Research Reveals Why NSW Entry Level Tertiary Guitar Students are “Behind The Eight Ball”

  “I believe every guitar player inherently has something unique about their playing. They just have to identify what makes them different and develop it.” – Jimmy Page   A button fell off my jeans recently and I stood there dumbfounded on how to sew it back on. So I launched YouTube and sure enough there was a playlist on “how to sew on a button”. It was brilliant! she even had a giant button that you could clearly see and a hilarious analogy as she threaded… “the rabbit goes down the hole…then up the hole” Everything we want to learn quickly, we ‘tube’ it and there is nothing tastier than thousands of mouth-watering guitar tutorials online sprinkled with sweet promises like “how to master Stairway to Heaven in 10 min”. Truth be told, this is not how you learn a complex instrument – like the guitar. A recent study in the Australian Journal of Music Education found […]

Learn Blues Improvisation Solo – No. 1

If we're able to improvise in a blues solo, we can then expand the concept into other styles and genres.Steve Flack Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix, Santana and The Blues Solo. I remember seeing the movie "Woodstock" [...]

What Does It Take to Master An 8th Grade Trinity College Exam Piece?

Trinity 8th Grade “En Los Trigales” Anyone who has known homesickness while away from their home will know the range of emotions experienced as the traveler eventually comes home.This is what “En Los Trigales” is about. It’s a musical depiction of those emotions felt by the returning traveler. The home is Spain and there’s no mistaking that “En Los Trigales” is Spanish music. […]

Arrangement Giveaway Speak Softly Love (Godfather Theme)

Legendary Composer Nino Rota The Godfather trilogy of movies is thought of by many to be among the greatest movies of all times and the main theme “Speak Softly Love” is one of the most recognisable and best known tunes ever written as a soundtrack to a movie. […]

Classical Guitarist Spotlight: Mateo Carcassi Studies 2 & 7 …And The Holy Grail of Guitar Method.

Carcassi’s claim is that if you accomplish and can play his 25 Studies you’ve arrived as a guitar player. Mateo Carcassi was born in Florence Italy in 1792, he learnt to play both piano and guitar as a young boy growing to became an outstanding guitarist in his teens. […]

Classical Guitarist Spotlight – Gasper Sanz A Brief Look Inside The Life of Gasper Sanz Gaspar Sanz was born in Spain in 1640, he died in Madrid in 1710. He was one of the most interesting Baroque guitarists. He was [...]

Heitor Villa Lobos Prelude 3 – Trinity College 7th Grade Examination

Heitor Villa Lobos Heitor Villa Lobos is South America's best known & most respected composer. He was born in Rio Di Janeiro Brazil 5 March 1887 and died there in 1959. He played cello, [...]