Category Archives: Melbourne Guitar Lessons

Insights on how to play the guitar. lessons and instruction to develop creativity and well being

Creative guitar improvisation

Creative guitar improvisation

Does creativity thrive from the need to organise the chaos in material life?  Our lives are structured in a manner where improvisation, sometimes,  cannot fit into our daily schedules.  I personally,  just feel great when I am able to sit down with the guitar, play what I wish, and express what comes to my mind.

I invite you,  to share with all of us, your creative guitar improvisation at our Guitar Social Club.

Creative guitar improvisation

All students, including beginners at the Melbourne Guitar School,  can participate in group ensembles. You will be immersed in creating music in a social environment, sharing your musical thoughts with other like minded music lovers. The Creative Guitar Social Club organisers frequent retreats to further develop musical skills and consequent creativity.

Students learn skills by completing the course outlines that may be found on the website.  At present, courses are in their 5th week; new courses will be starting on the 2nd week of June. There are still two openings for Thursdays at 6 p.m and 7 p.m,  for level 1 , and on Thursdays at 8 p.m,  for level 4.

Please send me an email, if you would like further information on all our courses and creative guitar improvisation.

Melbourne concerts and events

During the following months,  I will be producing my yearly Melbourne Concert 2017 series, at the Armadale Uniting Church. At these concerts, I will share with the audience my latest musical creations, in an intimate musical setting. Please take a peek at my latest releases.

 

Book Full Melbourne Concerts: Thomas Lorenzo  2017

Where:
Armadale Uniting Church 86A Kooyong Road, Armadale, VIC, 3143 (03) 9509 8958

Tickets: $ 30 ( General)

Melbourne flamenco guitars for sale

Back in the year 2007, I spent a few days in Madrid, Spain,  auditioning all the guitars, available at one of the Hermanos Conde Guitar Shop.

In the end , I finally selected the flamenco guitar model which I have on sale now. I selected this model,  based upon its timbre,  projection and the overall spectrum, in relation to the room sound.

This guitar emanates sound in all directions. The luthier created a guitar with extremely well balanced mid frequencies . They allow for extreme clarity,  in the projection of sound, in an ensemble setting.

Therefore, ff you would like to audition this guitar,  please send me an email.

Pro Session Guitarists for hire 

Enhance the lyrical character of your music by adding the Spanish guitar to your arrangement. Your musical creations will over shine others.

Check out my music production services, Pro Session Guitarists for hire, for songwriters; my past and present projects. Experience how the flamenco guitar can enhance your desired emotions, that your compositions truly deserve.

Libros de Música

My textbook on  arranging and orchestration, in the Spanish language is called:  Libros de Música,  El Arreglo Un Puzzle de Expresión Musical. This book compiles, in it’s 483 pages, contemporary arranging techniques , which I classify as  tools,  to help the arranger and composer,  understand their creations and deliver them to the audience,  with the utmost harmonic and melodic expression, in relation to the chosen  style .

Creativity through guitar music

Creativity through guitar music

Creativity through music: a warm current that tingles up the spine, excitement beyond limits, peace, strength..

It feels good to be able to choose a language, for existence, that eliminates confusion rather than develops understanding of facts.

A gentle strum, a choice of chords a change of rhythm, textures, intensities, and there we have it: a door opens up to start feeling who we are and, we start sharing such beauty with others.

Creativity through guitar music

We recently finished our first term of courses here at the Melbourne Creative Guitar School, and all the students got together for a barbecue and a concert. Yes, we all had a good time;lovely food. We played some very nice music but above all, 70 individuals shared a  select special hours, where each of us was sincerely appreciated for what we thought, expressed and played.

Thank you to all music lovers for making my life more meaningful every day.

Upcoming Melbourne Guitar courses

All Melbourne Guitar courses started last week, May 3. However, I have constant requests for new enrolments , therefore new courses are always opening up. Please send me an email  to learn about starting dates.  Also, stay in touch, through our Creative  Guitar  School Social facebook page, as students are on the lookout for fellow guitarists to get together, compose, practice and perform.

Flamenco Guitars for sale

I have recently brought back from Spain part of my collection of flamenco guitars, on sale at present. I have personally selected all my guitars based upon timbre, and the projection of spectrum .

Please take a peek, listen and book an appointment to try them out. That is,  if you wish to further enjoy the beauty of a unique artisan guitar in your life.

