Neil Spencer Bruce

Guitarist – Composer – Sound Designer – Producer – Tutor and Coach


Manchester based guitarist, Neil is an in demand professional guitarist, composer, sound designer, producer/engineer and educator.

Throughout his varied career, Neil has bridged the gap between creativity and technology. As such, he is in continual demand for his skills and ability to make things happen.

Neil has been playing for over 30 years, has gigged around the world and has had his guitar playing featured on numerous recordings, TV and film and corporate jingles. He writes and films guitar lessons and gear reviews and has also published a book on creativity and guitar playing, entitled Guitar Creativity | A new way of thinking.

Neil has released several albums under the name ‘Light B4 Sound’, his music and sound design has been featured on numerous films, TV, computer games and other platforms.

Neil lectures at a number of Universities in the UK, provides masterclasses for various organisations and private tuition, in person or via Skype.

On the site you will find guitar lessons, gear reviews, and also inner reflection on the nature of what it is to be a creative.

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What can Neil do for you?

Empowering YOU to achieve your goals.

Performance and Sessions

Professional guitarist available for recording sessions, tours, dep gigs, online recording and band projects.

Tuition and Training

Looking for expert tuition from guitar playing, composing, sound design, music technology, creativity and confidence? More Info…


Providing bespoke music for Film, TV, Computer Games, Mobile Apps, Digital Content and much more. More Info…


Recording and Production

A recording engineer or producer for your music project.




Recent Blog Articles

Bulls on Parade Guitar Tab – Rage Against the Machine

ShareI have recently transcribed Bulls on Parade a totally awesome song for one of my guitar students. So, I thought I would share the tab FREE with you, my awesome readers. Bulls on Parade Guitar Tab (pdf version) is a pretty funktastic and energetic song by Rage Against the Machine and should be played with plenty of energy and attitude. The key to the song is also sitting back into the groove, but striking the strings with plenty of power and precision. The original version (on the record) is tuned down a half step to Eb, but if you listen to any live version, it is as transcribed in E. The Solo The solo is tricky and pretty un-transcribable as it is used by sliding the hand across the strings above the pickup whilst flicking between the bridge and neck pickup (you will need separate volume controls for each to achieve the stuttering effect), this is also played with a whammy pedal, so you will need to use your imagination to mimic what Tom Morello is doing here. Give me a shout if you would like some more information on how to do this and I will be able to instruct you. If I have time I will try and put out a video lesson for this track. The best way to figure out this solo though, is to check out some of the live videos of Tom playing this track on youtube. This will enable you to see exactly his hand movements and how he is applying pressure to the strings to achieve the DJ scratching style effect, and it... read more

Stagg UPC-688 Guitar Effects Pedal Case Review

ShareStagg UPC-688 Guitar Effects Pedal Case Review Okay, some of you out there have said that many of my reviews are quite positive and gushing about the product. Well, that is kind of true and that is mostly because I am not paid to review products, nor am I endorsed by any of these companies. The main reason for my positive reviews are that I have actually brought these products, and I tend to put a fair amount of time and effort into resarching and testing out the products before I made the purchase. So, in a nutshell, I knew what I was looking for, I researched the hell out of the options and brought the item which turned out to be awesome for me. So, this reason that most of my revews are positive… ….well aside from this one! I should add that I didn’t actually but this case, it came ‘free’ with my Boss GT-100 as an incentive! Well, you shouldn’t really complain about a free gift should you? Well, of course not. But, I am just writing this for the people out there whom are looking online for a pedal case, and have come across this one and are about to part with cold hard cash for it. The Good Okay, I might have hinted that this isn’t a great product, but I need to put it in some context. I gig regularly, I have proper flightcased gear and I know the abuse it can handle and the reasons why it needs to handle that abuse. I would suggest given the cost of the Stagg UPC-688 Guitar Pedal... read more

Groovething in the recording studio

ShareThe function band that I am part of Groovething, have recently been in 80 Hertz studios in Manchester to record a couple of new demo tracks for the 2016 season. We had a great time in this fantastic studio, and here are a couple of pictures from the day itself. We are busy working on the mix now and will hopefully have the tracks ready in the next couple of weeks, when I will post links to them of course! If you are looking for a studio in the Manchester area, then you couldn’t wrong by giving the guys at 80 Hertz a ring and see if they can’t help you out! Really happy with the sound of my Strat into my Fender 68 Deluxe reverb, with a bit of Xotic effect SL Drive (review coming soon!) for distortion and not much else in terms of effects (oh some wah!) As for me, it is back to being locked in my own studio now, working on a whole host of projects, watch this space!!! Enjoy Peace Neil... read more

Guitar Creativity – A new way of thinking

This book doesn’t teach you or tell you how to play the guitar, it isn’t full of exercises or techniques. Instead, it is a holistic approach to helping you develop your own, unique voice on the instrument. Guiding you to develop your creativity, personality and connection with the instrument.

We live in an age of unparalleled access to information and we are witnessing an incredible upsurge in talented musicians, yet very few are making into the the fabled realm of guitar god. This book aims to help you, not only improve your playing, but how to be more effective in your practising and learning, as well as most importantly become the unique guitar god you are destined to be. FIND OUT MORE

“I fully recommend this to any serious musician and will personally be teaching some of these concepts to my local guitar students. Thank you Neil for writing this great book” Joel Moesker

Guitar Teacher, Netherlands

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“Through his recordings, Neil Spencer Bruce explores various influences including Brian Eno and Trent Reznor, synthesising the mood and tone of their music to create an individual sonic footprint.” Music Review Unsigned

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