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Simon Watt

General Details

A Diploma of Music Guitar major

Assoc. Dip Mus. (Aust. Institute Music, Syd.), Eng. Cert. (Chelmsford Coll. Further Ed., Essex, England), Brit.Tech.Educ.Cert. – Electronics Principals.

Simon studied guitar privately for many years in England before coming to Australia in 1992. In 1993 he attended the Australian Institute of Music for three years majoring in the guitar with jazz and contemporary studies. He passed both his Certificate of Music graduating with Merit and his Associate Diploma of Music, also graduating with Merit.

During this time Simon studied under significant teachers including Ike Issacs, Carl Orr, Dave Smith and Jeremy Sawkins. His principal studies involved all music styles, including a focus on jazz and improvisation techniques as well as finger board harmony and music theory.
Simon later studied electronic music with Robert Sasdov. This included midi recording techniques. Simon’s qualifications and experience in the electronics and engineering fields combined with his musical experience bring a great deal of expertise to any sound recording projects he undertakes. Simon has played lead guitar in various bands around Sydney including session work. He was the lead guitarist in ‘Green Room’, a blues/ jazz band and co-wrote and arranged the songs in their 1998 CD entitled “So Called Wisdom”. Simon teaches all levels of guitar, composition and music theory. Through his studies in jazz and guitar theory he is able to provide students with a clear understanding of improvising and lead (solo) guitar techniques.
Simon has also had advanced studies in Logic and this mixed with his studies in electronic principles and sampling techniques means he has the ability to create a vast array of soundscapes and has the technical understanding of what he is doing.
In 2012 Simon set up a company Liberty Music Design where he composes for film and ads and other projects.
In 2013 he won the Composer Music Bank award for his composition of A Melbourne Morning, and has scored ads as The Bank of Melbourne Penguin incentive saver (Cinemas ) Bupa and films Go Fish, Where the witches and Wizards Live.

These details were last updated on February 21, 2015

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