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Philip James Ockelford

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About Philip

Guitarist since 1994, live performer since 2000, tutor since 2003. I play live, teach, do session work, as well as repairs and upgrades.

Playing for over twenty years, and teaching for twelve, I studied at the Guitar Institute of Technology in London under acoustic maestro ERIC ROCHE. This proved an invaluable experience, not only for learning to play, but also how to teach. In 2003, I became a Peripatetic Tutor for ESSEX MUSIC SERVICES (which included vetting by the Criminal Records Bureau). In the first term alone, I was visiting ten schools across Essex, seeing some eighty pupils weekly; this was in addition to my private practice, serving students across Essex and Suffolk. I have also worked in the private school sector, serving as Peripatetic Guitar Tutor at ST MARGARET'S PREPARATORY SCHOOL, teaching electric, bass, and classical guitar, as well as successfully running the School Rock Band. Most recently, I have been the Peripatetic Guitar and Bass Tutor at SAMUEL WARD ACADEMY. But it's not all theory, as I've been striding the live stage for many years; indeed, my first live band performance was to an audience of over two thousand, with the gig being webcast around the world. In original bands, such as Last Minute, and Rocket, I not only played, but sang & wrote as well. Along with covers bands work, I've also collaborated with and depped for bands on an ad hoc basis, lending me exposure to different styles, and the experience of playing to audiences of all sizes in locations across the country. All of this means that I'm no stranger to the recording studio, something I've supplemented with continuing studies of recording & production, both with time spent at the London Centre for Contemporary Music, and privately. I currently find myself doing an increasing amount of session work, whether it's reproducing something specific, or being asked to improvise.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Acoustic, Americana, Funk, Covers, Vintage, Classic rock, Hard rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Event types:
Recording session, Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Sound technician, Songwriter, Producer, Transcription, Actor, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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From customers:

Ronbwl, 3 years ago

Been working with Phil with lots of orders and I like his style of improvising upon request, yet still giving suggestions whenever the track can be made better. Another fast delivery this time despite the double tracks requirement, very happy with the final result. Looking forward for further projects with Phil.

Alexierino, 3 years ago

I like that Phil welcomes a lot of instruction and the result is an end product that lives up to your concept. I'm very happy with the result and Phil's ability and ear.

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