Born and raised in Sydney, James began studying classical guitar at the age of 7 which included tutelage at the Australian Institute of Music under one of Sydney's top classical guitarists. At age 14 he developed a passion for Blues and Jazz which led him to a change in learning styles. Continuing his studies after high school he received an Adv.Dip in Contemporary Music which honed him in genres such as Jazz, Blues, Soul, Contemporary, Rock, Pop and Funk. He has taught at tertiary institutes, lead multiple ensembles and is currently teaching and gigging around Sydney in the Soul/Funk band Busyhands.
James is a player who carries great feel and brings something unique with his playing. His teaching style encourages the best out of his students with a goal to make them well rounded musicians.