For as long as I can remember, actively making music has been part of my life. My initial attempt at playing an instrument, which lasted for about a year, was learning violin in primary school (which I imagine was painful for everyone involved – fortunately, I’m blissfully unaware and remember none of it).
Shortly after that I began learning to play the piano, which has been a constant in my life ever since. Eventually, a lack of technical training led me to injury, which in turn led me to discover both the Feldenkrais Method and the Alexander Technique. Through these methods of somatic learning I have been able to overcome my injury and progress my own learning in ways I could have imagined.
The emphasis in both methods of the process rather than the end goal has been hugely significant in both my own learning and my development as a teacher. I find the method of learning in the Feldenkrais Method so effective that I’m now training as a Feldenkrais Practitioner on the Chiemsee 7 Training with Jerry Karzen.
I learned to play guitar after having learned piano for several years. In my lessons I discovered that music theory actually had a purpose – it opened up the worlds of improvising and composing to me.
I enjoy a huge variety of music, from the Baroque right through to the present day; I’m captivated by the melodic and contrapuntal brilliance of Rachmaninov, the harmonic language of Bill Evans and the clever yet catchy song writing capabilities of ABBA. I like music to keep me engaged both as a listener and a musician.
I currently play lead guitar and keyboards in pop/punk band Heavy Duck.