Lady Madonna – The Beatles Arrangement Giveaway!

Then Tommy & Phil would come out together to do an acoustic set which was always something really special.Steve Flack What Chicago Taught Me about Australia’s Music Scene in the 80’s. In the early 80’s I lived for 2 years in America. I spent 2 years in Chicago and it was obvious why it was one of the worlds great cities. There was just so much going on there. When it came time for me to return to Australia my expectation was that it would be a bit of a backwater after Chicago. “But”! […]

This Is Why I Wanted To Arrange “Human Nature”… and the fascinating true story behind the song…

It’s Human Nature! – Toto, Miles Davis and Michael Jackson. This is my arrangement of the pop song “Human Nature” It was on Michael Jackson’s massive hit album ” Thriller” and the song was a world wide hit for him. but that’s not the version of the song that really grabbed me and made me want to play it… I had the Miles Davis’s album “You’re Under Arrest” and he did an astonishing version which I really liked. Check out his live performance here Miles Davis turned it into an instrumental and improvised a great solo over it. I’d heard Michael Jackson’s version a few times but I wasn’t all that familiar with it and later I was to learn the story behind the song which I found quite intriguing. […]

Green Dolphin St – Arrangement and Improvisation Techniques

Easy Ways to Improvise Using Jazz Classics. I’ve always loved to listen to jazz & I love to play jazz but with my busy schedule I’ve had very few opportunities to play jazz live. With my Classical Guitar practice, running the Music Academy, my own teaching, the “Guitar Heroes” project (which was my exploration [...]

The Suite Spot: A Look At The Trinity 8th Grade J.S Bach Bourée 4th Lute Suite [Video]

Bach to Suite Lute Basics   For every instrument, Johann Sebastian Bach is the high point of its repertoire, and the guitar is no different. Bach wrote 4 suites for the lute (a "guitar like" instrument) that transfers very well to the guitar. In fact, Bach actually never wrote for the guitar but guitar players [...]

The Reason Why Guitar Arrangements Are So Incredibly Important.

I'm continuously asked by my students, "why do I make the arrangements of pop songs"? Think of a book or a movie that you've really enjoyed and have been totally involved and engaged in. As you come to the end of the story you already begin to miss the people, the place and the time [...]

Celebrating Global Beatles Day!

It’s been a hard day’s night, and I’ve been working like a dog It’s been a hard day’s night, I should be sleeping like a log But when I get home to you I’ll find the things that you do Will make me feel alright   Happy Global Beatles Day!  Yep, for those of you who didn’t know June 25th is the annual day we celebrate everything that is good about The Beatles. It’s fitting that their hometown was Liverpool England, not quite 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon but close enough for The Liverpool Academy of Music. It was on this day in 1967 that the Beatles played “All You Need Is Love” on a TV program called “Our World”.   […]

Flashback! Jumpin’ Jack Flash Live at Tamworth with Steve Flack and Angry Anderson

Vid from The Vault! The Nice Boys – Steve Flack, Angry Anderson, Rick Fenn (10cc), Mick O’Shea.   […]

An Interview With Steve Flack on His Eric Clapton Medley

Steve’s latest compilation pays homage to the great Eric Clapton. I sat down with Steve to find out his thought process behind the arrangement and his deep admiration for one of the greatest guitarists of our time, Eric Clapton.   […]

Lesson: Living for the City

Living for the City (Stevie Wonder) Arrangement by Steve Flack Ready to get your groove on? Have a bit of fun with this Stevie Wonder classic. Released in 1973, this incredible tune soared to number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at number 1 on the R&B chart. Later, Rolling Stone [...]

Lesson: True

True (Spandau Ballet) Arrangement by Steve Flack Inspired by the electro movement of the early 80s, I have arranged this iconic tune for the guitar. The finished piece is so much fun to play. Released in 1983 by popular English band Spandau Ballet, ‘True’ soared to number one on the UK singles charts and [...]