Find out more about the bands Ian plays in
Guitar Lessons Chichester
For guitar lessons to be great, Ian ensures he is up to date on his own playing. This ensures you are being taught by current working professional, who is surrounded by professional level musicians. Ian plays in a wide variety of settings, playing live every week in restaurants, bars, festivals weddings and more. Below are more details of all the things Ian is involved with, including photo’s and recordings.
Ian studied a Bachelor of Music at the University of Chichester, graduating with a first class honours. He then went on to study a Masters at the University of Southampton. Each year at University Ian was expected to put a band together and arrange a 45 minute performance to be marked. Below are two recordings, both arrangements of Ian’s from his time at University with the band he used throughout his time at Chichester Uni.
Check out the video of Ian playing his arrangement of Chick Corea’s fusion jazz standard Spain. This song features an introduction taken from the the classical concerto – Concerto De Aranjuez. This song mixes classical guitar with jazz music, two important components of music that any guitar teacher should spend time researching to ensure that their students are receiving a comprehensive education in how music is formed.
Take Five was recorded on Columbia records in 1959, and is apparently the biggest selling jazz single of all time. Ian learns most jazz by ear and from memory. Ear training is one of the best ways to learn, and can be taught via a series of exercises that start with the major scale. Learning aural (by ear) or by reading music are both great ways to learn. Learning by ear benefits musicians who want to improvise solos, which both of Ian’s solos on these tracks are improvised!
The Tom Belbin Trio
The Tom Belbin Trio is a professional level jazz trio that plays all over the South Coast. Performing at corporate events, weddings, festivals, jazz clubs and more, The Tom Belbin Trio delivers high standard music with a professional edge. Ian plays bass guitar, double bass and guitar for The Tom Belbin Trio. At times a guitarist is expected to be able to be versatile within bands, and play what is required at the moment! Below are some recordings of Ian playing with The Tom Belbin Trio. For more information on The Tom Belbin Trio, check out the website by clicking here. If you are interested in learning to play jazz and want some jazz lessons in Chichester then contact Ian today to discuss the best options for you.
Daley and the Cat
Daley and the Cat is a jazz trio comprised of Ian, Tom and Christina, two accomplished Jazz guitarists and a fantastic jazz vocalist and pianist. Their mix of acoustic sounds and smooth jazz and pop is atmospheric and always tries to remain accessible to anyone listening. Their set covers many jazz styles from Latin to Swing, which can be heard in their demos below. Contact Ian if you are interested in acoustic styles of playing, one of the most popular styles in pop music today!
Esmeralda is an original composition written by Ian. The song was written during Ian’s time in New Zealand, however the song remained untouched until returning to the U.K. Daley and the Cat recorded the song for their first E.P, which you can hear below. Songwriting is a great skill to have, and again like aural perception, it can be taught. Things such as song structures, diatonic sequences, melody and harmony, and much more can all be covered in lessons, helping make you a much more rounded songwriter!
Caravan is a jazz standard composed by Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington, and first performed by Ellington in 1936. It was recently made popular again in the 2014 film Whiplash, in which it featured as one of the main songs. You may have already heard The Tom Belbin’s version of things song, below is Daley and the Cat performing the song live with the vocal version.
Black Orpheus, sometimes known by its other name Manha de Carnaval, is an instrumental tune. It was written for a film called Black Orpheus in 1959. Black Orpheus is a piece of Latin music, commonly known as a Bossa Nova, which is often seen as a sub genre or fusion of Jazz. For acoustic players who want to get a genuine acoustic sound, Bossa Novas are great to study, as they help get the finger style associated with many great acoustic players sounding authentic.
Ian teaches workshops at Chichester college, and has taught for smaller workshops such as the Band project.
The Band project is a workshop run by Christopher Mountford in Arudnel, Brighton, Chiswick and Camden. Ian lead the Arundel based workshops, and has been lucky enough to work alongside Lewis Whittington (Rizzle Kicks) and some amazing young talented musicians. After a number of weeks rehearsing as a band the Arundel workshop take their set to Brighton to gig it in-front of friends and family, with all the other Band Project workshops. It’s a great way for musicians that are not used to playing in a band setting to get some experience of the best way to do things, and get some live playing experience. Visit The Band Project for further details.
Chichester college offer a series of beginner group lessons for adults. Cheaper than one – one lessons these hour long group lessons look at basics such as chords, scales, and easy pop songs. They are fun, and Ian enjoys being part of the vibrant community the college offers!
University of Chichester Jazz BMus
Ian is a Graduate of the University of Chichester Jazz BMus. The Jazz BMus is a performance degree focused heavily on Jazz and Blues, improvising, sight reading, aural perception and much more to get musicians to a high professional standard. The course is run by Nicholas Reynolds (Jools Holland, Art Garfunkel) who is the head of Jazz at the University. Find out more at the Jazz BMus page, and visit the Chichester University music page for entry details.