Today's Elevenses Throws Eleven Quick Questions At 'ICMP Tutor' Charlie Griffiths!

Since graduating from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (then known as the Guitar Institute) in 1995, Charlie Griffiths has worked in a variety of professional situations including radio, television, numerous sessions and hundreds of gigs. Charlie teaches on all the guitar courses at the Institute, specialising in advanced rock and metal concepts and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our students.

Charlie is also a contributor for Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques magazines and when not being a guitar tutor at the Institute, Charlie writes and records with progressive metal/fusion band Linear Sphere.

So what’s your drink of choice at 11am in the morning?

Weak Lemon Drink.

Which song/album really made you want to play guitar?

Bohemian Rhapsody.

Who’s the world’s greatest guitarist?

Ron Thal (Bumblefoot).

Who’s the world’s most underrated guitarist?

Ron Thal (Bumblefoot).

So what are you up to at the moment?

The new Meshuggah album 'ObZen' is owning my soul.

What was the last gig you went to (as a member of the audience)?
What’s the last great album you bought (or given)?

Bill Bailey – Wembley arena.

See question 5...

How many guitars do you own and which one is your precious?

7 - My new Musicman John Petrucci BFR. Don’t even look at it!!

Who would be in your dream line up?
  • Drums: Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)
  • Bass: Gary Willis (Tribal Tech)
  • Tap Dancing: Roy Castle
  • Guitar: Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh)
  • Vocals: Jabba the Hutt (Star Wars)
  • Jewellery Clinking: Mr T. (The A Team)
  • Kazoo: Professor Stephen Hawking (Cambridge University)
  • Conductor: Michael J. Fox
Do you suffer from stage fright?

I am constantly frightened – except when I’m on stage.

So what’s your favourite tipple at 11pm in the evening?



(Interview date 18/12/07)