Isolation & Inspiration

First of all, I sincerely hope everyone is safe and well both physically and mentally at the moment. We can all agree that this is a truly surreal situation to be in with the Virus. The best thing we can do is keep ourselves to ourselves in the real world, however that doesn’t stop us from developing our communities online, focusing on our own skills, our own health and well being in this time of introspection. Turn off the News, look after yourself and those around you. Remember you are physically here right now, stillness, feet on the floor. That’s all there is in this moment, the biggest decision you make in your life is the one you make right now. You’ve got this, once again I hope you’re all well and safe.

Many Musicians/Entertainers are Free-Lance/Self Employed. Due to the situation, like many others I have little to no income now, after this next week I’m out at sea without a paddle in a boat with a hole in it. We’re all doing what we can to make ends meet. Whilst the situation is tough and potentially life changing for many, it is forcing some Musicians to think out of the box in terms of how they deliver their skills to others in the hope of enriching those peoples lives in this tricky time.

If you follow a Musician, or in fact know anyone who works freelance in general, reach out and support them if you’re able. Grab an album or a lesson (or few!) If you’re not able to buy their services or donate, help spread their message via Social Media. Every little helps.

As I am Fortunate enough to have Guitar/Music as a ‘Job’ I must also mention In this time (and as always!) I offer 121 Skype Guitar Lessons/Mentoring or personalised video lessons, drop me a message on my Instagram or Facebook: I have a fair amount of unique experience, I love music and I love helping people on their own paths.

You can also support me by checking out the SHOP on my Website or if you’re feeling super kind you can donate via this link:

Also, Keep an eye out on my YouTube/Facebook/Instagram as I’ll be do doing Livestreams of Lessons/Playthroughs and Q&A’s for those interested.

Take care in this time, pick up an instrument, read books, paint, exercise, mediate, learn more about yourself. Suffering can lead to Growth, Growth helps those who are Suffering. When we’re compassionate and working together, we can literally change the world for the better, no matter how small the steps we are taking.

January 2020, I’m still alive!

Shredding at LickLibrary!

Its been a mad few months, I’ve been busy lecturing as Head of Guitar for WaterBear in Brighton.
I’m honoured to have this unique opportunity. I’m so grateful the I have the chance to help others on their Joureny. I know I have far to go myself. Being a Musician and playing Guitar is a beautiful thing. I’m thankful that these students are letting me help find their own way on the instrument. And I’m excited to see them progress and build upon what they all have.

Teaching First Term of WaterBear Guitarists in Brighton

Whilst Lecturing at WaterBear, i’ve been busy at LickLibrary. Over the last 3 months I’ve completed two new lesson courses. The main one being by ‘Signature Styles’ DVD which breaks down one of my own tracks, I discuss my approach to arrangement and songwriting. The Second Course I completed in December which is titled ‘Classic Albums: Rush – Moving Pictures’ which is a track by track breakdown of the classic Rush album, this will be out in a few months from now.

You can find out more about my Signature styles course in the video below, follow links in video description to get your copy!

Signature Styles Lesson course Preview

I’m also excited to announce becoming a Alder and Ash Pedalboards Artist. Rich creates some truly stunning custom bespoke pedalboard’s here in the UK. Its an honour to have him build me my very own custom Journeyman board. Look at that joining! Mega Lush Mate! My photography doesn’t do it justice at all. Thanks Rich for having me on board!

Find out more about Alder and Ash Pedal boards on their website:

My custom built Journeyman Pedalboard from Alder and Ash Pedals
Look at the Joins!

I’ve got a special show coming up in February (23rd, The Concorde Southampton) with The Connell Brothers. A group of super, SUPER tasty musicians. I’ll be a guest for this gig, playing tunes from Larry Carlton, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, the list goes on. Its an honour to be asked to do this kind of thing with such class musicians!

Here’s what the Connell Brothers have to say:

“The Connell Brothers with full band of top class session musicians have a spectacular display of artistry for you.

