IT WAS punk rock that enticed Jasper Smith to pick up his first beaten-up old guitar at 14.
Twenty-five years later and a few continents away from where he first played, the love this Ipswich tutor has for all things guitar is obvious.
The celebrated teacher, composer and performer will officially open his new studio on Brisbane St this month after relocating from the United Kingdom.
His move from Norfolk to Ipswich will be big news for Aussie guitar players, with Mr Smith now the first examiner accredited with the London College of Music exams and Registry of Guitar Tutors to be based outside of the UK.
Previously, exams through the London College of Music had to be conducted by an examiner flown out from the UK once a year.
On top of teaching, Mr Smith will perform at Ipswich with a weekly gig at Brisbane St cafe Fourthchild each Friday lunch.
It was punk that hooked him, but Mr Smith has performed across blues, rock, pop and jazz since that first guitar in the '80s.
"I love it all, really," he said.
"It (guitar) is a real cornerstone of so many different music styles."
"It's a real stress-relieving thing, playing a musical instrument."
His collection has now reached 16 guitars.
For the past decade, his performances have put a focus on jazz - "a kind of a musical conversation with other musicians".
Lessons are available for beginner to advanced players.
For details, visit jaspersmith.com or phone the studio on 3202 4125.
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