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We Are
Vicki Workman

Founder

Mike Alvarez

Guitar Teacher

Jimmy Burgess

Guitar Teacher

David Lindsay

Guitar Teacher

About Us

A big reason why so many new guitarists don’t continue beyond the first year is because they don’t have a clear path in place to easily measure their progress.

Since 2018, we’ve been a part of the G4 Guitar Network and use the structured, fun and easy-to-follow G4 Guitar Method with all our beginner students.  We are proud to endorse the method and believe it is the best way to learn guitar, especially for beginners and kids.

The benefits being part of the network brings to our students include:

– Exclusive access to the G4 Guitar Method, a structured, fun, easy-to-follow method for ages 4+

– There are three separate methods for three different age groups, as we learn differently at each stage

– Developed over 30+ years and taught to thousands of students all over the world, the method is constantly reviewed and updated by our network of teachers to ensure it remains relevant and up to date

Tracking Your Progress

The method consists of a series of levels and checklists so that students can see at a glance where they are on their guitar journey and what they need to work on next. It focuses on teaching the 7 Essential Skills of Guitar, which enables students to start playing songs sooner and better.

Each level includes a daily practice log, which students are required to fill out to promote consistency, accountability and progress! All G4 Guitar teachers are given access to the most up-to-date training available to ensure their students get a great learning experience.

The network is bigger than just one teacher, or even one school, and it keeps us accountable to ensure we provide the best learning experience we can.

Our Team

Vicki Workman

Vicki’s life-long passion is music. She fell in love with it at a young age and started playing guitar at the age of 8. Since then, music has been at the centre of her life and she’s had a lot of fun playing in bands, performing on stage and writing and arranging music. But Vicki’s love affair with music has provided so much more than that. Throughout her musical adventures, she’s made life-long friends (many of whom she still collaborates with today), travelled and experienced the joy and camaraderie that comes from being around other musicians who share her passion. She is living proof that music has the power to transform lives for the better. As part of her formal music education, Vicki studied Performing Arts at the prestigious BRIT School in Croydon (which boasts famous alumni including Adele, Amy Winehouse and Jessie J) and has a degree in Popular Music from the University of Leeds. But she’s keen to stress that it was her real-life playing experience that got her there – not as a result of any extraordinary academic achievement.

Since she started teaching guitar back in 2005, Vicki’s been on a mission to pass her own passion for music onto her students, helping them develop confidence and experience the joy that comes from connection through music.

Mike Alvarez

Mike has played guitar for over 25 years and has been a full-time guitar tutor since 2015. He currently works with over 100 students a week. Like Vicki, he studied Music at The BRIT School of Performing Arts in Croydon, where he was in the same cohort as Leona Lewis and Katie Melua and regularly played guitar onstage for them.
In 2007 Mike moved to Vienna, Austria for a year to tour Europe and record an album with his first band. Since then, he has played in various bands and gigs regularly. He writes and records his own music with his current band Frauds and has had his songs played on multiple radio stations,BBC 6 Music, Radio X and Amazing Radio.

Frauds have toured extensively around the UK and have supported Idles, Future of the Left, Jamie Lenman, Mclusky, Slaves and HMLTD, among others. Mike has a passion for teaching guitar. His main goal is to give his students the tools and confidence to be creative and perform.

Jimmy Burgess

Jimmy has been playing guitar for over 20 years, five of those as a professional musician. He started teaching 10 years ago and has been on the Own A Chord (formerly G4 Guitar Croydon) team since 2017.

He recently completed a Popular Music Performance Masters degree at the London College of Music and was the musical director and guitarist for Lightcliffe (FBD Records), completing four international tours and gaining airplay on Radio 1 and 6 Music. He’s also done live guitar, songwriting and arrangement work with Millie Turner (AWOL Recordings), AoD (Grammy nominated writer and producer who’s worked with Beyonce, Stormzy, Lily Allen and Burna Boy) and Oscar Neidhart (US-based producer who’s worked with 30 Seconds To Mars, Royls and Emily Vu).

You will also be able to hear Jimmy’s guitar playing on the soundtrack to the Elton John musical, Rocket Man, which is coming to the West End in 2022.

Jimmy is really invested in nurturing his students’ development, as his own learning was through the grade system – he’s got his grade 8 in classical, electric, bass guitar and music theory – which he felt hindered, rather than helped, his playing goals. His own playing took off after he had completed his grades and was able to focus on applying the skills he already has, which is a big part of what Own A Chord does with their students.

David Lindsay

David has been playing guitar for 10 years, bass for eight years and also plays bass, saxophone and keyboards to a professional standard. Like Jimmy, he has a Popular Music Performance Masters degree from the London College of Music and has performed all over Europe and the UK in venues including the London O2, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Glastonbury Festival, on the same bill as artists such as Mark Ronson, Kevin Parker, The Wailers and Easy Star All Stars.

David is constantly developing his own musicianship and regularly performs in function bands, alongside his session, songwriting and teaching work. He takes saxophone lessons with John Waugh (1975, Plini, Sam Fender) and is looking to begin his journey studying a doctorate in music composition within the next year or two.
David loves the structure of the G4 Guitar Method and believes it is the best way for new students to start learning guitar. He loves the community aspect of teaching guitar and particularly enjoys seeing students’ progression in real time, sometimes within a matter of weeks. He’s also realised that by teaching the method, he’s been able to fix some of his own bad habits, which generally affects beginners who try to teach themselves or do not follow a structured method.