Guitar Workshop – 19th & 20th October 2019


I’m delighted to announce that my next workshop will be on 19th & 20th October 2019. Times on both days will be 11:00 until 16:30. Over the course of the weekend we’ll be looking at composition, arrangement, performance and technique through a study of repertoire and various exercises. A workbook will be emailed to you in advance.

I will also be joined by two special guests; Neville Martin and Ryan Taylor.

Neville Martin

Our first guest is Neville Marten, editor of Guitar Techniques and long time editor of Guitarist Magazine and the touring and recording guitarist for Rock n’ Roll star Marty Wilde. Over the past 40 years Neville has met and interviewed most of the world’s superstar guitarists….but who was the one who got away?! In this session Nev will share anecdotes from meeting these players along with what he learned about their styles along the way. In addition he’ll use his experience of playing on some of the UK’s biggest stages (including the London Palladium) to explain how to conquer performance nerves and maintain your equipment. Finally, as a gear reviewer he has played pretty much everything over the years so if you have any burning guitar related questions he’s your man!

Ryan Taylor

Luthier and guitar restoration expert Ryan will be joining us to give a two hour presentation and Q&A session on acoustic guitar building and maintenance. Ryan has worked on a plethora of incredible instruments over the years and as head luthier at Vintage and Rare Guitars he regularly finds himself working on investment grade instruments – want to know what a pre-war Martin is really like? Ryan is your man! Learn how a truss rod works and overcome your fear of adjusting it whilst also learning about what to look for when buying an acoustic guitar or what questions to ask if you are thinking of having one made.

The cost for the weekend is £160 and that includes lunch on both days and teas/coffees/refreshments. The location is Monkton Combe which is just 3 miles outside of the beautiful city of Bath, in the South West of the UK. Getting here from abroad is easy – there are many flights to Bristol airport and from there it is an easy trip to Bath railway station where we can collect you if necessary.

Arrival and registration is on Saturday 19th October at 10.30am and the workshop runs from 11.00am – 4.30pm on the Saturday and the Sunday. On the Saturday evening we all head into Bath for a curry and drinks (this is optional and not included in the workshop fee).

The workshop is limited to just 14 places and will sell out quickly – to book your place please use the online form and specify any dietary requirements. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in October!


Intermediate and above


This workshop is now fully booked.

Please check back for future workshop dates.


Monkton Combe is located 3.5 miles from Bath, 11.3 miles from Frome and 14.5 miles from Bristol. If you enter the village of Monkton Combe on Church Lane via Brassknocker Hill, the village hall is on your right hand side as you drive through the village opposite The Wheelwrights Arms pub (postcode BA2 7HB). There is a free car park just beyond the village hall, around the corner. Otherwise there is on-street parking nearby and down the bottom of Mill Lane. There is a limited bus service to Monkton Combe but if you take the number 2 bus from Bath Bus Station to Combe Down, we can collect you there.


Here are some local accommodation providers:-

The Wheelwrights Arms is located opposite the hall:

Tucking Mill View, Brooks View and Fishermen’s Retreat are luxury cottages located within walking distance of the hall:

Waterhouse Hotel is a short walk through the countryside to the hall:

Further accommodation can be booked online at or