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Creative Guitar School Concert September 22

On September 22, 2018,  we celebrated our 8th Creative Guitar School Concert.


I must say thank you, to all guitar students that participated and shared with the audience, their love of music and guitar at our Creative Guitar School Concert. It was wonderful to hear so much hard work come to life, with music that touched all our hearts.

I am looking forward to our next concert, and to hear your progress and compositions. Definitel,  I am eager to join your journey, to self discovery, through music and the guitar.

Join us at our next concert, sign up for a interview and learn more about music yourself and playing with others

Concert Objectives

The objective of all Guitar Courses, at our music school,  is for students to interact in group settings, to develop melody, accompaniment and spontaneous compositions, which is referred to as improvisation.

In all courses, we learn to understood the skeleton of a song, and the skills required to create variations in the melody, background and accompaniment. Students play solo, in duos, trios and quartets; we play jazz, pop, funk, flamenco and blues styles.

We understand how songs can be played in different styles as we learn to modify melody and accompaniment, with the appropriate chord scale relationship.

And we have a lot of fun, as we create on the go. This feels good.

 Guitar School Concert Group photo

Every 10 weeks a Creative Guitar School Concert

Guitar courses last for 10 weeks. As a result, at the end of the course, we all get together, have a nice lunch and celebrate a two hour Creative Guitar School concert, at a public venue.

 Guitar School Concert

At the concert, we have performances of present and past guitar students, on electric, nylon and steel strings guitars. The variety of styles performed , reflect common contemporary urban musical expression as Blues guitar, Jazz guitar, Funk, Rock and Flamenco ( Spanish Urban ) 

Live showcase of compositions

As part of the guitar course requirements, all students must compose a song. A composition would be similar to an essay in a written language. This essay is proof of understanding, of the topic, the students has learnt.

Not only will you develop, a deeper understanding of the musical knowledge, when you compose, but,  you will also learn to explain to others how to play your composition. There fore, all students must learn to use the appropriate language to explain the actions; all students must learn to read and write.

Fun and Practice

This is all great fun, since while you are learning you can hear immediate results of your progress, at our concerts.

But to really enjoy yourself , you are required to practice daily, to develop aural, rhythmic and performance skills, to help you develop further your creativity. These will not come naturally but only through constant practice.

For example: You will not be able to play a song if you cannot hum the melody. If you cannot hum or sing, what you wish to play, you will spend many hours finding your way through the guitar, with the uttermost frustration.

You must sync all movements to a pulse, the beat. Therefore you must practice with this objective, always in mind

Creativity and Well being 

At the Creative Guitar School you will learn the underlining skills required to play songs, develop them and be expressive in your task.  Creativity is the tool of our expression. The final consequence is that you will feel good about your playing,

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Melbourne Creative Guitar School Concerts

Melbourne Creative Guitar School Concert December 9

Every 10 weeks, all  my guitar students get together, enjoy a nice lunch and perform  a memorable concert.

I just love how music lovers can join to share their passion of life through music. As always, it feels just great to see everyone having such a good time with music,  and all our friends.

Guitar lessons and the baby chair

In the picture, we have the baby chair,   which unfortunately did not fit any of our sitting postures.

In the following picture we can see, and really get the feeling of how hard a student has to think, to remember the name of the song they  have to play. memory test with phong guitar lessons

The concert was a great success  and once again I must say thank you for making the Creative Guitar School the place to be.

Melbourne Creative Guitar School Concert September 23

We all came armed with our guitars, marching like true stars!

Congratulations to everyone. What a delightful day having you all play at our regular Creative Guitar School Concert. We held the concert on September 23, at the Armadale Uniting Church Hall.

The warm up lunch and the aftermath, truly justified all the hard work you have put into your guitar.

We all know that guitar playing requires discipline. It is a daily journey exploring,  enjoying aspects of who you are, that are hidden behind layers of our constrained emotional adulthood. Music brings out the child inside of us, who wishes to explore and enjoy life with true happiness.

