Styles: Classical, Early Music (Lute), Jazz/Improvisation, Popular styles
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Suitability: Ages 5 to 200 years
Pricing: Subject to market trends
I’m a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, with First Class Honours… My degree was in performance on classical guitar and historical plucked instruments (lute, theorbo, vihuela, baroque guitar etc)... I’ve also studied improvising through the Jazz tradition with some of Australia’s finest jazz guitarists, as well as composing for guitar and ensembles. My approach to technique is somewhat similar to Alexander Technique, but with more of an emphasis on practical physicalities directly related to guitar; in this regard, my ideas on technique come from the John Williams, Denis Azabagic tradition, as taught to me by noted guitar composer and pedagogue Phillip Houghton. I have some experience with guitar related injuries (eg tendinitis, RSI), using proper technique – leverage, balance – as a means of prevention and healing. I’ve taken many students through the AMEB classical guitar grades with good results. With regards to the lute, I can direct students to resources for hiring/buying properly constructed instruments (there are a lot of duds out there!) and I can teach the basics of an historical approach to the instrument and its repertoires, including the basics of continuo (accompaniment).
These details were last updated on August 2, 2017