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

Guitar Lessons, How to learn effectively?

Guitar Lessons. Enjoyment and self expression

I wish to take you on a journey to explore the secrets of this magnificent instrument, the guitar. Furthermore, open an extended gateway for your ongoing personal development and well being in your life.

Music is the language of emotions and the guitar is the tool we will use to tap into those unique, beautiful, inner feelings, we all have.

I wish to guide you on your journey.  Our learning experience will produce a tool box which will give you the skills you need to play whatever you wish, and how you wish. The ultimate goal of your guitar lessons is enjoyment, through self expression.

 Guitar Lessons Courses What will you learn?

The guided pathway

At the Creative Guitar School, I cater for all levels of learning in a  diversity of styles through your guitar lessons. I would now like to address the learning goals of those who are just starting out.

All musicians need to start out. Furthermore, we all deserve the right to reach our goals. However, we may find obstacles along the way and crash into them. When this happens, frustration may settle in and the guitars may end up on our walls.

I want all guitar beginners in a years time, from when you start your guitar lessons, to be able to play, off by heart, the following or similar tracks.

We generally learn three tracks,  per course, of similar material.

Students learn a total of 6 simple songs of their choice in two levels in their guitar lessons.

    • Compose a few songs like the following:

Students compose one song per level

Play three concerts. Please follow this link to see the 2016 and 2017  Guitar students and teacher concerts

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Play along , off by heart  tracks by: Police, Ed Sheeran, Justin Beiber, Paco de Lucia, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Norah Jones, Bb King, and James Brown.

How to study and progress with joy

We will learn to play on the guitar all the above, off by heart and with joy. I must insist, that you have to feel good about what you do,  every step of the journey. You have to have fun.

A students needs to understand what they know, what they do not know and how to get to the next step of their learning, with care and patience.

The more we are able to feel what we are doing, the quicker we will learn. We will only remember physical movements for a short period of time. But, we will remember a song and how to play it for life, if we  relate movements to specific sound and emotion.

Structure

I assume you have listened briefly to the above material.  How do we go from knowing nothing, to playing all the above material?

We need to first establish that everything we play, must be related to  a structure: it must have a beginning, an end and a tempo.  We learn to play the guitar swiftly, only if we reproduce the same scenario that occurs in the professional world,  in a simple musical context.

In your guitar lessons ,you will start off by learning chords and rhythm. If you follow the exercises correctly,  in 3 weeks time, you will be playing a song from top to bottom.

Aural training

In order to learn efficiently, you must be able to hear what you do , feel it and know where the sound is to be found on the guitar.  You need to memorise melodies and the corresponding harmony associated.

You need to hear the harmony in advance, so as to anticipate the desired emotion. In order to hear, you must sing or mumble and you need to create. Only when you create, will you be able to make sense of melody, harmony, rhythm and structure.

You cannot memorise a mechanical movement outside a musical context. There must be a targeted desired sound and emotion so you may memorise what the movement is for.  I will guide you, with specific exercises to help you hear and find the sound on the guitars.

Goals

In a short period of time,  you will be able to play simple melodies, solo guitar, play in a group setting, play bass lines, counter lines, create diversity in rhythm and have lots of fun.

You  also need to follow discipline which is based on repetition with love and respect for your limits.  There should be no need for frustration or negative thoughts in your learning.

Very soon you will experience positive results and find the joy of sharing music in a group setting, creating your own melodies and hearing how they come life.

Technique

You will notice that I have not mentioned the word technique, as such really is only a consequence of all the above. We need movement to create music and all the above exercises, require solid technique,  for us to be able to feel them and enjoy the experience.

How much do I need to dedicate per day for my guitar practice ?

I have designed the courses so that if you dedicate 20 minutes, every day, during 20 weeks you will have accomplished all goals.

Guitar learning requires constant dedication and work, but the results are extremely rewarding.

Group learning

I have designed a series of exercise to be completed in group settings,  to encourage guitar students to interact and get together outside classroom hours. This will help you in your training .

Concerts

All  guitar students will get a chance to play at the School concerts.  Ee celebrate the events every 10 weeks.

