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Richard Walters

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Richard Walters

Richard is an experienced guitarist, with years of gigging experience. He has an extensive knowledge of many genres of music, and is currently working with several bands. He has a bachelors degree in Music Performance from the London College of Music, where he specialised in Jazz guitar. He is currently studying towards a masters degree in Music Performance at the London College of Music, and is researching in to the academic side of performance. Richard is an experienced teacher, having taught both large groups of students and one to one lessons. He has taught students of different playing abilities, ranging from beginner to advanced. Alongside teaching guitar, Richard also teaches music theory.

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Luca Fusari

Luca is a versatile guitarist and musician. He has performed, recorded and arranged in a variety of styles such as Rock, Pop, Funk, Soul, R/n/B, Jazz, Blues, and World Music. 

After spending some time performing and studying in Los Angeles with some of its most respected guitarists and since completing his bachelor Popular Music Performance Bmus(Hons) at the University of West London(First Class Honours) , Luca has been working regularly as a live session guitarist for various events across the UK and Europe. 

He has also been working on his first album and on an ambitious instrumental project entitled, “Mediterranea Duo,” performing a repertoire ranging from Chick Corea and
Django Reinhardt to Paco De Lucia. Luca is a dedicated Guitar Teacher, a member of “Registry of Guitar Tutors” with a high level of experience in both one-on-one and in group settings; he has total knowledge of  the English music grading system (Trinity,Abrsm) as well as other teaching methods available(Berklee, Musicians Institute). He possesses a genuine enthusiasm for sharing both his knowledge and passion for music.

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Csongor Debreczy

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Csongor Debreczy

Csongor Debreczy has been dealing with music since his age of fourteen, and began to write songs and play on guitar in his age of fifteen, when he started a Guitar course at Hangszíntér Music College, in Hungary. In Hangszíntér, he learnt how to improvise in different music styles, such as Jazz, Blues, Rock and also learnt advanced music theory. He earned ”The Best musician of the year” award in 2011 college year. He formed his own rock band called Célpont, where the band were playing original songs which Csongor wrote. The band were constantly touring around Hungary and having a lot of gigs, gained him a huge experience.

After finishing the college at Hangszíntér, Csongor also did a further higher education course within the style of Jazz music, in which he obtained a grade 7 in Music theory and a grade 8 in professional practice. In the meanwhile, he was playing gigs with another formation called Smoking blues band, which has given him a wide range of experience in the style of Blues music. He was also performing Jazz (mostly fusion) with other formations, and joined a Rock band called, Leaner. All have given him a huge stage experience, and he learnt how to work with people in different music styles.

He began to teach music/guitar in private lessons which he really enjoyed. For the next step, he chose to move to England and study in Guildford, at the Academy Of Contemporary Music (ACM). Csongor has performed with Carl Orr, Jon Bishop, Michael Casswell, and many guitar professionals who were also mentoring and teaching him in a professional level. He formed a band called Missmaze, an Alternative rock trio where he plays on guitar, sings, and being the main songwriter. He finished his Guitar Degree course at the Academy Of Contemporary Music in 2015 July, and would like to continue his music career as a teacher, to help as many people as he can, by sharing and giving them his experiences, so that they can become what they really want. He’s always willing to learn and experience more, and looking forward to new opportunities.

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Stephen Rees

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Stephen Rees

Stephen would describe himself as an eclectic musician, playing all styles of music including classical, blues, jazz, pop and rock. He has also composed over 200 songs including a number of children’s songs for an album he co-produced in 1985.

In 1977 he performed for HM The Queen during a Silver Jubilee concert. At this time he also began teaching music.

In 1982 he spent three months touring the US where he performed as a singer/songwriter across 16 states.

Throughout his career I have performed many times as a solo artist and has recorded 2 albums of his own music. He also has a number of songs published.

Children’s education has always been important to him. As a writer he has spent the past year writing questions and answers for a children’s educational board game called The Family Game. The questions covered all subjects taught in the National Curriculum and were written to be fun as well as educational.

Last year he worked with a local children’s theatre as musical director, during which time he arranged and taught songs to a group of children aged 7 to 15. Six months of rehearsal ended with a stage production in which the children acted and performed 6 songs at a local theatre.

A few years ago he also began developing an online piano teaching programme for children called Keyplay With Rees. It’s a zany approach to teaching piano that involves a spaceship, an eccentric piano teacher called Rees and a number of characters played by puppets. The principle aspects of teaching that he implemented in the programme are those that he uses for one-on-one lessons.

His approach to teaching is very informal. In fact, his main goal is to make the lessons as fun as possible by teaching pupils the kind of music they like to listen to. This helps to keep them enthusiastic and more inclined to practice.

Apart from music, he is also an actor, writer and artist. As an actor he has performed on stage in Covent Garden, as a fine artist held a solo exhibition at the 33Collective Gallery in Chicago and as a writer he has written several stage plays and screen plays. One of his stage plays called The Wrong Goodbye, was performed in Abingdon 2 years ago to capacity audiences and received an official endorsement from The Alzheimer’s Society.

