Rhayn Jooste


Rhayn began his musical training in Australia, taking part in competitions for the Victorian Schools Music Association as a drummer, bassist and percussionist whilst in high school. He went on to read music at Bath Spa University in the U.K. specialising in performance, theory and composition, graduating with an honours degree. Achieving a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama he completed his academic studies at Cardiff university with a Masters degree in Music, Culture and Politics which focused in on the connection between Cuba and its past. His dissertation dealt with the Hybridity inherent in the music of Leo Brouwer.
Currently he is an independent academic continuing his research into the music of Cuba and the Caribbean, on which he has published various articles; Area Leader and classical guitar specialist for the junior Conservatoire at the R.W.C.M.D. Guitar Editor for the Classical Guitar Rocks blog site.

Starting his training on the classical guitar at twenty two years of age, with the reputed Neil Smith, he went on to study with Tom Kerstens and James Woodrow at B.S.U.C. Finally progressing under John Mills and Eleftheria Kotzia at the R.W.C.M.D. He has played for Gary Ryan, Eric Roche, John Dearman, Tim Walker, Craig Ogden, Sven Lundstadt, David Liesner, Ricardo Iznoala and Leo Brouwer et al, in master classes. In 2002 he attended the Cordoba guitar festival in Spain; tutored by Leo Brouwer he gained a certificate in 20th century composition for the guitar. He has studied renaissance lute under Dr. Matthew Spring and Matthew Nisbet, furthering his love of the renaissance period, he studied and researched continuo under Dr. Andrew Wilson Dickson.

He began teaching as an assistant for the International Guitar Festival out reach programme in 2000. Since then he has tutored for Cardiff and Vale Music Service and the vale of Glamorgan's Adult Education service where he designed and ran the guitar program. As such he has over fourteen years teaching experience and holds a teaching certificate. He was also appointed to the Rockschool exam board in 2009 and worked as an examiner for four years.

His live experience is extensive having played in various festivals and private recitals both as a solo artist and in a variety of bands and ensembles through the years. His professional debut was in the Assembly Rooms in Bath and from wandering minstrels in the Cirencester arts festival, Flute and guitar duo to lute player for the Rondo theatre company he is consistently playing live. He played bass for Celtic goth rockers - the Bluehorses, and as such has played and headlined festivals such as; Cambridge Rock Festival, Solfest, Spratton Folk Festival and Mayfest.

He was writing and laying down six strings worth of bass for South Wales original rock band, Sankara, for two years finishing on a high in 2012 at the Cambridge Rock Festival. In that time they had a large amount of airplay in the UK, USA, Australia and Europe (ArFM, AiiRadio, Radio Caroline et al). They also released an EP and a full length album to which he contributed..

Currently he is writing and producing songs for a project called Secretly Demons. The aim is to purse unfettered song writing; they will be releasing their debut EP in 2016.

Solo Artist

    Classical Guitar
    Angel EP (Released 05.12.13)

    Sonata (coming 2016/17)

    Jazz Guitar
    Paris EP (coming 2015/16)


    Secretly Demons Sinner EP 2016 (Guitar & Bass) Link

    Hungry Bentley Novel Grade Events 2012 (Guitar & Slide on 12'24'')

    Sankara Guided by Degrees 2012 (Bass)

    Enigma 2011 (Bass)

    Bluehorses Thirteen Fires 2007 (Bass & Guitar)

Classical Guitar Magazine

Lessons and articles, for the only magazine dedicated to the classical guitar; contributor from 2015. All articles are in print form from - CG. Some content is available online.
  • Evolution of the Barre Chord - Winter 2015
  • Enhance Your Technique by Digging Into Villa-Lobos - Summer 2016

Classical Guitar Rocks

Transcriptions, reviews and lessons, as Guitar Editor from 2014, for a brand new blog magazine site, dedicated to classical guitar - #CGRocks. Most lessons have a free PDF download or video instructions.
  • Fretboard Orientation Part 1 Link
  • Approaching Etude No. VI by Leo Brouwer Link
  • El Inalcanzable: Book Review (with links) Link
  • How Bach Built A Canon Link
  • Orange Legato Workout Link
  • Musical Scales - Agustin Barrios Link
  • Video of Prelude in C Minor Link
  • Spotlight - A Better Way To Practise Link
  • Christmas Carol Harmony: Part Two Link
  • Christmas Carol Harmony: Part One Link
  • Christmas Is Nigh Link
  • A Scale in Harmony Link

Bass Guitar Magazine

Transcriptions, reviews and lessons, as a staff writer from 2011, for the leading digital bass magazine - BMM. Each lesson has a free download of the music and a backing track available to jam with, some have video instructions.
  • Uptown Funk Transcription Link
  • The Bass Players Guide to Scales and Modes Review Lesson Link
  • Rockschool New Exam Syllabus Review Link
  • Stuart Clayton Interview Link
  • Creating Bass Lines: Part Two Link
  • Creating Bass Lines: Part One Link
  • Theory and Technique Three Link
  • Prelude by Bach, a Bass Transcription Link
  • Theory and Technique Two Link
  • Theory and Technique One Link
  • The Right Hand Rasgueo of The Lesson Link
  • Gaining Higher Ground with Slap & Pop Link
  • The Body And Soul of a Modern Walking Bass Line Link


Cuba and the Caribbean remain to this day unique third spaces in the world of culture. Their music and history have remained scarred with the passage of time, slavery and colonialism. Yet they are identified as nothing other than what they are, unique.
My research engages with history, critical theory and musicology to illuminate the contact points contained through the passage of time; arguing that the hybrid nature of this formation empowers the unique identity while highlighting the negotiation that takes place and their right to narrate.

Below is a list of articles I have written for various publications world wide.

2009: Encyclopedia of Protest and Revolution

  • Eric Williams Link
  • Franz Fanon Link
  • Fernando Ortiz Link
  • Protest Music and Dance
  • Caribbean Protest and Revolutionary Currents

2009: Encyclopedia of the Caribbean

  • Xavier Cugat
  • C.L.R James
  • Stringed Instruments of the Caribbean

2008: Africa and the Americas: Culture Politics and History

  • Leo Brouwer

    Michael Gee

  • Custom Concert Guitar
  • Yamaha

  • rgx612a
  • Taylor

  • bbt
  • Fender

  • squire
  • 5 String Jazz bass
  • Ibanez

  • SZ 720FM Guitar
  • SdGR SR 505 Bass
  • Talman acoustic
  • Carvin

  • 6 str custom bass
  • Line6

  • Variax 700 bass
  • Amps

  • Marshall
  • Trace Elliot
  • MarkBass
  • Pedals

  • Line 6 XT live
  • Cables

  • Planet Waves
  • Van Damme