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My Experience and Education


Music Sales asst. (1995-1996) - Tuba Talk - Music Company, Watford

Providing advice and support to customers and  selling musical instruments to the general public.

Musician (1996-1998) - Airtours International - I performed as lead guitarist on cruise ships for the airtours fleet, on three of their ships.

Peripatetic Guitar Tutor (2005-2007) - Hertfordshire County Music Service St Albans

Guitar Tutor (Classical/Acoustic/Electric/Bass/Ukulele) (1998-Current) - also teaching Piano/Keyboards, Drums, Music Tech, Theory

Self Employed - I have been teaching privately since 1998

Sanctuary Art of Sound Rehearsal & Recording studios (2013-2016) - Chief Audio Technician,  Head of Music Tech and Music Performance

Alternative Provision Tutor - Watford -  Running the recording studio sessions and educating children who had been removed from mainstream education.

Guitarist - Self Employed - Various Functions - Various Theatres - Various Sessions

Recording Guitarist :- Andy Bell - Solo Album. Lisa Scott Lee - Back in Time,  Manhattan Clique - Various sessions. 

Grammy award winning producer Phil Larson - Various tracks including Alvin Stardust - Stay With You.

BNA Productions - Various Sessions,

Phrased Differently - Various Sessions including Tata Young - El Niño

Songwriting Credits with :- Andy Bell - Rest of Our Lives & Little Girl Lies. Also Various songs with Phrased Differently Productions.

Production Credits :- The Crooners & Operation Offbeat - Various songs

All sessions at sanctuary studios between (2015-2016)

Musicals including :- Grease, The Last Five Years, Whistle Down the Wind, Jesus Christ Superstar, Our House, Smokey Joes Cafe, Queen Tribute.

Ukelele Teacher (2019) On Behalf of 1st Note Education at Windemere Primary School. Group classes for children.

Asst. Scout Leader (Voluntary) (2012-2016) The Scouts Association

St. Albans Red Cross - Emergency Response (Voluntary) (2017-Current) Providing First Aid & Emergency Response for the Red Cross.

Hertfordshire Sports Village (2017-2019) - Casual Duty Assistant / LifeGuard & First Aider

Harpenden Swimming Pool (2018-2019) Swimming Teacher

Music Arranger Harpenden Gangshow (2015 -2020)

Kathy Kirby - for David Donegan

Various charts for short run shows


Musician Institute London - Diploma Contemporary music & performance on guitar.

Guildhall School of Music and Drama London - Grade 8 (Hons) in music performance - Classical guitar.

MFTM Los Angeles Film Institute - Diploma in media composition - Studying media composition and syncing music to picture.

Audio Mixing Techniques 101 (95%) SAE Institute - Studio Mixing for final delivery

Audio Mastering 201 (92%) SAE Institute - Audio Mastering for all media


Janet Lailey - Parent

"Joe is very keen, you are his best ever guitar teacher! He has had quite a few. BW Janet"

Alick Smith - Guitar Student - Online (via Skype) and Previously Offline

I moved out of St Albans and have had a few guitar tutors over the past few years.  I have found them to be either wanting you to play their way/music, even though you have already said what your interests are or they want to talk mainly about themselves.
I am glad to be back with Carl, even though it is remote via Skype, as I am now getting what I wanted from a tutor who really knows what I want and how to deliver it.

Highly rate this man!

  Melody Laffy - Singer/Drummer/Songwriter - London-UK/Melbourne-Australia

       For the past ten years I have worked with Carl Gurney, and I count him amongst my most influential collaborators. Both as a teacher, composer, session musician and live band member - his ability to inspire is deeply impressive and I would not be the person I am today without his influence and friendship. He is widely respected among musicians for his depth of knowledge and truly formidable skill on the guitar. Just ask around..

Ned May - Guitar Teacher - Rickmansworth

"Carl is a great teacher, he has been teaching me for 7-8 years and also supported me through my degree course. He also helped me get work as a teacher with a local music school"

Ed Hutchinson - Skype student - Reading

Not only is Carl an incredible guitar player but he is also a brilliant teacher. As a complete beginner he has really helped me learn at my own pace without the pressure of having to sit exams. Lessons are fun, learning current and classic songs alike, as well as getting to grips with the more technical side of guitar playing.

Producer Testimonials

Jamie Kevin Dee - Singer/Songwriter

I am writing this testimonial, just to express my pure gratitude towards Carl for everything he has taught me since working with him. 

After many years of working with many "professional" producers, I've always had this feeling the tracks/production just wasn't right, there was no "feeling" involved just technical mumbo jumbo, which in turn made for a very synthetic sounding track. 

I was about to give up... tired from moving to producer after producer trying to find that professional sound I was after.. A friend of mine recommended Carl gurney. I called Carl, a bit worried at first, due to my previous experiences with producers. But Carl was welcoming and professional, I had a great feeling about this one! 

Wow. The skill and the feeling that Carl possessed, the words "I'm impressed" were not even close to being adequate enough for me to express how I felt! 

Not to mention the fact that after working with carl recording/producing the tracks and with Carl at the controls, the sound I had looked for was there! Warm, full sounding tracks with amazing clarity that I have yet to have heard replicate! In fact, i can honestly say, I would never use anyone else for recording and producing a song/track as quite frankly... They just do not cut it. 

I may also add, that Carl is an extremely experienced piano player, guitar player, bass player and drummer, which is one of the most important things in production and mixing, when your producer understands and can feel the instrument! 

I would highly recommend Carl for producing/mixing/mastering & instrumental lessons. Many thanks, JKD

Clare Barnes - Session Singer/Performer Carl Gurney has recorded me acoustically with a guitarist and also with a band, his patience is incredible! He made me feel very comfortable and gave great advise during the recording to get the best vocal possible. He’s extremely knowledgeable when it comes to sound recording, has great equipment, the demos sounded great! super pleased with them extremely. professional sounding would highly recommend him!