Lesson availability update…

At the start of the school year, my schedule usually changes in some way, so I thought I’d provide an update on current availability.

Due to a couple of students starting university, I’ve had a couple of slots become available in the Duffield (Derbyshire) area.

I have 2 teatime slots free on a Monday and potentially, another one on a Wednesday. Get in touch if you are in or around Duffield, and we can discuss times.

I may also have a limited number of Skype/Facetime/Zoom slots free, subject to fitting those around face to face lessons.

I offer lessons for acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar and ukulele.

Lessons are currently charged at £18 per half hour slot, including all teaching materials, TAB sheets, sheet music etc.

Get in touch via the contact page on my website or by emailing guitargeeksimon@gmail.com

Under the Influence Episode 4

After a little, unintentional hiatus, here is Episode 4 of “Under the Influence” This is my (fairly) regular series of videos, that I produce with my good friend Rob Lane. We talk about our love of rock music, trying to keep a slight Hard Rock slant. It’s been going down really well, so we’ll keep making them as long as people want us to.

In Episode 4, we both pick 5 hidden gems from our record collections and chew the fat about what makes them great. As usual, there are also a few tangents!!

Going Loopy Part 27

Here is Going Loopy Part 27. This track is actually one I’ve demoed for my band, but I came up with a guitar melody I liked, so I thought I’d use it for a studio jam video.

I wasn’t 100% happy with the main solo part to start with, but it’s grown on me! The initial melody was planned out, but I then improvised everything that came after. Sometimes, you just have to be satisfied with what you came up with in the moment.

Going Loopy Part 26

Here is the latest instalment of Going Loopy. I’m using the Amplitube plugin by Ik Multimedia again here, but this time my pedalboard is plugged straight into my Focusrite audio interface. This allowed me to use the loop pedal on my board.

The solo section, is again completely improvised.

Going Loopy Part 24

Here is Going Loopy Part 24. I thought I’d start doing something different with this one, by putting together a “jam track” to improvise over the top of.

The drums and the bass are Apple loops, but all of the guitar is me. As usual, the lead guitar is completely improvised.

Under the Influence Episode 3

Here is Episode 3 of Under the Influence, where myself and Rob Lane, talk all things Hard Rock.

For this episode, we each gave one another the task of listening to an album that had passed us by, back in the day. I was given the task of listening to “Cherry Pie” by Warrant and I asked Rob to listen to Badlands second album, “Voodoo Highway” We both enjoyed this one!

Under the Influence Episode 2

So, here we go! Under the Influence Episode 2 is now live.

This time, Rob Lane and I discuss a band who are dear to both us; the mighty Van Halen. In particular, we discuss the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album and I get to geek out about my old Music Man EVH guitar, which I really wish I hadn’t sold…