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My name is Richard Hillyer, also known as “The Guitar Coach.” I started playing the guitar at the age of eight after a family holiday in Menorca and haven’t looked back since. I started performing at the age of nine at pubs and social club and have been playing live most weekends in bands and as a session guitarist ever since. My main band I perform with and manage is called Freeze. We play at Weddings, Parties & Corporate functions. 


I have been lucky enough throughout my career to play at some amazing gigs and venues. I even performed at the ICC Cricket World Cup to an audience of 20,000 people in the stadium. I have performed as a session guitarist on tracks and have also released my own music. I have a BA Honours Degree in Music Performance undertook at BIMM Bristol. I also hold a National & Professional Diploma Music in Performance which I obtained from Filton College. 

Experienced Coach

I have taught guitar in schools across South Gloucestershire, Bath College and at UWE Bristol. I was also the director of Mobile Guitar Tuition Bristol. I have coached over 200+ students both in person and online, reaching students in Canada, America and Ireland. 

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If you’d like to enquire about hiring me as your guitar coach simply leave me a message via the Contact page. 

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  • “I just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you to Richard Hillyer. His coaching methods are the best I’ve ever encountered. Always full of praise but also not afraid to say if something isn’t quite how it should be & what I really like is his calm manner & also his understanding of what each student needs on their musical journey. I cant reccomend Richard enough for anyone wanting to take up playing the guitar. Thankyou “

    Paul Mundy 

  • “Signing up with #theguitarcoach has been such a good decision, had an awesome year and I feel like I have made so much progress. Thank you Richard.” 

    Paul Rycraft 

  • “Hi all, I have known Richard for about 6 year’s now . He helped me tremendously to reach my goal. To play in a band again. Any one in this group looking to do the same Richard is the guy to help you . Having said all that . This virus had put payed to live shows . Just can’t wait to get out gigging again .”

    Mike Goodfield

  • Rich has been my guitar teacher for many years. He is patient, understanding and very professional. He has taught me so many different approaches to guitar and playing different styles. I would thoroughly recommend Rich as a teacher and as a excellent musician.

    Mark Kennedy

  • “Rich has been my guitar teacher for a few years now. His knowledge of music theory and guitar ability are inspiring. Rich is incredibly patient and supported me to be a better and more accomplished guitar player.
    100% recommend Rich for all levels of guitar player!”

    Ryan Taylor

  • “Rich is one of the best teachers in the business! I’ve been playing guitar for 30 years, but always lacked a good level of theory. Rich tailored our lessons to suit my needs and has given me exactly what I needed. His teaching method is great, and he always explains things concisely. The studio is an awesome place to have lessons if you prefer face-to-face lesson, which I would highly recommend.
    The icing on the cake is Rich’s personal level of skill as a guitarist, which I find inspirational.”

    James Maggs

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