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Guitar creativity on the rise

Guitar creativity on the rise

Students must compose their own songs in all courses and levels at our Melbourne Creative Guitar School. Music is a language we use to express emotions.  I trust, you agree that our language skills improve when we write an essay. In music, it is also the same, but in this case we write musical essays: compositions.

All students feel great joy when they hear how their emotions come to life in their guitar compositions.

Please enjoy both the the audio and video files of Jamie’s composition. It is based on the Ionian mode with modal interchange from the aeolian mode.


Creative Guitar School Social Club

Please join us and share with us your personal guitar creations.  We have also recently opened up our Creative Guitar School Social Club. These are the links for the Face book pages and the Instagram accounts.

Creative guitar social club Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/guitar.clubinfo/

Instagram (creativeguitar.club): https://www.instagram.com/creativeguitar.club/?hl=en

All guitar students are also welcomed to showcase their talent at our regular guitar meet ups. Please take a a peak at our latest barbecue and guitar concerts.

Guitar creativity on the rise

Upcoming Guitar Courses

I have scheduled new guitar courses to commence the first week of May. There are very limited spaces available for all levels of learning. Please send me an email to book an appointment,  so I may recommend  the most appropriate group for your guitar learning adventure.

Melbourne Concerts

I am pleased to announce my next round of Melbourne concerts that I will produce at the Armadale Uniting Church.  I will be showcasing my latest compositions, and sharing the stage with unique representation of the great the Melbourne cultural diversity.

Please join us for a Celebration of Music from the Heart.

Flamenco Guitars for sale

My Flamenco Hermanos Conde Guitar guitar 2007,  is currently undergoing refurbishing in Barcelona, Spain. I will pick it up in a few weeks time and bring it back to Melbourne, where I will place this flamenco guitar for sale on my website. Please take a peak and book an appointment, to hear the beauty of matured artisan craftsmanship.

El Arreglo un Puzzle de Expresión Musical

I have on sale, through Amazon, my text book on arranging and orchestration: libros de música, arreglos y orquestación.  Amazon provides the best rates and service for international shipping, as they print on demand at the location of the buyer. Therefore, I can maintain the cost if the book at the lowest rate possible, since the cost of storage is reduced.

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.

 

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

Advantages of guitar group lessons

.Advantages of guitar group lessons

Group guitar courses can be fun. You will enjoy the benefits of learning music but in a social setting, which is what music is all about. You will be able to compare your learning progress with others.

guitar group lessons

Guitar learning can be frustrating at times. Music is a discipline that requires repetition and patience. We all have different learning speeds therefore it is rewarding to see how others learn, in order to feel that we are not alone.

The school organizes guitar group lessons as 10 week courses. The current price is of $295. In each class we have up to 4 students. If a student misses a class, they may follow up what was taught by viewing a video of the lesson, which can be found in a common folder for the group, in our google drive and drop box.

Beginners Guitar

Beginners take more advantage from group lessons than advanced students. It is hard for an advanced student to fit into a specific level, as their musical knowledge might encompass needs from different levels. Therefore, I would recommend private lessons for advanced students. Please review all guitar lesson levels through this link.

I would also like to invite you all to my next series of Melbourne Concerts. Please follow the link for videos, Thomas Lorenzo Cds, Melbourne concert ticket sales, and Melbourne concert reviews. If you are interested in my music books on arranging and orchestration,  please follow this link.

At present all guitar courses are fully booked until October 10th.  Please sign up early to get in and send me an email so I can get you on to a waiting list.

If you would like to get all the above information in one go, please sign up for my newsletter.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

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Creative guitar learning, well being self expression

Creative  guitar learning, well being, self expression

Jimi Hendrix before birth

After 40 years of playing music, understanding how it works and sharing such with others, through education, I reach the conclusion that,  Jimi Hendrix,  and other musicians of his caliber, were born with the musical knowledge implemented in their DNA.

As a mere mortal,  I have had to struggle to understand his talent, and somehow transfer that knowledge into my own form of personal expression, that at the end of the day makes me very fell happy as a musician. So,  40 years down the road,  I have put together an outline that all musicians and guitarist should master,  to reach that level of musicianship and personal satisfaction.

Each level, upon completion, will make you feel better about yourself and your playing.

The levels are:

LEVELS

Creative Guitar learning Melbourne Guitar Lessons.Beginners

Artistic Guitar

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The more you learn, the more you can express and the better you will feel upon such goal. Music allows us to be. To be is to breathe in balance with nature, making sure we are not bombarded or  distorted by all those elements that generate hate. Come and join me on your personal journey through music with my creative guitar learning method.

