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 I met Carl about 5 years ago when studying Grade 3 Guitar. I had tried several teachers before but found Carl to be extremely committed and reliable and very easy to get along with. After a small amount of tuition with him, I was ready to take Grade 3 and passed this with Merit. After this, I became seriously ill but with Carl's encouragement and willingness to work around my illness and hospital admissions, we continued our lessons together. I progressed with my guitar playing and passed Grade 4 with Merit, Grade 5 with Distinction, Grade 6 with Pass, Grade 7 with Merit and Grade 8 with Distinction. This Distinction at Grade 8 has given me the opportunity to get into University to study Professional Musicianship when I leave school later this year. None of this would have been achieved without Carl's expert tuition and I would truly say that if you want the best in guitar tuition, Carl is your man !!"  Oliver Miles, Walton on the Hill, Stafford.  30/01/2015


"Like loads of other people I've played guitar for a number of years but decided to give my playing a major boost. I found Carl and embarked on regular lessons. The result is I can now improvise with confidence in any key minor or major. In short I've learnt to play properly.                              P. Barnett - Cannock , Staffordshire 04/05/2012


Ace guitarist Carl Smith played a fabulous rendition of that popular number "Stormy Monday" - he was just excellent throughout the gig .
Keith Blackledge-Independant Music Reviewer for the North West
Review of Rhythm Zoo Gig, BJs Blues Club Chorley 05/04/12

"I had always wanted to learn to play the guitar, so 2 and a half years ago at the age of 42 I invested in a guitar and just as importantly - lessons!  Luckily I found Carl, a very knowledgeable and patient tutor with years of experience of playing with other musicians . Playing guitar is now a lifelong pursuit for me, with continuing encouragement and tuition from Carl I`m getting better all the time."    Many thanks Carl.
Jim van de Mortel -Stafford 17/05/2012

"Crazy Kitten Blues", an original blues from the band, with nice vocal from Andi Jones and Carl Smith shining on guitar, as he does on a tasteful cover of the timeless "I Need Your Love So Bad",       Grahame Rhodes  bluesinthenorthwest.com                                                                            Review of Rhythm Zoo 'Crazy Kitten Blues' CD 09/01/11