Pete first picked up a guitar at the tender age of 11. Initially learning contemporary tunes of the day by The Beatles, The Stones and Bowie, Pete’s inquisitive musical mind soon led him to explore Classical guitar and Jazz.
Despite forging a successful career in Accountancy throughout his 20’s, Pete’s musical aspirations were still very strong. This led to a bold decision to attend the prestigious ‘City of Leeds College of Music’ to study Jazz and Contemporary music.
After graduation in 1994, Pete moved to London to pursue a teaching and gigging career. By this time, he had already become a very experienced gigging musician and had also progressed to playing electric bass within several bands.
In 1998, Pete took to the high seas and played bass guitar wthin the house band on three different cruise ships. To supplement his Music Degree (GDJCM), in 2002 Pete studied for and passed the tricky ‘Electric Guitar Teaching Diploma’ (LLCM TD) via the London College of Music.
These further qualifcations enabled Pete to start teaching for various music centres/ schools and colleges throughout London and Surrey. In 2006 Pete founded the Jazz Funk band ‘Groove Digger’. He played guitar in this ensemble which proved to be the perfect vehicle in which to perform his own jazz funk, reggae, latin and groove compositions.
The band employed top class London musicians and performed at several famous venues including The Pizza Express Dean Street, The Hideaway Streatham, and The Spice of Life Soho and recorded three albums.
A prolific composer, Pete has now written over 120 songs. A lot of these are contained within his first three teaching books, to be published in late 2018; ‘Bad Guitar Good Guitar’, ‘Bad Guitar Good Guitar Repertoire (Foundation techniques for Classical Guitar) and ’50 Easy Tunes for Guitar’ ( Easy songs for the beginner/ Improver based on a call and response approach).
His self publishing company, ‘Bad Good Musical Techniques’ has been specifically set up in order to process a wide range of books covering core/ foundation techniques. Currently being written are ‘ Bad Sax Good Sax’ and ‘Bad Drums Good Drums’.
Student exams have become an important aspect of Pete’s teaching approach. He has a 100% pass rate for all students tutored through their various grades. Heavily influenced by Grant Green, Charlie Christian, Pete is a great believer in space and phrasing.
In 2014 more academic qualifications were obtained, namely grade 8 electric guitar (merit) and grade 8 electric bass (merit) via Rockschool.
Nowadays, he mainly gigs within duos and trios and also as a solo artist. He has a very innovative teaching style which moulds his ideas to each individual student. He always encourages them to list the songs and styles ‘they’ want to learn. Good technique is taught alongside the student’s choice of repertoire along with theory, harmony, composition, improvisation, ear training and arranging for solo guitar.
Pete is a very versatile, passionate teacher, always willing to go that extra mile for all of his students, young or old, beginner or experienced.
James Crompton has been a professional musician for over 20 years. In 2007 he received a British Phonographic Industry Platinum Album Award for co-writing a top 20 hit that appeared on the ” Now That’s What I Call Music 67 ” album, which sold over 600,000 copies.
He has been playing the guitar since the age of 12 and has performed with bands in live music venues all around the UK. His first jobs working in music were based at HMV and then later at Universal Music where he worked for 6 years as a talent scout and A&R manager.
James has been teaching for seven years and his academic career started with obtaining a degree with honours from Kingston University in music performance and composition. He specialises in teaching classical and rock & pop guitar. He also teaches creative composition and DJ-ing skills using music technology. James was a professional DJ for 18 years and runs DJ and music production workshops at schools and youth centres.
“Teaching music is great fun especially when you see your pupils acknowledge and enjoy their achievements. Everyone has their own unique musical voice which can be explored and challenged”.
Neil studied guitar for 15 years with a private tutor and gained a Licentiate Teacher’s Diploma, (L.T.C.L.), in Classical Guitar. This was followed by an Adult intensive contemporary electric guitar course with the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and have played lead and rhythm guitar in various function bands.I have been a guitar teacher for the last 20 years. Eighteen of these years have been full time, in schools for Surrey Arts teaching students from year three to sixth form, both individually and in small groups. Having had children myself, I find I can relate to young people and make learning the guitar enjoyable and fun. A large part of my time is spent preparing students for grade examinations and various performances for GCSE. One of my main aims is to convey a love of music and to cultivate a lifelong appreciation of the subject, as both a player and a listener. I still get a huge sense of achievement when I take a complete beginner and guide him or her through to become a competent performer and player. One piece of music that inspired me to learn the guitar was Cavatina, by Stanley Myres. This piece was used as the theme music for the film The Deer Hunter.