You can do it

There is no secret in learning to play the guitar. We only need dedication and above all, to understand what we are doing and why. Music is not just about playing  chords, it is about playing a song in a tempo, with a beginning, an end, with changes, sections, and intensities.

You tube videos, generally,  show us how to play a songs with chords. But, not what to take into consideration to be able to coordinate all the movements, in a sequence and in relation to a specific tempo.

All songs are glued together by tempo. All the exercises you will enjoy in your guitar lessons are based on playing in tempo. Which would be like feeling a constant heart beat to your playing.

Interview

Please call me to schedule an interview for your guitar lessons. I need to asses your skills and recommend you the appropriate group for your learning, based upon your musical knowledge, aural and visual learning skills.

The next level

Once you have completed your first two levels, you will be ready to understand how to learn any style or music of your choice. You will have all the tools you need to undergo further challenges and the resulting joy of such.

You may read about all guitar lesson levels offer through guitar lessons at the Creative Guitar School through this link.

Times

All courses are scheduled during the evenings. Private guitar lessons are scheduled during  morning and afternoon hours. Please refer to guitar lesson prices and conditions through the following link.

More info

If you would like to learn more about my professional activities, outside the educational scenario, please refer to my Melbourne Concert Latin Flamenco Guitar Site.

 

New Guitar Courses starting November

New Guitar  Courses starting November 6

I am happy to announce  three  new group courses that will start the week of November 6.

  • Tuesdays at 6pm : Level 1. (One slot left)
  • Thursdays at 6 pm : Level 1( Two slots left)
  • Thursdays at 7 pm: Creative Guitar 3 (One slot left )

 September 23 School Concert

Good morning guitar lovers

I am very excited about our upcoming concert. I am proud of all of you, for your hard work and continuous dedication, to make music and the guitar, part of your daily lives.

Here it is :
Saturday September 23, 11 am
Armadale Uniting Church
86A Kooyong Rd,  Armadale VIC 3143

We will meet at 11 am and have a light lunch ( please limit cakes and chips and bring a small plate of food.  I will be there at 10 to start setting up and will need help in doing so, and also in packing up.  Please let me know who can help out?

We should start performing at 12.30 and finish by 2.00

New September Guitar courses

All new group courses will start the following week after the concert Level 3 and beginners group are scheduled for other week dates. Please send me an email to know more.

Monday and Tuesday at 7pm

Level 2
For those who have completed level one and need to work on:

  • Left and right hand technique
  • A melodic and harmonic performance understanding of
    • dynamics
    • structure
    • subdivision
    • melodic recognition
    • harmonic recognition

The objective of all learning is to play with ease songs; both chords and melodies.

You will need:

  • 30 minutes of daily practice
  • To get together with your fellow class guitarists at least four times outside class hours;  to prepare more efficiently the concerts.

Tuesday at 8pm

Level 2
For those who have completed level 2 and wish to enjoy playing a selection of songs and have time to study and produce one new song, every two weeks, both chords and melody, in triads and 7th chords.

You will need:

  • 30 minutes daily practice
  • To get together with your fellow class guitarists at least four times outside class hours;  to prepare more efficiently the concerts.

Wednesday at 7pm  and 8 pm 

Level 3
Focusing on composing and playing your own songs.

You require knowledge of:

  • Chords in all keys
  • Two scale patterns in all keys
  • Two pentatonic patterns in all keys
  • You must have composed  a song previously
  • You must me able to play at leat two songs; melody and chords off by heart
  • Have completed pages 1 to 23 of Paul Hindemith

You need 30 minutes daily practice

Monday at 6pm

Will be dedicated exclusively to melodic and harmonic ear training. For those who would like to improve  hearing, singing melodies and writing them.

Students will also learn to read and write music.   We will use garage band to help develop melodic and harmonic skills.

Thomas Lorenzo Melbourne Concert Series

A quick reminder to purchase your ticket for my upcoming concerts by clicking on the link.

 

Writing on the Guitar-Songwriter Exclusive

WRITING ON THE GUITAR – SONGWRITER EXCLUSIVE

I am currently finalising my new online course for songwriters and guitarists who need more emotion from their songs. And uniqueness in their melodic and harmonic choices.  Especially, for those who wish to deliver the most powerful live performance of their song  and  record it with others.

