With every new student I teach, it gives me an opportunity to share with you what I have learnt over the years from my heroes and inspirations throughout my journey. Helping people achieve their musical ambitions is my way of giving back to music and making a difference to this world no matter how small or big my contribution is. Regardless of your age, gender, cultural background, tastes in music, or level of experience, my goal is to guide you along as you embark on your musical journey and help you become not just the best guitarist you can be, but also the best musician you can be.
Over the years, my love and passion for music has allowed me to developed an uncomplicated and simple, but efficient teaching style that aims to de-mystify anything you are struggling with. Particular areas of specialism include modern fingerstyle acoustic guitar, blues, pop, rock, songwriting/composition, live performance and arranging for solo guitar. In addition, I can help you with any areas of music theory that aren’t clear.
Whether you aspire to become the next Jimi Hendrix, or if learning the guitar has been a life long dream of yours that you do not want to put off any longer, music is the universal language we can all appreciate and relate to on some level. All I want to see from you is commitment, passion, determination, vision, and most importantly, I want to make sure you enjoy it because that’s what music is about!
Topics that will be covered during lessons include:
– How to read chord charts, tabulatures and traditional notation
– Left and Right hand positioning
– Extended Techniques (e.g. harmonics, thumb independence, tapping, slapping & percussion)
– Developing sense of rhythm, groove, dynamics, and musical expression.
– Developing creativity, emotion and musical interest
– Ear Training
and how to incorporate all this into an original composition or original arrangement.
DISCLAIMER: I travel out to the majority of my students and lesson rates are calculated based on the time and distance it takes for me to get to you from my home address in Carlingford. (please feel free to contact me for full terms & conditions)
A little bit about me…
Brian Zhang is a musician that belongs to a small, but booming community and scene of “modern acoustic fingerstyle” guitarists all around the world. Essentially, modern fingerstyle guitar is an amalgamation of extended and unorthodox playing techniques on the acoustic guitar including slapping, tapping, as well as hitting the body of the guitar to create different percussive sounds. All these techniques are blended in together to create all elements of a song (bass, melody, rhythm, drums) into the one solo arrangement. This allows him to not only approach playing the guitar and music holistically, but also adapt and change to all types of genres, styles and situations whenever needed!
Having spent the last 8 years learning and studying with some of Fingerstyle Guitar’s most influential players including Don Ross, Mike Dawes, Andy McKee, Maneli Jamal, Calum Graham, Antoine Dufour and of course Australia’s very own Tommy Emmanuel, “Fingerstyle Guitar” has Brian to adopt a holistic approach to learning music which in turn gives me the flexibility and versatility of adapting to all elements and genres of music whether it’d be blues, jazz, rock, pop, classical, funk or RnB.