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About DrKev

Kevin Kretsch (a.k.a. DrKev) is a musician, guitar teacher, guitar technician, and ex-physicist. Having all these disciplines under one belt gives him a unique insight on how to get the most out of your instruments, be they electric or acoustic guitars, basses or other related instruments, at home, on stage, or in the studio.

Kevin has been playing the guitar for nearly 30 years. He moved to Paris in the year 2000 and has since earned a reputation as a talented and versatile guitarist, mandolin player, and backing vocalist. He has played more than 1500 concerts, working with musicians from all over the world, including Soul Side Up, Charlie Seymour, The Downtown Merrylegs, Marten Ingle, Paddy SherlockPerry Leopard y sus Caballeros Simpáticos, Martyn Mulhere, Chris Kenna, Barry Johnson, Thomas Brun, and the late, great soul singer John Simms.

Kevin is a fantastic guitar teacher. He teaches, folk, rock, pop, blues, country, soul, and funk to students ranging in age from 10 to 110 years old. Check out his teaching page for more details about his guitar lessons in Paris. He is an instructor at Rock U performance program in Paris. ( In 2018 and 2019 Kev was nominated for Best Music Teacher in the Expatriates Magazine Best of Paris awards.

Kevin is also a excellent guitar technician. If you ever need advice on buying an instrument, or help changing strings, or setting up an instrument to make it easier to play, Kevin is the man to ask. In 2010 he worked for the largest music store in Paris, with sole responsibility for their warehouse stock of electric and acoustic guitars, basses, mandolins, and ukuleles. With 1000 instruments in stock at any one time, more than 4000 instruments passed through his hands in one year. (Note that current guitar students get special prices on all guitar tech services!)

Kevin has always done his own guitar and amplifier repairs, aided by a love of science and engineering (he has a PhD in experimental physics, hence “DrKev”) and the many years he spent as a child, soldering iron in hand, helping his father maintain a two-manual Schober electronic theatre organ in their living room!

Kevin enthusiastically recommends Ernie Ball strings & accessories and Music Man guitars and he is a moderator on the official Ernie Ball Music Man guitar forums.

If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to contact Kevin here.

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