SaMMS has always been a venture that welcomes the “everyman”, the untutored and that’s what I love about it. I fell into guitar teaching by being asked and I start each week thrilled by the knowledge that that’s what I’m going to be doing all week . I also get a buzz from knowing I have so much to learn myself. I have learnt my musical trade the hands-on way as a jobbing musician since 1973 . I have played various types of musics from Pub Rock to Traditional Folk via Jazz , Strict Tempo Ballroom and Electronica . This has been to handfuls of people up to masses of festival sized crowds .It’s all the same to me . Along the way I’ve worked with an enormous number of different individuals and acquired an optimistic view of the pleasures of playing, writing, recording and performing music despite all the human setbacks you can name. It’s usually not the big names or the biggest earners who are the most successful musicians. Depends how you measure success. That’s what I try to pass on to my students- a love of making and performing music to the public . I didn’t study music at a college ( I actually studied Art ) but have largely taught myself and continue to learn more every day. Since I always feel like I’ve just started, I get the same feelings that my students do.