Entries by Ross Helmot

Do you need to read music?

I'm often asked about the importance of learning to read music. Is learning to read music important? Do I need to read music to learn guitar? Will reading make me a better guitar player? Like many things in life the answer is not so simple, there are a few things that need to be taken into […]

The Search for Tone

One of the most frustrating things about being a guitar player, working with a guitar player or living with a guitar player is the constant search for the "holy grail"...TONE. It not only drives us crazy as guitar players but effects everyone else we draw into our vortex. Don't mention the "T" word. If you […]

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 […]