About Stuart

From recording guitars on Amazon Prime movie scores to topping the charts with his best-selling guitar instruction books, Stuart Ryan is a versatile and sought-after guitarist. Ryan began his professional career in 2003 when he was awarded Guitarist Magazine’s ‘Acoustic Guitarist of the Year’.

He spent the next ten years touring as a solo concert guitarist performing at major venues including London’s Royal Festival Hall and at many of the UK and Europe’s leading guitar festivals alongside legendary guitarists like Martin Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel. A passionate educator, he was the acoustic guitar lesson columnist for Guitar Techniques magazine for fifteen years. His original pieces are included in the London College of Music’s guitar syllabus and are studied by thousands of guitar students each year. Ryan’s original compositions are licensed through BMG music and regularly appear on TV and radio across the world.

He has authored seven books covering a range of different guitar styles from fingerstyle to Soul. Ryan’s versatility and passion for guitar keep him busy whether it’s on a studio recording session or writing his next series of guitar books. For remote studio sessions, masterclass and one to one lesson enquiries please contact us.

  • 2020

    2020 - 2020

    Session and composition work for various clients including Amazon Prime film scores, releases ‘The Americana Guitar Book’, ‘The Soul Rhythm Guitar Book’ and ‘Legends of Acoustic Guitar’ via Fundamental Changes publishing. Online clinics and gear demos for Vox Amplification

  • 2019

    2019 - 2019

    Several of Stuart’s pieces are selected for The London College of Music’s Acoustic Guitar grade syllabus, studied by thousands of guitar students across the world. Releases his fourth book, ‘The Tradition Volume 2’.

  • 2018

    2018 - 2018

    Records two new albums of solo acoustic guitar for the Sony/BMG music library, these pieces are used on TV programmes across the world including the BBC, NBC and many more.

  • 2016

    2016 - 2016

    Appears at The London International Guitar Festival and becomes the UK clinician for Takamine guitars. UK and Ireland solo tour with Takamine in addition to solo performances at clubs and guitar festivals. Releases ‘The Heritage’, his second book of solo fingerstyle guitar arrangements. Writes and Records first albums for Sony/BMG library music.

  • 2013
      - 2015

    2013 - 2015 - 2013 – 2015

    Releases ‘The Tradition’, his first book of solo fingerstyle guitar arrangements described as ‘Essential’ by Guitarist magazine. Releases his second fingerstyle guitar album, ‘The Way Home’. Writes and records two solo fingerstyle guitar albums for the Sony/BMG music library.

  • 2005
      - 2012

    2005 - 2012 - 2005 – 2012

    Starts writing a monthly acoustic guitar lesson column for Guitar Techniques, one of the magazine’s most popular columns. Contributes lesson columns to Guitarist, Acoustic and several other publications. Touring schedule includes performances at The Bath International Guitar Festival and London’s Royal Festival Hall. Special guest at Thomas Leeb’s ‘Fingerstyle Bootcamp’ in Austria for the first […]

  • 2004

    2004 - 2004

    Releases debut fingerstyle album ‘The Coast Road’ described as “A beautiful collection of solo pieces” by Acoustic Magazine. Starts to perform alongside leading fingerstyle guitarist Eric Roche. Invited by Martin Taylor MBE to perform at his Kirkmichael Guitar Festival sharing the bill with Tommy Emmanuel, Martin Taylor, Bireli Lagrene and other leading players. Described as […]

  • 2003

    2003 - 2003

    Wins Guitarist Magazine’s ‘Acoustic Guitarist of the year’ award.

  • 2002

    2002 - 2002

    Reaches the final 4 in the UK’s ‘Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the year’ competition.

  • 1990

    1990 - 1990

    Takes up guitar at the age of 13, self taught and influenced by the rock and metal players of the time. Soon develops an interest in other styles including Jazz, Blues, Country, Classical and Funk.