The brothers are privileged to have Sam Bell appear with them tonight. Sam is making a name for himself as one of the most versatile and proficient guitarists in the UK
He is a lecturer at ‘Waterbear’ in Brighton and a sought after session guitarist endorsed by Ibanez guitars and Laney amps.
He writes lesson columns online for ‘Premier Guitar’ and ‘Guitar Interactive’ magazines as well as a handful of instructional DVD’s with ‘LickLibrary’.

Rob Phillips is lead singer with the ‘Steely Dan’ tribute band ‘Steely Scam’. His versatile vocal gifting makes him the perfect choice for ‘The Connell Brothers’.

Violinist, Alkistis Stogianni, is from the city of Thessaloniki, Greece. She has just finished her Masters in Music at Southampton University. After her moving and thrilling debut appearance with the brothers they are delighted to present her again tonight.”

Connell Brothers Gig Poster, 23rd Feb, The Concorde Eastleigh, NR Southampton

And moving on from here, who know’s whats next! I plan on doing some more LickLibrary courses in 2020, more tuition at WaterBear, I’ve got a bunch of gigs coming up with various Functions bands and Mask of Judas. Watch this space and keep safe!

To finnish of, I just want to share this amazing new clip from Paul Gilbert and JHS Pedals. Paul is my hero, this is brilliant, I hope to check out this pedal at some point!

JULY 2019 has been Crazy!

BUSY! Sorry I’ve been out of the loop for a while, I promise normal programming will be resumed soon! It’s all been good though, I’m very lucky to be busy! Here’s an update.

Recently I’ve completed a Musical Theatre Production, filmed a Mask of Judas play through for Ibanez UK on the new Axion range of Guitars, released a new Music Video with MOJ and completed a Weekend of shows around the UK. I’ve also been filming and writing a whole load of new review’s and columns for Guitar Interactive Magazine, which I’m looking forward to seeing in the magazine!
As I type this, I am preparing for some gigs, going back on a production show tour all in time for Radar Festival where Mask of Judas will be playing and I’ll be delivering a masterclass.

Later in August I’ll be putting together some more content for the WaterBear Onsite/Online Degree, this time focusing on Guitar Styles in time for the new cohort in September! I’m also filming a new DVD for LickLibrary breaking down my personal approach to improvisation and songwriting. I’ll also be writing some new Mask of Judas Material around this time.

Hawk Picks have recently sent me some prototype Signature Picks which I helped design. The picks are amazing, I’m really happy with how they have turned out, I hope to share more on this in the near future.

I’ve also been road testing some awesome new gear that BOSS kindly sent me, I’ve been meaning to get the content together, watch this space!

I’ve also just released a new Song with Focusrite in their latest advertising campaign for their Scarlet Interfaces (generation 3) I think I’ve pasted the link below! They did an artist profile on me too which you can watch on their facebook page:

Thank you everyone for the amazing support and patience! I appreciate and love you all. I’ve probably missed something, but I need to go to a rehearsal now, speak soon!

Mask of Judas Music Video for ‘Mesmerist’

New Song I wrote for Focusrite’s new Scarlet Interfaces

Guitar Breaks, WaterBear & Playlists!

What a Weekend! Friday night I had the pleasure of meeting Laurie Monkwhen he attended a Mask of Judas show, Laurie has been supporting up and coming Guitarists for decades! I first met him on Myspace over 10 years ago when I started releasing my own music. It was an absolute pleasure to meet him for the first time and hopefully not the last! What a dude!

I spent Saturday and Sunday teaching at Guitar Breaks alongside the super tasty Chris Buck. Lots of information was shared, the guests we’re brilliant! I love being part of Guitar Breaks, such a great vibe and everyone leaves having improved as musicians! A huge thank you to Ernie Ball and BOSS for supporting this weekend!

Sunday afternoon was spent celebrating WaterBear – The College of Music 1st Birthday with a big BBQ. It was great to catch up with the amazing team and everyone involved locally! The support this Music College gives is incredible. Feels exciting to be part of something so fresh and unique.

