The aim of the British Guitar Academy is to help provide opportunities for guitarists of all ages and abilities to achieve their full potential, to discover and develop new skills, gain knowledge about the Music Industry as a whole, and inspire a new generation of guitarists and musicians.
The brainchild of Steve Rothery, guitarist with the multi-million-selling rock band Marillion, the British Guitar Academy isn't just another way to learn to play: it's nothing less than a historical archive of the greatest music of our time.
As Steve explains, "I've given several guitar clinics and workshops around the world, and I recently realised that it would be great to bring together some of Britain's best guitarists, engineers and producers to pass on the extensive knowledge they've accumulated over their careers to the next generation of guitar players."
Rothery adds: "I also want to create a video archive of the greatest players this country has produced. The idea behind the Academy is to really get inside these guitarists' heads and find out what makes them unique. They'll talk about their influences and techniques, and how they approach writing and recording."
The British Guitar Academy is currently planning to launch an online guitar instruction course, with modules to suit players of all abilities and interests, featuring a selection of great artists each of whom will explain their own style and their philosophy behind it. There will also be regular workshops and guitar clinics hosted across the UK, plus a series of free tutorials and equipment reviews at BGA's dedicated YouTube channel. Quite simply, there is no other way to get this close to the greatest guitar players of every generation.