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Guitar Tutors

All tutors and mentors at WaterBear are also highly experienced professionals. It’s their job to ensure you get the best help and guidance possible to achieve your qualification and career goals.


Kelly Appleton | Guitar

Guitarist and songwriter Kelly Appleton has performed with some of the world’s biggest artists including Florence and the Machine, and played international arena tours and iconic music festivals such as Glastonbury and Montreux. She has also performed many times on primetime television, including as a band member of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Superstars. Kelly currently plays guitar with singer Beth Ditto, formerly of ‘The Gossip’. Over the past two years, they have appeared on Later With Jools Holland, The Late Late Show with James Corden and similar high-profile shows. Finland’s Musik Talang conference invited her to lecture about her career to ability to inspire and empower young women entering the music industry. She also manages several all-female bands as part of her Management Company, The Girl Group Collective.


Rob Chapman | Guitar

Rob Chapman is a guitarist, singer and content creator from Brighton, UK. In both 2015 and 2016, Rob was named Total Guitar Magazine’s ‘Guitar Personality of the Year’ and featured in Forbes Magazine for being an entrepreneur who changed his life with YouTube. Rob is also founder and owner of Chapman Guitars, the UK’s fastest-growing guitar company, the frontman for chart-topping heavy rock band Dorje and is internationally renowned for creating entertaining and educational videos on YouTube for the past 10 years. As Director of Innovation in Guitar, it’s Rob’s job to ensure that Guitar education at WaterBear remains innovative, inspirational and founded in the principles of quality musicianship and excellence.


Luke Potashnick | Guitar

Luke started his career as songwriter and guitarist for his band Rooster and later became one of the founding members of The Temperance Movement. With the latter Luke released 2 albums and toured the world supporting artists such as Blackberry Smoke and The Rolling Stones. He left the band in 2015 to focus on his own career as an independent songwriter and producer, where he’s since worked with a wide selection of artists including Gabrielle Aplin, Lisa Marie Presley and Kwabs. Luke is also a busy session guitarist, playing for the likes of Katie Melua, Marina and the Diamonds, Paloma Faith, The Wanted, James Blunt, Olly Murs and Gabrielle Aplin.


Paul Sayer | Guitar

Paul Sayer is the guitar player and founder member of British rock and roll band ‘The Temperance Movement’, who to date have released three Top 12 albums, the latest of which charted at number 6 in the UK album charts. They have had number 1 radio hits in the US and Canada and toured with The Rolling Stones. Before forming The Temperance Movement he worked extensively as a session musician and musical director for artists as diverse as Ray Davies, Leona Lewis and Lily Allen, touring internationally playing to crowds of up to 80,000 people, appearing on major TV shows and recording guitar on Number 1 charting singles and albums. Paul personally managed The Temperance Movement in the 12 months preceding the release of the latest and most successful album ‘A Deeper Cut’.


Mikey Demus | Guitar

Mikey is a guitarist and songwriter for the UK-based band Skindred. Mikey has been touring internationally for almost 20 years and in that time he has recorded 7 studio albums and embarked on numerous tours of the USA, Australia, Japan, Europe and the UK. Skindred have sold over 600,000 records worldwide and have played in front of millions of fans. Outside of songwriting & performing, Mikey takes a keen interest in all things artwork and graphics related, is an avid audiophile and self-confessed gear junky.


Ben Ash | Guitar

Ben Ash was the live touring guitarist with pioneering grindcore/death metal band Carcass, with whom he toured worldwide for 5 years. Ben was personally asked to join Carcass in 2012 by Napalm Death ’92s guitarist Bill Steer, who came across his tribute to him on YouTube. By request from Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Carcass performed at his debut (now annual) FearFest in San Francisco (USA) in February 2014. Ben has also toured with Slayer and Testament and headlined the Deathcrusher 2015 Tour with Napalm Death, Obituary and Voivod, through UK and Europe. This involved playing gigs in Paris just after the terrorist attacks of 2015. In 2018, Ben announced that he had decided to depart from the touring circuit and return his focus to an educational role; also to pursue his own studies and work on individual music projects. As a testament to Ben’s teaching skill, it’s worth noting that his student Tom Marshall played the Montreux Jazz Festival alongside B.B. King and Jeff Beck in 2010.


Dave Colquhoun | Guitar

Dave’s career as a guitarist has spanned 3 decades, in which time he’s worked with artists as diverse as Ian Brown, Bow Wow Wow and Ozzy Osbourne. Dave’s playing has garnered widespread recognition, having achieved the honour of being crowned Guitarist magazine’s Guitarist of the Year in 1995. Since then, his live and studio work has continued unabated. He’s a staple of Rick Wakeman’s band and regularly works many other artists such as KT Tunstall, Belinda Carlisle and Procul Harum. Most recently Dave has been closely involved with the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, working as a guitar tutor for the lead actor and being Brian May’s hands!


Jimmy Owen | Guitar

Jimmy is a guitarist and singer / songwriter. As a multi-instrumentalist, Jimmy has worked on a multitude of projects for independent artists and record companies in the roles of artist, writer and session musician, as well as on radio and TV both in the UK and in the US. He is highly experienced both as a teacher, having taught extensively at all levels, and as a recording artist with his own group Lethbridge Owen and various others. Jimmy has worked, gigged and toured with artists such as Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson), Stuart Sullivan, Guthrie Govan, David Gilmour, Pat McManus, Ryan McGarvey and Carmine Rojas (David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Joe Bonamassa).


Paul Bielatowicz | Guitar

Best known for his virtuoso work with some of the biggest names in prog rock, Paul Bielatowicz has played, recorded and toured with the likes of Carl Palmer (ELP), Steve Hackett (Genesis), and Les Paul. Guitar Techniques Magazine described him as “One of our greatest rock guitarists.” In 2014, Paul released a critically-acclaimed 2014 debut solo album, ‘Preludes & Etudes’, which saw him stripping the electric guitar back to basics and presenting it as a classical instrument. Paul has over a decade of experience as a music educator, teaching and writing course material for further and higher education colleges. His qualifications also include a BA (Hons) in Jazz. He’s also a long-time contributor to some of the most widely-distributed guitar magazines, including Guitarist and Guitar Techniques.


Sam Bell | Guitar

Sam Bell first picked up a guitar aged just 5, after watching The Buddy Holly Story at the West End. At the age of 18, he was featured in Guitar Player Magazine’s up-and-coming section. Sam works mainly as a session guitarist, playing for soul singer and X-Factor vocal coach Lloyd Wade, and other various dance production shows around the UK. He is a contributor to Guitar Interactive Magazine, Premier Guitar Magazine and Lick Library. Sam has presented tutorials for Lick Library including DVDs like ‘Learn to Play Paul Gilbert’, ‘7 String Secrets’ and ‘Paganini’s 16th Caprice’. Sam has also delivered masterclasses at various colleges. He is also the songwriter for UK Tech Metal band Mask of Judas, with whom he writes his own melodic instrumental material. Sam is also currently working on a full debut solo album.

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