2018 – Here We Come!!

2018 is here and it’s looking like a great year for guitarists in Coffs Harbour and Bellingen! Guitar Lessons Play is now open 5 days a week. This year we have a wonderful bunch of students. All ages and abilities, from absolute beginners to advanced players wishing to have a good time with their music and guitar skills.

I’m very privileged to be a part of this musical journey with all my students here in Coffs Harbour and Bellingen. It’s an absolute joy to see my longer term students taking their skills to the next level. I see their efforts pay off as they grasp the guitar with more understanding and ability. It’s also wonderful working with students that are brand new to the instrument and helping them play their first pieces of music, getting a feel for the instrument and realising that they have music in them!

Schools Back!

School has gone back after a great summer holiday this week, and I’m stoked to get back to St Mary’s Primary in Bellingen. I have a group of really talented young guitarists at the school, some of who are heading into their third year of tutoring with me. It’s a great school and awesome community there full of the best teachers, students and parents. Let’s see what this year will bring!!

 

 


Guitar Repair & Setup in Bellingen & Coffs Harbour; Contact Aaron O’Neil

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Bellingen Music; Guitar Repair & Setup

Like anything, wear and tear can affect a guitar. Over time it is always a great idea to have your guitar serviced and setup to keep it playing and sounding at it’s best! Servicing a guitar is not for the inexperienced and it is always ideal to get the best person for the job. Bellingen musicians are fortunate to have Aaron O’Neil and his expertise in guitar setup and maintenance.

Aaron began his career as an apprentice at Sydney Guitar Setups in Annandale. Working here under the guidance of repairer and business owner Anthony Cameron, Aaron developed the skills and experience to take on any repair task with confidence. In this workshop Aaron also had the opportunity to work with Piers Crocker whose craftsmanship is well renowned in the repair industry. These influences combined to give Aaron a solid foundation in both the old and new schools of guitar repair practice and philosophy. The following years would see Aaron go on to develop his own unique techniques and individual setup style.

As well as repairing instruments, Aaron is a professional musician with extensive experience in both live and studio performance. This means that he truly understands the demands we place on our instruments. Not only do we rely on our instrument to function correctly, it must also be comfortable to play. A correctly set up instrument should feel like an extension of the body, allowing the musician to play through it with ease and concentrate on the music at hand. This is what Aaron strives to achieve with every instrument that enters his workshop.

In 2009 Aaron branched out and after a stint as a touring guitar tech he set up a home based guitar repair business. In 2014 with the success of this home business O’Neil Guitar Repairs was born and in 2015 relocated to Bellingen on the Mid North Coast of NSW.

 

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My 2BBB FM playlist for 10/9/15

Every Thursday morning between 6 to 9am I do a program on my local Bellingen community radio station 2BBB. I love community radio as it’s all run by volunteers and has such a wide range of programs and presenters. There’s no corporate involvement, sales, commercials and the music is always so much better than anything you would ever hear on commercial radio. (I used to work in this industry and it left a real bad taste in my ears 😉 )

 

So I thought I’d give a run down of the music I’ll be playing on the show tomorrow morning. It’s always enjoyable creating a fresh playlist each week so here you go…

 

Hour 1 (Always the cruisy hour of music.. Hey, I start at 6am!)

  • La Rosa: Alegria – Paco Pena
  • The Mad Hatter – The Mad Pride
  • Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) – Enya
  • Cattle and Cane – Jimmy Little
  • Hoppípolla – Sigur Ros
  • Heavy Heart – You Am I
  • End Of The Line – Traveling Wilburys
  • Sunday Morning Coming Down – Johnny Cash
  • Me And The Devil Blues – Robert Johnson
  • Heart Of Gold – Neil Young
  • Three Dimensions – Something For Kate
  • Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
  • Riders on the Storm – The Doors

 

Hour 2 (I start to pick things up a bit here, the sun has risen)

  • Ambling Alp – Yeasayer
  • My Culture – 1 Giant Leap
  • We’re Going To Be Friends – The White Stripes
  • Buenas Tardes Amigo – Ween
  • Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
  • Stella By Starlight – Tal Farlow (This is my jazz guitar indulgence track of the morning)
  • Coconut – Harry Nilsson
  • Innuendo – Queen
  • Angel – Jimi Hendrix
  • Oblivion – Grimes
  • The Day You Come – Powderfinger

 

Hour 3 (Now we’re cooking and I’m probably dancing around the studio)

  • Lepathon – The Walking Who
  • That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
  • English Summer Rain – Placebo
  • A Song For A Son – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Ping Island/Lightning Strike R – Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Scallywag – Ninja Vanish
  • The Widow – The Mars Volta
  • Come Sail Away – Styx
  • Thrillseeker – Josh Abrahams
  • If Everybody Looked The Same – Groove Armada
  • Release The Pressure – Leftfield

 

 

All done, now .. Until next week…


Bellingen Music: Wes Montgomery – Four on Six

I just made my playlist for tomorrow morning’s breakfast program on 2BBB FM here in Bellingen. As usual, I like to throw a classic jazz guitarist into the mix (amongst a whole range of music). I really don’t think you can go past Wes Montgomery for fluid amazing guitar playing. The influence that this guy has had on guitarist over the last half a century is huge! Here’s an interesting bit of trivia, he did’t use a pick but played with his thumb.. I was told by a guitar teacher of mine that Wes did this because he had a lot of kids at home and would practice when they were asleep and playing with this technique was the quietest way possible and he wouldn’t wake them 😉 Check him out and be inspired.. This is the song I’m going to play on the air tomorrow morning, from 1960 album The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, Four on Six.

 

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