“Creative, musical and above all melodic, Jamie Holroyd brings a personalized approach to the guitar that one can’t help but notice. His ability to play solo arrangements, as well as interact creatively in a combo setting showcases a musicianship that is beyond his years. He is an up and coming guitarist that you will definitely want to keep your eyes on.”
Dr.Matthew Warnock, Guitar International Magazine
“Lovely, clean, round playing… Great sound, not just the guitar and the strings, but the touch. Well played.”
Mike Walker, Virtuoso UK Jazz Guitarist & Educator
Jamie Holroyd is a guitarist, educator and author based in the North of England. As a performer, Jamie has performed across the UK and USA and maintains a healthy teaching schedule with local and international students. Jamie has BA and National Diploma in Jazz Studies from the prestigious Leeds College of Music and has studied and performed with some of the finest musicians on the British jazz scene.
Jamie’s teaching style is to demystify the guitar by meeting the student at their level and breaking down the complex aspects into digestible chunks, whilst focusing on the student’s goals in a relaxed atmosphere. As well as teaching guitar lessons, Jamie has presented countless guitar and ukulele workshops at music studios and schools as well as taught educational seminars, having given guest lectures about the Music Industry to degree level students at the Leeds College of Music. Jamie is also a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors and helped edit and develop the first ever accredited ukulele grade exams. All of Jamie’s students have a 100% pass rate in taking graded RGT, Rockschool, ABRSM and Trinity guitar exams and diplomas.
Besides teaching, Jamie has performed and recorded in the UK and USA with leading jazz and blues musicians such as Adrian Ingram, Jim Mullen, Pat McCarthy, Rod Mason, and Alex Eden to name a few, at venues and festivals such as Seven Jazz, Grimsby Jazz Club, The Sela Bar, Lincoln Jazz Festival and the BBC Venue. Jamie has also performed, spoken and recorded on US jazz radio stations.
As an author, Jamie was written, promoted, edited and released 3 in depth jazz guitar ebooks and over 100 magazine and web articles that have been published by Guitar Player, Guitar Tutor, Guitar International, Just Jazz Guitar and Leeds College of Music magazines.
Currently residing in Leeds, UK, Jamie runs online educational guitar website www.jamieholroydguitar.com which is visited by over 30,000 guitarists from over 130 countries across the globe on a monthly basis and teaches over 100 students a week in various schools and studios across Yorkshire.
A fan and collector of vintage instruments, Jamie’s main guitars are an all original ’59 ES-125, an early 80’s Yamaha AE-1200, an ’81 Yamaha SA 2000 and a ’74 Fender Telecaster. All of these are usually played with Polytone or Music Man amplication.