Entries by Ross Helmot

A Cautionary Tale

I recently watched a video documentary about the band 'Badfinger'(see link at bottom of page), one of the more tragic stories in rock'n'roll's chequered history. 'Badfinger' were the first band signed to Apple Records, the 'Beatles' own label and looked set for a long and successful career, but it wasn't to be. A mix of appalling […]

Mike Henwood

After taking early retirement l decided to fulfil a long held ambition to properly learn the guitar. I had very little knowledge or experience, virtually a complete beginner. Starting so late l knew I couldn't afford to waste precious time with the wrong teacher. So finding the right teacher was essential. I wanted a teacher […]

Michelle Smith

Ross is an amazing teacher, on top of being an excellent guitarist. I came to him after a long break from guitar playing, having reached a point of stagnation relying on chord books and tabs. To make me an even more challenging student, I was also quite nervous about playing in front of people. Like […]

Joe Turner

Under Ross's guidance as my guitar mentor, I've vastly improved all aspects of my playing and musical knowledge. As a student for a number of years we have touched upon many different musical styles, theory that translates into real outcomes on the instrument and a diverse catalogue of songs - all of which is fun, […]

Beware – this could damage your guitar…

This is only a short post but very important for all those who value their guitars. I have an acoustic guitar that I used for years, mainly to play around the house and for teaching. I wasn't doing any acoustic gigs at the time so I used to leave it out on a stand. Sounds […]