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Musical Creativity Guitar Courses

Musical Creativity

It is my objective in music to deliver emotions through creative self expression: Musical Creativity

All courses, masterclasses, Melbourne concerts and music books I offer are a consequence of such.

Just a quick reminder to have all students hand in their compositions prior to June 10th, so I may select for my upcoming newsletter. I would like to ask readers and students to subscribe to my newsletter so as to be up to date on Melbourne concerts, masterclasses and my new cd releases.

New courses are opening up every two weeks at my creative guitar school. The level 1 and 2 guitar groups are scheduled to commence on the following dates:

Level 1 . Wednesday at 6pm starting June 8th

Level 2 Wednesday at 7 pm starting June 8th

All students are more than welcomed to attend my Melbourne concerts. At these concerts they will hear all those musical concept that I teach with the objective of allowing a constant flow of creative self expression: Musical Creativity.

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Here you may find all the the upcoming dates of my new concerts in Melbourne at the Paris Cat or at the Armadale Uniting Church.


How do you compose?

The objective of my compositions is to make sure the music matches up with my emotional content. Each song has to feel balanced from the beginning till the end of the interpretation. The core composition has to feel logical at all stages.

The interpretation, how I play the composition, has to flow with how I feel daily. Each time I play the composition it will be placed in time after a previous emotion. I can be sad before I play it, or I can be happy. The interpretation will vary but the composition will always sound unified. If this is the case, then I conclude that my compositions are mature enough and I do not retouch them ever again.

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New guitar group courses and concerts

Creative Guitar School News

Please note that new guitar group courses will be starting the week of April 17th. There is one slot left for level 1, Mondays at 7pm, and two slots left for level 3 on Wednesdays at 8pm.

Lately I am receiving emails asking me about what a student learns in beginners level in guitar group courses. The information can be found here on this Melbourne Creative Guitar School Link.

My main goal, in all classes and courses, is to make sure students have fun with new knowledge. This process will allow them to play the songs they like, how they like and get them playing music for the rest of their lives.

At the Creative Guitar School there are 6 levels of learning. These are the specifics of the learning at  Level 1:

The student upon completion of Level 1 will be able 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
  • Analise the structure of choice of a song identifying; verse, chorus, introduction and endings
  • Read with numbers a melody
  • Read notes in the first position
  • Play scales with articulation: soft, loud and accents
  • Play triads in open position creating bass lines and generating symmetries
  • Plays scales in various keys. They will also understand and produce the chords generated
  • Tune without a metronome
  • Transcribe a simple melody
  • Write an 8 bar melody with numbers and harmonise it

All levels are available for students that study privately or in guitar group courses.

Melbourne Concerts

Just a quick reminder to let all my guitar students know they receive a 10% discount on tickets for my upcoming shows at the:

Concert Location

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

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At these Melbourne concerts I will be performing with my nylon string, Spanish guitar, compositions from my new album that will be released this year. My objective as a composer is to express emotions that make me feel good. The style chosen is just the carrier of the emotion.  I consider my self to be a  jazz musician as I define jazz as creative self expression on any given composition. The style of jazz  I choose will depend on the composition and personal mood. Please join us for a refreshing evening.

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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.

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.

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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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: $315
  • Conditions. No previous music knowledge required. Students will undergo an interview to assess learning skills.

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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: $315
  • Required Skills:Fluency with pentatonic scales, bar chords and power chords.

 

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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.

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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

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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

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When: May 14th, 2015,  at 8.30 pm

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

http://www.pariscat.com.au/

Tickets: $20

Enjoy an evening of intimate Conversations in Jazz.

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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

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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

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 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.

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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Melbourne Guitar Instruction. Improve your ability to learn.

Melbourne Guitar Instruction. Improve your ability to learn.

During the last few years, I have had a great number of students that have achieved proficiency in their playing in a short period of time. It is my objective to immerse  the guitar student in a quick learning process where they take control of how they would like to learn. My students at my Melbourne guitar instruction practice swiftly grasp the essentials of music as a language.

Music is an expression of emotion. Melbourne Guitar Instruction the odd one

All exercises, no matter at what level of expertise, should express emotion. If such is accomplished, the learning process quickens drastically.

 

Music is a language that can only be understood if it is delivered at an understandable tempo. Notes must be played in time. To play in time we must feel the satisfaction of doing so. All students can play in time , all human beings can play in time if there is feeling of the beat.

Music is a wave of emotion, of strong, weak beats, tension, release; a constant breath. A student must learn to play strong notes and soft notes at a comfortable speed but in a musical context. If such is accomplished, the learning process quickens.

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A student must be able to hear and feel the degree of tension of what his playing is expressing in relation to the modal or tonal context. If such is accomplished, the learning process quickens.

 

 

Music is a language . When a student learns what makes it understandable to others, then he learns to convey emotions to others. We must learn this language in a context similar the way infants learn language. In this process, reading and writing are non essential objectives.

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Once a student is exposed to what makes music understandable, our brains awaken to our natural comprehension and the barriers found in the learning process quickly fall. Students should not learn music by reading. What good is it too read if we cannot understand what we read? First we must comprehend, talk and play.

 

Music is vital in our lives. Once we learn how vital it is, all our senses sharpen and the student absorbs all knowledge, hence having more fun.

 My motto: Feel it, imagine it, play it.

 

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

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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.