On September 23, we heard songs from Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Bach,  Paco de Lucia, Beatles, Adele, MGMT and many more. Students played solo, in duos, trios and in quartet.

Guitar Lessons Structured Learning

The objective of the Creative School Music Curriculum is to encourage guitar students to learn songs in a manner where they can play them live, in a group, or an ensemble.

We play all contemporary music styles as: jazz, pop, reggae , blues, funk, and especially flamenco which is one of my guitar passions.

We require all students to understand concepts of structure, harmony, melodic variations, rhythmic variations, improvisation and composition. All students learn to hear a melody and play it on the spot. They also learn to identify the chord sof the songs they wish to play,  by understanding the tonal centre, and the chords derived from such.

Our creative self expression will benefit from structured learning. I also set guidelines to help achieve our musical objetives with true satisfaction.


Melbourne Creative Guitar School Concert group ensemble

Upcoming Guitar School Concert September 23

Upcoming Guitar School Concert September 23

  • 23-0-2017      Time: 13.00 – 15:00

Armadale Uniting Church
86A Kooyong Road
Armadale, 3143
VIC, Australia


Ticket price: Free

Join us for our Creative Guitar Experience and upcoming guitar school concert.  All  our guitar students will showcase their guitar arrangements and compositions in large and small ensembles. We have over 35 students ready to storm the stage and bring delight into all our lives.

At the Creative Guitar School,  I focus on developing self expression through personal creativity. But this must be accomplished with the joy of sharing who we are, and what we feel with others. Not only must we express, but do so in manner where others can understand the emotion we wish to portray.

Music is a language that requires a clear exposition of melody and accompaniment.

Concerts are held at the end of a 10 week cycle. On the same day, and before each event, we organise a get together with food, drinks and a barbecue. The concert is recorded on video and shared privately with all attendants.

I would also like to invite you to my Melbourne Guitar Concert series. Please follow the above link for more information.

Please fill in the following form if you would like to know more about our School: courses, levels, prices and when new courses are scheduled to commence.





Melbourne Creative Guitar School Event

Melbourne Creative Guitar School Event

On July 8, 2017  from 11 to 2 p.m, we will celebrate our Creative Guitar School Social Club Concert.

All students will perform in duos,  trios and quartets, a selection of repertoire from the our School Curriculum at our Melbourne Creative Guitar School Event.

I organise these concerts on a regular basis, to encourage student interaction.  All students, at my school,  learn to compose and arrange their own compositions.  I am very happy to gather a creative group of song writers that are very eager to share their music with other students.

This concert is a free event for all students and families. If you are not one of the previous and you would like to attend, please send me an email and I will send you a complimentary pass.

Melbourne Creative Guitar School Event

Upcoming Guitar Courses

Beginners levels 1 and 2, Artistic Guitar 3-6

We start all our new courses during the week of July 8.  I have scheduled these group classes in the evenings, between 5 and 9 p.m.

We are currently undergoing interviews with prospective students that wish to join our guitar adventure. Please send me an email  to learn more about induction times.

Our Creative Guitar Social Club is definitely in need of new members, that wish to add their creative output to all our performances.

Guitars for sale

I  have on sale my Flamenco Classical Guitar Eduardo Durán. I originally bought this guitar in Madrid and the sale price is that of $8,800 . This unique artist guitar is definitely a must for the serious guitar player that desires the authentic Flamenco sound in his repertoire.

Melbourne Flamenco Latin Guitar Concerts

These are my major upcoming Melbourne Flamenco Latin Guitar Concerts dates in Melbourne this year, 2017.

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

Tickets: $ 30 ( General)

Please join in a Celebration of Guitar music from the heart.


Upcoming Jazz Blues Flamenco Masterclass

Upcoming Jazz Blues Flamenco Masterclass


Dates: November 2019.

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Where & When?

