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Bachelor Degree: Academy of Contemporary Music
Award Winning Guitarist, The Academy of Contemporary Music, U.K.
I am a British session guitarist now living in Los Angeles and enjoy teaching guitar in between sessions and gigs. My initial stint as a Los Angeles session guitarist consisted of going for high profile auditions, and being considered as a guitarist for X Factor USA. I also recorded for a musical and for a movie soundtrack. More recently I have recorded for Terry McDermott (runner up on The Voice) with x4 Grammy winning Duran Duran producer John Jones and have recorded on a number of projects with one of Pink Floyd’s engineer/producers at a major LA recording studio, including a session with Steve Ferrone. I was also involved in an extensive European tour with Queen Kwong who’s members include Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), Fred Sablan (Marilyn Manson), Carré Callaway and Hayden C. Scott. I have also been working with a music publisher on a global basis, which include writing credits on songs which have gained national radio air play and charted at the top spot in various iTunes charts (globally) as well as working with an LA based company composing film music and have had placements on major networks such as MTV. Being inspired to pick up the guitar after binging on my brother’s music collection, I enrolled at The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford in the U.K. In my first year, I gained a diploma in Contemporary Popular Music Performance with a Distinction and was also an award winning guitarist with a year’s endorsement to Ernie Ball. Whilst studying for my music degree, I was chosen to perform live with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I was taught by many leading professional guitarists within the industry and developed playing in a range of styles including Rock, Pop, Funk, Metal, Latin, Reggae, Jazz etc. Some of the other key skills gained while studying at ACM were in pre production, post production, technical and stylistic development, music business, music law, music theory, live performance, sight reading, creative improvisation, composition and arrangement, and musical direction.
I have been teaching since 2008. I thoroughly enjoy teaching students of all ages because I can relate to students who are learning and trying to progress in their instrument as I can remember being in their position when I started learning music. Seeing students progress and improve as a result of helping them, I find to be one of the most rewarding aspects for me personally. It’s never too late to start learning no matter what age you are. Essential skills are taught but lessons are tailored around what the students want to learn (otherwise lessons wouldn’t be fun!) and I can also help students prepare for auditions and give advice from first hand experience with the business aspects of the music industry.
I have an extensive collection of teaching materials, so students usually get a copy to keep for themselves. As well as printed materials, I also transcribe material for students to keep if and when needed. I also make use of my laptop which can act as a makeshift amplifier for myself and have some resources on there to help break down songs into easy to learn segments which can be a lot of fun. I tailor my lessons around what the student is interested and what they want to learn. Some are open to my suggestions and some others really know what they want to learn but at the same time, if I think there are crucial skills, techniques or theory being ignored, I will make sure to incorporate that into the students interests.
One of my main methods which I find makes the whole process a lot more fun and enjoyable for the student is breaking down a song into easy to learn segments, then helping them piece the whole thing together whilst teaching them any relevant theory at the same time, so a student can see how that piece of music theory is implemented into something "musical" rather than just a scale played note for note for instance. It can make the whole experience a lot more fun. I love witnessing students have "penny dropping" moments when they can play the thing they thought they could never play! It's my job to give students the tools they need to help them push through and progress after all.
Sim was an inspirational and patient guitar teacher. Our daughter improved greatly under his tutalage. Sim ensured she enjoyed playing while at the same time learning skills to become a competent guitarist.
I have had many music teachers and Sim is by far the best one I've come across! He's got great teaching skills and really helped me grow in confidence and technical ability. He has vast experience of the music industry. A really nice guy! I couldn't highly recommend him enough!
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