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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 .

 

Guitar Concerts Melbourne. Students Live at Franskton Performance Centre

Guitar Concerts Melbourne

Thomas Lorenzo. Composer, Producer, Guitarist

Please view the short video of my latest guitar concert around Melbourne. Live at the Frankston Performance Centre this year:

 

 

Performers include students from my Creative Guitar School in Melbourne.

My music school caters for guitar lessons for beginners to advanced guitar students. We are located in Melbourne Eastern Suburbs. In the video you will hear my performance with my nylon string guitar, a Flamenco Guitar crafted by Hermanos Conde. This flamenco guitar is hand made. I personally selected the guitar at his workshop in Madrid, Spain. I remember spending more than two days in the shop trying out all the guitars he had available. They all had their special nuances. I finally selected the one you hear in the video because of its amazing capability to project the sound towards an audience. The resulting spectrum occurs from vibrations throughout the guitar and not only from the sound hole area. This results in clarity of sound in the amplification process where the guitar may be easily heard without the need of equalization. The Spanish Guitar is a versatile instrument on which you can play almost all styles of music. I personally enjoy acoustic music in small formats where the resulting sound is more a consequence of natural relative volume than amplification.

 

Creative Guitar School

At the Creative Guitar School students learn how to play the guitar. However, in order to express emotions and feel good about what we accomplish, all guitar students will learn to understand music as a language and how this language is conveyed through the guitar. The resulting sound and experience may be that of well-being. I urge you to be patient in your learning. Frustration can quickly sink in and abort much desired goals to feel more joy in our lives. Please feel welcome to visit my website or call me. I would love to hear from you and learn about your goals as a musician and as a guitarist here in Melbourne, no matter what style of music you wish to pursue.

I encourage my students to perform live at my Guitar Concerts in Melboourne.

More concerts

Paris Cat Melbourne

This year 2015 I have been performing regularly at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne

Located on:

6 Goldie Place, Melbourne VIC 3000

(03) 9642 4711

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During my years as a guitarist I have encountered the need to broaden my array of expression. The electric guitar allows a more lyrical approach to phrasing than the nylon string guitar. The electric guitar produces a timbre with a a longer sustain than that of the nylon string.

When the Spanish guitar is played alongside drums bass or piano it is easily buried in the background of the music. This can at a first glance be solved by amplifying the guitar but this never tends to work well.

The nylon string guitars plays short notes that need to be accompanied by staccato sounds like wood percussion or string plucked instruments. Drums will bury the guitar as cymbals, snares and kick drums can produce longer tones than those of the guitar.

At the Paris Cat I perform with electric guitar. I am accompanied on drums by Darryn Farrugia and on Upright bass by Tamara Murphy. The result is that of musical magic. We have played on May 14 th July 9th and are scheduled for our next performance on September 3rd.

I strongly recommend our live concerts where the guitar is the solo instrument and where I devote the concert to playing jazz, funk, blues , pop and latin music with a, electric lyrical approach.

 

 

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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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.

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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

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.

Melbourne Concerts: Tomas Lorenzo in Memories de Barçelona.

Melbourne Concerts 2014

Tomás Lorenzo in Concert, “Memories de Barçelona”, October 6th, 2 pm, Uniting Church, Toorak.

Melbourne concerts  2014

Premier of the Suite: “Memories de Barçelona “

Minimalistic Contemplations in Flamenco, Jazz and Pop. 8 compositions that reflect upon Christian values that bond our community.

 

 

 

Performers
Thomas Lorenzo: Composer, Guitars: Alphonso Johnson, Bruce Sugar (Ringo Star), Dave Garfield (Benson)
Jeremy Alsop, Bass (Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter)
Steve Falk, Percussion (Melbourne Symphony)
Jordan Murray, Trombone (Lecturer in Jazz Studies at Monash University)
Wominjika Vocal Quartet

Venue: Toorak Uniting Church
603 Toorak Road
Toorak, Victoria 3142

Date: October 6th at 2pm.

Ticket:  $30  Concession $20. Children under 12 with parents free.( Maximum two free tickets per family)

CONTACT DETAILS: Tomas Lorenzo 0448348701 info@thomaslorenzo.com.au

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The performers

Thomas 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).

Jeremy Alsop on Bass: An established composer, performer, arranger, engineer and producer. Artists that have performed in his work include: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chad Wackerman, Mary Doumany, Paul Grabowsky and Colin Hay.

Steve Falk on Percussion: He has worked with the Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Tasmanian Symphony and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.

Jordan Murray on Trombone: Lecturer in Jazz Studies at Monash University. He has established a career in many diverse areas of the music industry in Australia. He has been one of first call trombonists in Melbourne over the past 15 years, and has composed and arranged for a wide variety of situations.

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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. 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?

Melbourne Guitar Lessons

Melbourne Guitar lessons. Choosing the right guitar?

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

 

The nylon string guitar.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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