Throughout each term we invite a selection of musicians, music professionals and artists to come in and talk to our students.
These are presented in the form of masterclasses, which are in addition to students usual timetabled lessons. Below are some highlights from the many great guitar masterclasses we’ve had in recent years.
ACM was pleased to welcome Texan born Rodney Branigan to deliver two exclusive guitar masterclasses to students. Known for his distinctive musical style and his extraordinary ability to play two guitars or a piano and guitar at the same time, Rodney is not only a unique guitarist, but also a fantastic musician.
Rodney’s distinctive style » more
What better way to kick off a new ACM term than with a visit from one of our most celebrated Performance School Alumni – Newton Faulkner.
Following two successful albums, sell-out UK and international tours, Newton returned to his ACM roots to give a very special performance masterclass at Guildford’s Electric Theatre that even a » more
ACM were pleased to welcome back renowned guitarist Guthrie Govan, who delivered TWO stunning guitar masterclass sessions on Friday 30th March.
Known for his incredible guitar shredding and unique playing style, Govan has been building his deserved reputation as one of the world’s leading guitar talents.
Throughout the two masterclass sessions, Guthrie dazzled » more
There are supergroups, and then there are Producers, arguably the most successful line up of musicians and producers ever.
Lol Crème – ex-member of brilliant ’70s pop group 10cc and one half of hit-makers and production/video duo Godley & Creme.
Trevor Horn – the legendary British producer.
Stephen Lipson – the award-winning musician, » more
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Paul Booth is one of the most in demand musicians on the scene today. Although a very prominent figure on the jazz scene, his versatility has seen him play across many musical genres and ACM is proud to welcome Paul to deliver two masterclass sessions on Friday » more
Over the years Jamiroquai have become synonymous for producing music that can’t help but put a smile on your face and ACM have been lucky enough to welcome some of the bands members on number of occasions.
In 2012, ACM welcomed Paul Turner, Derrick McKenzie and Rob Harris back to represent the Acid Jazz » more
All round top-bloke, chatterbox and guitar-hero Ace, from Skunk Anansie, dropped into ACM this week for a whole host of masterclasses covering performance, production and the music industry. Ace even took the time to cover some tutorials with students and impart his vast knowledge about the music business.
Ace talked at length to performance students about his » more
ACM hosted a unique masterclass for current students on 10th June, from local session musician Chris Eaton. Chris explained the niche market of Slide Guitar.
The masterclass began with performances, demonstrating the use of bottlenecks on various types of guitar, as well as a brief history of this technique quoting such slide heroes as » more
Nu Jazz giants and Mercury award nominees Polar Bear came to ACM to run a rather unique workshop for a very lucky group of students. 30 people had the opportunity to join the band in an interactive and practical jam session. The band gave the lucky few advice on technique, songwriting tips and live » more
ACM was both awestruck and honoured to welcome one of the music industries most experienced and legendary guitarists on the planet… Mr Steve Vai.
In an ACM exclusive, one off masterclass, Steve kicked off the proceedings with a jaw dropping showcasing of his unique sound and talent which was met with a standing ovation. » more
Whitesnake‘s guitar master and all-round gentleman Doug Aldrich made a very special and even more welcome appearance at ACM. The shred-master left the audience speechless as he showcased his awesome talent to a very happy set of students.
“I can usually get away with calling this a masterclass but I’ve heard some of you play » more
Students at ACM were treated to some fret wizardry in the form of Michael Jackson’s guitarist Greg Howe. Greg exclusively took time out from his European tour to speak to budding musicians at the academy about his inspiring music career and exclusively performed a selection of tracks form his new solo album entitled ‘Sound Proof’.
As » more
Greg Koch (pictured far left) and Reggie Hamilton (pictured far right) had a surprise for students at their recent masterclass at ACM.
The Fender endorsed duo were joined onstage by Supertramp guitarist Carl Verheyen (pictured second from left) and top session drummer Rick Latham (pictured second from right) to give students a world exclusive performance.
The four musicians have never set foot on » more
This was Carl Verheyen’s debut appearance at ACM and the first masterclass of the new year. The Supertramp guitarist was a massive hit with the appreciative audience, displaying jaw-dropping fret magic and taking them through his career as a member of one of the most successful acts of all time.
When Carl learnt that » more
Ian Brown‘s guitarist Aziz Ibrahim recently held a top masterclass at ACM. The Mancunian axeman was instrumental in helping to shape the sound of some of the most influential bands of the ’90s, and proved a real hit with the students as he took them through a whole plethora of topics relating to his thirty plus » more
Guitar technition and highly regarded tutor Robbie Gladwell dropped in to ACM to give guitar students a run through of the techniques, tips and tricks that have made Robbie one of the UK’s premier guitar experts. As a player, Robbie has worked with musicians such as Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Suzi Quatro, Albert Lee, James Burton, Dave Gilmour of » more
With a hat full of hit albums and singles in the States, Jamie West-Oram has built a reputation across the pond with his band The Fixx, stalwarts of the American pop charts. One of the few British New Wave bands to conquer the airwaves in the United States at the time, the Fixx stood out » more
Neo-progressive-rock guitar legend Steve Rothery returned to ACM to work with students on how to produce that infamous Marillion sound! Students came in their droves to draw on the experience of the man who has rocked venues all over the world. After the clinic, Steve spent the rest of the day conducting 1 to 1 tutorials » more