6 masterclasses to be held at the newly renovated Kathleen Syme Library in Carlton (Multi-purpose Room 2) 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC. FREE street parking is available in the area after 6:30 pm and the nearest paid parking is at 217 Elgin St Carlton (for $8). If you are traveling by public transport, catch the University tram and get off at Melbourne Uni.

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Private lessons, group  lessons, and all courses develop on topics lectured at these masterclasses.

The masterclasses are not intended to teach you how to play the guitar, but to create a thorough exposition of what you have to learn, why and how, in order to achieve the desired sound, level of expression or uniqueness.

Guitar learning is a discipline associated with drills and repetition. There is no other way of learning such and this requires time, patience and love. The masterclasses are geared towards guitar students will  strong self learning skills. The Creative guitar school is where all music comes to life through social interaction. Private lessons or group lessons target developing that knowledge, that is explained at the masterclasses, into your individual musical expression.

Learn more about the Jazz Blues Flamenco masterclasses

Upcoming Melbourne Flamenco Jazz Guitar Concert August 2016

 Upcoming Melbourne Flamenco Jazz Guitar Concert August 2016

I am pleased to present my new promotional video for my upcoming Melbourne Flamenco Jazz Guitar concert to be held at the Armadale Uniting Church on August 26 at 7pm.


Please join us and share this exciting evening with us.

Melbourne Concert, Thomas Lorenzo, Online ticket sales.


New CD

We are currently finishing my new CD which will be released as 10 singles this coming year. I never ever get tired of composing and bringing to life jazz, flamenco and world music in a manner that music lovers can access at any time, any where in the world.

I believe nothing will ever beat the magic of a live concert, but a recording is the next best thing, as a consequence prefer to deliver recordings of my Jazz and Flamenco guitar music, that portray what the listener would experience live.

The guitar is an instrument that can produce notes with strong percussive attacks. This occurs when the guitar is played softly but with a precise attack. The listener will not hear in my recordings drums or bass. The Spanish guitar is an extremely versatile instrument that when mastered can deliver from great beauty to an avalanche of sound and percussion.

Flamenco Jazz Guitar Concert August 2016

How I record my guitar

I have had a few emails lately asking how I record my guitar.

My microphone of preference is the SCHOEPS  condenser microphone CMC 5_u with MK4 cardiod pattern capsule. I record, into the digital domain, with the Ensemble Apogee interface, at 48 kHz and with a resolution of 24 bits.

My guitar of choice, that allows for sweetness and great attack, is the Hermanos Conde, model 2006. I choose this model amongst all others that where available in the Hermanos Conde shop in Madrid, at that time. It took me  two full days trying out all similar models. I  finally took this one home with me.

For updates on Melbourne Guitar courses,Masterclasses and lessons please visit this link.

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Jazz Flamenco Blues and more

Creativity: Jazz, Flamenco, Blues and more

I adore Bach´s music. The way his melodies tangle and untangle as the compositions develops. It creates constant excitement and flow of emotions. Contemporary music with improvised touches allows for melodic and harmonic textures. This is a consequence of such improvised interaction amongst musicians.

Jazz feeds on this need of improvised interaction, to create a genre of music in touch with our constant change of inner emotions. My music tends to share space and time with others. I wish all musicians who I play with, to explore their personal space and add their self-expression of well-being, to the love music been created.

I welcome all of you to join us at our upcoming Melbourne world music concerts.


Melbourne Flamenco jazz concert

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Creative Guitar School news

I will be touring Spain in September, and the Melbourne creative guitar school will remain closed for a few weeks. News courses will open on the 15th of October, finishing just before Christmas. I invite all of you to explore all the new guitar music levels. Students will explore and enjoy all styles of music as in Jazz, Flamenco, Blues and latin music

I also invite all you of to explore your own personal creativity through music where you will achieve your much deserved self praise and satisfaction. Music is an ever lasting healing tool for our soul. I welcome you to explore it. I must insist that music learning requires discipline. All my courses involve hard work that is based upon repetition that will help you develop short and long-term memory goals.

