The North Wales Guitar retreats offers two principle tutors, Jim Bazley & Skeet Williams. They are joined by two world class players, Chris Woods and Gary Lutton for their residential weekends. This is to ensure a rich variety of playing styles and techniques can be covered. We aim to cater for all levels and abilities. This is why we carefully select tutors who can work with a variety of abilities but can also tailor lesson plans around their students. Classes will be tailored to suit your skills and participants will be grouped accordingly.
Skeet is an experienced and passionate music tutor and musician. He currently splits his time between performing and tutoring guitar. Skeet believes the art of teaching is inspiring the student to constantly strive to improve and to have self-belief. One of Skeet's students commented; ‘As a student I can tell you he has the patience of a saint and the skills to identify what you need to work on and how to do it...’
Jim has been playing guitar since he was 6 years old, starting with years of classical guitar training and turning to finger style in his 20’s. He now regularly performs across the UK and Europe.
Jim has been featured in Acoustic Magazine for one of his guitar playing techniques and has been described in reviews as a "guitarist with dazzling dexterity" (Folk Magazine) as well as having "an infectious groove" and "powerful performances" (Thomas Leeb - Acoustic magazine)
He has a passion for teaching and enjoys sharing his playing techniques and knowledge with others.
For the May 2017 Guitar Retreat, Skeet and Jim brought together two other very special guest tutors, Chris Woods Groove and Gary Lutton.
Chris and Gary were chosen not just for their excellence at their craft but because they are also experienced educators.
Chris Woods as a guitarist and composer has toured extensively across the UK and EU, as appearing at festivals including Glastonbury Festival (UK) across to the likes of the Mikulášsky Jazz festival in Slovakia, with performances in art houses, theatres and even prestigious shows such as the NAMM show in LA. Chris is also an experienced and respected educator, regularly giving seminars and lectures at the likes of the Registry of Guitar Tutors conference as well as Plymouth University on Guitar Tuition, his book percussive Acoustic Guitar is published by Hal Leonard world wide and has sold in its thousands. He has written for Guitar Techniques, Acoustic Magazine and is an in demand tutor.
Gary Lutton is an instrumental acoustic guitarist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was the winner of the UK/Ireland Sky Arts competition Guitar Star (2015) where he had the opportunity to work with legends such as Rodrigo y Gabriela, Mike Dawes & Paco Pena. He recorded at Abbey Road Studios with producer Tony Visconti & has played the main stage at Latitude festival for 30,000 people. Gary is an excellent guitar teacher with some of his arrangements featured on the well-known teaching platform Jellynote
Dave has been playing at a professional level since the 1980s, primarily in jazz bands but also playing pop, rock, reggae and world music. He has appeared at jazz festivals in the U.S.A., Canada, St.Lucia and Europe.
Since training to teach in 1999 he has been a guitar teacher for the Wrexham Music Service and at Moreton Hall School since 2010.
His teaching style is to introduce technique and theory via the songs his pupils want to learn, which leads him to research all kinds of material, from modern folk to Chinese pop. Above all, learning the guitar should be fun!
For this course he will be focusing on theory and it’s direct bearing on the sounds we love to hear.