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 About John Wilson

About Me


I have been a professional guitarist for 40 years encompassing most styles along the way.

I have played numerous shows including Jesus Christ Superstar with Trevor Barry ( Strictly Come Dancing bass player ).

I have played with numerous stars including Joe Cocker, Neil Sedaka, Tony Hatch, Bert Weedon and many others.

I have led my own groups in various styles including jazz and performed in the Newcastle Jazz Festival. 

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I have taugh privately for many years, I was the guitar teacher at Gateshead College for 6 years as an Associate Lecturer and was also an official RGT examiner for 4 years. I have taught in various schools and to various sylabus sets. I am fully qualified (LLCM) and DBS checked.



"Our son who is 12 (almost 13) has been having weekly lesson's from John for 3 years.  During that time he has made significant progress and comes away from his lesson positive and happy."

"John is outstanding, he compliments his playing and encourages him to be the best he can be. He has a large repertoire and is hugely experienced in all styles of playing." 

"We feel extremely lucky to have found him. Listening to them jammin' and improvising together is a joy. I know he loves this."

His comments..."I couldn't hope for a better teacher, my ability to play the guitar has definitely grown. I learn something new every time I see him. I totally respect him, as a teacher and a musician."

"He passed his grade 4 Rockschool exam at age 11 last year."

"I would sincerely recommend him."

"Matthew has been studying with John since age 10 and in six years he has taken Matthew from absolute novice through to grade 8 standard. More importantly however, John’s input has been absolutely central to the development of Matthew’s wider knowledge of jazz playing techniques and his overall musicality. Matthew wishes to pursue music as a career and John has equipped and inspired him towards this goal."


"I had John as a teacher over the summer before heading off to Leeds College of Music and I couldn't have picked anyone better. John inspired my love of Jazz guitar playing, and through his great style of teaching and guidance I was able to go on to study at one of the UK's top music conservatoire. What I learnt from John helped me get a strong foot in the door. The jazz influence gave me a unique edge on the popular music course I was studying and landed positions playing guitar  in several bands, 2 of which have just signed record deals and have been featured on Radio 1. I also play regular gigs as part of a Jazz Trio around the Leeds area as well as doing some freelance teaching for myself. Again, I can't thank John enough for his teaching and support over the years."

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John C Wilson,


Tillmouth Avenue,

Holywell NE 250NF,

0771 401 5956

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