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Shane graduated from Leeds College of Music with a First Class Diploma. He has taught guitar for over 25 years and has built up a strong client base. This ranges from local education authorities, to teaching privately - as well as being - an in demand visiting tutor working in the independent schools sector. Shane’s speciality is jazz and latin American styles, however, he has much experience in playing many genres of music including : rock, funk, blues, disco, acoustic, fingerstyle and country. This is as a result of a multitude of varied session dates and ensemble work engagements. Shane has also tutored guitarists through classical guitar grades and has helped under graduates with sight - reading skills, harmony, technical development and general musicianship. He has had articles published in Just Jazz Guitar USA a specialist magazine, research material used by Hal Leonard Corporation USA and he has also authored a book, "Tal Farlow Jazz Guitarist".

His teaching approach also explores improvisation and composition when required for public exams. Shane has taught on various residential music courses. These have included accompaniment techniques for the Hot Fiddle Course run by the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) in conjunction with Benslow Music Trust. Teaching jazz guitar on The Surrey County Arts Jazz Orchestra Course - as well as being a guest tutor performer at the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music. Shane’s advice was also sort by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama when it first established a plectrum guitar syllabus in the late 1980’s. This was on the recommendation of his former teacher Adrian Ingram.

Outstanding pupils have included Nashville jazz fingerstyle virtuoso Richard Smith - who has gone on to duet with Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor.

Testimonials

"Shane Hill is a brilliantly inventive guitarist of great experience. His improvisations are always lyrical and pleasing and his versatility can adapt itself to any genre from be-bop to latin, from rock to traditional jazz. Certainly it is always a pleasure to listen to his elegantly rhythmic performances, played with fine tone, precisely controlled phrasing, and profoundly musical enthusiasm." GRAHAM WADE.

Graham Wade is a world renowned guitar scholar and former Head of Strings and professor of guitar at Leeds College of Music as well as a visiting professor of guitar to the universities of York and Leeds.

“Shane plays with sensitivity, sophistication and maturity”. Louis Stewart

“I met Shane too many years ago, when we both had Tal Farlow in view. Shane had played with him at a Leeds college master class and I played with him in a Jazz club in Blackpool. I was struck then by Shane's eye for detail. He had an open heart for music and played freely, spiritedly and honestly. He paints, sometimes, in fine detail, other times with broad strokes. And, if I may say, he's one of the good guys on, and off, the stage.” Mike Walker