was born in Manchester in 1963. I took an interest in music at a
very early age and started playing the violin, shortly followed
by the viola. However even as a child I experimented with sound
using household items to make music, for example bottles filled
to various levels with water. In my early years I was greatly influenced
by the time I spent at The High School of Art in Manchester, where
I discovered making instruments, steel drums and electronic music.
only started playing the guitar when I was 15 years old when I got
a second hand ‘Sakai’ semi-acoustic guitar as a birthday
present from my mum. I so loved playing the guitar that within six
months of getting my first guitar I played my first live concert,
and this was achieved without a guitar lesson. By the time I left
college I was an established guitarist and within a few years I
was a professional guitarist and composer, writing sound tracks
for computer games and exhibitions.
then worked for a short time with a guitar studio, that specialized
in teaching guitar to private students. However after seeing the
unprofessional way guitar was taught I left the studio and set on
my own, teaching private students and writing my own guitar course.
After a short period I had a full timetable and a waiting list of
students as well as teaching a group of students in a church and
lessons in a local private school.
in my professional career I became an audiovisual/multimedia designer.
This job involved creating visuals and soundtracks for everything
from advertisements to CD-roms and computer games. During this time
I acquired the skills necessary to design, create visuals and program
multimedia applications. Whilst working in design and recording
studios I continued to work evenings teaching students, and writing
and maintaining the ever growing guitar course.
a period around 2003 I lived in Pamplona, Spain where I worked as
an audiovisual/multimedia designer and extended my teaching experience
as a TEFL teacher, teaching English language to Spanish speaking
students. I also spent this time learning to speak Spanish and play
traditional Spanish guitar as well as learning more about European
returning from Spain and after having no success finding work I
my knowledge of educational psychology, guitar and multimedia design
to the development of the GCH Guitar Academy Multimedia course.
Originally the idea was to sell the course to a publisher. However
things didn’t turn out as I expected, and I found myself setting
up GCH Guitar Academy and selling the course myself. Which soon
started providing a small income. Since then the course has continued
to evolve and improve.
ethnic instruments to primary kids
Class of Spanish
photo taken 2009
in the studio for the BBC