Melbourne Concerts

I am starting to warm up with all my Melbourne events. Stay tuned for my appearance on ABC ( TV), Get Cracking Series, soon to be aired nationally.  What a treat !, to share my music with all Australians.

Libros de música

Libros de Música,  el Arreglo un Puzzle de Expresión Musical.  This is the name of my text book about arranging and orchestration; a must for all professional arrangers and composers that are in search of ways  of expanding their array of  musical techniques.

 

Melbourne Guitar Courses Aural training

Melbourne Guitar Courses Aural training

When we learn to play the guitar, we learn how to coordinate in relation to a specific time frame; notes and chords must be played in  a sequence, this sequence is generally a slave to a constant pulse:  the tempo.

If a student can target a note, or a chord, because they are able to anticipate the sound, they will tend to learn in a quicker manner, than those who target only specific mechanical position.

It is important to always anticipate and hear, what we are going to play. This approach is also most enjoyable, and precise muscle coordination will occur at a quicker pace.

Melbourne Guitar Courses Aural training

Please join us at our upcoming new Melbourne Guitar Courses.

  • A level one course has opened up for: Wednesdays at 6pm, starting May 23.
  • A level 3 course  will be starting May 21, Mondays at 6pm.

I require all potential students to undergo a short interview, so I may assess  their musical skills and point them towards the most appropriate group for their learning.

Upcoming Melbourne Concerts Flamenco Jazz Guitar

Thomas Lorenzo will be performing June 28,  at 8. 30 pm at the Paris Cat Jazz Club, 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia. As special guests I have : Ben Robertson on Bass, and Darryn Farrugia on Drums.

Please join us for a celebration of music from the heart.

Flamenco Guitars for sale

The Ramirez guitars from 1962 represent the golden era of flamenco guitars from Spain. Please send me an email, or call me, to book an appointment, to check out this unique flamenco guitar for sale. 

Libros de música

I consider the art of accompaniment a reflection of a conscious arrangement of a composition;  clusters, fourth note chords, background lines( passive, active, melodic, harmonic) and much more.

These are some of the tools an arranger must have on a day to day basis, to be able to deliver an understable exposition of a melody to the audience. Please read more  “Libros de música, el Arreglo un Puzzle de Expresion  Musical”

 

Melbourne Guitar Courses starting May 4

Melbourne Guitar Courses starting May 4

I have scheduled to start all Melbourne guitar courses on May 4.  At present, there is availability left for the following guitar group courses; all groups have 4 students, students that study privately, may by appointment, attend any group class.

 Guitar Level 1

  • One slot, Mondays at 6pm
  • Another slot left,  Tuesdays 6pm
  • One slot, Wednesdays 6pm

Creative Guitar Level 2

  • One slo,t Wednesdays 7 pm

Creative Guitar Level 3

  • One slot, Thursdays 7pm

I require al new students to undergo a short interview, so I may asses their skills for all Melbourne Guitar Courses starting May 4. I always like to  understand not only what a student knows, but also how they learn music, in the most effective manner. Some times, we tend to be more receptive to visual than aural cues.

Music learning will always require strong music recognition skills; students must also constantly develop performance skills, that will allow them to develop melodic and rhythmic variations of the composition, they choose to perform.

Melbourne Guitar Courses starting May 4

Music is fun

I like to play music because I enjoy myself and I am also able to share this enjoyment with others. I like to share with my students the general need of giving and receiving in life. We tend to enjoy music much more when we are able to give something we create, and perform it to others, as if it was a true gift that will be received with love; as a consequence, anxiety and other emotions that might impede this flow, disappear.

Upcoming Melbourne Concerts

I will be commencing my yearly series of Melbourne Concerts, this coming June. I will be producing the majority of the concerts, at the Armadale Uniting Church; showcasing prominent Australian World Music artists.

Flamenco Guitars for Sale

Please book an appointment to check out my collection of, flamenco guitars for sale, that I have in Melbourne. I personally have hand picked all theses guitars over the years; based upon the fact that when I come across a rare guitar that projects its spectrum, in a balanced manner, I  buy it.

Libros de Musica.

My book, “ libros de música,  el Arreglo, un Puzzle de Expresión Musical, “ will be featured for sale at the Feria del Libro, San Jordi, Libreria Bosch, on April 23, in Barcelona, Spain, 2017.

