My name is Robert Bedwell and I am a professional guitarist living in Crawley, West Sussex. I teach electric, acoustic and classical guitar as well as alto guitar and have done so in schools and colleges as well as privately for over 30 years now.
I also teach music theory, improvisation and composition and have helped countless students pass the grade exams from all examination boards. I am also a member of the Sussex Music school, giving guitar lessons to students in schools in the Sussex area.
On my website you will find information about me and the guitar lessons that I offer. I look forward to hearing from you!
I first started playing at the age of 16 and three years later I was offered a grant to study electric guitar at The Musician’s Institute in London.
After graduation from M. I. London, I played in many bands and then began teaching electric guitar to students in the area, covering rock and pop while encouraging students to learn theory and technique that enables them to improvise and solo confidently.
Early influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Jimi Hendrix and Richie Blackmore.
I then studied classical guitar and after obtaining the Diplomas from Trinity College and ABRSM, I played many solo concerts in and around Sussex. I have attended masterclasses with Andrew York and Nikita Koshkin.
Modern acoustic music I love also, and have played and taught many students pieces by Michael Hedges, Erik Mongrain, Leo Kottke, Andy Mckee etc. Jazz has been an interest of mine too and I have taken all four diplomas in jazz performance from the London College of Music, culminating in the Fellowship from the LCM in 2015. I also studied the Lydian Chromatic Concept with Andy Wasserman in Seattle.
Music theory is integral to my approach to understanding music and I am happy to teach theory to students taking exams or to those who want to understand how music works. I am currently working on a book on music theory called The Modal Method of Music which is in the editing stage at the moment.
I have been composing music for 20 years now, and I have an album of singer/songwriter songs, an acoustic guitar instrumental EP, a violin partita and a cello suite to my name.
I also have an interest in the role music has to play in the field of well-being. The benefits that music brings to the psychological and physical side of ourselves is well documented and I am experienced in the use of music for relaxation, contemplation and general health.