Ace (Martin Kent)
Focus Area: Band Performance
Martin “Ace” Kent is a member of the alternative rock band Skunk Anansie. The band celebrated international success with their hit Hedonism and with over 4 million albums sold, they are one of the most successful bands of the 90s.
Ace lives in London where he works as a musician and producer. His passion revolves around effect devices with which he creates his distinctive sounds. In his lessons, Ace mainly works with you on your band performance.
Focus Area: Jazz Playing
Yannick Robert comes from Paris and is known for his unique finger playing technique and melodic playing. He studied at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in Hollywood and at the CIM Paris and at this time was already chosen as the winner of the Jazz Contest of the famous La Défense Jazz Festival. Yannick is a guest lecturer at the MAI (Music Academy International) in Nancy, Teaching Director of the Ibanez Guitar Schools in France and Collection Director at ID Musique.
As an endorser for Ibanez Guitars, he played a major role in the development of a Fretless Signature Model and can be heard on CDs such as Fretless Guitar Masters and Village of the Unfretted.
This makes Yannick a well-known figure in the Fretless Guitar World. Yannick played with many stars of the jazz scene like Scott Henderson, Alain Caron, André Charlier, Michel Cusson, Jean-Marc Jafet or André Ceccarelli and has published numerous books, CDs and DVDs over the years. As a specialist in the field of jazz, he adds his knowledge from over 30 years of experience to the Professional Program Guitar and introduces you to the world of jazz playing.
Focus Areas: Live Playing / Rock- and Metal Playing
One of our most experienced lecturers is Bob Saganas. He started playing the guitar at the age of 16 and successfully completed his guitar studies in Athens in 2010. As a professional guitarist, he played with his bands for big bands like the Scorpions and Thin Lizzy as a support act in front of large audiences and worked with musicians like Kip Winger (bass player for Alice Cooper).
He could already prove his excellent live playing in numerous European countries and he is still a frequently booked guitarist. In the Professional Program, Bob will take you to the next level in Rock and Metal Playing.
Focus Areas: Tapping, Sweeping, Arpeggio
The website of our lecturer Mika Tyyskä has cult status among guitarists – after all, the magic of the animated character Mr. Fastfinger is one of the most virtuoso that is currently offered on six strings.
In the Professional Program Guitar, Finnish-born Mika exclusively shows you his techniques for tapping, sweeping, alternate picking and arpeggios and shows you how to practice them effectively and use them musically.
Focus Areas: Rock Improvisation / Sound / Bending /
André Mertens is a passionate musician and enthusiastic music trainer. Already as a teenager, he started playing in bands and teaching guitar. Among his musical highlights are winning the Robert Johnson Guitar Awards as the best young guitarist in Germany, many workshops with well-known musicians and a big tour through the USA and Canada with guitar legend Uli Jon Roth.
André studied at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover, where he not only perfected his skills as a guitarist, but also deepened his knowledge of other instruments such as drums, bass, piano and vocals, and became involved in studio production and composition/songwriting. Since then, he has been touring Europe with his bands and has played hundreds of gigs. With his rock band Cryptex, he has released three albums and signed a worldwide record deal with SPV/Steamhammer. In the Professional Program, André’s teaching focus is on rock improvisation, sound, bending and legato.
Focus Areas: Rock / Pop / Blues / Basics / Education
Jörg Jungbluth is known for his wide range of styles – from classical guitar to pop, rock and metal. He first studied classical, then electric guitar and in over ten years at the Modern Music School, he has trained hundreds of students of all ages from beginners to professionals.
In the meantime, he has even put this experience to good use and recorded it in a manual for electric guitar and our Modern Music School standard works Basic Guitar and the Guitar Quest series. Jörg is also active in the recording studio and tours Germany with his band Morrison Hotel.