Students Social Club Creative Guitar School

Students Social Club Creative Guitar School

‘The desire to give our best to others ultimately brings the best out of us’

Would you join us for some fun?

We are all different, all unique. We have one guitar, or a dozen guitars. You like big sounds or small sounds…a soft acoustic breeze or a storm full of electric sounds. We can play one chord or big harmonies. Yet we all share the same passion, the same love for music. We go to the same school, but we miss each other!!

No more of this! We are now part of a social club, created by us for us. A club embracing our differences, loving our uniqueness, sharing our passion…and igniting our talent!

Playing together, jamming together, creating together, giggling together…encouraging each other.

We now exist on:

And somewhere in Victoria, where the wind blows nothing short of fine tunes!

WARNING: Any use of the word ‘we’ in this document actually refers to and includes You!

Students Social Club Creative Guitar School

Why be part of this?

Wrong question! ‘Why not?’ is the right question. But if you insist, the answer is because we will;

  • have access to each other
  • have stronger purpose in our guitar learning,and above all
  • because it’s fun!

How does it work?

Well, pretty simple. Join the facebook page, subscribe to the youtube channel and follow the instagram account!

From there, we all get to participate, comment, ask questions and share the fun.

Students Social Club Creative Guitar School

What on earth will we be up to?

  • Team up with each other to jam on our favourite songs
  • Share videos of our latest team projects on social media (something to be proud of!)
  • Ask each other questions and bounce ideas (well hey, we’ve got each others’ back!)

Who is this really for?

Every student of the Creative Guitar School…Really, no kidding!

We are all coming together to support each other and make friends both virtually and for real!

Oh…Did we mention that this was going to be fun?!

 

Creativity Guitar Well Being

 Creativity Guitar Well Being

Where we perform music in a manner that we flow, we tend to feel great about ourselves. At my Melbourne and Sydney Guitar school,  students learn to express their emotions through the guitar. We  strive for Creativity Guitar Well Being.

The guitar is the medium for our well being. In order to achieve a beneficial flow of expression we will need to play the guitarwith joy and overcome the natural frustration we all encounter, when we enter a new world of knowledge.

Students need to learn to be logical and emotional at the same time. You will only learn to play the guitar if you can feel, hear and reproduce the rhythmic and melodic values of the composition.

 

Please let me help you learn to play the guitar with joy, and contribute further well being to your marvellous life  in which you are immersed .

Creativity Guitar Well BeingMelbourne Flamenco Jazz New Release

I would love to share with you my latest world music release for Flamenco guitar. I composed this song while hiking in the Pyrenees ( Spain) this last Spanish summer. Once I arrive back in Australia, I then converted to original idea to a composition for two guitars. Please enjoy and download, so I may continue creating and sharing my view of life with you all.

 

Melbourne Concerts

On March 8, at 8pm, I will be performing at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne with Ben Robertson on bass. This will be my major Melbourne concert in March as l I will be starting my yearly tour in Spain, this coming April.

 

El Arreglo Un Puzzle de Expression Musical.

El Arreglo, Un Puzzle de expresion Musical, is a text book on arranging and orchestration. It is written in the Spanish language and classified as: “libros de musica, arreglos y orquestación.” It has over 400 pages in which I narrate a theoretical and practical explanation on what melodic, harmonic and rhythmic tools composer  have to aid them in their creative goals.

Melbourne Sydney Group Guitar Lessons

Melbourne Sydney Group  Guitar  Lessons

Melbourne Sydney Group Guitar Lessons

I offer a warm welcome to all the new students that have taken up,  or are continuing their learning in music. Welcome to our Melbourne Sydney Group  Guitar  Lessons.

Guitar Courses have just started, but new guitar groups will be scheduled for the next period of lessons starting April 2017.

I encourage students to get together outside classroom hours and prepare repertoire for our live performances.  If you have not received the invitation by email, to sign up for these new groups, and wish to perform with fellow students,  please send me a quick email so I may hook you up with the appropriate musical partner.

Guitar course drop box

I require all students to have a drop box account.  We record all classes on video, so  students can revise the content at their own leisure. You may access the  videos through the specific drop box folder assigned to your group.

Creativity and well being

The objective of all courses is to allow students to develop their inner creativity and expression through the guitar. However, music is a discipline that requires daily work so that course goals may be accomplished. All students are required to practice at least 30 minutes a day.