I’ve also spent some time organising my YouTube channel into Playlists so Lessons, Original Tunes etc are much easier to view! I’ll be doing more Lesson content soon!

June Update: Shows, Masterclasses, Videos and More!

Things have been busy! I’m teaching at Guitar Breaks on the 22nd and 23rd of June ( ) I’ve also been busy with Guitar Interactive Magazine filming a whole host of Product Demos/Reviews. I released a playthrough of my Track ‘Resistance’ which you can find a link to below. My buddy Plini sent me his new Amp Software Plugin which sounds awesome, I threw together a quick demo which is also below!

I have lots coming up, lets see… Mask of Judas are playing all over the place over the next few months, you can find out more information about tickets/venues at:

15th June – Southend
21st June – Bristol
7th July – UK Tech Fest (I won’t be there, but Reece will be!)
12th July – Reading
13th July – Leeds
14th July – London
2nd August – Radar Festival (+ Masterclass from me TBA)
20th September – Derby
21st September – Leeds

Also, I just wanted to give a big shout out to Laney. These guys make an incredible amp known as the LionHeart. I use this amp all the time, I have the studio version and the Combo 2×12. Its amazing with pedals. I had the pleasure of reviewing the 1×12 version for Guitar Interactive. And I feel its important that people get to hear this amazing amp.

Somehow in between all of this madness I am writing new Mask of Judas and solo material, learning rhythm parts for my buddy Thom Pankhurst who is a fantastic Instrumental Guitarist and I am trying to condense down Guitar parts 1 and 2 of the Broadway Musical ‘Bring it On’ for an upcoming theatre run in Brighton! I love playing Guitar! I’m also practising as much as I can, but that’s an on going thing.

I will be (when I find time!) coming up with some more lesson courses for LickLibrary. However, until then, you can still get my latest release ‘Contemporary Tapping Arpeggios’ as a DVD or stream it from the LickLibrary website. Here’s a preview!

One last thing! I really enjoy transcribing my favourite musical moments from all kinds of recordings. I love Michael Brecker’s Sax Playing. This Sax break from Cameos tune ‘Candy’ has always made my hair stand up. Have a go yourself! My transcription is below the video!

BOSS GT 1000 Video

I had a great time working with BOSS on this video for the new GT-1000 Update. They have such an awesome team, pleasure working with them!

April: Board or Bin, Nick Johnston, Instagram, BOSS Pedals, Guitar Breaks!

Time moves so quickly when you’re having fun. Again its been a while since the last update because I’ve been so busy. I understand new visitors to this site might think I am not doing much in between updates, but its quite the opposite (fortunately!) I am always posting updates to my INSTAGRAM  So if it looks quiet here, or there hasn’t appears to be an update, its because I am either in a Studio, On Stage, Lecturing or in a Van/Service Station!

Board or Bin:

Sam Bell and Bruce Dickinson from Board or Bin at Small Pond Studios Brighton

Perhaps one of the MAIN updates I have for you is that i’m part of a new YOUTUBE series in association with Waterbear.  

This series features myself and Waterbear (BIMM, ACM) founder Bruce John Dickinson deciding which pedals of similar times should stay on the Pedalboard of DOOM. Its really fun, there are more episodes to come. Here’s what we have so far:

Episode 5: Phaser/Flanger 
Episode 4: Graphic Fuzz
Episode 3: Talk Boxes
Episode 2: Fuzz
Episode 1: Victory Overdrives


Nick Johnston Tech Session with Guitar Interactive Magazine:

I had the pleasure of putting together one of Guitar Interactive Magazines latest Tech Sessions in the style of my buddy Nick Johnston. You can check that out for FREE here:

BOSS Demo:

I can’t say much, but I went to this amazing place and did some videos for BOSS Pedals, watch this space! I am happy to be using the BOSS GT 1000 for a lot of the session work I’m doing.