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Pavel Ralev

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Pavel Ralev

Starting off as an amateur guitarist strumming on an acoustic guitar, Pavel quickly decided to take on classical guitar lessons in 2004. The following year he progressed to music school. In 2009 he was accepted to study at the Royal Academy of Music on a full-fees scholarship, having also been granted places and scholarships at the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music. He has been awarded a number of solo and chamber music prizes and awards in his native Bulgaria. Pavel has participated in masterclasses with distinguished guitarists such as David Russell, Fabio Zanon, Edoardo Catemario, Olivier Chassain, to name a few. He has met and played for the legendary Julian Bream. Pavel has performed in live broadcasts for Bulgarian National Radio and Television. He also performed in the Bulgarian National Opera and the House of Commons in the British Parliament.

Pavel has been successfully teaching for the past 8 years, having helped his pupils prepare for grades examinations, concerts, as well as playing the guitar just for fun. Pavel believes everyone can learn to play the guitar to a level at which they are enjoying themselves through having fun.

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Paolo Marelli

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Paolo Marelli

Paolo Marelli is an Italian guitarist, currently continuing his studies at Tech Music School doing performance degree. Paolo is a graduate from CPM, one of the most prestigious Italian music institutes. He has more than 10 years experience with tribute-acts and function bands, among them most noticeable were the band AKKA who recently provided music for the BBC's Eastenders and toured internationally.

During his professional career, he collaborated as a session musician with Italian Dance Labels Time Records and Minimal Chic Studio.

Paolo has been teaching privately for ten years, and taught at Kledi Dance Academy before moving to London to polish his skills both as a performer and as a tutor.
Aside from teaching, he currently performs with the duo Paolo & Julia and with many other function bands.

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Moises Silva

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Moises Silva

Moises Silva is a classical guitarist based in London but hailing from Porto in Portugal. His vast repertoire includes but is not restricted to Classical, Latin, Jazz, Brazilian and some more modern pop arranged for the guitar.

Moises Silva has extensive experience as guitar performer, playing as a soloist and with other musicians including singers, flautists, violinists and guitarists.
As Electric Guitar Performer, performed with several bands approaching various musical genres.

He also worked as a guitar and music teacher in various Music Schools and Conservatories in Portugal, where he improved and developed his skills over seven years and in 2014 he finished his Master's Degree in Music at the prestigious Maastricht Academy of Music guided by the world-known professor, Carlo Marchione.

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Jim Molyneux

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Jim Molyneux

Jim Molyneux is a London-based drummer/percussionist, pianist, accordionist, vocalist and composer/producer hailing from Littleborough, near Manchester.
 
He studied at Chethams School of Music for five years before moving on to the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated from in 2013.
 
In 2008 Jim made it to the highly acclaimed Grand Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, after beating off national competition to triumph in the percussion section. The Grand Final was televised on BBC2 to 1.1 million viewers.

More recently, in 2014 Jim founded jazz/R&B/hip hop outfit Glowrogues; a 7-piece line up of musicians from Manchester and Birmingham's thriving young jazz scenes. The band play Jim's own self-composed music and have already toured the UK. 

Jim Molyneux is a proud endorsee of Jalapeno Drums, and also uses a Roland SPDSX.

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Craig Carri

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Craig Carri

Craig has been performing live music since the age of 15, where he was playing in many pubs and night clubs of Dublin and Kildare, Ireland. 

He moved to the University of Hull in 2009 to further his musical knowledge and abilities, performing with many Jazz and pop/rock/soul bands, classical guitar ensembles, and was involved in performances of music by Steve Reich and Phillip Glass, and musical theatre productions of The Last Five Years, Rent, Alice in Wonderland & more.

During this time, he also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for three consecutive years, two of which were complete sell-out shows. For the most recent of these Fringe shows, Craig was appointed Assistant Musical Director, leading many of the band's rehearsals, which ended up winning a NSDF Commendation for Musicianship.

Craig is now based in London, becoming a part of the local and national music scene as a performer, music director, arranger, and composer, whilst also being committed to tutoring his students in each of these disciplines.

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Chris Sas

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Chris Sas

Chris Sas graduated with a degree in guitar performance from The Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood CA, in March 2012. While at the Musicians Institute he was fortunate to study under some of the best teachers on the west coast and attend clinics from guitar legends such as Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, and Darryl Jones the bass player for The Rolling Stones. 

After graduation Chris returned to his home in Vancouver, Canada and started teaching guitar lessons and performing in the Canadian club scene. His 2013 his single " She's Mighty Fine" did well winning song of the day on the Vancouver Music Review as well as song of the week on New Music Canada. 

After moving to London to live with his British wife, Chris started teaching privately and enjoys helping students develop their skills and achieve their goals as musicians.