What do you need to know to get the most out of a song  ?

Module 1 Harmony

  • What chords do I have to work with the song I have in my head ?
  • What other chords can I use for variety ?
  • What chords can I choose to create more excitement?
  • Is my voice shining ? Do I need to transpose?

    Songwriter

 

Module 2 Structure

  • How can I choose a flowing structure ?
  • How to add a surprise to the structure?

Module3 Groove

  • What is the groove of my song ?
  • How to make even it more groovy, especially in the most exciting parts?

Module 4 Intensity

Module 5 Variety in the melody 

  • How can I make my melody more interesting ?
  • How can it stand out more ?
  • Does my melody reflect the emotional content of the words ?
  • What tools do I have to achieve the desired emotion?

Module 6 Variety in the accompaniment

  • Do I hear backing vocals?
  • Can they help my melody stand out ?
  • What type of vocals lines do I have to choose from ?
  • Do I hear background lines? How can I translate them to the guitar?

Module 7 Enhancing bass lines 

Can I make the bass line more interesting and therefore make the harmony even more powerful? And the melody more emotional ?

Module 8

Decide how the song is be played by others to enhance the final product. Think and define the roles of each section and how you would like them to play, to accompany your desired emotional goal.

  • What is the outline of bass I need to define the chords and the groove of the song  in each section? And the climax ?
  • What is the rhythm I need, to  define the groove and pulse in each section, and the climax?
  • How should the accompaniment be played in each section ?
  • What is the background line of the accompaniment in each section and the climax ?

This course is to take your music to the next level and make it sound totally professional.

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”

 

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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Are we all musically gifted ?

 Are we all musically gifted ?

This morning I was having a coffee, at a bar on High street, here in Melbourne, next to my Creative Guitar school. I was having lovely conversation, with a fellow customer, who stated that only those who had the gift of music could play guitar.

This comment made me very sad as I believe we all have the right to explore our need of self expression through an instrument as the guitar. I also believe, that we not only have the the right, but the obligation to do so.

Music learning, or learning to play the guitar, is a skill we all have. If you have the need to develop i,t please do so.

There are no short cuts in learning how to play the guitar. The student requires to follow a discipline, to achieve a learning, that will allow them to play their favourite songs, in a manner that they will feel good about.

Guitar musically gifted

All levels

The Creative guitar school welcomes all levels of learners, who wish to start their adventure of guitar learning, or who wish to broaden their boundaries, and further develop their talent. I believe we are all musically gifted.

All groups and guitar lessons are currently booked until October 10. I have a waiting list available, for group lessons that will be scheduled on Wednesdays from:

  • 6 to 7 pm level 1
  • 7 to 8 pm level 2
  • 8 to 9 pm level 3

You may read specifics, of each guitar level, though these links. You may also read about prices and conditions through this other link.

 

Upcoming Concerts

I would also like to post about my next major upcoming Melbourne, flamenco and jazz, concert. It will be held at the Armadale Uniting Church on August 26 at 7 pm. You are all welcomed to join us in an evening of  celebrating music from the heart.

I have been a busy bee these last few months and I have 3 new guitar compositions. They feel just great, and I would love you all, to take a peak, and listen to them on my website .

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What do you need to know to improvise in Jazz

What do you need to know to improvise in Jazz ?

 

At the creative Guitar school we offer monthly workshops in Jazz , Blues and Flamenco Guitar

What will you learn in my Jazz Guitar workshops

Jazz Guitar

  • To master what you need to know to improvise and play jazz the way you would like to
  • To identify your weaknesses and strengths so as to develop what your naturally good at
  • To choose your path of learning to achieve your goals in the shortest period of time
  • To learn what goes through the mind of your top world jazz artists when they play and how you can do the same from the start
  • To learn how to turn the whole interpretation of a jazz song into an unforgettable new song
  • To learn how to tell a story with your improvisation and never run out of ideas of what to do

What specific knowledge will be presented to all jazz guitar students

  1. How to memorise a chart and why
  2. What are the minimum chords and scales required to know all over the fingerboard and why
  3. How to practice scales and why
  4. How to reach a climax in your playing and why
  5. How to play chords and define them in your unique manner
  6. How to identify what is your unique timbre , how to develop it and why
  7. How to be creative and why
  8. How to transcribe a solo and why

