Guitar ability: Expert
Bass Guitar ability: Expert
Influences: Eric Clapton
, Stevie Wonder
, Chet Atkins
, Robben Ford
, Gary Moore
, Tommy Emmanuel
, Brad Paisley
, Weather Report
, Albert Lee
, Brent Mason
, Martin Taylor
Elliott Blackler - B.A. Hons / P.G.C.E
I am a music graduate with a PGCE and work as a session musician and music tutor in London. i am a Country and Blues specialist and I have nine years of professional performance experience working with bands and duos across a broad range of musical styles.
In 2011 I travelled to Australia where I worked as a guitar tutor at the Legato Music Academy. I also recorded guitar tracks, transcribed and arranged for various band leaders and performed at Sydney’s prestigious Ivy Lounge.
Since returning to the UK in 2012 I have been working as a musician for live performances and studio recordings, whilst continuing my work as a guitar tutor. Highlights have included recordings with soulful house producers DJ SGZ (S.A) and Dolls Coombes (Italy) and live performances in The Ritz Jazz Club, The Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scotts, The Hippodrome and The Pheasantry.
My passion for music is evident in my teaching style and I am stylistically versatile in all contemporary styles including rock, jazz, blues, funk, hip-hop, soul and country. My depth of knowledge enables me to cater for students with specific or wide ranging musical interests. I discuss long term musical goals with new students and this helps to set appropriate short term targets to develop their skills and provide milestones by which to measure their progress.
I keep accurate records of each student’s progress and email each student with a specific weekly practice routine. I encourage students to develop every aspect of their performance skill set including, improvisation, set pieces, music theory, aural skills, performance technique and rhythmic study.
In particular, I highlight the direct relationship between harmony and melody. This encompasses the use of arpeggios, scales, harmonised scales, chord extensions, chord substitutions, key changes and the use of Roman numerals to understand harmonic sequences. This helps to develop students’ ability to transpose, improvise, compose and can also aid aural perception.
I have previously taught at South Devon College as a music lecturer on a Foundation Degree music course, delivering performance and contextual studies modules. This required me to plan and deliver schemes of work, lesson plans and build course materials. I also taught the electric guitar, contemporary acoustic guitar and electric bass guitar, building on my previous experience of teaching the guitar in secondary schools in Devon.
For more information regarding my teaching or performing please get in touch.