Jim Parbury was born in Colchester and began playing the classical guitar at the age of 10 with Martin Plackett, a well-established guitarist and teacher, after hearing a neighbour’s rendition of traditional Spanish piece ‘Romanza’.
In 2008, Jim graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a BMus Honours Degree in Music. During which time, Jim had the opportunity to study the guitar with renowned guitarist and teacher, Charles Ramirez, professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music and author of ‘Technical Development for Guitarists’. In his final year at university, Jim performed the UK premiere of ‘Schoncheit – Utopie?’, a piece for solo guitar written by Azerbaijan-born, Faradj Karaev, one of the leading composers of the post-soviet era.
Understanding the limited opportunities classical guitarists have to play with others and keen to explore his interest in musical education Jim has helped to run guitar workshops with Essex Music Services focusing on ensemble playing as well as working with Actingworks, an after school guitar club for young children in west London.
Currently looking to continue teaching and performing whilst at the same time preparing to undertake a postgraduate Diploma in Performance at Trinity Conservatoire of Music, Jim welcomes students of all ages and abilities.
Approach to teaching
As a tutor for CMS, not only do I hope to develop your technical abilities as a guitarist, but also, I hope to enhance your enjoyment of playing no matter what level you play at or experience you have. From working on technique and posture to musical interpretation and playing with other guitarists, I want you to get the most out of your playing right from the first lesson.
Being predominantly a solo instrument many guitarists miss out on the pleasures and challenges that arise from playing with others. By working on pieces for two guitars, as well as solo material I aim to create an enjoyable and beneficial learning experience.
Whether you know how to read music or not anybody who is drawn to the rich variety of sounds the guitar has to offer is welcome to learn with CMS. There is no need to be constrained by lack of knowledge as it is never too late to learn!