Jazz 2

  1. How to sound contemporary versus classical in your playing and why
  2. Lyrical soloing versus chord soloing and why
  3. Chordal soling versus non chordal soloing and why
  4. Pentatonic soloing over chord progressions and why
  5. How to add the blues touch to a jazz standard
  6. How to alter the harmony of the existing composition and why
  7. How to harmonise a melody with chords
  8. Stretching time and playing behind the time

 

Please feel free to call me or send me an email to make an inquiry on dates,  location, methods of booking  and prices of our monthly workshops in jazz , flamenco and blues guitar.

Creative guitar accompaniment

Dear Friends.

I would like to invite you to view the first of my online tutorials that will share with you my insights on how to create an develop a creative guitar accompaniment  in contemporary music.

I state a possible method that allows the guitarist, pianist or bass player to develop his accompaniment in a manner where uniqueness will be heard in a clear manner in the overall mix.

This approach allows instruments in the background of an arrangement to be heard at a subjective higher volume. Your lines will stand out naturally adding groove, intensity and excitement to the overall arrangement.

All these tips are an example of the methodology we engage our guitar students upon at Thomas’ Music Studio located in Melbourne, Eastern Suburbs.

Learning should be a simple enjoyable experience that quickly must allow to express yourself and feel good about what you do.

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Guitar teacher | Be unique |Melbourne

Guitar TeacherA Guitar teacher should inspire your uniqueness

When I play the guitar, I like to feel as if I was writing a song.

In flamenco, rock, jazz, funk, Brazilian styles, and no matter at what level, we are constantly creating melodies and rhythms. We are creating songs in a song.

At Thomas’ music studio we teach guitar students how to create memorable melodies, use counterpoint effectively in song construction, develop melodic ideas, and incorporate melodies across chords into different song sections.

In other words, as a guitar teacher I will try to inspire their uniqueness in their solos and accompaniments. A guitar player can do more than scratch a chord, play a melody or a solo. We should make all our playing sound as if we were creating a composition. Let me show you how to tap into what you will find natural and easy.

Let me help you as a guitar teacher express yourself and learn to play the music you love.

Melbourne Guitar Lessons: Tips on how to choose your nylon string guitar?

Melbourne Guitar Lessons

Melbourne Guitar lessons. Choosing the right guitar?

Either as a beginner or a professional we always face the hard choice of choosing the right guitar for your daily needs and for your guitar lessons. Here at my studio in Melbourne I will gladly help you select the right guitar for your budget and needs so as to be able to achieve the desired results we set fourth in our courses and lessons.

 

The nylon string guitar.

Let´ s start off with some basic tips that will help you make the right choice hopefully not influenced by the price or brand. In order to make an efficient decision we must compare guitars of the same price, range and make. I would suggest to go into the guitar shop, choose the guitar that suits your budget, maybe 200 dollars to start off with and ask the attendant if you may try out three guitars of the same price and manufacturer.

First of all we should check which guitar has the best tuning.
Once the open strings are in tune check if it is maintained all over the fingerboard.:
Play octave notes on various sections of the fingerboard. Do they maintain their tuning ?
Play barred chords. Do they sound in tune all over the fingerboard?
Does the 12th fret harmonic note of each string coincide in an octave lower with the 12th fret pressed note of that same string?

You will be surprised that cheap chain produced guitars may create a more efficient overall tuning than expensive ones.

Secondly it would be time to play the three guitars and create awareness of timbre, dynamics and projection.

Play a short phrase loudly , softly and listen to the difference.
Play in a sweet and aggressive manner and listen to the difference.
Try to figure out where you hear the sound of the guitar. Is it created near you or further away from you?

Play a single high note and let it ring, Does the note produce vibrations in other strings? Can you hear any other higher notes that are produced at the same time?

One you have heard these variables choose the cheapest guitar that has the best overall tuning, that can sound sweeter or harsher and where the sound comes from all around you. You might then have just chosen a 200 dollar guitar that can sound just as good as a 1000 dollar guitar.
Congratulations.