I started playing guitar at the relatively late age of 15. Inspired by the incredibly virtuosity of guitarists like Steve Vai, John 5 and Joe Satriani, I practiced for up to 6 hours a day to develop my skills. Deciding that 'Joseph Barnes' wasn't a metal enough name, I adopted the stage name 'The Count' and have released all my music under that name. After playing for just 5 years, I recorded my first solo album 'More is More.'
I have a wide range of influence, from the previously mentioned guitar gods, to Norah Jones, Anoushka Shankar, Chopin and many more. This inspired me to learn several other instruments: The sitar, piano and mandolin.
If you're interested in lessons or a collaboration, then don't hesitate to get in touch.
I released my album 'More is More' in November 2015. It has 8 tracks of instrumental guitar music (with one vocal track for good measure!) The track 'Stringkiller' contained a guest appearance from television legend Bill Oddie!
I am currently working on a follow up EP, which contains some incredibly challenging solos, and my first track using the sitar as the lead instrument.
Having picked up the guitar, I quickly decided I wanted formal training, and got a Level 5 Diploma from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. I am currently studying for a BA in Music Performance from Falmouth University in association with Dime Online.
I have studied theory extensively, and have Grade 8 from Trinity. I am currently studying for a theory Diploma from the London College of Music.
My interest in varying styles of music inspired me to learn other instruments. In addition to guitar, I also play the sitar, piano and mandolin.
I have experience in teaching people of all ages and levels. I have been teaching for several years, both privately and in schools. I can guarantee to make you a better player, all you need to do is practice!
Learning your first chords
If you've just brought your first guitar and want to learn to play it, let's get started! I'll teach you how to tune it, how to play your first chord, and how to play any songs you want to learn. No matter what age you are, it's never too late to start learning!
Taking your playing to the next level.
If you know the basics of guitar, and want to take things to the next level, I offer advanced lessons for rock and metal styles. I can teach you techniques such as sweep picking, alternate picking, tapping and legato. I will give clear instruction on how to perfect these techniques, all you need to do is practice!
'The Count is an incredibly unique guitarist in the sea of players these days. His ability to play the sitar and his love of Indian music gives him a very unique flare to his highly developed technique making it very interesting to hear what type of phrasing he will come up with next. Definitely a player you'll want to keep an eye on and watch out for his next CD! I am excited to see the direction this young talented player is going to next!'
Dannyjoe Carter (Ranked World's Fastest Guitarist in Guitar World 2008)