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Stratford guitar teacher keen to build-up his academy

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 May 2017

Darryl Powis

Darryl Powis

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Guitar teacher Darryl Powis wants to focus on growing his academy.

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The 25-year-old, of Chandos Road, Stratford, who recently opened his own academy, Guitar Tuition East London, in the former Olympic Village, is keen to build up his business after nearly five years of teaching at his house.

Darryl, who has toured across the UK with his own band, didn’t find his “passion” for playing guitar until he turned 15.

“I played a couple of other instruments as a kid and never got on with them,” he explained.

“I was made to play violin and piano, but guitar I found and just loved it.”

At the age of 15, he started practicing for eight to ten hours a day.

“I basically did all the wrong things,” he said.

“What really inspired me is that I had watched the School of Rock film about 50 times and also Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure lots as well.”

Darryl learnt to play really fast and had already taken his grade eight exam after a year and a half since starting out.

“After that I got a teacher to help me for a short while, but I started teaching people myself at 18,” he added.

“I decided I wanted to be a guitarist and a musician, so I went to try do anything I could to be in the music industry.

“I went to the local music school in Suffolk where I lived at the time and they let me help out.

“It wasn’t long before they let me teach and within six month they made me manager of 13 to 14 other teachers.”

Although, his success teaching in Suffolk, it wasn’t until Darryl moved to Stratford that he realised his ambition and love for teaching guitar.

“I just fell more and more in love with it,” he admitted.

“After playing with bands, doing tours and being in dirty venues I realised I have a real passion for helping people and getting what they want out of guitar.

“It’s important to make it fun, as guitar really sucks when you start as it’s really hard.”

Darryl also has future plans, but his main focus right now is to keep building up his school.

“I do still write my own stuff all the time and do have a plan to release my own album.”

Visit guitartuition eastlondon.co.uk for more information.

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