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If you want to learn the guitar quickly and easily, add more ‘musicality’ to your guitar playing and be able to express yourself through music then you’re in the right place.

Music is a magical gift for people of all ages! So whether you’re a young aspiring rock star or a retiree who wants to develop your creativity, it’s our pleasure to help you along your musical journey.

National Guitar Academy is one of the biggest guitar schools in the world. Over 3 million people visited our site last year and we’re proud that we have students in every country of the world.

But it wasn’t always like this. Want to know more about where National Guitar Academy came from?

Meet Mike Kennedy, The Founder of National Guitar Academy

National Guitar Academy

Hi I’m Mike Kennedy, the director of National Guitar Academy and I’m delighted you’re here.

You may not know it yet but we’re kindred spirits, you and I. We see the world in a certain way and our shared love of music has brought us together and made our paths cross at this moment.

Music is a unifying force in so many ways (and how cool is that?). I love it!

Want to know more about my days in a rock band and where the National Guitar Academy came from? Read on, my friend…

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My background

My name is Mike Kennedy and I’m a musician, teacher and entrepreneur from the UK.

I was never musical as a kid. My favourite subjects in school were English and French (I love languages!), and I was known to be a bit of geek who loved only two things: football and video games.

But my life changed forever when a friend brought a guitar to my house when I was 16. He played a few chords that he’d learned and I gave it a try too. I instantly loved it.

I never really had a medium that I could use to express myself. I didn’t know how to draw or paint or write poetry, so I just assumed that I wasn’t a creative person.

But with the guitar I could craft stories and express feelings easier than ever before.

I was hooked!

Over the coming months I played so much that my fingers bled (literally!) and I turned from being the least artistic person I knew into someone who could play songs they heard on TV or the radio and someone who could write their own songs.

I could bliss out with my acoustic guitar (the most relaxing thing in the world) or kick out a dirty riff with my electric guitar through a cranked amp. It was heaven!

(And it still is. All these years later, I still love it as much. In fact, I love it EVEN more. Learning to play the guitar is like nothing else I’ve ever done. It’s a lifelong gift.)

My band years

After a year or so, I started playing with my friends and we formed a band. I knew that music would be central to my life.

  • We had some cool adventures with the band over the years. We played hundreds of gigs in the UK, Europe and America.
  • Our band was called the Mags and we were lucky enough to enjoy some real highlights including recording an album in New York City with some genuine music industry legends producing our first record: Danny ‘Kootch’ Kortchmar (Billy Joel, Carole King, John Lennon), Will Schillinger (The Beastie Boys, Aerosmith, The Ramones) and grammy award winning sound engineer Matt Shane.
  • We gigged all over the world and as a huge football fan playing as part of the opening ceremonies of the 2006 World Cup in Germany was very special.

Here’s a short vid-doc which was filmed during our third trip to the US and documents 24 hours in the life of the band.

Forming the Chester Guitar Academy

When the band folded I started the Chester Guitar Academy (a UK-based guitar school).

I wanted to keep music in my life and I wanted to share the amazing gift of music with as many people as possible.

Sting once said he didn’t need awards or money because “music is its own reward”. That’s easy for a multi-millionaire to say of course 🙂 but I believe he’s right; it is a magical thing.

I love teaching guitar. It’s incredibly rewarding to help someone else learn and I believe that the gift of music is a valuable one. I also believe it’s a positive force in the world.

So one day I thought ‘why only teach people who live near to me?’ It seemed clear to me. ‘Let’s take the shared guitar knowledge and love of music that we have as a team of guitar teachers and put it all online. Let’s teach people from all over the world!’

And National Guitar Academy was born.

Which brings us to today…

Yes, I’ve had a haircut since the earlier pictures were taken! 🙂

I want to help you become the guitarist of your dreams. That’s why I founded the National Guitar Academy.

And today National Guitar Academy is the biggest guitar school in the world, with millions of students across every country on Earth.

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine National Guitar Academy would have the impact that its had.

I’m proud that me and my team have created one of the biggest and best online guitar resources which helps so many people become better guitarists.

So if you really want to take your guitar playing to the next level, sign up to our email lessons and let’s get started!

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I’ll sign off with a few pictures from my guitar adventures over the years. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon! 🙂


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