Lesson Feesfrom $35.00 / 30 Minutes
I am a full time working musician and possess a wealth of experience as a guitarist, guitar tutor, music producer/composer, music workshop coordinator and sound/lighting engineer. I have traveled and performed extensively throughout my native home of Australia and overseas in countries such as New Zealand, United States, East Timor, Solomon Islands, and the Middle East. I perform regularly with my own trio locally and also currently perform with local Melbourne based blues vocalist Andrea Marr.
Teaching has always been a passion of mine and have taught privately and at various instrumental institutions over the past 20 years. I've overseen the delivery of all manner of music based workshops including topics such as, soloing techniques, music production, contemporary music, song writing, rhythm section and performance management.
In 2009, my love of blues music helped me establish the widely popular YouTube Channel RandomJammer, which has resulted in attracting over 23,000 subscribers and is recognised as a highly professional educational resource that is utilised daily by musical institutions throughout the United States and Europe.
Royal Australian Air Force Band
I have served over 20 years as a defence musician with the Royal Australian Air Force band which required a high level of dedication and commitment. The Air Force Band’s mission is to promote and enhance the image and culture of the Air Force through music and ceremony. My roles both as Drum Major and guitarist within the Air Force Big Band provided me the opportunity to perform both locally and internationally with an ensemble recognized worldwide for its commitment to excellence.
My service record includes active service throughout the Middle East, Solomon Islands and East Timor as well as contributing in the coordination and delivery of moral boosting concerts for both Australian and Multinational forces stationed within these zones. Due to the ‘high pressure’ nature of these deployments, a continual display of professionalism, flexibility and strong interpersonal skills was required in achieving the best positive outcomes in this field.
ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) Program
I have been actively involved in various musician mentoring roles in particular the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) Program. This event consists of arts workshops, aimed at supporting the rehabilitation and recovery of Australian Defence Force personnel facing service-related health and wellbeing challenges. The overall objective is to aid in the creation and ultimate delivery of musical content inspired by the selected participants. The ultimate goal is to assist their movement, speech and attention span and to build self-confidence.
Live Performance Links
Andrea Marr & the Funky Hitmen
Royal Australian Air Force Band
The fastest way to get better at guitar is with a qualified tutor.
Whether you’re just starting out or you already have some skills – I’ll design the right learning pathway for your skill level completely online.
- Acoustic and electric guitar techniques are available
- Total beginners through to more advanced levels welcome
- Styles covered range from rock, pop, blues and jazz
- Develop your lead soloing and improvisational skills
- Improve your songwriting and live performance techniques
- All lesson resources are provided including personalized videos, sheet music and custom backing tracks
- Receive high-quality recap videos that will reinforce your learning
- Songwriting and music production skills
As your guitar teacher, my role will be to assist you in laying down a solid foundation that covers essential elements in order for you to progress.
Learning correct techniques will ultimately benefit your playing and musical direction over time. It is essential to learn and then apply these techniques in order to avoid bad habits.
Overcoming your musical barriers
Overcoming certain musical barriers will differ from one person to the next depending on their experience and abilities. For a beginner, a musical barrier could be simply changing from one chord to another smoothly and accurately. Overcoming speed constraints for a seasoned guitarist who is working on improvised solos is another example.
When learning anything for the first time, or even if you’ve been playing guitar for an extended period there will always be hurdles to overcome. It is my job to help you push through these challenges and demonstrate ways in which you can achieve success.
Speed up your learning curve
It takes time, patience, and practice in order to develop a particular skill. Learning to play guitar is no different. While you may wonder what is the easiest and fastest way to learn guitar, the truth is, there are no shortcuts or substitutions for developing a regular practice schedule.
I will assist in fast-tracking your understanding of the fundamentals while making what we learn fun and accessible. You will learn smarter and faster. This will build your confidence and increase the likelihood of you continuing on with your musical journey.
The first step is often the hardest
One reason learning to play guitar seems difficult at first is because new players are asking their fingers and hands to perform complex tasks that don’t come naturally. But don’t worry, it gets easier with practice. It’s similar to refining the motor movements required to write with a pencil as children but soon becomes second nature.
Moving past the first step is simply a matter of putting in the time and effort. For some people, progressing on the guitar comes easier than others. They may have a better aptitude for music, or they may simply have more free time. The lessons I provide are customised to you, so you will get to learn the things you’re most interested in while receiving expert foundational guidance.
Certificate of Music (Jazz and Contemporary)
Diploma of Music (Jazz and Contemporary)