Entries by Ross Helmot

Why the ear is your most important tool…

Great music educators and players Leni Tristano and Charlie Banacos believe that having a good ear is the most important tool a musician can possess. In this article I'm going to dispel a few myths around tone deafness and perfect pitch and tell you what a 'good ear' is and why you need it. Am […]

Andrew Lin

Ross has been an exceptional teacher - amiable, patient and very passionate about what he does. Starting out as a beginner, he taught me a solid foundation of technique and basic theory, as well as working through some modern songs that I was keen to learn. He has also been flexible with he lesson times, accomodating for my haphazard […]

What is the ‘CAGED’ system?

The 'CAGED' system is a way of visualising the guitar that gives you a point of reference for chords and scales in any position. The system  breaks the guitar down into 5 positions built on the basic (cowboy) chord shapes C, A, G, E and D. It connects the chords in that order as you […]

A bit of music…

Here are a few clips that I've enjoyed watching recently. The great Tommy Emmanuel with John Knowles, Tommy just loves what he does and it comes through in his playing and in his life. If you are lucky enough to know or have met Tommy his personality is infectious and he has time for everyone, […]

Another Year…

Well, as we come to the end of 2012 here's wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The plan had been to get some video and interviews up in 2012 and looking back at some of my notes it seems I have missed a few deadlines. Where did the time go? Promise […]