So somewhat disgracefully it’s been a full 2 years since my last blog but I do have a few excuses I promise!
Like many people I’ve been using the start of 2018 to refocus, assess and try to work on a few things I let slip last year. 2017 was arguably the busiest year i’ve ever had as a professional bassist. I spent 3 months on tour with Collabro and EARL both headlining and supporting 80’s legends Rick Astley and Brian Ferry all over the UK and Europe. I played the Albert Hall for the first time, did my first West End Shows on Bat Out Of Hell the Musical, played Glastonbury, supported a trio of jazz Icons in Chick Corea, Brain Blade and bassist Eddie Gomez, played a few festivals with Gabrielle, recorded 2 albums and played more weddings/parties/conferences and bar gigs than I care to remember!
I’m lucky enough to have a very loyal group of students who diligently kept their practice routines up without my weekly nag while I was away on tour or checked in for a Skype lesson for a few pointers from the road. Most of my lessons take place at my home in Kew Gardens but I also teach bass and guitar in Kingston, Shepherds Bush, Barons Court, Marylebone and Chiswick. Are these areas near you? Im looking to expand into other parts of west London so if you’re a budding bassist or guitarist in Kensington, Chelsea, Putney, Knightsbridge, Barnes or anywhere else on this side of town you should definitely get in touch. This week I have a new student starting up in Thames Ditton and two more who will be coming to me in Kew but I still have plenty of spaces in the diary.
Some time to reflect and catch up on West London Bass Lessons admin has been a great way to start the year for me. If you’ve been thinking about booking some lessons for yourself or someone in your family get in touch!