Melbourne Acoustic Duo

Songful, my Melbourne acoustic duo, is on the go again . We are soon to be recording our new album. This adventure will remind us all of the beauty of the human voices accompanied by the staggering rhythm of the guitar. We will be recording jazz, pop and soul classics and in the process  we will be exploring the musical outcome of fresh rhythmic and harmonic textures. We wish to make all of you feel revived and alive, as you hum along to the songs we all know.

New Flamenco World Music Cd

During the present year,  I am also developing my creative artistic side with a series of 12 new compositions developing flamenco and jazz. These tunes are a consequence of my last two years of live performances, at the Armadale Uniting Church. These compositions have come alive at each concert. They were delivered to the audience, and the after experience and feedback, has further helped me  fine tune them.  They all now flow with constant beauty. Please stay tuned to the new releases to be found for download on I Tunes and Cd baby.

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Melbourne Guitar Concerts 2016, Thomas Lorenzo

2016 Melbourne Guitar Concerts , Thomas Lorenzo.

Melbourne Guitar Concerts Thomas Lorenzo 2016 Tamara MurphyI am happy to announce my next round of Melbourne Guitar concerts to be held in Armadale this coming year 2016.

It is my intention, throughout these Melbourne guitar concerts, to share with my beloved music friends, joyful creativity. This is what I believe music is all about. Music is a creation we all have access to. It is a gift we must treasure and may use to express ourselves.

I believe that no matter what we express through music, our personal end result should be that of joy. This can only occur when the overall objective is to share, with the listener, emotions that  can be understood by them.

I feel that, as in life, we can complain about a problem or address it,  and find a solution. Musical complaints are a narcissist expression and may not feel good to the listener. Jazz can easily fall into this category. The great artists as Miles Davis, Coltrane, West Montgomery express complex emotions that feel just great. Most jazz does not, hence that is why great artists are great and others are lovely background music.

So are my concerts background music . Nope!!!!!!!

 Melbourne Guitar Concerts Thomas Lorenzo 2016

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Concert Location

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

$ 25 ( General)

Tamara Murphy will be joining me on bass and Xanet Calbet on guitar.

I would like to invite you all to participate in my concerts and allow me to share with you my personal expression of life. As mentioned above, my objective is to achieve pure joy in my expression and to make sure you take home with you a warm memory for life.

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Upcoming Melbourne Concerts Thomas Lorenzo

Hello everyone
Just a quick update to  remind all my students and friends of my upcoming Melbourne Concerts. Also stay tuned for our yearly barbecue and student concert series.

Upcoming Melbourne Concerts20125 series  Making Emotions Shine

Music is the language I use  to express my emotions to achieve well being.

Music is generally categorized by style . How about if we categorize it by the emotion it produces? With this concerts series I wish to share my creative concept with my Melbourne  followers . Students will also be joining me live.


In this series of 6 concerts I will be joined by talented Melbourne musicians as Ben Roberston, Darryn Farrugia and Tamara Murphy .My goal is to expand the boundaries of flamenco expression through Jazz improvisation, contemporary dancing and collaboration with Indian music.Tickets may be reserved through my Melbourne Concerts website. On this website you may also see updates on all Melbourne upcoming concerts.

I feel very excited about showcasing traditional and contemporary flamenco. This art form has a vast array of styles. I will perform traditional solea, buleria, sevillanas and alegrias.

Contemporary flamenco incorporates extended harmony and resulting melodic enrichment.  As an example: In a traditional sense we could have a composition in a phrygian mode, with a major tonic, while in a contemporary setting the mode can enrichen the experience by alternating with mixolydian, lydian b7 and other melodic minor modes. The resulting harmonic contrast glued together by the strong constant rhythmic patterns creates an unforgettable audible experience.

I do wish to see you all here at all my upcoming Melbourne concerts

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Thomas Lorenzo

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 Melbourne Concerts Guitar: May 2015

Melbourne Concerts Guitar: Upcoming concerts by Thomas Lorenzo Guitar and Composer

It is a pleasure to announce my main local concerts to be held in Melbourne in May.

