About Ian

I am a full time professional musician. I hold a master’s degree in music performance (MMus), and a first-class undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance (BMus Hons). I perform weekly, earning a large chunk of my income from live performance.

As well as performing I teach students of all ages and abilities. I genuinely love my job and wouldn’t change it for the world. I feel I have made real connections over the years with students, and get a great sense of pride from the work we do together.

A Photo of Ian playing a bass guitar, Guitar Teacher
Below is a back story of how I came to do what I do today.

Starting The Guitar

On my 11th Birthday I received my first guitar. I took up lessons at school and started playing at every opportunity I could. I was teaching myself from books and the internet by the age of 12, and spent hours at home trying to emulate all my favourite guitarists, especially Slash! The guitar has remained my number one passion ever since.

Starting to teach the guitar

At 22 I travelled to New Zealand to teach 1-1 instrumental lessons to budding students. I enjoyed watching my students grow, and teaching them all the things I had learned over the years. I formed an originals band with some friends in Christchurch, where we started to play the local music scene.

Chichester

I decided to return to university to help me advance as a guitar teacher, and give me the credentials and knowledge needed to give students the best experience possible. I flew back in February 2013 and gained a place Chichester University to study a BMus jazz music degree. After graduating I went on to study a Master’s at the University of Southampton. Southampton University is renowned for its high standard in music, and was the perfect environment for me to push myself even further.

Today

I am now working and playing in Chichester full time. I perform live every week in several professional bands, and compose my own music. I teach at Chichester college and privately, and have taught a vast number of students to play.
I have been lucky enough to open for ‘Scouting For Girls’, worked alongside members of ‘The Rizzle Kicks’, and have attended workshops with Nigel Price (Ronnie Scott’s), Scott McGill (renowned fusion guitarist) and Bob Reynolds (Snarky Puppy, John Mayer). I am constantly learning by being so immersed in the world of music, and this is what allows me to teach musicians what they need to know to maximize their potential. I have also been lucky enough to teach for ‘The Band Project’, working alongside some very prestigious musicians and teaching you budding guitarists how to play in a band setting.
Private Guitar Lessons Chichester - Ian playing guitar at Chichester University recording studio

Why Have Lessons with me?

Learning the guitar is a fun experience that people undertake for several reasons. If you are looking to learn guitar then taking lessons are a fun and fast way to become an accomplished player. In the long run guitar lessons will make you a much more rounded and advanced musician, and will get you on the right track much quicker than any other method of guitar training. Check out the free lessons section of the site for some tips on getting started.

Teaching is my passion, and I enjoy teaching people how to play as much as I enjoy playing. I have been offering guitar lessons in Chichester for several years now. I am registered with the RGT (registry of guitar tutors) and the Tutor Pages, and am happy to put students through their grades. I currently have a 100% pass record and teach all the way up to grade 8. I teach a wide range of styles that include rock, blues, jazz, latin, acoustic styles and much more. I teach a comprehensive understanding of theory and performance techniques as well as how to improvise. I also teach students how to compose music and write songs. Lessons are fun and relaxed, I am fully DBS checked and parents are welcome to sit in on lessons if they wish. Please use my contact form to get in touch with me to discuss your first lesson.