About Jimi Savage; Newcastle Guitar Teacher

Background & Musical Upbringing of Guitar Teacher, Jimi Savage

I was born in County Durham, North East of England and my musical life started when I used to be a chorister at the age of 7 and also used to play drums at that age too.

Jamming with Paul Gilbert (Mr Big) 1999

Jamming with Paul Gilbert (Mr Big) 1999

I took music as an option at school and loved it – so much so that I decided to study music at the age of 16 at college upon leaving comprehensive school. I decided that I wanted to become a professional musician and play the guitar & bass guitar as my chosen instruments. I then got into sports and music took a back seat for a few years, but it all came back at the age of 13, getting into rock & metal as a kid. I took a serious interest in guitar and music and took inspiration from players such as Edward Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani & Steve Vai, Michael Lee Firkins, Jeff Beck, Scott Henderson and Paul Gilbert (Pictured).

Jimi Savage with Paul Gilbert (Mr Big)

Jimi Savage with Paul Gilbert (Mr Big)

First Introductions to Guitar Teaching

I began offering guitar lessons to my friends at home at the age of 19; word soon got round and I was having all sorts of folk get in touch with me for guitar tuition! I then started my own guitar lessons & recording studio business at the age of 23; being a practicing session player/performer by the age of 21. After teaching guitar for a number of years in guitar shop locations, I began to offer guitar lessons at a fixed location in Newcastle Arts Centre. Savage guitar studio has continued to run from 1993 to the present day, providing more than 20 years of professional guitar lessons and music tuition.

Jimi Savage's Rock Column, Total Guitar Magazine

Jimi Savage’s Rock Column, Total Guitar Magazine 96′

Professional Background and Experience

I successfully auditioned for a guitar publication in December 1994; Total Guitar issued by Future Publishing Ltd. I have contributed to 36 rock columns and over 50 demonstrations and reviews of different guitars, amps, effects, etc for Total Guitar magazine.

In 2006 I was awarded Guitar Tutor of the Year by the Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT) and was also a finalist in the 2007 award ceremony of the same title.

I have given guitar demonstrations at clinics, workshops & guitar seminars across Europe and the UK, have written music for television and radio and have been performing in various bands based in the North East, musicals & festivals for many years.

Total Guitar Magazine; Steve Vai

Total Guitar Magazine; Steve Vai

I have closely worked alongside some of the top music industry guitar artists and gained some of their insight and tips towards playing the guitar. These players include: Mike Stern (Pictured), Ritchie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson), Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Michael Lee Firkins, John Petrucci (Dream Theatre), Martin Taylor, John Abercombie, Dominic Miller (Sting), Scott Henderson, Isaac Guillory, Steve Fairclough, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Lawrence Juber (Paul McCartney), Paul Gilbert (Mr Big), Frank Gambale, Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Phil Hilborne (Guitar Techniques), Eric Roche (Pictured) , Gordon Giltrap, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and many more.


Savage Guitar Studio; Newcastle Guitar Lessons

At the beginning of 2015, I relocated Savage Guitar Studio from central Newcastle to new custom-designed premises on North Tyneside, Newcastle Upon Tyne. The new studio offers all of the same professional guitar lessons and music tuition services as previously, within a clean, modern and welcoming venue, and is easily accessible being only 2 minutes off the Coast Road with ample free parking available. The location of Savage Guitar Studio is also convenient to other areas of the North East including South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham. My guitar tuition and tutoring services are also available via Skype for those unable to get to the guitar studio or to those living outside of the North East of England.


Six-time Grammy-nominated American jazz guitarist Mike Stern with Jimi Savage

As of writing I have been teaching guitar professionally for over 25 years. The youngest guitar student I’ve ever taught was 6 years old and the oldest was 72. I have also taught students who have gone on to be professional musicians, performers, guitar teachers and composers themselves!

If you have any questions about my guitar lessons and music tuition services, don’t hesitate to contact me via the Savage Guitar Studio Website Contact Form or by ringing 0772 526 1507


Please refer to the Savage Guitar Studio testimonials / reviews section of this website to read of many positive reviews from past and present guitar students.


Playing with Vinnie Moore (UFO)

Playing with Vinnie Moore (UFO)


Pete Friesen (The Almighty)

Guitarist Pete Friesen (The Almighty) with Jimi Savage

Pictured with Vinnie Moore (UFO)

Pictured with Vinnie Moore – Guitarist of Classic Rock Band, UFO

Pictured with Antonio-Forcione and the late Eric Roche

Pictured with acoustic fingerstyle guitarists Antonio-Forcione and the late Eric Roche