Upcoming concerts

I would like to announce my upcoming Melbourne  concert  at the Paris Cat Jazz Club , March 8 at 8 pm.   I will have the pleasure of performing alongside Ben Robertson on bass. Please join us for an evening of creative expression , celebrating music from the heart.

Flamenco Jazz Guitar Releases

Take a peak at my latest releases, originals and arrangements,  for guitars . I will completing my 12 single release of this series this year.

Libros de Música. El Arreglo, un Puzzle expresión musical. 

My book on arranging and Orchestration specialises in getting big sounds out of small ensembles. It is in the Spanish language only ( at present). You may purchase online through Amazon .

Melbourne Sydney Creative Guitar School

Melbourne Sydney Creative Guitar School

Cycle of fourths in your learning

The cycle of fourths, or fifths, divides all temperate tuned musical notes, in constant proportions of intervals. This is the cycle of fourths or fifths. The notes align in a manner,  that may allow us to classify a relationship of ionian scales.

Melbourne Sydney Creative Guitar School

I would like to ask you to fill in the number of sharps or flats. considering that the note you choose  is the tonal centre of an Ionian mode scale.

Can you identify a pattern in increments of sharps and flats?

Harmonic movement

I believe that the classification of what music is, in the written language, is subjective and relative to what the musician has played, and where he lives. Furthermore in our Western Society, we may feel that a cadence of chords,  where chords are ordered in fourths, creates forward movement as opposed to a chord progression in cycle of fifths.

Knowledge and music 

All my students, at my Melbourne Sydney Creative Guitar School, will always learn to create music based upon the feeling they wish to portray.  They use music theory as a method of understanding the bigger picture.

Upcoming Melbourne Concerts

Please follow this link to view and purchase tickets for my upcoming Melbourne Concerts.

I am very proud to announce my next major concert  on November 25 at 8 pm, at the Armadale Uniting Church. I will have as special guests: Angel Mellado on vocals interpreting Flamenco Fandangos and Alegrias, and Bernardo Soler on Guitar.

World Music Releases

I have recently returned from Spain where I have explored the Pyrenees, its culture and people. As a consequence, I have composed a series of guitar songs that I will be releasing on I-tunes. Please take a peak and my latest World Music Flamenco and Jazz guitar releases.

My book on arranging:  Libros de Música, Arreglos y Orquestación,  can be found for sale on the following link.Flamenco Guitar for SaleI handpicked a unique Artisan Flamenco guitar while I was in Spain and is now for sale. Please take a peak at my website through this link.

Melbourne Sydney Guitar Courses

Melbourne Sydney Guitar Courses

I am currently organising my Melbourne Sydney guitar courses for the year 2017. I therefore urge current students to secure their spots. Please be aware that weeekday evenings get booked very quickly. Furthermore, if you are a beginner, please consider joining our group lessons, held on Mondays at 6 and 7 p.m, or Wednesdays at 6 or 7 pm.

Take a peak guitar courses and prices through this link.

If you would like to know what level you are at,  please go through the course curriculum found on this link.

Student reactions to a minor chord with a major seventh

My students have asked me to share this photo with you.  It shows their true dismay and courage upon learning the existence, of a Minor Major 7th chord.

In this picture, see three great students displaying eagerness to learn. Good on you all !Melbourne Sydney Guitar courses

How to be creative in chord playing 

One of our functions as guitarists, is to define harmony and rhythm. We can play chords as a simultaneous block of notes, or by creating melodic lines that define their harmonic tension. These melodic lines can be created in different registers: in the bass or in the lead. You may also substitute the original chords with others of similar, or opposite harmonic tension.

At my Melbourne and Sydney Creative Guitar school, students learn how harmony works, and how to apply this knowledge to their playing. The objective of this learning, is to never run out of ideas to make your music always sound right.

Concerts and new releases

I would like to invite you to stay up to date on all my Melbourne and Sydney Concerts,  by visiting this web page.

Please listen to my new Guitar release on my: Thomas Lorenzo Guitar website.

El arreglo un puzzle de expresión musical. 

You may purchase my book on arranging and orchestration in the Spanish language, libros de musica through this link.

 

Ramirez Guitars 1962

Ramirez Guitars 1962

As mentioned in previous posts, this month of September I am recording my new album in the Spanish pyrenees and Barcelona. These mountains, their people and culture have been very inspiring for all my guitar compositions. I am also very pleased to be recording with my Flamenco Guitar, Ramirez Guitars1962. A hand made guitar from the Ramirez family.

