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Biography

I started struggling with the usual E, A and D around the age of 11, on some cheap nylon strung box from Woolworths. It had an action about 3 inches away from the fretboard, or so it seemed. One Saturday I met my friend Graham in the street. He was carrying a beautiful red Vox Symphonic bass. A quick WOW! and 15 later I was hooked on the lower register.

Image right is me with a nice fireglow Rickenbacker Bass, about 1976/77. The days of heavy rock, and even heavier amps.
The other image is me today, less hair and my favourite guitar, a 1962 reissue Fender Strat


Then..Young mean and moody

Now..Older but still rocking
Qualifications

I have a Music Diploma from the London College of Music, I also studied at the Guitar School in East Sussex, where I obtained Grade 8 with Merit. .
My coaching skills were obtained after study at Holme Pierrepoint Olympic Coaching Centre Nottingham,
My main work now is tuition either privately in my studio, or in local schools including Bennett Music Academy and Cranbrook Performing Arts Centre, where I have been these past eight years.

I am a member of The Registry Of Guitar Tutors and provide exam tuition from Trinity and LCM syllabus

How It All Began

I set out chasing fame and fortune in the early 70's. My very first studio session was at the fabled Regent Sound Studio in Denmark Street London. Regent Sound was the studio of choice for legendary bands such as the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and where I was asked to be on the books as one of the house session musicians, Whilst engaged in a session at Blackwing Studios, owned by my good friend Eric Radcliff, we took a call from a band seeking a guitarist and bassist for a gig they had that night. Eric and I both agreed to take the job.
I stayed with the band for some two years. The band was called Nightride, a hard hitting RnB band popular with other musicians, we often had queues of guys wanting to get up and play. I recall one night, Geoff Whitehorn had just finished an American tour, I think with Elkie Brooks. He landed at Heathrow, drove home, picked up his guitar and came straight up to play. I don't think he even unpacked his luggage first!
During the 70's Disco fever was all the rage and I worked as the bass guitarist in Sidewalk Talker, a jazz funk band that toured around the many clubs and disco's in London and the Home Counties.

I worked with that band until 1982, when I met up with Geoff Everett. Geoff was in need of a bassist for his new band and I passed the audition. Geoff is an outstanding guitarist and I consider myself fortunate to still work with him occasionally.
However, our band of the time, The Mosquitoes, ran for a few years, until I was asked to sit in with Blues Deluxe, a straight down the line blues band that featured Richard Studholme on guitar. We took on a few gigs with New York bluesman Bill Dicey, a legendary musician from the Muddy Waters Blues Band.
I recall to this day the story Bill told us, about the time Muddy Waters was gigging down south in Alabama. A 'good ole boy' in the crowd wanted them to play country music, Muddy apologised and said all they do is the blues. Well, there was some real bad feeling going round, and this guy went to his truck, returning with a shotgun. "Wow" I said to Bill "what happened then?" Bill in his matter of fact way replied "Well, I pulled out my colt and shot the guy six times" Six times!!! Bill explained that if he only shot once, the guy may have got annoyed and shoot back. Witnesses say it was self defence, and Bill was not charged. I tell you there's nothing like a music critic.
Bill sadly passed away a few years later. These days Richard fronts his own band, the Blue Devils and I took up teaching about 14 years back

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