Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | July 18, 2019

A long time ago in galaxy far far away….

Is this about “Star Wars”? Well, not really, but it does have a space connection.



So let me start by asking, what do Shakespeare, Galileo and Rembrandt have in common?


No idea ?  Well in addition to being leaders in their respective fields, they were also contemporaries of Anthony Holborne (1545-1602) who was one of the most significant composers of the day. He composed for lute, cittern and instrumental consort during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1 (1533-1603.).

Here’s the Space Connection.
In such high regard is he held that a recording made of his music in 1976, was sent into space aboard Voyager 1 and 2 space probes in 1977. I wonder how Holborne would have reacted to his music (written in the late 1500s) as of May 2019 being 11 billion miles from earth proceeding toward the edge of the solar system and beyond.

Getting “back to earth”, today’s video is of me playing one of Holbornes pieces. This arrangement is by Adelaide’s famous Jason Waldron and is called “Lute Galliard 17”. A Galliard is a form of Renaissance dance and was popular all over Europe in the 16th century and will soon be popular again on a “galaxy far away”.

I really enjoy playing and teaching this piece so please let me know if you would like to learn it as it can customised to suit different levels and by the way, it involves “Drop D Tuning”.

It is a beautiful piece of very old music and so I my final words are
“Anthony Holborne take a bow-you really are a star!

Hope you enjoy the video.

Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | June 30, 2019

Here’s a Prelude

As most of my students would know, I am not only a guitar teacher but also a guitar student. My love of the guitar and classical pieces has been built upon over a long career as a teacher and continues as a student.

Anyway, I too have to learn new pieces and here’s one of them. It is Prelude by Johann Kuhnau and written in the Baroque period. He died in 1722 after composing a huge catalog of pieces.

Hope you enjoy seeing me “as a student” and hope you wont be too harsh on my technique!


Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | January 9, 2019

Get more for your money

No it’s not a free offer and it’s not going to make you rich but the start of a new year is always a good time to reconnect with some habits that will help you get the most from your guitar lessons.

It’s “concentration and focus” that we are talking about both during lesson time as well as your practice time and here are a few ground rules to think about.


Turn off your phone, tablet or any other distracting “social media”. In lessons you don’t need a phone unless you are using as a Tuner; but then turn it to Flight Mode. Anyway it seems that the Tuners on phones are not always accurate.




At Practice time get rid of all distractions; turn off the phone, close the door, do whatever you have to do to aid concentration for the next 30 minutes.



  1. Make practice regular. Maybe allocate a certain time of the day and try to stick to it. I have two periods set aside for practice and if one doesn’t work out then the next period usually does.
  2. Be organised. At lessons know what we are going to be doing and have any questions organised in advance. You can warm up at practice with scales and exercises but this can be difficult when travelling to lessons, so use a mental warm up. Go through the scales and pieces you are learning in your head. It’s a great way to help memorising music.
  3. Ask questions if you’re not sure. If you’re unsure of something in a lesson, stop and get it clarified. It’s better to fix it or understand it now, rather than later. I have some students, who every time they are given a new piece request a video of me playing it and at a speed that they can play along with. When they are able to play the piece along with the video I’ve made for them, a second video is made at a slightly faster speed. And on it goes until they are able to play the piece at the suggested speed.
  4. Review your goals. It’s great to have long term goals but you need to break them down into achievable and measurable short term goals. Talk about your next guitar goal; be it learn a line of music by the next lesson or maybe just get the rhythm right on one pesky section.

Think about it this way. You are paying me for a service and you want to get the best value for money from me so every minute is important.

Remember that “Concentration and focus” has to be offset with fun and enjoyment so think about why you’re learning guitar and make sure that you set aside some of that practice time to just enjoy the challenge and have fun with music.


Happy New Year

Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | December 17, 2018

Almost a lifetime


Sometimes it does feel like I’ve been a Guitar Tutor at W.E.A. for a lifetime and I remember the first course I did there, although the names and faces of those students have long been lost to my memory. In fact it’s only been 15 years of tutoring there but that equals a lifetime or more  for many of my students.

I haven’t kept a record of how many classes but I know that it was at least 60 courses of “Beginner Guitar” and “More Guitar”, and over 600 students that passed through them.

I was recently presented with my 15 years service certificate to celebrate my work at W.E.A. and the fun it brought to hundreds of students. Many students started with a W.E.A. Beginners Guitar course and then became private students at Glenelg Guitar Studio as they progressed further.

Finally, thank you to those who have helped me put together this website-my good friends and students Ian and Robyn-and my family Kath, Danielle, Jason and the Chihuahua’s!

Christmas greetings to you and your family and I will see you in the New Year.



Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | November 27, 2018

….and the winner is…..

It was a lovely warm Spring day at Glenelg and crowds of people were wandering along the esplanade enjoying the sunshine and a few were braving the still chilly water of the Gulf.

Some lugged guitar cases through Moseley Square, headed for a short Saturday morning session at Glenelg Guitar Studio. Yes, you guessed it, it’s exam time again !!!!

13 students conquered their nerves as well as the syllabus and spent 15 minutes or so being assessed by the International Music Examination Board examiner. It was the culmination of a years work for many and for some it was the first step in measuring their “guitar progress”.

And the WINNER IS………..

Well, actually they were all winners. No matter what grade or ability you are, just stepping up and working towards assessment makes you a winner in so many ways. To those who did it: Congratulations.

The List of WINNERS ( in no particular order !!)

Ian Pope Grade 3

Jack Stone Grade 3

Anthony Bria Preliminary

Jack Timberlake Grade 1

Jesse Gibbs Grade 3

William Healey Grade 4

Veaco Smith Grade 1

Huwan Leibbrandt Grade 2

James Gluyas Grade 3

Malcolm Lindner Grade 4-Classical Guitar

Harrison Sparrow Preliminary

Hayden Sparrow Grade 2

David Peacock Grade 1

Congratulations to all.


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