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Gomm/ Wheatcroft Masterclass

Gomm/Wheatcroft Masterclass Gomm/Wheatcroft Masterclass Gomm/Wheatcroft Masterclass

In February I had the pleasure of hosting an excellent masterclass with acoustic guitar pioneer John Gomm and Guitar Technique's John Wheatcroft. This special one of a kind event saw many student saw student and other guests attending this all afternoon event learning from two of the country's best guitar players. Expert tutor John Wheatcroft gave everyone a masterclass on a wide variety of subjects while Jon Gomm shared the secrets of his unique guitar playing style.

Quayle/ Graham Masterclass

April saw two virtuoso guitar players give an excellent afternoon of guitar instruction. Jazz/fusion supremos Rick Graham and Tom Quayle put on an incredible afternoon or music and learning to a group of 20 lucky students and friends. The best part was the £200 that was raised for Clothcat in Leeds.

V-Picks reseller

V-Picks

I am please to announce that I am now a reseller for V-Picks. I have been a fan of using these picks for some time now and I am please to say that I can now supply these picks to my students at a great price without the waiting and expense of ordering them from abroad or from sellers in the UK. Check out the V-Picks site at http://v-picks.com/

January Masterclass with Greg X Professional Violinist Pete Hartley

January Masterclass with Greg X and Pete Hartley

January saw the first masterclass of 2011 with a double bill featuring London Shred Guitar tutor Greg X and Professional Violinist Pete Hartley. Greg dazzled my students with his technique and provided useful tips on how to improve technique. Pete gave a stunning performance of some jazz standards and gave a great lesson on jazz improvisation.

New Fingerstyle Guitar Beginner's Class

Starting in October there will be a new fingerstyle guitar beginner's class starting. This is ideal for anyone who has ever wanted to break free of playing with their plectrum and explore other styles and ways of playing. This is not just for acoustic guitarists. Electric guitar players are still welcome as the skills and techniques taught in the class are easily applicable to a wide range of musical genres.

Places are limited so book your spot now to avoid disappointment!

Slide Workshop with Chris Eaton

Slide Workshop with Chris Eaton

In September we hosted a slide guitar workshop by renowned slide guitar player and teacher Chris Eaton. Chris has already established himself as the country's leading slide guitar player for hire and currently play's with UK blues guitarist Ian Parker with who he tours with across the UK and further on a regular basis.

Chris was more than happy to show my guitar students his slide guitar skills and gave a great introduction for those who were new to the technique and those who had had some experience beforehand.

Blues Masterclass with Antony Reynaert

Blues Masterclass with Antony Reynaert

In July we had the pleasure of having Blues Guitar instructor Antony Reynaert come to do a masterclass session for my guitar students. Antony runs the largest guitar school in Belgium and was happy to share his knowledge on blues and rock guitar to the guitar students who attended.

Jazz Fusion Workshop with Tom Quayle

Jazz Fusion Workshop with Tom Quayle

In March I was happy to announce the first in a series of guest masterclasses. This one was with UK Jazz Fusion maestro Tom Quayle. Tom Is already making huge waves in the industry for his playing, having been running up in Guitar Idol and Greg Howe's annual guitar competition.

In this masterclass Tom introduced my students to the basics of his 'outside' playing style, leaving many jaws dropping with his formidable technique and approach to music. We look forward to next time!

Monthly Masterclasses

I am pleased to announce a series of monthly masterclasses and clinics for my students. These classes are an extra bonus to what my students receive as part of their lessons and are a forum where they can get specific questions answered, learn from other students in the same situation, and talk music with others. The first, held in January 2010 was a huge success for everyone who attended.

Shred Academy Interview

Jonathan was recently interviewed on Shred Academy, giving valuable tips on playing and his approach to teaching. The full interview can be found here - http://www.shredacademy.com/news.htm

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Live Gear Demo at PMT in Leeds!

On Saturday 18th of April 2010, Jonathan will be performing and demonstrating pieces of guitar equipment at PMT music store on Kirkstall Lane in Leeds with local bass tutor Pete Wright. They will be performing a set of covers and Jazz and Blues standards to provide entertainment to customers and to demonstrate some of the best new pieces of equipment. All students of Jonathan's get 10% off here so if you already are taking lessons with Jonathan, come down for great deals on new equipment!

The Grove

Student Spring Social Event - March 2009

March's student social event was held at the very friendly Grove pub in Leeds, venue to regular folk and blues gigs for many years. Over 40 people attended and the event was a huge success giving students a chance to meet each other, enjoy some live music and have a change to get up and play for themselves.

Live music came from brothers Paul and Johnny Stott and the incredible Matt Bater. This was followed by a live Jam session in which several students got up and showed us what they could do to a warm reception from everyone.

This is a special video filmed at a masterclass in Frankfurt by Guitar Virtuoso and Master musician Tom Hess. This masterclass, featuring Jonathan Vipond on rhythm guitar, will give you some valuable insights to improve your lead guitar phrasing and will help to give you a true understanding of what you are playing.

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