About Me

My name is Simon Sheffield, and I’m a guitarist and teacher based in Salisbury, Wiltshire. You can email me at simonsheffield@googlemail.com.

Guitar biog: I’ve been playing since about 1980, studied classical guitar and took all the Associated Board exams by about 1989, and taught myself rock and pop guitar on the side.  I’ve performed as a classical soloist, on duets with a singer, in a folk trio, in classical guitar quartets, as part of various noisy pop / rock / indie bands, in jazz swing bands, and in productions of Grease, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar.

This is a photo from 2017.

photograph of Simon Sheffield playing guitar

I actually began teaching a little bit as soon as I could drive in about 1989, when my then teacher in Newbury, Berks started passing beginner students on to me.  But I began teaching properly and professionally in London in 2003, before moving to Salisbury and becoming a full-time guitar teacher in 2011.  I’ve been teaching at local schools since January 2013.

I am a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors, and the PRS, and have coached several students through the RGT London College of Music exams (with all of my students to date getting excellent passes) as well as the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music grades. But I don’t necessarily follow a syllabus, and will teach whatever excites or interests the guitarist in question.  I also teach bass guitar and ukulele, plus theory of music and a bit of keyboards.  I’ve taken training on the use of assistive technology in music making for people with disabilities, run by Drake Music, and have experience of teaching children with disabilities.

For lesson prices and availability, or to enquire about hiring me to play at your wedding / restaurant / party / in your musical production / etc, email me at simonsheffield@googlemail.com.

I have public liability insurance, and Enhanced DBS clearance.  I’ve recently undertaken child protection training too.

Or for more information on my musical qualifications visit the Classical Guitar page.

You can hear a bit of my playing on MySpace too, plus my former band Mark 700 are on Spotify.

I’ve tried to answer the questions people usually have about lessons in this post on lesson FAQs.

This is a photo of me playing classical guitar at Lewisham People’s Day, London, 2007.

Simon Sheffield playing guitar at Lewisham People's Day