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Playing The Blues

Written by Rhys Lett on April 28, 2017

In this series exploring how to play styles of music we first look at playing the blues. These tips are designed to help you play this style of music. Guitar – Playing the Blues Guitar is a featured instrument in this style of music. Many rock guitar techniques are based in blues playing. Simple rhythm […]

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10 Common Song Mistakes

Written by Rhys Lett on March 21, 2017

Mistakes, we all make them. To avoid the kind of reactions seen in the movie Whiplash (is highly recommended) from your teachers and fellow performers , please don’t make these errors. Ever. If your band mates do please feel within your rights to hurl any musical equipment in their direction. Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple […]

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First Gig Experiences

Written by Rhys Lett on November 6, 2016

The most nervous performance of your life is always the first gig. It all gets easier from then onwards. Some of our students will be performing publicly for the first time in the next month. We have our Showcase concert on November 26th as well as our end of year performance nights. Here the Eastern Suburbs […]

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You Can Sing and Here is How

Written by Rhys Lett on October 24, 2016

In a series focusing on the Voice, ESSM singing teacher Days Hill shares why you have no excuse not to try singing lessons. We have a number of excellent singing teachers in our schools at Boronia and Carrum Downs. Here are some concerns that students have before booking into lessons. Dalys explains why these common myths are […]

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What We Teach

Written by Rhys Lett on September 15, 2016

I asked the teachers of the Eastern Suburbs School of Music “What has been their favourite songs to teach during 2016?”. It is wonderful to see the variety of musical styles we are capable of teaching. If you would like to take lessons with any of our excellent teachers click the enquiry tab to the […]

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12 Bar Blues Explained

Written by Rhys Lett on September 14, 2016

The 12 bar blues is a song form. It is not only heard in blues style music. We hear this song form in rock, jazz and country. Understanding the structure of the 12 bar blues will lead you to learning thousands of songs. Here is what you need to learn. 12 Bar Blues Form The title […]

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Grade 3 ANZCA Guitar Exam

Written by Rhys Lett on August 24, 2016

This grade level sees a larger amount of material to be learned. Students need to maintain their skills learned in previous exams as many of the chords are resisted. This level introduces barre chords in the Technical work. Here is the required information students need to cover in preparing for the Grade 3 ANZCA Guitar exam. […]

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Grade 1 ANZCA Guitar Exam

Written by Rhys Lett on August 23, 2016

Here is the required work for the ANZCA guitar exam grade 1. There are five sections to the exam. Here is the material we teach to prepare our students. Included is a breakdown for the marks for each section. Technical Work – Grade 1 – 20 marks Technical work will include skills that will improve […]

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