For as long as I can remember, music has played a huge part in my life. My earliest memory is of listening to ‘Kiss From A Rose’ by Seal and being completely absorbed by the music. As I got older, I began to play around with my dad’s keyboard, picking out tunes and teaching myself to play simple melodies. Not long after I started Flute lessons in school, which progressed into me taking one to one piano lessons where I began to fully develop my musical skills. I have been playing the piano for 13 years now, during which time I have taken music grades, explored different styles of piano playing, completed a Media, Music and Sound degree at university and enjoyed sharing my knowledge with others through teaching at Sound Affects.
Coming from an extremely musical family I have been around music for as long as I can remember.
I have been playing the piano for 16 years and singing since I learnt to talk.
Music is my first love and I have been fortunate enough to have had many great experiences surrounding it. From competitions to musicals, where I have played leading roles in local productions such as Grease, Bugsy Malone, Blood Brothers and Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat. To judging competitions and creating local music events from scratch.
As well as my musical theatre background I have professionally trained as a vocalist for 12 years, taking my education and graded examinations through vocal coaching at established LIPA.
In the past I have performed in a harmonic girl band and I currently perform within an acoustic duo with fellow tutor Rich.
I recently graduated with a B.Sc. (hons) in Psychology with my modules widely focussed around educational psychology and teaching, my second love.
Being able to combine my two passions and build a career upon them both is amazing for me. I am excited to be joining the team at Sound Affects and looking forward to teaching diverse and talented individuals and watching them grow and flourish before me.
I picked up the guitar round about the age of 13, after hearing the searing lead guitar of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Brian May and David Gilmour. I have constantly been influenced by all sorts of musicians, constantly being inspired by various artists and styles of music to perfect my playing, technique, musical knowledge, creativity and musicianship.
My journey with the guitar has allowed me to come across plenty of different styles that I enjoy to play and teach: from all forms of rock, heavy metal, blues, neo-classical, progressive, acoustic styles and tonnes more. Guitar is a constant journey of discovery and the beauty of teaching means I get to dip into other styles I may not have thought of and implement that into my musical vocabulary. Most importantly whilst I've put plenty of hours in playing by myself, I have constantly been playing with others as I've grown up and I encourage all my students to do that too because it is simply the best way to learn.
Currently I'm the lead guitarist in a band called Twin Planets. We gig around Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and sometimes locally in between recording our album. I also take every opportunity to perform with others (the best way to progress!), so I also have a couple of other tiny projects on the go. Alongside that and teaching, I also study Physics at University.
I have a real passion for teaching. It gives me great pleasure and it is a real privilege to pass on my knowledge, expertise and musicianship onto others. After teaching for 3 years, I have honed my tutoring skills as I believe there is no one way to teach. There are so many different methods for teaching the same thing, so much so it is beautiful that each student is different and I enjoy the challenge of finding the best way to inspire them and watch them improve, and most importantly PLAY MUSIC!
I can teach all styles of guitar, and can teach from beginner to advanced abilities or techniques. I also have a great knowledge of music theory (and easy to understand way of teaching it), that whilst isn't essential to play music, it is a valuable tool to a musician who wants to learn quickly, be creative and expand their horizons (plus it's universal - you can easily take the things you've learnt with theory and apply it to any other instrument) . Along with guitar I also teach ukulele - but if I had to describe what I teach, I would say I teach how to become a musician!
I was inspired to start playing the guitar at the age of 13 after hearing Green Day’s, “American Idiot” on the radio. Even with only limited musical knowledge at the time, even I could tell how well and powerfully performed the track was despite its relatively simple structure and it really excited me. It was from there that I started my lessons and began instinctively taking apart songs in my head upon hearing them and working out how a song goes together.
Years on, I’m still playing and still have a love of music and have earned a degree in Music Practice. Additionally, I have taught myself a number of other instruments and discovered many other artists in an effort to widen my horizons for my own song-writing. Whilst I teach guitar and drums, I also play piano, bass and drums; making the writing/learning process a lot more streamlined for myself as well as being able to put more things into context during lessons.
I have been playing guitar for 5 years now at the age of 12 and I started my lessons here at Sound Affects soon after I started learning to play guitar. After a few years I started to join bands and since then I have played in numerous bands and gigged around the Liverpool and Manchester area.
From an early age Music has always been a big part of my life and I enjoy a wide variety of musical styles and genres. I am particularly influenced by blues music from artists such as BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan aswell as other bands from various other genres right through from 50s to the present day. I feel that Music allows me to express myself In a way which I don't get from anything else.
Since I started playing guitar it has always been my aim to teach others and hopefully inspire them as I have been inspired and encouraged to continue by my tutors at sound affects.
Starting from October 2016 I will be studying music at BIMM university in Manchester as in the future I am hoping to become a session musician as well as continuing guitar tuition.