Ramirez built these 1962 guitars to work with low tension nylon strings. Gut strings replaced nylon strings  in that era.

ramirez guitars 1962

 Equal temperament tuning.

What I find so curious about this guitar is the way it tunes. Guitars do not follow natural tuning. They are modified to be able to create equal temperament tuning. Contemporary luthiers construct guitars with mathematical machine precision. Even though they do not sound so well, they sometimes tune better. The same note in different octaves is proportional in it´s wave length

However, in older guitars, the luthier would fine tune the fret layout by ear. The luthier would lay down the frets in a manner where octaves were in tune in the same position of the neck. A chord in a high position would be in tune in relation to all its notes, but not to other chords in a lower register.

The resulting sound is spectacular and extremely natural.  The Ramirez guitars built in 1962 were amongst the most desired of the era. They were sought after by flamenco and classical guitarists as: Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar, Narciso Yepes, amongst others.

Please take a peak at all my new flamenco and jazz guitar releases on: http://www.thomaslorenzo.com

For those who wish to keep updated on all my Melbourne concerts schedule and abroad,  please visit this link.

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Regards

Thomas

 

Upcoming Group Guitar Courses level one

Upcoming Group Guitar Courses: Level one and two

New  group guitar courses will be starting October 17 and 18.

Times:

These upcoming group guitar courses are facilitated for groups of three or four students. Students will require at least 30 minutes of daily practice to keep up with the guitar course content and the rest of the group. All classes are recorded on video so students may access the guitar class from home.

Group guitar lessons are an enjoyable manner of improving our guitar skills. Students learn in a social setting, interacting which each other.

Soon we will have our regular barbecue and all groups will have a chance to perform a song for the roaring cloud .

Upcoming Group Guitar Courses

Contact

 

Please send me an email to info@thomaslorenzo.com.au  or call me on 0448348701

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Upcoming Melbourne Concerts

I would like to invite you all to two events that I am really looking forward to:

October 19,  8.30 pm , Paris Cat Jazz Club.
Thomas Lorenzo Trio. Flamenco and Jazz.
Thomas Lorenzo: Spanish and Electric Guitar. Darryn Farrugia:Drums) Tamara Murphy: Bass

November 25, 8 pm. Thomas Lorenzo live in Melbourne at the Armadale Uniting Church. For more info, pictures, videos, reviews please go to my Melbourne Concerts website.

I am currently in Spain recording my new album and some of the tunes  will be showcased that evening. I am looking forward to seeing you all.

New Releases


Please take a peak at my latest Spanish guitar release.

I would like to invite you to enjoy all my past guitar world music, flamenco, jazz, funk, latin releases on my website

Bass lines

Guitar level requirements

At the Melbourne Creative Guitar school, students specialize in contemporary styles of music, that allow their inner voice to flow freely. I believe that it feels good to be able to reinterpret a composition in a different manner, each time we perform it. The interpretation will be a consequence of what was heard before, and of how we choose to feel, when each new note is played.

Music should makes us feel alive and joyful. There fore, if we can create our own pathways of expression, then we will have greater enjoyment In our lives.

Developing Bass lines

One of my favourite bass players is Ron Carter. Bass players create melodic lines that define chords. The more lyrical the bass line is, the richer the overall arrangement of the composition will be. The better it will feel.

Guitarists also play bass lines and therefore we can harmonize them. I would recommend all students to transcribe a bass line of Ron Carter and to harmonize such.  I would suggest the first twelve bars of Billies Bounce, that he performs with George Benson on the album: Blue Benson.

Once you have transcribed,  harmonise the strong beats  with standard blues chords and inversions. Harmonize all passing tones, or those you would like to create the feel of passing, with secondary dominants or substitute chords. Once you have all this down and are able to play it, you will never want to play a blues again in any other manner.

Bass lines on Guitar

More news

I would like to invite you all to my Melbourne flamenco and jazz Concerts. My next concert will be this coming Friday, August 26 at 7pm. It will be held at the Armadale Uniting Church, in Melbourne. For more info and Melbourne concert ticket sales, please follow this link.

 

I am also happy to announce the new release of my first 2016 single. Please follow this link to take a peak at: Tico Tico no Fubà. My new flamenco rumba jazz release.

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