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New Group Guitar Courses

New Group Guitar Courses

I have scheduled upcoming guitar courses to start this week; July 16. There are no spaces left for the present course . However, the school has scheduled new level 3 and 2 courses, to commence the week of July 23. on Mondays at 6pm and 8pm .

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Upcoming School Concert

I have scheduled out next school concert for September 23.  The Creative Guitar School Social Club will hold the concert at the Armadale Uniting Church. Please refer to our social club Facebook pages for all updates on these events.

If you wish to attend my major Melbourne concerts: Thomas lorenzo please follow this link to read about upcoming concerts,  past concert reviews, articles: read about and listen to all my latest releases, available on iTunes or Spotify.

Advanced Guitar Groups

I am calling out to all guitar students who wish to be part of our guitar ensembles. The new ensembles will interpret arranged tracks of pop standards.

All students will learn to define melodic roles as soloists or accompanists.  All accompanists will experience the pleasure of developing melodic accompaniment. The will also learn to present a given composition in an improvised manner. They will  create melodic variations that will maintain the attention of the listener throughout  their performance.  We will record  all tracks live and share them  on our social networks.

This is a unique  opportunity to further develop your musical skills and to participate in a challenging musical experience.

The ensemble will perform live on September 23 at the Creative Guitar School Concert.

Group requirements

I would like to insist that all students  organise a periodic study routine . This will allow you to keep up with your fellow group  members and further enjoy the beauty of guitar and music.

All courses and electives are offered in private or group guitar lessons. Groups vary in size from 3 to 5 students.Group learning can be more stimulating at less advanced levels. Contemporary music is a social experience. Music is about sharing emotions.The group learning will expose the student to a more natural learning environment.

Private instruction is more intense and more efficient for advanced learning.

group guitar lessonsConditions
Before accepting any student into my program an interview is scheduled. If a student wishes to learn in a group environment I then match their skills with others and propose a group that I feel they will get along together and make the best of the 10 week courses.

In summary:group guitar lessons and courses simulate the real life working environment of music. Private instruction concentrates more on individual performance skills.

All students learn the same in all levels and courses no matter what option is taken.

Please call me and schedule an interview to learn about your skills and creative potential. Shine be Unique. The Creative Guitar School. Melbourne Eastern suburbs.

When to join a group?

Groups open up every three weeks. Students skills are matched in order to create the most efficient learning environment. This process requires time. If you wish to join a group please contact us at least 5 weeks in advanced. If your choice of group is not available we will put you on a waiting list .

An example of a popular course.

Prices.

All group lessons, courses are prices at 315 dollars for a 10 week course paid in advanced.

What happens if you cannot attend a class ?

All group classes are recorded on video for personal use by group members. Students have access to the video through the group virtual folder( drop box) in order to make up the missed class.

 Group Guitar Lessons Timetable

Groups meet on weekday evenings between and 5 and  9 pm.

Note: Please try to book well in advance ,as this method of learning is very in demand during the evening timetable.

Upcoming Jazz Blues Flamenco Masterclass

Upcoming Jazz Blues Flamenco Masterclass

 

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Dates: November 2017.

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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.

 

Online Bookings

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

 

 

 

 

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 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 2017

Melbourne Sydney Creative Guitar School 2017

Methods of learning.

I believe the objective of any learning method, is that to allow you, as a  student,  to feel good about your playing.

What do you love about music?

Personally, I  love how it makes me feel, how it awakens those feelings that give meaning to life.  I love the intensity it can provoke, the flow of emotion and rhythm.  Whenever I play the guitar, I want to evoke this constant rhythm and flow of varied emotion.

 

Melbourne Sydney Creative Guitar School 2017

Would you like to join me on this journey?

Feeling good is based upon playing music in relation to a rhythm; a carrier wave for our portrait of melodic and harmonic emotion.  Music learning should focus on these goals at all stages.

Do you believe an endless repetition of a written musical piece, that tells us excatly what to do, will make us feel this way?

Do you think a composer, that breathes freedom in his thoughts as the only way to create, will play his composition in the same manner, every time he plays it ?

Melbourne Sydney Creative Guitar School 2017: 9 spots left

Discover your inner creative side and develop such through guitar learning. Please take a peak at my website and join us in our next round of guitar courses for the year 2017. Classes are starting on the week of January 5th. There are 5 spots left for levels one and two. There are 4 spots left for individual advanced students.

Flamenco Jazz New Release

Please listen and enjoy all my New Flamenco and Jazz guitar 2017 and 2016 new releases. Follow this link for preview of all tracks .

Melbourne Concerts 2017

I have just finalised my last concert of the year 2017,  in Melbourne, but there are more to come. Every year I produce a a series of 6 Melbourne concerts, dedicated to the guitar in different styles, and in collaboration with major Australian artists. Please take a peak at all upcoming 2017 Melbourne Concerts.

Flamenco Guitars for Sale.

I still have available the unique hand made Eduardo Duran 2011, valued at 7000 dollars.  I have already sold my other two hand picked artisan guitars, Ramirez 1962 and Conde 2002. Every year I travel back home to Spain and handpick two of the best guitars I can lay my hands on. I try all brands and price ranges and only select the best of the best.

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

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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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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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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