I have just spent a wonderful weekend as the adjudicator of the junior guitar section of the Chichester Festival for Music, Dance & Speech. There were around 100 entries, covering 23 classes overall. They ranged from a class for under 9 year-olds with under one year of tuition, to a recital class for the advanced 18 year old and under. There was even a class for 'Family Ensembles'.Continue reading
Newark College. It was graduation day and my role was to play as many of their finished instruments as possible, give them feedback from a performers point of view and then select what I considered the best instruments to perform on in the evening. Continue readingLast week I visited the guitar making school at
The Royal Academy of Music's Guitar Department is now 50 years old! To celebrate Michael Lewin organised a reunion at the RAM. It was a fantastic afternoon catching up with old friends some of which I'm sure you will recognise. Permission was kindly given by the photographer Rita Castle to reproduce the images below.
I have started a forum on my teaching page for students, (young or old) to ask any questions regarding their own studies. Whether it be a question about technique, repertoire or just a general question, ask away. It doesn't matter if you just play for fun or if you think it's a bizarre question, I'll do my best to answer it.