I grew up in Northamptonshire, England and I started playing guitar when I was 12 or 13. My dad had an old 3/4 size nylon strung guitar and a “teach yourself guitar” book which he had bought several years before. He said he couldn’t play because of his big fingers. It was his heavily guitar-orientated musical diet of bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd that inspired me to pick up the guitar and the book and teach myself how to play. I studied music at high school, but opting to keep music as a hobby rather than a profession, I lost my way and studied business at university, ending up with an office job in London, a long commute and loads of stress.

Three generations of the naylor clan

Three generations of the naylor clan

I was desperately unhappy and knew that something had to change. I had always wanted to make a living in music, but somehow it never happened. During my studies I was fortunate enough to spend a year in Montpellier, France, where I fell in love with France and the French lifestyle. The guitar was a companion for me then and throughout my young adult life. In 2009, I decided to change direction. I was miserable in my job and things needed to shift radically: my wife and I moved to Paris and I set up my business teaching guitar in early 2010.

Ry Naylor Guitar was born

I had an amazing time sharing my love of music and the guitar with students, both young and old. The biggest kick for me was pushing students to the next level, when they started to really understand what they were doing, rather than simply forming chord shapes and playing dot patterns. This deeper understanding of the benefits of a study of music theory would underpin the content that I started producing on my YouTube channel. I was really into art and I’ve somehow managed to bring my love of music and passion for graphic design to my Instagram feed, where I have a lot of fun producing mini guitar lessons for my followers.

A move in 2018 to the south of France near Toulouse meant that, sadly, I had to say goodbye to my students, some of whom I had spent many years with. But it was a fresh opportunity to focus on where I wanted Ry Naylor Guitar to be heading. I get such a kick from seeing those lightbulb moments for students when theory is explained in a fun, visual and accessible way. By creating Instagram lessons and online courses, I get to interact with students from around the world and it is so rewarding to help people in this way. I still pinch myself that this is my job!