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.
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)
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.
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
Lead guitar techniques
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:
"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."
"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."
"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."