Damien James Sweeting is a session guitarist and guitar teacher in York . He is currently the lead guitarist for recording artist Maria Jordan and is also part of the twin lead duo of York based Morpheus Rising . He has recently also produced and arranged the latest acoustic album by professional singer, Rebecca Newman.
Damien runs a successful teaching practice from his home in the centre of York and teaches both electric and acoustic guitar . Damien is a registered tutor of the RGT, his teaching often following (but not limited to) the syllabus and guidelines presented in the Registry of Guitar Tutor's handbooks grades preliminary to grade 8. Damien beleives that the RGT grades provide a well planned and structured guitar course which will keep the student focused, challenged and interested whilst building a good solid foundation for all round good musicianship, not to mentionion an accredited and recognised system from an international organisation.
Damien teaches all levels from to advanced.
With his relaxed and easy going approach , Damien has students returning for more and is constantly seeing the rewards, results and improvements from all his students.
The syllabus taught covers chords and chord harmony/theory, rhythm playing and chart reading, soloing and improvising over chord sequences, modes, arpeggios, scales, knowledge of the instrument, specialisms and a range of other areas which are approached in a fun and enjoyable way.
Damien also teaches specialised techniques such as legato, alternate picking, sweep picking, fingerboard tapping and two tapping, pinched and tapped harmonincs and wammy bar contol. Many of these techniques are employed by players like Joe Satriani, Eddie Van Halen, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Steve Via, Slash, Mark Tremonti or Brian May.....to mention but a few.
But if this style of playing is not your cup of tea ,then he can bring you to a level on guitar which is more focused on feel and melody as apposed to a million notes per second playing.
Learn Blues,Jazz,Rock,Metal,Pop,Funk.... From Santana to Sepultura, Joe Pass to Joe Satriani andJoe Bonamassa, David Gilmore to Queen's Brian May, Ac/Dc to Zappa , whatever your musical taste, Damien can guide you towards your musical goals.
For those seaking Acoustic lesson's, Damien teaches ryhthm and chord playing, chord theory, chord chart reading,finger picking and fingerstyle and percussive and two handed percussive fingerstyle emulating the styles of players such as Andy Mckee and Donn Ross. If you want to be able to play and sing Damien can help. If you want to be able to cover songs from the great players Damien can teach you the skills needed.
Often books can teach you what to play, but not HOW to play. Studying with an RGT tutor can save you years of struggling with bad technique or never seeming to see any progrees in your playing. So if you are interested in any aspect of the guitar from wanting to learn to play your favourite songs, to learning in depth chord and modal scale theory, Damien can offer you a fun and structured approach within a professional teaching environment for you to really unlock your own potential as a guitarist !
Call Damien Now on : 07833087866
RGT organises internationally recognised in electric, classical and bass guitar – from total beginner to Diploma level – in partnership with London College of Music Exams (one of the world's most respected music examination boards, established since 1887) and certificated by Thames Valley University. All RGT graded exams are accredited by the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority (QCA), and UCAS points are available for grades 6-8.