The guitar is an instrument that may be used in a broad range of musical styles. I love both my acoustic or nylon string Spanish Guitar and my electric. The electric guitar allows me to play in a more lyrical manner than the nylon string guitar and to project efficiently in an ensemble with instrumentation that produces long sustained notes as drums or piano.

Recently I have been exploring European musical traditions that were brought here to Australia through recent immigration as: Celtic, Irish, Scottish, Danish, Italian., Greek French and Spanish music.

Accompanied by Stephen Gilbert on violin we are offering day time concerts at the Phoenix Community Centre in East Malvern which I must say are going very well as we are drawing in nice crowds hungry for quality folk music. For further information please visit our Melbourne Concert website.

The concert:

An Afternoon Tour of European Musical Delights.?Concerto:  Violin Steve Gilbert  and Spanish Guitar Thomas Lorenzo

melbourne concerts guitar irish music

When:  May 12th, 2015, 2.30 pm

Where: Phoenix Community Center East Malvern , 22 Rob Roy Road

Price : $15. Buy Tickets online

Call 0448348701 to reserve

I also love my jazz and my Mediterranean background. For this purpose playing electric guitar please feel to come along to my Parss Cat Concert on May 14th featuring two major local musicians. Darryn Farrugia on Drums and Tamara Murphy on bass. As a special guest we will have on vocals Christina del Mundo with which I generally play unique creative pop and jazz in an acoustic duo situation that is called Songful.

Thomas Lorenzo Trio

Melbourne Concerts guitar Thomas Lorenzo

When: May 14th, 2015,  at 8.30 pm

Where: Paris Cat ,  6 Goldie Place, Melbourne VIC 3000

Tickets: $20

Enjoy an evening of intimate Conversations in Jazz.

Spanish Guitar Music-Vocal Quartet

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Bailas. New Album. Spanish Guitar Music Vocal Quartet. Melbourne


Bailas is one my latest compositions that I have released on Itunes as Thomas Lorenzo. Please accept my invitation and preview the track embedded above.

I have chosen in this case as instrumentation for my arrangement a vocal quartet that I generally perform with and the Spanish Guitar, also known as the nylon string guitar.

The character of this Spanish guitar music composition is minimalistic in nature. All melodic lines you hear are of great predominance. This is achieved by doubling all such melodic lines and also by avoiding simultaneous prominent sustained harmony in both back ground or foreground melodies.

You will notice that the guitar is not playing chords in a traditional manner. I do not just strum chords. Quite the contrary. I love to feel then tension the chords can create by defining them through melodies.

The Spanish Guitar,  in this case a flamenco hand crafted Hermanos Conde,  has great carrying power in all ranges. Overtones and harmonics allow for single note accompaniment to be heard with clarity within a vocal quartet.

Spanish Guitar Music

In this composition of Spanish Guitar music The vocal harmony is diatonic and triad in nature. My arrangement has given more consideration to vertical resolution of melodies than horizontal definition of chordal structures. The maximum tension towards the end of the composition is created by exploring extreme registers while the vocal quartet underlines the basic major or minor sound in thirds.

I adore vocal harmonies and enjoy performing in this format that allows contrast to the non sustained character of the guitar. The guitar is more of a percussive instrument producing shorter sounds in comparison to those a lyrical instrument as a violin or voice can produce.  The sustained vocal lines allow me to create a harmonic pad that the guitar cannot create on it´s own.

At my Guitar school here in Melbourne we  explore Spanish Guitar music and also the electric and or acoustic guitar in all styles and settings reflection of our contemporary music scene.

The guitar is a very versatile instrument allowing us to develop our inner creativity  composing sounds, harmonies and melodies that reflect our personal vision of well being.

Join us at the Creative Guitar School here in Melbourne Eastern Suburbs. Shine and be unique in your playing .