About Me



I have been fortunate to have some great teachers in my years of guitar playing.

This site is dedicated to them.

Particularly to my first guitar teacher, Neefa van der Schyff, who was determined to encourage the best sound that he could conjure from my then so unconfident fingers and my equally unconfident heart.

This is where I share everything that I've learnt about this beautiful instrument over the past 20 years.

And all that I continue to learn.

There have been many times as I've written a page that I've heard Neefa's voice giving advice or joking about a technical error or a musical misjudgement. It is my hope that his voice and his dedication to teach the guitar to everyone and anyone who wanted to learn will live on in the work of this site as it does in the music of his students.

I hope you will find the site useful, helpful and that it encourages you to pick up your guitar, pick it up again and then still one more time.

Make it sing.

Or weep.

As your heart feels on any given day.





The Guitar by Garcia Lorca

The weeping of the guitar
begins.
The goblets of dawn
are smashed.
The weeping of the guitar
begins.
Useless
to silence it.
Impossible
to silence it.
It weeps monotonously
as water weeps
as the wind weeps
over snowfields.
Impossible
to silence it.
It weeps for distant
things.












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