AA-001 - About Justin Sandercoe
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Biography and stuff...
Justin Sandercoe is a London based guitarist, songwriter, performer, producer and educator who grew up in Tasmania (an island off the South East coast of Australia) but has been based in West London since 1996.
As well as teaching many thousands of students in a 'virtual' world, Justin has taught 'in the flesh' at The Guitar Institute (the ICMP) and many hundreds of private students over nearly 20 years, teaching all ages and abilities and many styles. He has also taught celebrity students including Katie Melua and Cathy Dennis.
Songwriting and production has always been a principle interest and his debut full length album Small Town Eyes was released on Feb 28th 2010. It is vocal based, acoustic guitar song driven pop folk, not a guitar hero album. The follow up is underway and IS a guitar album :) with instrumental songs in many styles with some guest singers - anticipated release in late 2012. His recording studio "Broken Arrow" is located in Acton, West London but he lives in tranquil Kew, Surrey.justinguitar.com
Justinguitar.com went first live in July 2003 as a small web site offering a few lessons as a sample to promote private lessons. It grew steadily over it's first few years, with Justin often adding content to keep himself occupied while on tour, much of it done on a laptop in hotel rooms around the globe.
After seeing the popularity of YouTube Justin began making instructional guitar videos in December 2006, initially filmed and edited by his friend Jedi. In September 2011 his YouTube instructional videos have been watched over 100,000,000 (yep that's 100 million) times and the web site receives well over 20,000 unique visitors a day!
It has received many accolades in both the traditional press and new media as well as radio and tv shows. By keeping quality guitar instruction free for those that cannot afford or get to private lessons has given the site a huge user base right around the world. Helping the poor, the shy and those just too busy to make regular lessons.
The approach is patient. Learn one thing well and be able to use it before you learn more. The method works, and many hundreds of thousands of people around the world have benefited from the lessons on the site.
The Independent newspaper said that he is "One of the most influential guitar teachers in history".
Small Town Eyes
After over 15 years of writing songs, Justin released his debut full length album on the 28th February 2010. It contains 13 tracks which include two instrumental guitar songs and 11 vocal pop folk tracks that draw comparisons to Neil Young, Crowded House and Wilco.
A Limited Edition version was released in December 2009 - only 2009 copies were released - each individually signed and numbered by Justin and came with a guitar pick.
Guitar Instruction Books, CDs and DVDs
In 2007 Justin started Chocolate Cake Productions with friend Jed "Jedi" Wardley to release his instructional DVDs. There are currently nine DVDs available on the web site, with many more planned for release. The Solo Blues Guitar series is extremely popular with many students posting their performances on YouTube.
After partnering with sheet music giant Music Sales, The Justinguitar Beginners Songbook was released in July 2011. It sold faster that they could be printed, and over 5000 copies were sold in the first 7 weeks! Nearly 20,000 copies sold as of June 2012!
The Justinguitar Beginners Guitar Course is also out and selling great and another 5 songbooks are in the pipeline!
Really Useful Blues Solos (a book and CD set) was released in May 2007 and is a unique way of learning to play blues guitar using the traditional 'by ear' approach.
See the Products area of the site for more information on all titles.
Katie Melua and Justin Sandercoe recording in Abbey Road Studios, for a John Lennon Tribute broadcast (2006).
He has also produced and written tracks for Katie Melua and played electric and acoustic guitar in her live band between 2005 and 2008. He also taught her guitar from the start of her career.
Her fabulous performance of his song Turn To Tell was available as the b-side on the Call Off The Search UK single. The song can also be heard on the South African release of the album Call Off The Search, which earned Justin his first platinum disc. Justin is also featured in the video clip of the same song, found on the bonus DVD of the UK album release.
A live DVD from the 2006 European tour has been released as a bonus DVD with her second album Piece By Piece, (available at Amazon).
He has played thousands of concerts around the world with Katie Melua including:
Live Earth Concert in Hamburg (July 07)
Between 2000 and 2005 he played over 1000 shows with The Counterfeit Stones (Rolling Stones tribute band) including supporting Bryan Adams at the Ajax Arena (Amsterdam), a sold out Albert Hall headline, The Shepherds Bush Empire and numerous TV and Radio appearances.
A live performance on French TV show, Taratata.
Just was featured in a double page article by Rhodri Marsden in The Independent newspaper in March 2010 titled "The Million-Scholar Video Stars" with the quote "one of the most influential guitar teachers in history".
In February he was featured in The Metro (London's largest free newspaper) "Brit guitar hero's 58 Million YouTube Hits", and this lead to news stories on the Channel 5 news in the UK and Ten News in Australia.
Lots more press links on Justin's Press Page
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When not making, playing or teaching music my hobbies include Wing Tsun Kung Fu (@UKKFF), rock climbing, running, traveling to exotic places, tattoos, mountain biking, chess, reading and politics.
I love my motorcycle, a BMW R1200GS, and one day I'd love to "do a Ewan and Charlie" and drive across Africa, but don't have the skills or time!
I was really into skydiving (my home club was Skydive Weston) but I stopped in 2008 and replaced it with scuba diving.
I have a rather unhealthy obsession with chocolate and order new and interesting flavours from every corner of the globe.