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About

Craig is a professional guitarist and teacher based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. A graduate of the prestigious Guitar Institute Craig holds a BMus (Hons) degree in Popular Music Performance and an LRSL in Music Tuition. Whilst there, he was lucky enough to study under Iain Scott (Brian Wilson, Frank Gambale), Dario Cortese (Larry Carlton, Pete Vettese, Albert Lee), Lee Hodgson (Odyssey, Stevet Cherelle Band, Billy Curtis Band) and Chris Newland (Sister Sledge, Odyssey, Mick Ronson). 

He has performed thousands of gigs as a solo performer, rock ’n’ roll function guitarist, theatre musician and general side man! These experiences have taken him all over the world as well as UK theatre tours and countless wedding and corporate events. 

 

As founding member and band leader of Bandit, Heatwave, Vogue and Tryst Craig maintains a full time gigging schedule of private events working closely with some of the top UK agencies. Please see the ‘projects’ section for more details about these award winning bands available for worldwide bookings!

 

Outside of being a busy performer Craig is an in demand Guitar tutor with 10 years of experience. He has previously taught at  the industry leading Fusion Music School, The Cavendish School, and Abbots Hill School. Currently he teaches private 1:1 lessons out of his studio in Hemel Hempstead to students of all ages and abilities. Using top of the range and bespoke teaching materials Craig creates an inspirational tuition programme and takes great pride in helping students reach their aims. 

 

Lessons

Looking for Guitar lessons?

 

I offer specialist 1:1 contemporary Guitar tuition for all ages and abilities. Each student can expect their learning to be structured around their aims and preferences from beginners to advanced players. My professional home studio is based in Hemel Hempstead and is available 7 days a week.  

 

  • Qualified and experienced tutors

  • CRB checked (DBS cert)

  • Professional studio

  • Competitive pricing

  • Rockschool exam routes

  • All ages and abilities

  • Relaxed and friendly atmosphere

What You'll Learn

I pride myself on delivering a curriculum specifically tailored to the student whilst incorporating key musicianship skills throughout. Both casual tuition and Rockschool exam routes are catered for as well as G.C.S.E / A Level performance prep and Duke of Edinburgh Awards, with current students holding a 100% merit or above pass rate. You will have access to extensive teaching materials include transcriptions of over 500 popular songs across all styles so you can study the songs that you know and love! Below are some example topics for learners of all levels.

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

  • Learn your favourite songs

  • Understanding basic music notation

  • Rhythm and lead skills

  • Major, minor, and seventh chords

  • Confidently playing along with records

  • Understanding of Blues, Rock, and Pop styles

  • Learn your favourite songs

  • Advanced semiquaver style rhythms

  • Extended chords and chord voicings

  • CAGED system

  • Lead guitar techniques

  • Improvisation

  • Understanding of Funk, Soul, Reggae styles

  • Advanced soloing techniques

  • Jazz harmony / chord progressions

  • Picking / speed technique

  • Specific style / artist study

  • Mastering the metronome

  • Understanding of Jazz, Country, and Metal styles

Where We Are

Based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire - We teach students from the surrounding areas including:

 

Hemel Hempstead

Watford

St Albans

Apsley

Kings Langley

Abbots Langley

Bovingdon

Berkhamsted

Tring
Rickmansworth

Chesham

Amersham

Redbourne

Harpenden

Radlett

London Colney

Bushey

Mark Cramer

​"Craig has proven to be professional and well organised and has a friendly demeanour which puts you at your ease. I have particularly enjoyed learning more theory and my playing has improved to the extent where I feel comfortable playing to an audience."

Jenny Gotts

"It is our belief though that Craig's key assets are he is extremely patient, approachable and is able to relate to those of a younger generation. We unreservedly recommend Craig to you."

Mark Mitro

"I honestly believe that if it wasn't for Craig, I would have given up playing. I hope we will have many more years together."

 

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