Welcome to the Your Guitar Academy Harrow blog where we will be posting free video lessons, jamming videos, gear tests, cool YGA news, competitions and other various guitar related treats to keep you motivated and excited about picking up the guitar! Please get involved by commenting and sharing any videos you like.

Jose Ortiz

August 26th, 2015


 Jose started his career at 12 years old training as a classical musician both as an orchestral musician and also as a soloist. At age 15 he discovered temporary music and decided to dedicate himself to this, principally pop and rock music. At 18 he went to study music, specifically jazz, in Argentina at the University of Comtemporary music in Buenos Aires where he gained a degree as a professional musician. Since then he has travelled to different countries with touring artists while always continuing to teach.

Jose has been teaching music for 12 years and has had many pupils some of whom now work as professional musicians. His experience with a wide range of students enables him to give dynamic and interesting classes to suit all. Jose has a genuine ability to simplify even advanced content for students, meaning that no matter what level or style you are studying with him, he makes it very easy! Combine that with his friendly and approachable personality and you have an amazing guitar tutor and someone we are very proud to have on board as a YGA tutor!


Jose’s home studio is beautifully equipped with everything you need to get the most from your guitar lessons. As well as a variety of guitars (acoustic and electric), Jose has a beautiful array of pedals, amps, other instruments and even a fully functioning recording studio! It’s a great place to learn!


If you’ve had lessons with Jose and want to give him a great review, please visit his Google+ page via the link below. There you can also find more information about Jose including performance videos and pictures.

Bryn Parnell

August 26th, 2015


Having qualified from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music with a BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship Bryn made a name for himself as a band leader, imparting fresh and exciting ideas and communicating how to achieve them through his instrument. Bryn’s amazing talent on the guitar, combined with his friendly and approachable personality, has helped him find work as a session guitarist for various up and coming artists, as well as playing in various bands up and down the country to audiences ranging from 50 people to thousands of people at various festivals. 

As well as pursuing a live career in the music industry, Bryn has been teaching guitar since the age of 14. His training as a care worker for children has helped him to get the most out of lessons with kids and ensure they progress fast and have a great time doing so! For adult students, Bryn’s personality really shines through in his lessons as his students feel welcomed from the moment they first meet Bryn in the trial lesson. His teaching style is all about focusing on you, the student. He takes extra time to ensure that he understands your goals and then focuses in on achieving those using his vast teaching and playing experience, alongside the course material. Bryn is a great tutor and a lovely guy, a great addition to the YGA teaching team!


Bryn’s home studio is located on Abbots Drive in Harrow and is a great environment for guitar lessons. Bryn’s home studio has all the guitars, amps and pedals you could ever need in a guitar lesson, plus it is set up with monitors to display the online course material and a fully equipped recording studio to record student songs and progress. The studio is light and bright and well decorated to ensure each and every YGA Harrow student is comfortable and ready to learn! 


If you’ve had lessons with Bryn and want to give him a great review, please visit his Google+ page via the link below. There you can also find more information about Bryn including performance videos and pictures.