Guitar Lessons, Artist development, Aural Lessons, Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, Skype Lessons
- Qualifications: BACHELORS of JAZZ PERFORMANCE with HONOURS (1st Class)
- Pricing: $40 (1/2 HOUR) $70 (FULL HOUR) - Please note, my lessons often go over time at no extra cost to you.
- Styles: JAZZ, BLUES, ROCK, FUNK, REGGAE, FOLK, CLASSICAL, METAL...
- Suitability: ANY AGE, ANY LEVEL.
LEARNING MUSIC IS A VERY PERSONAL JOURNEY…
Your hopes, dreams, and goals are the most important thing. You want to walk away from each lesson excited to go home and play!
Learning music is one of the most special gifts you can give to yourself, and would bring me great personal satisfaction to help you achieve your goals. It makes no difference if that is to play a few chords so you can sing your favourite songs, or to play Wembley stadium, we can set you in the right direction.
WHO WILL BE YOUR GUIDE ON THIS JOURNEY?
I am 37 year old guitarist who grew up in Wellington. Although I’ve spent a lot of time here, I recently moved back from Melbourne where I was based for 6 years. It’s great to be back.
Over the years I’ve been fascinated with a wide range of music. While guitar has been my main focus, I’ve also played Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Bass, Harmonica and Drums. I feel this has given me a great understanding of music as a whole, and how the guitar functions in these styles – very important to anyone looking to play professionally.
I’ve played in many different situations. Rock bands, jazz groups, covers bands, with orchestras, solo, busking, and so on…
I’ve studied music privately with some of the best teachers in New Zealand and Australia, as well as completing my honours degree in Jazz Performance at The New Zealand School of Music.
As a teacher, I have taught at Primary Schools, High Schools, and University. As well as a range of people form all walks of life in my private practice. I have been very much with the people I have learned from, and it is really important to me to continue the tradition..!
The main thing I have learned in my 20 years of teaching is that one size doesn’t fit all!
You might need a structured approach, or a more free form approach. It really depends on what you want to achieve. It is a focus of our early lessons to figure out what is going to work for you.
Of course, this may change over time as your playing develops and your tastes and goals change.
Also, I feel that MUSIC THEORY is often thought of as a monster under the bed that sends fear into the hearts of many. It doesn’t need to be that way, and if you are interested in taking your music to the next level, it is a really powerful tool. I have been developing methods to make this side of music as fun and understandable as possible.