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Agustin Straffon

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Agustin Straffon

Agustin is a 23 year old guitarist from Mexico who has been involved in music for more than 12 years. In 2009 he joined the Fermatta Music Academy in Mexico City to study a Production and Sound Engineering Degree. He moved to London in 2012 in order to expand his musical knowledge and complete a BMus Degree at the London College of Music. A truly Les Paul guitarist mainly influenced by Classic Rock, Blues and Funk he has played in numerous bands since he was a teenager until today, performing regular gigs in London with his original project The Rountree. Agustin started teaching kids in 2008 at his old primary school, he took it as an opportunity to share his knowledge and feelings about music to his pupils. As a result, he ended up with very dedicated and passionate kids who saw the guitar as a form of expression and relaxation. Years later, he also gave lessons to adults helping them discover their hidden abilities.

Apart from the guitar, he likes to travel and absorb as much as possible from other cultures. Also playing football is one of his oldest passions.

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Andrea Niespolo

Andrea has been studying music since the age of 12. He is very passionate about his work and enjoys developing new teaching techniques. He loves working with children, and has experience teaching children from 6 months to 5 years, developing ways of keeping children interested in music and aims for them to learn and have fun at the same time. Performing live and in the recording studio for music records and videos has provided him with excellent communication skills.

His sociable and easy-going nature has enabled him to easily relate to people, to exert a positive influence and to attract interest. External focus and networking represent essential aspects of his routine as a musician and have proved to be crucial in his role as a music teacher. Gained from a teaching technique studied at the City Lit London he developed different teaching techniques like brainstorming, role-play and assumption busting. He is currently studying at the University of West London to teach music in schools next year. 

As a performer and a songwriter Andrea has published 3 records for which he wrote the songs and performed most of the instruments. His main instruments are vocals and guitars; but he also plays bass guitar, piano and drums.

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Andrea Basiola

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Andrea Basiola

Andrea Basiola, is an Italian guitar teacher and player based in London, UK. He started playing in Italy at the age of 12, being part of different cover bands and gigging in and around his hometown in Italy.

Andrea studied with one of Italy’s best guitar teachers: Donato Begotti, and attended in 2004 a 3 months guitar course with him.

The big opportunity came in 2009 when Andrea won a scholarship to study at Tech Music Schools in London, one of Europe's most known music colleges, where he graduated receiving the One Year Diploma in Guitar in 2010. During the course he was writing for the Italian national guitar magazine "Chitarre".

In London, Andrea recorded 2 singles and 2 albums with his rock bands, Kill For Eden and Future Shock, gigged in and outside the capital (including venues like the Shepherds Bush Empire, 02 Academy, 100 Club, etc..), and carried on teaching guitar privately, with an average number of 10 students per week.

Andrea is an experienced guitar teacher, he teaches all ages, and is fully CRB checked. His favourite style is rock, but he also loves to be inspired by funk and blues music His lessons give the student a complete and useful way to learn, they are exhaustive but never boring.

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Alex Scheuerer

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Alex Scheuerer

Alex Scheuerer has been playing the guitar for about 12 years. He began by learning the classical guitar in a conservatoire which introduced him to learning and playing electric guitar. Alex has just graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Tech Music School in West London. 

When he is not teaching he spends most of his time playing music. Alex loves what he does, in all contexts, from playing live and in the studio right through to teaching people of all ages and abilities with a hope that their passion for music and guitar will grow like his has.

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Alessandro La Barbera

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Alessandro La Barbera

Alessandro is an experienced and versatile Italian guitarist and pianist. His first musical loves were Nirvana and Led Zeppelin. His focus gradually changed towards blues and modern jazz and moved to Rome, where he studied with top players Umberto Fiorentino and Fabio Zeppetella. In 2009 he moved to London where he completed his Bmus (Hons) at 'The Institute of Contemporary Music Performances'. 

In London, Alessandro has been working and recording with top producers Greg Harver (Manic Street Preachers, Mel C) and John Harrison (Amy Winehouse, Dido, Santana) and he's currently writing and performing with, among others 8-piece soul hip-hop band 'Retrospective for Love', electronic artist Angelina Dove and acoustic singer-songwriter Bobby Good. 

He likes to experiment with technical innovations including percussive acoustic guitar and unusual use of effect pedals and he also currently performs with other instruments such as piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and lapsteel guitar.

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Alessandro Carli

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Alessandro Carli

Alessandro is a qualified experienced touring musician, songwriter and modern guitar tutor. As a live performer he has played more than 250 gigs all around Europe, and recorded many albums and EP's of original music.

He started his career as a guitar tutor in 2007. He can teach a wide range of styles (rock, pop, blues, folk, metal, indie, funk, reggae...) and techniques, personalising his classes depending on the student’s needs. His lessons can also include topics like theory, harmony, songwriting, live performance training, improvisation, home recording, effects routing and amplification management.

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