For all music lovers I wish to invite you to my next  Melbourne concert to be held on June 24th at 7pm at the Armadale Uniting Church

Also please take a peak at my website. I have organized my compositions in categories of feelings. Please have a listen and leave a comment about the feeling it generates in you and I will classify accordingly.

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Musical Barbecue: Great performances and paellas

Musical Barbecue

On June 29th the Creative Guitar School hosted it´s annual Musical Barbecue. We devoured Paella, sausages, noodles, tortillas, and tasty food from Sri Lanka, Vietnam,  Hong Kong, Spain and Venezuela. The event finalized with a concert where students performed in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.

Jazz, funk, flamenco, classic rock, and contemporary pop were some of the main musical styles staged at our evening concert.

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It is my guitar school mission to make sure all  students get to feel the pleasure of performing live , either their own music or that of others, in a supportive friendly environment.

Live music is a fun social experience and we all deserve to have fun especially after a year of hard work putting together our repertoire. I must insist that if you like to play, you will play and will have fun. Of course we must not forget another explosive highlight of the day where 40 guitar lovers with music as a common need share a table full of home cooked meals.

Thank you everyone for making this day so special. We must all get ready for our next summer show. Students will team up in duos and trios  and fill the air will wonderful music once again. I will make sure their is plenty of paella to keep our creative inspiration going for hours on end.

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All new courses that are opening up

My next Melbourne Concerts

Audition process for the the World Music Ensemble

 

 

 

 

Next Available Courses

Next Available Courses

Beginners Group Level 1

  • Course start date: July 1st at 8pm
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Notes: Two slots left
  • Price: $295
  • Conditions. No previous music knowledge required. Students will undergo an interview to assess learning skills.

Read more:

Flamenco Advanced Group Level 5

  • Course start date: July 2nd at 6pm
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Notes: Three slots left
  • Price: $395
  • Required Skills: Knowledge of major scales, arpeggios, 7th chords, diatonic non diatonic harmony, fluent left and right hand technique, efficient reading skills.
  • Conditions: Students will undergo an audition to assess skills.

World Music Ensemble.

  • Auditions open for bass player. Saturdays at 12 pm. Read more

Learn to play guitar riffs. Level 3

  • Course start date: July 2nd at 7pm
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Notes: two slots left
  • Price: $295
  • Required Skills:Fluency with pentatonic scales, bar chords and power chords.

 

Guitar School Price and General Conditions

Guitar School Location

Creativity is the road to self expression and consequent well being. In order to be creative we require the knowledge and skills that will allow us to explore our inner voice. The Creative Guitar School will guide you to achieve a pleasant satisfying learning trajectory.

Pick up your guitar and start playing now. Fill the air with your inner excitement and joy of life.

Melbourne Concerts

Please also visit my Thomas Lorenzo Melbourne Concerts site. I am hosting a World Music series of 6 concerts where Flamenco will interact with music styles reflection of our extreme cultural diversity.

Creative Guitar Accompaniment

Creative Guitar Accompaniment

I would like to share with you all a video where I showcase how I approach creative guitar accompaniment on the electric guitar in pop, funk and jazz styles. In the video I accompany the vocalist Christina del Mundo from my Melbourne Acoustic Duo (Jazzy Pop)

As taught, throughout my guitar courses, the role of the accompaniment is to define the beat, the groove and the harmony. We do so by creating a constant variation of melodic rhythmic and harmonic tension.

How?
When we accompany in a specific style we have the option of creating bass lines, reharmonizing, adding rhythm, melodic tensions and dynamics. For such we need a solid notion of harmony, chords and chord scale relationships.

I like to play the electric guitar softly which allows me to produce a greater difference between loud and soft passages therefore adding greater emotional contact to my performance.

The guitar, both electric and acoustic, sing better if played softly. It does seem a contradiction but if you hit the strings with extreme force, the sound will not project. When we hit the string hard, the amplitude of the vibration is compressed as the string hits the fretboard. Hence the guitar will produce a lower relative volume than expected.

The guitar is recorded with a Shure 58 microphone. In the mixing session slight compression was added to increase attack. No other effect was used. The amplifier used is a Vox Valvetronic which costs around 350 dollars. I must point out that the sound comes most from the way you play the guitar. In other words the person is the core element of the sound.

Please enjoy the video and subscribe to my you tube channel to further enjoy my creative output.

