Achilles started playing guitar at the age of 11, showing a dedication and commitment which has resulted in his being one of the most accomplished musicians teaching at South End Music School. After a few years studying classical guitar, his long held desire to play the electric led him to seek out rock guitar lessons. Based in his native home of Athens, Greece, the lack of contemporary guitar tutors available meant that he had to continue on his own with the help of any books he could obtain.
After performing in various bands, his determination to pursue a professional career in music prompted a move to the UK. Therein followed a spell at London’s Guitar Institute, earning the `Student Of The Year’ award. Following this, he went on to earn an HND in Popular Music Singing from Vocaltech, to feed his other passion, while also taking extra guitar classes. On top of being a vocalist and a guitarist, Achilles also plays Bass, Keyboards, Drums and recently started learning the Shakuhachi (Japanese flute).
Achilles has been teaching music since 2001, and has been teaching both vocals and guitar at here for almost as long. While he specialises in Rock and Metal guitar techniques, he is a versatile player able to accommodate many styles, from Classical and Folk to Funk and Jazz.
His vocal tuition programme caters for a wide range of contemporary styles, always with the emphasis on vocal exercises, correct techniques and assistance with repertoire being the main stay of the lesson plan. Achilles has also worked with many students on audition preparation for theatre and college entrance.
He has a practical approach to teaching, incorporating music theory and technique in an easily accessible and relevant way, tailored to fit each student’s requirements.
When not teaching, Achilles can be found making music with his numerous bands and other musical projects.
Achilles teaches at South End Music School on Saturday and Monday. For information about this tutor’s availability or to make a booking please e-mail, or contact us on 0208 680 9747.