My passion for music sprouted in 1994 at the age of 11. A year later, I had developed a healthy obsession for the guitar which lead to 2 ½ years of private studies with top session player and 1994-95 Guitarist of the Year winner, Dave Colquhoun (Rick Wakeman, Brian Higgins, Bow Wow Wow). Two years after those first notes (and months of habitual practice!), I became a runner up in the ’97 Young Guitarist of the Year finals at the age of 14. The performance took place at the London Guitar Show, held annually at the Wembley Conference Centre and I was featured in several Croydon newspaper articles.

In 1999, I won the school’s Paul Smith Memorial Prize for Best Achievements in Music. By 2001, I had successfully completed my Music BTEC studies at the BRIT School of Performing Arts and proceeded to focus on building my student repertoire at schools in and around the London area, and as a home-based private tutor, specialising in Rock, Metal, Blues & Pop styles.

I have continued to teach and be involved with a handful of musical projects which has given me valuable live gigging and session experience in the studio and on stage. I have conducted guitar clinics in schools and at local music retail outlets, demonstrating aspects of technique, composition and grading. Video examples of my work can be found here.

Steve Vai - Juice (Guitar solo cover)

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