Guitarist Profiles with…Gordon Giltrap

Gordon Giltrap demonstrates successful guitar practice

Gordon Giltrap has a genuine life long passion for the guitar and wants to share his music with you…

You may be unfamiliar with the name however for the past 40 years, Gordon Giltrap has tirelessly devoted himself to his craft.  He has perfected his own unique hybrid picking style and created a rich body of work which excites and inspires his many devoted fans across the world.  Back in the late 70’s his hit single ‘Heartsong’ was chosen to be the theme for the BBC’s ‘Holiday’ programme and since then Gordon has been in demand as an arranger and composer including writing two pieces for Cliff Richard’s west end musical ‘Heathcliff’.

He has recorded a vast range of original studio albums including collaborations from Oliver Wakeman to Raymond Burley. For his latest offering The Last of EnglandGordon has enlisted the keyboard skills of Paul Ward and the result is a deeply moving collection of songs some of which would be very comfortable as part of a film score.

As an inspirational figure in guitar education, Gordon is on the Board of Honorary Patrons for ‘The Registry of Guitar Tutors‘ – a world renowned educational association offering graded guitar exams through the London College of Music.  Some of his own pieces have also been recommended by the association for their acoustic guitar grades. In 2015, Gordon set up the Gordon Giltrap Guitar Academy – with the aim to teach acoustic guitar based on his varied back catalogue with masterclasses from Gordon himself.

Back in February 2017, I was fortunate enough to attend a sharing day billed as a more informal meeting than the academy workshops.  It proved to be a fantastic opportunity for the group to ask questions and receive tips and advice on playing technique and composition as well as a closer look at some of the pieces from Gordon’s substantial and varied career.  I was lucky enough to take some time out to chat to Gordon about what inspires him to play and his latest collaboration with Paul Ward on the fantastic new album ‘The Last of England’.

The new album is out now on Angel Air records available to order below:

The Last Of England


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About Rob Cox 10 Articles
I'm Rob and am passionate about music. I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and want to share my knowledge gained in music to help inspire and encourage beginner guitarists.

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