In this channel there are further educational videos and live performances with my acoustic, Spanish and electric guitar in a variety of genres and formats as: Flamenco, Jazz, Pop and World Music.

Regards

Thomas

 

Best way to learn guitar: What does a beginner guitar student really learn in their first course ?

Best way to learn guitar

Best way to learn guitarIt is my educational objective to make sure all guitar students in our lessons engage in educational outcomes that will allow them to enjoy music as they understand, create and reproduce what they hear and like.

How is this accomplished with new arrivals and beginners at our Guitar School?

The best way to learn guitar is to reproduce in class the real life musical context. We do not play segments of songs but we play full songs.   We play full songs by understanding tempo, song structure, chords, melody and accompaniment. At first we might not be able to play complex phrases or rhythms but from lesson one we will always be able to play a full song in a simple manner that makes us feel good and where music is constantly happening..

In a 10 week beginners guitar course all students will learn to:

  • Strum in subdivision following a tempo and create intensity throughout the accompaniment

  • Play a full diatonic melody in one scale at a solid tempo – (Verse Chorus)

  • Play along with a recording

  • Analyse the structure of choice of a song identifying: verse, chorus, introduction and endings.

  • Read with numbers a melody

  • Read notes in the first position

  • Read and write rhythms: Pages 1 to 10 a Paul Hindemith

  • Play scales with articulation: soft loud and accents

  • Play triads in open position creating bass lines and generating symmetries

  • Plays scales in various keys and the chords generated

  • Tune without a metronome

  • Transcribe a simple melody

  • Write an 8 bar melody with numbers

  • Explore the modes in major scale

 All above topics create a solid foundation of a course that proves to be the best way to learn guitar if you wish to play with others and understand what music is all about.

Further viewing

Click to view instructional videos on guitar riffs

Frankston Arts Centre Concert: Thomas Lorenzo

Frankston Arts Centre Concert: Thomas Lorenzo

Memories de Barçelona: Minimalistic Contemplations in Flamenco, Jazz and Pop, 8 compositions that reflect upon human values that bond our community.

Venue: Frankston Arts Centre
27-37 Davey Street (PO Box 490)
Frankston Victoria 3199 Australia
E: thefac@frankston.vic.gov.au
W: thefac.com.au

Performers

Thomás Lorenzo: Composer, Guitars

Thomás Lorenzo: Composer, Guitars. His latest CD, Spanish Breeze, has achieved top 30 in the USA World Music Charts. He performs with Grammy award winner Alphonso Johnson, Bruce Sugar (Ringo Star), Dave Garfield (Benson) and Walfredo Reyes (Santana).

  • Alejandro Vega, Percussion
  • Wominjika Vocal Quartet
  • One World Choir
  • Oscar Neyland: Upright Bass

Frankston Arts Centre Concert

Date: April 5th at 8 pm.
Tickets: $30

 

 

 

 

Please join me and share with me my musical portrait of my life in Spain. “The acoustic guitar, the nylon string guitar, is a hammer of beauty that breaks the silence of mother nature as a wave crashing on the sea cliff. The choir creates layers of sustained beauty where the performers outline their expression and convey distant lost Mediterranean thoughts and emotions”

Thomas Lorenzo

 

Music Workshops ( Melbourne ): Guitars, Vocals and Percussion

Creative Music Workshops ( Melbourne)

Targeting well-being through social interaction and self-expression in structured, creative music workshops. In two hours we will create, in a group performance, a composition using vocals, percussion and instruments. Participants will take home a video with studio quality audio of our final performance of the music workshops.

Musical Skills required: None
Limited spaces: 10 dollars registration fee.
Date: October 15th  and 22nd
Time: 5 till 7pm
Organisation: Thomas Lorenzo, TOORAK UNITING CHURCH

Location:

Kinross Arts and Spirituality Centre
TOORAK UNITING CHURCH
603 Toorak Road, Toorak
Victoria, Australia, 3142

Facilitated by; Thomas Lorenzo: composer, producer and music theorist. Ex-Lecturer Paul Mc Cartney College of Music. LIPA: UK . Director of Creative Guitar School, Melbourne

Extended  Information:

Outcome: To record a group composition on video and audio using body percussion, vocals, instruments, guitars -if applicable-, based on diatonic motif development.
Skills to be developed:

• Short and long memory
• Coordination
• Communication
• Team work

Music Workshops Melbourne

 The benefits: Participants will develop in these music workshops their understanding of artistic processes and contributions to the development of the aesthetic, cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. In other words, they will have a good time, they will create music, they will express themselves, and they will work in a team situation to achieve a group outcome.