Henry studied Popular Music Composition at Leeds College of Music, where he received the annual prizes for Popular Music and for Songwriting, and graduated with an exemplary first for his final portfolio of compositions. He has released three albums of original material under his own name, as well as being part of numerous collaborative projects around Europe.
With such a wealth of experience in composition and arrangement, Henry’s songwriting sessions are suitable for both the experienced and advanced songwriter, looking for guidance on their existing compositions, as well as the beginner. Sessions can focus on any number of areas, such as lyric writing, arrangement, and will be tailored to the student’s interests and goals.
Henry can also provide tuition on using the Digital Audio Workstation, Logic Pro X – providing guidance on how to get the most out of this platform to compose and produce your work
Henry is a dedicated guitar teacher who takes a genuine interest in his students, getting to know their strengths and finding engaging ways to develop their musicianship so they can discover their potential. Creating your own music can be one of the most inspiring things we can do as musicians. It was a pleasure to ask Henry to work with some of our students on an exciting project to write a song to be performed at the Holmfirth Festival of Folk. It gave our students the opportunity to collaborate and make new friends, building on their confidence and performance skills whilst exploring their creative side. The finished song "You Can Go Anywhere You Want" embodied the whole spirit of the project and was a very enjoyable experience for all involved.
I am new to music - I've only been playing guitar for 3 years and had learnt chords from books and the internet. After a workshop with Henry, he taught me how chord structures are formed, how and why to change key, how to compose with chords, how to find rhyming words, and how to use these words for impact. He opened my eyes, gave me confidence to perform at the folk club and then showed me how to master barre chords! A great workshop and a great tutor.
I started with Henry as a complete newcomer back in January-19. Henry’s tuition has been absolutely spot on, every single lesson. Patient always, while constantly pushing me to do more, but also allowing time to get into the nitty gritty theory that he knows I enjoy. Henry’s tuition is all about bringing the enjoyment out of the instrument, and I truly look forward to the lesson each and every week.
Sessions can take place at Henry’s home in West Yorkshire, or online via interfaces such as Zoom, or FaceTime, and are priced at £30 for an hour’s lesson, or £15.50 for a half hour session.
A student of the classical guitar, at the age of eighteen, Henry received an Exhibition Award from Trinity Guildhall in recognition of an exceptional performance in his grade eight exam. He continued to study the classical guitar during his time at Leeds College of Music, under the tutelage of Peter Batchelar. Henry teaches the classical guitar to all ages and abilities privately, in schools, and online. He also teaches more rock-orientated styles, and can offer tuition on areas such as harmony and improvisation.
Henry specialises in an area of guitar playing known as ‘contemporary fingerstyle’, which in many ways sees the application of classical styles to the steel-strung guitar. Aged 16, Henry discovered the music of Michael Hedges – a true innovator of the instrument. Through the application of classical techniques, experimentation with methods of producing both harmonic and percussive sounds, and with tunings – Michael opened the door for a wealth of incredibly creative and innovative guitarists and composers to walk through.
Henry has studied Michael’s music, as well as that of some of the other guitarists who have followed in his wake such as Eric Roche, Thomas Leeb and Pierre Bensusan. Students wishing to explore this style of playing for the first time will be helped by having an intermediate experience on the classical guitar.