I started playing guitar way back in the early 1990's when I was about 14...(yes, I'm that old haha)
The sole reason at the that time was to learn to play enough so I could join my friends' metal band and play a show at our school...which we did!
I went off to college to study for a Diploma in Popular Music Performance and, whilst getting all my grades, I continued to play gigs locally and around the UK...
I became a life-long learner of music, practicing guitar every day, studying with local teachers, industry folks as well as traveling to the US for further training in guitar teaching whilst working in Education.
Since my musical journey began I have played all over the UK, in Europe and America in bands where the styles have varied from Pop Rock to Technical Death Metal!
From the tiniest venues like the Joiners in Southampton to festival stages like Bloodstock, we traveled, toured, recorded EPs and albums, received awards, got featured in the press (Kerrang, Metal Hammer, Fireworks, Powerplay Magazine) appeared on TV, been interviewed for Rock Radio stations, rubbed shoulders, shared stages of all sizes with our heroes and peers from our favourite bands...
I'm passionate about teaching guitar and helping others. Since 2010 I've taught guitar lessons in Southampton to hundreds of people. Whether it's been for fun or to go pro! From bedroom players, casual hobbyists, music school students right through to professional musicians, I've had the honour and privilege to be a part of their journeys too. I continue to teach guitar to this day to people all over the world with Jimmy's Guitar Gym, with the focus always on training my students with everything they need to play the way they want.
I also write and record my own music, offer mental health coaching and am a Muay Thai and MMA enthusiast!
I live in Southampton, UK with my wife Jen and our cat Maya.