Before moving to university I had been having lessons with Derek for 11 years, starting in my primary school and then progressing to private lessons when my parents realised I was serious about playing.
A great learning environment was provided for me; Derek is always happy and encouraging and has a positive attitude to life. He has a great sense of humour which even at a young age maintained my interest in practice and made me look forward to my lessons.
Each week I would receive an Email that detailed all the things we had covered in lesson and what I was to practice... So there was no excuse! Derek taught me all the playing skills I needed to learn to successfully hold my own when moving to The Academy of Contemporary Music, where I found that I was better prepared than most other students. I had also developed a feel for music that I strongly believe was due to the invaluable inspiration I gained from Derek's playing.
After my first year I was awarded ACM "Outstanding Guitarist of the Year 2009" out of approximately 120 other students. A few months ago I auditioned for a band and got the place playing lead guitar, we are now currently signed to 19 entertainment and are expecting big things for this year 2010.
I am truly happy and incredibly grateful for the opportunity given to me, but know that if not for Derek's unique enthusiasm and obvious passion for seeing me improve I would not have been successful. I would and have recommended Derek to everyone, confident that they would be getting the best in guitar and general music tuition... He is the influence that every aspiring musician should have!
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