Guitar Breaks June 2019 with Paul Sayer and Chris Buck

Sam Bell, Chris Buck and Paul Sayer at Guitar Breaks Brighton 2019

Looking forward to teaching for Guitar Breaks in Brighton again this June 20th -23rd alongside the amazing Chris Buck (Total Guitar Magazine Best Guitarist 2017!)  and Paul Sayer (The Temperance Movement!)

You can sign up here!


In Summary:

That about rounds it up (from memory! I feel like I’ve missed stuff out…I hope not though, and if I have i’m very sorry!) My calendar is filling up this year, I love my job of Music and Guitar.   If its Lecturing at Waterbear teaching my Guitar Course, playing production shows/weddings, making videos with Lick Library, Andertons, Guitar Interactive Magazine, creating music for projects and lessons. As long as I have a Guitar in my hands and I am surrounded by inspiring people, I am happy!

Please be sure to check out my Instagram Page for more current updates.


Happy New Year (February Update!)

I’ve been meaning to do update this for a while, but I’ve been so busy (which is good!) so to all of those reading, this is a massively belated Happy New Year (2019!) update. I brought the New Year in with some shows and plenty of loud guitar. I’ve been teaching tons of Skype Students, doing more gigs and rehearsals (with Mask of Judas and Freddie In Concert) Here are some highlights from December into late January, plus some things which are coming up!

Before I get stuck in! I’ll be at the Birmingham Guitar Show on Sunday (24th February) playing at the D’addario booth, I hope to see some of you there!

I’ve also done several new YouTube videos, my channel is slowly growing, you can check out the Channel and New Videos here:

Andertons Music Videos with Danish Pete!

I’ve visited Andertons Music a couple of times over the last two months to film Guitar Demos with the amazing Danish Pete. Its such an honour to go in, film some video, jam and talk Guitars. The Andertons team are truly a bunch of wonderful people. I’ve learnt a lot from jamming with Pete. Check out this video:


Waterbear Lecturing:

I’ve been teaching my Guitar Techniques Module Online and on site recently for Waterbear. Its such an awesome environment, the students are creative and motivated.

New Premier Guitar Column:

I’ve got a new lesson column with Premier Guitar Magazine available online now. In this lesson I take a look at how to be creative with basic diatonic Triads from the Major Scale and how to build interesting, syncopated lines from them. Check it out here: CLICK THIS TEXT!

Mask of Judas at Radar Festival!

I’m really excited to announce that my band Mask of Judas are playing RADAR Festival in Guildford, UK alongside some incredible bands including Animals as Leaders, Monuments and Toska. We’ve been on the road recently, completing a weekender in January and tomorrow (As I write this, 8th Feb) we’re in Reading at the Facebar.

We have ALOT More coming up Be sure to check out the Mask of Judas Facebook Page for Future Gigs.

November 2018: Andertons TV, Greg Howe, Scott Henderson & Waterbear

Hello! I have finally got around to posting some updates about some of the shenanigans I’ve been up to in November for those who may find it interesting, its been a busy and productive month! Before I get started I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been supporting whatever it is that I do, its a huge honour for me! Its often hard to keep this page updated when I am out on the road or finishing up projects, I do however keep my INSTAGRAM updated fairly regularly and my Facebook of course. YouTube is a bit of a different story, but we’ll see how that goes! First up some improvisation!

And whilst we’re at it, here’s some L.E.G.A.T.O.

(You can learn lines like these in my latest tutorial: CLICK)

Andertons TV Gear Demos with Danish Pete!

I had the absolute honour of heading up the road to Andertons Music to shoot some video for their YouTube Channel with the legendary Danish Pete. Pete is an incredibly tasty  player and supreme Gentleman. I spent the day filming various gear demos, there are 3 videos of Pete and I on their YouTube channel (hopefully by the time I post this!) Its quite surreal to be on their set after having followed Andertons TV for so long! I wouldn’t say its my best playing, but I enjoyed letting go and having fun! I would love to go back! Thank you to Pete, Lee and the Andertons Team for having me!

