Garry Draper B.Ed (Hons)
A little bit about me
And the guitar
I have been playing guitar since I was sixteen. Once I heard Hank Marvin playing Apache I was hooked! Other later influences include Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Chet Atkins, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, James Taylor and many more. I have played in a number of small local bands since then and have had a lot of fun!
I play a variety of styles from folk finger-style to heavy rock. Whatever your style is I am sure I will be able to help you develop your skills and knowledge. If you are unsure of what is best for you, I will be able to help you decide which road to take. The foundation skills and knowledge for all styles of guitar playing remain much the same. I use a variety of sources for my teaching , but I am just as happy for you to bring your favourite songs along.
So, if you would like to improve your guitar skills, why not let me help you. Whether you want to become a better player just for fun, or if you would like to study to take a grade exam, I am sure I can point you in the right direction. Having been a school teacher for over 30 years, I have full QTS status and I am able apply these skills effectively to my guitar teaching. Just for the record, I have a Grade 8 in acoustic guitar, Grade 5 electric guitar and I am always working to improve and maintain my skills.
I am happy to teach all ages and abilities, but particularly welcome those of you who wished they had started playing at a younger age, or have not played for a while and would like some help to get back into playing this amazing instrument. You're never to old to enjoy playing the guitar!