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Mike Walker

Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric

Born: July 10, 1962    

Born in Salford in 1962, Mike took fifteen years to realise, that his father's piano playing, his mother's singing, and his brother's guitar playing, might just have genetically predisposed him towards a love of corduroy. Realising, however, that careers in the King's cords were somewhat thin on the ground, Mike turned his attention to the chords of Kings. In his case, Mike's royalty comprised Wes, Joe, Pat, John, Larry, Tal et al.

After long months of solitary woodshedding, Mike launched himself upon the Manchester scene with River People, a much loved fusion band comprising Mike on his trusted, and even then, rusted 335 guitar; Paul Allen on fretless bass; Tim Franks on drums, and the always astounding Paul Kilvington (a.k.a. Bob Session) on keyboards....
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Awards

Best soloist at the Glasgow Jazz festival 1995
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    Madhouse and the Whole Thing There

    Hidden Idiom
    2008

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” ... the highlight was hearing Mike Walker really playing at his peak and contributing so many pieces to the band’s material. Those who have known Mike’s playing for some years know that he is a world class player; it was great to hear him in a context that really matched this and brought out his full potential.” Birmingham Jazz, May 22nd 2010 From the Simcock/Walker/Swallow/Nussbaum tour.

“Northern guitar heavyweight Mike Walker, overlooked by arts-funding bodies but never by musicians, makes a stunning debut here as leader. As always his solos are brilliant but so too is his writing...

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Primary InstrumentGuitar, electric

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/Background

I've been teaching privately for 28 years. I have taught all levels from beginners to advanced. My teaching methods range from building a solid foundation of fundamentals i.e. fretboard knowledge through scales, arppegios, triads, chords etc. to more advanced techniques concerning theory, harmony, and improvisation. I also teach improvisation for any instrument, including vocals. Emphasis is always on the individual and their own personal voice.

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