Hello and welcome to the website.
I am Ian Rooke, an experienced guitar, bass guitar, ukele and mandolin teacher based in the Great Barr area of Birmingham.
I have been playing the guitar for 30 years now during which time I have played in several bands
and have been involved in numerous recording projects. Originally I was self taught as a guitarist, although subsequently I have
trained extensively as a music teacher
at the British Academy of New Music and
recently at Yamaha International.
Before becoming a guitar teacher I was
a primary school teacher, acquiring a
master’s degree and progressing all the way to management level. This invaluable experience means that I’m
able to bring a certain professional aspect to my teaching, as well as a detailed understanding of the
ways in which people learn.
I still teach music in schools, as well as the guitar, and I also work for Yamaha at the
Solihull School of Music. The rest of
my time is spent mainly on private
tuition, rehearsing and
with my band Fingerprint and recording my own songs.
My influences are many and varied. I play all kinds of music from rock, pop, blues
country to the more contemporary bands of today. In my teaching I cover the
mentioned but also delve a little into other areas such as reggae, funk and
even the occasional classical piece. I feel that to become a great musician you need
to be conversant with as many different styles of music as you can. With that in mind
encourage my pupils to bring to lessons
music that they are interested in and enjoy.I feel
that pupils learn more effectively if they are playing something
they like and also
it gives me the chance to become acquainted with new styles of music.
As a guitarist you never stop learning!