“El Caminante” Trinity College London 5th Grade Study

Understanding The Tradition of "Program Music" El Caminante is a piece I love teaching. It's a 5th grade piece with Trinity College London and in so many ways it sums up the technical and musical demands of 5th grade. As a player, if you accomplish 5th grade then you have a great launching pad to [...]

Pro Guitar Essentials – Improvisation Solo 6 (Final)

How Do You Build A Solid Improvisation Toolkit? We've finally made it to "Blues Solo no 6" and I can't tell you how much this set of 6 blues solos helped me to develop my own improvisation skills. We're in the key of G again. So with this set of solos we've covered 3 keys. [...]

Studio Album: Guitar Heroes III – Steve’s Hendrix Arrangement: Voodoo Chile.

What We Can Learn From the Giants of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis And Coltrane. I really admired Miles Davis. I had a big collection of his recordings and of course I equally revered John Coltrane the great sax player who was Miles Davis's featured soloist - I followed Coltrane's solo career as keenly. In fact, [...]

Steve Flack Interview: The Brewster Brothers (The Angels) Pt 2 of 2

Vanda & Young – The Musical Masterminds Of The Music Industry and Memories from The Old Stomping Grounds, Villawood, Back In The Day. Jon English told me that he was at Villawood at the same time and that he would jam with Harry & George with Angus riding around on his big wheeler and they’d say to Angus “hey look out kid, we’re trying to play guitarSteve Flack I’ve always been fascinated by what goes into making a great recording… […]

Guitar Tutorial – INXS – PT 4 “Heaven Sent” “Elegantly Wasted”

The Essentials For A Great Band - Long Hours and Hard Work! We all know the old adage "practice makes perfect", and it's true... that if you do a whole lot of any one thing, it's unavoidable, you get good.Steve Flack When I listen to "Heaven Sent" & "Elegantly Wasted" I hear a band that [...]

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

https://youtu.be/7t6goKQSMvo 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 an ordained priest as well as "professor of guitar" Sanz left us an important body of compositions for guitar. Canarios [...]

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, clarinet & guitar. Guitar players world wide are so appreciative of him because he wrote some of the instruments most [...]