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Songwriting through the guitar

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:

  • Guitar level one:
    • October 17, 6 pm
    • October 18, 7 pm
  • Guitar Level 2
    • October 17, 7pm
    • October 18, 8 pm
  • Courses are 10 weeks in duration

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

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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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

 Book Full Melbourne Guitar Concerts Thomas Lorenzo  2016

  • April 29 at 7pm
  • June 24 at 7pm
  • August 26 at 7pm
  • October 28 at 8pm
  • November 25 at 8pm.

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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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.

Please check out:

All new courses that are opening up

My next Melbourne Concerts

Audition process for the the World Music Ensemble

 

 

 

 

Creative Guitar Accompaniment

Creative Guitar Accompaniment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards

Thomas

Advanced guitar exercises |Creating chordal movement

Advanced guitar exercises | Creating Chordal Movement

As guitarists we can use chords to help reinforce the melodic value of a composition by defining it´s accompaniment. For example: Vocals singing the lyrics and the guitarist playing the chords.

We may also play the same composition without vocals where we define the melody and chords at the same time. An example would be that of a guitarist playing Tears in Heaven with no vocals nor band.

We may also play the composition where the guitarist defines melodically or harmonically the background of the composition. An example would be what the guitar in a band as U2 would play.

I am sure we are all aware of guitarists in these three categories that we just love listening to and that keep our constant attention. They stand out from the crowd.

Why do the stand out?
One of the main reasons they stand out from the crowd is because they are not static in their accompaniments.

advanced guitar exercises

Imagine we have a song with two chords and each chord lasts 4 bars. How would you play those chords ? How would Hendrix play the same chords? What would Hendrix be looking for?

After analysing all my favourite guitarists and exploring my own personal needs of expression I have reached the conclusion that we play chords to define and create movement within specific targeted harmonic areas of tension.

If we just strum a chord for four bars the tension is constant and the song looses excitement. If we strum a chord for 4 bars and we are conscious about how to create variations in intensity and therefore do so , the song will flow more and the music will sound much more exciting.

In my advanced guitar exercises we learn how to move chords, how to create excitement by:

  • Creating bass lines with chord inversions of similar harmonic tension
  • Creating bass lines with chords and inversions of opposite harmonic tension
  • Adding harmonic tensions in the lead and resolving such to chordal tones
  • Creating chromatic movements on weak beast towards targeted tonal notes
  • Re -harmonising with secondary dominants
  • Re .harmonising targeted weak beats either in lead or in the bass lines with chords creating harmonic contrast
  • Creating bass lines with chord inversions of similar harmonic tension

Students at the Creative Guitar School in Melbourne learn to experiment with advanced guitar exercises and with chordal inversions altering bass lines and creating new colours.

For example:

  • Next time you see a C chord play it ,with an E note in the bass
  • If this chord is followed by a G chord, play the G  with a D note in the bass
  • If the G chord is followed by an F chord , play this F with the C note in the bass.

You may also play these three chords but adding a pedal tone in the low register.

For example :

  • Play a C note in the bass and play all the above chords in order

You may do the same but with a pedal tone in the high register.

For example:

  • Play an E note on the first string and play all the above chords in order

The possibility of variations are endless and as we experiment with them we will soon start hearing colours that we may identify with Bach, Country, Flamenco, Funk and other styles.

I invite you to explore the beauty of harmony and the soothing feeling we create when we bring the chords in our playing to life.

Give me a call if you would like to know more on 0448348701. I am currently taking students that wish to enjoy themselves on the guitar for the next year..

Take a peak at my creative side on : http://www.thomaslorenzo.com

Black Pearl Recording Studios Visited by Creative Guitar School

The Creative Guitar School Visits Black Pearl Recording Studios in Moorabin.

An educational experience allowing guitar students to explore music studio production, tracking, overdubbing mixing and mastering.

Music recording is an artificial process that allows musicians and guitarists to deliver music to their audiences in a consumable format, as CD or mp3.

Guitar students learnt:

  • How to record to achieve the desired emotional impact in the listener.
  • Why do we need an overdub session.
  • When should we correct mistakes.
  • What is sound production.
  • How to establish sound production goals in our mix.

Black Pearl Studios is a state of the art complex featuring a 72 channel SSL 4000 E series console with a G+ computer. The studio has a collection of over 350 microphones, more than 130 top quality guitars , 350 vintage boutique pedals, and much more.

Black Pearl Recording Studios Creative Guitar school Black Pearl Recording Studios Creative Guitar school VisitFor further info please visit : Black Pearl Recording Studios

 

 

Frankston Arts Centre Concert: Thomas Lorenzo

Frankston Arts Centre Concert: Thomas Lorenzo

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

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

Performers

Thomás Lorenzo: Composer, Guitars

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

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

Frankston Arts Centre Concert

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

 

 

 

 

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

Thomas Lorenzo

 

Music Workshops ( Melbourne ): Guitars, Vocals and Percussion

Creative Music Workshops ( Melbourne)

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

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

Location:

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

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

Extended  Information:

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

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

Music Workshops Melbourne

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

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 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 to play the guitar. 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.

Melbourne Guitar Instruction

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.

Melbourne Guitar Instruction happiness

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.