I am based in Woodchester, near Stroud, in the Cotswolds.
l first picked up the guitar when I was fourteen and taught myself, with the help of the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Steve Howe and Ritchie Blackmore, listening over and over again to their riffs and licks, and working out the chord progressions until I made some semblance of a copy.
I am also profoundly grateful to Frederick Noad, whose 1968 classical guitar tuition book, entitled ‘Solo Guitar Playing’, has inspired many a young fledgling guitarist, and led me into the wonderful world of classical guitar. Julian Bream is probably my all time guitar hero, doing so much to advance the popularity and extend the repertoire for the classical guitar.
For the last 20 + years or so my inspiration has been Indian devotional music, and since 2006 have been playing lots of Indian Kirtan (call & response devotional singing), and Kirtan Concerts with my wife, Sue Bharati as Bharati & Dinesh . The name Dinesh was given to me by an Indian spiritual teacher.
We have been invited to play and sing at various events, including Yoga camps and Yoga studios, fund raisers, wedding and birthday celebrations, schools and nurseries, and festivals.
Through all the various phases I have continued to develop and deepen my appreciation for the classical guitar, especially since successfully going through the ABRSM grades up to grade 8. Since turning full time teacher at the start of 2011, I feel privileged to be able to share my knowledge and my joy of such a versatile and amazing instrument. I have guided many students successfully through ABRSM. RSL Rockschool and LCM / RGTmusic exams. I teach up to grade 8.
I am a member of the Register of Guitar Tutors (London College of Music) and have an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate (DBS). I have been teaching at our local primary school 2 mornings a week for the last 9 years and have been a mentor at the World Youth Guitar Festival (2019).
In my earlier life I have been a Registered Nurse for people with learning difficulties, and have extensive care work experience in a variety of settings.
I also teach Ukulele, Guitalele and the Indian Harmonium.