old teacher did! I did A level music, started playing in rock bands in my mid-teens and then went to study at University College where I gained a BA Hons in Popular Music and Recording. At university I mostly focused on performance, composition and recording studio technology.

Since then I have played with bands and jammed with many different musicians on many genres. I’m just as happy teaching students how to jam over a blues track, learn some Black Sabbath riffs, some Beatles or Simon and Garfunkel, Ed Sheeran, or play some classical guitar or jazz.Paragraph

Playing and teaching music is a joy and a pleasure, and my overriding philosophy is to make sure to have fun and play a lot!


Lee Roberts | Guitar

Lessons are £18 per half hour

To book a lesson with me, please give me a call on 07429 522701 or alternatively email me on mail@robertsinstrumentrepairs.com

Where were you born?
Birmingham

How long have you been playing your instrument?
32 Years playing Guitar

Who do you teach? (i.e age range, ability etc)
I teach from 6 year olds upwards

What is your favourite chord?
Am7

Who are your musical influences?
Too many!

Top tip for learning to play your instrument?
Practice lots and have fun!

Why should you learn to play an instrument?
Because it’s cool!

Biography
For as long as can I remember have been obsessed with music and at 7 years old surprisingly started to learn the keyboard. Although enjoying this, guitar was always calling and after a couple of years on the keyboard managed to talk my parents into buying a cheap acoustic from a carboot sale. As this was well before the days of YouTube lessons, brought a book and started to teach myself to play. Fast forward a few years and started playing in a acoustic duo enjoying playing and recording some Simon and Garfunkle tunes (less said about the vocals at the time the better!)

Once my parents realised the guitar wasn’t just another fad that every kid goes through, I moved on from (same carboot sale guitar as mentioned earlier) to a shiny electric guitar!

Experience:
Once I’d got the electric guitar, it was only a matter of time before the obligatory school band happened, which started the obsession with playing live that continues to this day. Over the years I have played in numerous bands as a full time member and session player, mixing original material and covers. As well as playing and recording original material, have had a song played on local radio as their record of the week. Fronted a 3 piece blues/rock band, allowing the self indulgent guitar solos to happen unchecked!

Having stood in on guitar from time to time with Rock The Kasbah, became good friends with Martin and Colin, and since the forming of 6thscentric am loving every minute of it!

Currently I own and run an instrument repair and accessories shop, and have got a full teaching practice that I’ve been doing for the last nine years.

Love playing live now more than ever before, and like every guitar player the GAS (gear acquisition syndrome not the other!) is always there.Paragraph

Influences:
Very early influences came from parents. Country music from my mum, and folk, folk/ Rock from my dad. As I’ve got older there have been too many influences to mention, including a fascination with music from Latin and native America (not a fact many people know!) If it’s a good song, it’s a good song end of!

George Taylor | Guitar & Bass

To book a lesson with me, please email me on info@julegt.com 

What do you teach?
Guitar, bass, and music theory.

How long have you been playing your instrument?
20 Years

Who are your musical influences?
Limp Bizkit, Katy B, Don Broco, Pendulum

Top tip for learning to play your instrument?
The 4 P’s – patience, persistence and passion = perfection.

Why should you learn to play an instrument?
Music in general (whether songwriting, performing, or just jamming in your bedroom) is one of the most rewarding experiences on the planet.

What is your favorite chord?
Minor 7’s!

Biography
George Taylor, aka ‘JuleGT’ is an established guitarist, songwriter, and guitar teacher from North London/Herts, with almost 20 years’ experience as a musician.

His first taste of global recognition came in 2006-2007, when he auditioned to be the next guitarist in a well-known American rock band whilst studying Music Technology at West Herts College, and consequently, the project went viral and he garnered a loyal worldwide following.

Shortly after, George went on to study Popular Music Performance at Southampton Solent University, where he formed the pop/rock band, ‘Identity Thief,’ from which he achieved local radio play, performed at various music festivals, and built up a big fan base.

In 2012, George recorded an album produced by the famous Greek rapper, Stereo Mike (who has won an MTV Award, and performed at the Eurovision Song Contest).

Between 2013-2017, he launched Creative Industry Hub, an event company for music and fashion professionals, and he subsequently launched the largest, and most successful music industry networking event in London called ‘Strictly Go Networking For Music Professionals,’ where he worked with a whole host of music executives and artists, including Hannah Trigwell, Rory Bett, Dave McPherson, Jason Perry, Julie Weir, Mikey Demus from Skindred, Universal, Esmee Denters, Nuclear Blast Records, United Talent, and more.

Since 2015, George has been working with James Phillips, the former drummer in Shellshock, and the current drummer in The Turner Brothers, and they’ve just finished a new album, have formed a new band called Good Time Locomotive (find out more here), and are planning their debut release for 2021.

Last but not least, he also runs a private guitar and music theory school, and teaches a wide range of age groups from children up to adults, and he specialises in beginners up to advanced, and is hugely passionate about inspiring budding musicians and helping them to achieve their dreams.

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