Guitar Interactive Magazine: Greg Howe Interview & Scott Henderson Tech Session

I had the chance to catch up with Guitar Legend Greg Howe for a really inspiring interview for Guitar Interactive Magazine on his recent tour visit to London.  Thanks for your time Greg! This is going to be a killer interview, very inspiring discussion!

In related Fusion news, Guitar Interactive Magazine have also released my recent Scott Henderson Tech Session which you can find in the link below. It features performance video, breakdown video, TAB, Backing Track and write up. Its all free!


Waterbear Online BA Guitar Course:

Look at this Mug.

The Guitar Course at Waterbear is really coming together now, spent time in November recording more content for the online section of the course. It feels unreal to be part of such a prestigious Guitar Team. I also had the pleasure of holding a masterclass for the BA students, some great questions were asked, I played a lot of notes and some really quiet dynamic ones as well just to check people were still listening, and thankfully they were.


I am really enjoying the journey Guitar is taking me along for at the moment. Thank you Guitar and thank YOU!


September 2018: Guitar Breaks, Rob Chapman & Waterbear, UK Guitar Show, Laney.

September has thankfully been a very busy month, plus I turned 30! I have met so many new faces over the last few weeks, I feel very lucky to get to call this a ‘job’.

Today I have just got back from the UK Guitar Show after playing on the D’addario UK booth. I had a lot of fun playing and improvising around my tunes from both my E.Ps. I bumped into some familiar faces and had a great time talking all things life and guitar. Big thank you to D’addario for their hospitality!

Here is a clip of some improvisation from the show: (thank you to Jimmy Owen for the clip!)




A few weeks earlier I was a guest tutor at Guitar Breaks in Brighton. I had the honour of teaching alongside Peter Honoré (also known as Danish Pete on the Anderton’s YT Channel) Pete is a top session player, an outstanding tasty guitarist and lovely dude. We taught throughout the day and headed over to Waterbear to hear a Guitar tone talk from the awesome Bruce Dickinson (head of Waterbear) lots of great words of wisdom. We were treated to some more tone tips from Jimmy Owen. Jimmy is a sublime player with some really beautiful and unique chops, a pleasure to listen to!  I had the pleasure of jamming with these guys and the amazing Blues player Chris Buck, tasty stuff.


Guitar breaks is a fantastic way to meet some top players and learn something new. I recommend it to all budding guitarists!



A day or so later I went back into Waterbear to film some video with Rob Chapman who is not only known for his guitar company Chapman guitars, his hit YouTube Channel and his band Dorje, he is also the head of innovation at Waterbear. I spent the day with him, session wizard David Colquhoun (Rick Wakeman, Procol Harum, hands of Brian May in the new Queen Movie!) and Bruce Dickinson, filming a clip for Robs YouTube channel which features us all playing a bit of guitar and talking about our experience with music and the new music institute Waterbear. We also check out one of Davids upside down Guitars, which are mad! Love it. It was an honour to spend the day with these guys and be part of the team putting the Technique & Theory Module together for the BA Honours Course.

If you are interested in learning at Waterbear, you can be a student or you can learn remotely, check out their website here:


I am pleased to announce that I am working with Laney Amplification as an Artist again. Its a great honour to be back as part of the amazing team! This time I am using the Lionheart series of amps which are super versatile for most gigging and studio situations, plus they work great with my Pedals, especially my Line 6 Helix LT. I am also using the Ironheart series of amps for the Metal side of things. I’m really looking forward to trying out their LFR powered cabinets too! Watch this space!


I recently put together a demo of my new Ibanez AZ2204F TAB over one of my own backing tracks doing a bit of improvisation. I had some great feedback on the clip. Even Rick Graham seemed to dig it which is a huge compliment!

And that’s it for September, I wonder what October holds. I have plenty more gigs coming up with Viva Productions and Lloyd Wade later on in the month. Plus I am heading back to Waterbear to film some more video with the guitar team this week. I have a few slots for Skype lessons going over the next two weeks plus early November, so get in now before they all go!