A Blackpool musician has achieved a lifetime ambition by opening his own music shop and teaching studio.
Darren Matthews, 40, has officially opened Just Guitars in Adrian Street after spending that past 12 months revamping the premises.
Darren, who used to play with Blackpool heavy rock outfit Waken, said the idea was to offer bespoke one-to-one tuition, guitar servicing as well as running a normal music shop.
Darren said: “I have been playing for 28 years and been in successful bands, done live work, session and extensive teaching.
“I started playing when I was 12. I was taken to a Status Quo gig by my parents and on the way home I told them that that was what I wanted to do for a living.
“It was about 15 years ago when I started teaching. I had just done a gig and someone approached me to ask if I would teach them. I have been doing it ever since.
“I have always wanted to have my own shop and noticed these premises. I approached the person who had the shop and asked if I could share space here.
“When I first came it was a bit of a mess and I had to rip it apart and put it back together designed for the shop and studio.
“I called it Just Guitars because that was the idea to concentrate on selling guitars, but of course you get requests for other equipment and I have branched out with some gear for bass and keyboard players, drummers and singers.
“I also have music CDs and DVDs. When I was a kid learning I used to watch films of top bands and try to copy the guitarist. The DVD’s are a useful learning tool.
“The idea is to be different and keep things reasonably priced. People can have one hour lessons either weekly or fortnightly if they can’t afford it and we are here from 10.30am to 10.30pm seven days a week so people can fit them in around their schedule. We also have an emergency gear service for bands who get stuck just before a gig at night.”