|My name is Graham Smith and I began playing harmonica and singing with a beat group when I was 15 and then as a student bought my first guitar.|
When I was 20 I began to play as a session musician in recording studios and onstage in London and elsewhere in Europe. I played with and for many inspiring people, including Al Stewart, Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens, Gary Brooker, Alan Price, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Harry Nilsson, ELP and with producers George Martin, Alan Parsons, Gus Dudgeon and Richard Perry. I was also a member of various bands including Magna Carta and performed solo on the folk circuit.
'Smith and Friends' was the name of my HTV series of short programmes in which I played every member of the group. This was a fun project.
Shortly after I spent several years in California working as a band leader and session player and during this time played with, amongst others, Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead and piano legend Nicky Hopkins.
Throughout this time I was lucky enough to work with and learn from some of the greatest engineers and producers. I now have a love of the process of recording and would very much like to share this with you.
More recently I studied and trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and qualified as a Master Practitioner.
Since then I have worked as a coach helping people to improve their performance and communication skills, to get through to an audience and increase their confidence.
NLP is a great help in any teaching situation and I use it to help my students learn in a way that feels natural and enjoyable.