I started playing guitar at the age of eight after being inspired from watching a Spanish guitarist on a family holiday in Menorca. I was privately taught up until the age of fifteen. I performed regularly as a child gigging from the age of nine in social clubs and retirement homes playing a variety of Shadows/Buddy Holly music. I have entered numerous competitions over the years one of which I came second in at the Fry’s Club Search For A Star Competition. I also performed at the Lakeside where the Darts are televised winning a Fender guitar.
I run my own Mobile Guitar Tuition business, which involves me delivering high quality guitar tuition at student’s homes and via Skype.
I play guitar regularly in a six-piece Wedding/Functions band called Freeze. We are a busy function band who have played for some top corporate clients including Sainsbury’s & Thatcher’s Cider.
I’m also a freelance session guitarist- playing guitar on singer/songwriter tracks across all genres of music.
I have a BA Honours Degree in Professional Musicianship, National & Professional Diploma In Music Performance and GCSE Music.
“Dude Amazing Guitar Skills. I Fell In Love With Your Fingers Last Night! Actual Blown Away.”
Downsy- Jack FM
“Lessons with Rich are amazing! He helps me learn songs I like which makes it fun and he understands that sometimes I get frustrated. He always tells me that enjoying playing is the most important thing.” Ollie- Age 13.
“Rich is a polite, friendly, reliable and hard working young guitar teacher who has been coming to our home to give lessons to our son for the last four years. Lessons are a mixture of work towards exam grades and relaxed, fun sessions, which we all enjoy! Tuition for the exam grades has been steady and thorough and has resulted in three distinctions from grades one to three. During his time with us Rich has built up an excellent relationship with Joe and adapts his lessons to our son’s own personality.” Terri Coffin (Parent)
“As well as being a superb guitarist, Rich is professional, easy going & patient – it was an absolute joy to have him involved in my project.”I’m looking forward to planning the next one! – Jennifer (vocalist)
“Rich Hillyer is a very accomplished guitarist, he was such a pleasure to work with and I was very pleased with his recording on my track. I would highly recommend him to anyone and I really look forward to working with him again.”
Izzy Eva (Singer/Songwriter)
“I work with Rich Hillyer both at live gigs and at my recording studio. I continue to be impressed with his rounded balance of musicality, professionalism and attention to detail. As well as being an impressive player, he has a great ear for rocking guitar tones and creates these with some of the best equipment on the market – a pleasure to make music with.” Richard Parsons (Producer @ Rooflight Production & Pianist)