Ross is an amazing teacher, on top of being an excellent guitarist.
I came to him after a long break from guitar playing, having reached a point of stagnation relying on chord books and tabs. To make me an even more challenging student, I was also quite nervous about playing in front of people. Like a consummate professional, Ross gradually introduced ways to build my confidence, train me out of the unhelpful techniques I’d adopted, and expand my abilities. When I look back on the past few years of lessons, I can see how carefully he guided me through to the point where I could learn simply by watching him play.
In a male-dominated area like guitar playing, I have always felt entirely comfortable with Ross. He is unfailingly patient, and always encourages technical precision while keeping things fun and exciting. I’ve already fulfilled most of the aspirations I dared to have for my guitar playing thanks to Ross, including writing a few original guitar parts for songs and learning riffs and techniques from a range of genres.
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Under Ross's guidance as my guitar mentor, I've vastly improved all aspects of my playing and musical knowledge. As a student for a number of years we have touched upon many different musical styles, theory that translates into real outcomes on the instrument and a diverse catalogue of songs - all of which is fun, relevant and richly rewarding.
Ross has helped me in deciphering tunes, developing my musical ear and has equipped me with the skills to pick up songs quickly and accurately in my own time. We’ve worked extensively on tasteful improvisation - something guitarists are notorious at overlooking - and he’s there to answer those tricky questions about music that enriches my knowledge.
Having experienced a number of his gigs in person, I can also attest that Ross is an exceptional live performer.
Thanks to Ross's guidance, I have a clear vision of what I must continue to work on to become a better player on the journey to achieving my musical goals.
I would highly recommend Ross to anyone at any stage of this journey seeking to take their guitar playing and understanding of music to the next level.
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 work schedule. Also impressive is his knowledge of rock and music history - I've been able to take away an interesting piece of trivia with me each lesson. I would highly recommend him for students of any age or level of expertise.
Andrew Lin - Guitar Player
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Ross Helmot loves the guitar and he loves teaching the guitar. He impresses me with his knowledge and skill, his measured and individual approach to his students, and his tremendous patience. I am a self taught very average guitarist, but with Ross’ coaching over the last few months I am quietly building technique and expanding my understanding of the instrument.
After years of neglect I decided to pick up the guitar again only to find that my technique and music theory were sadly lacking. Ross was recommended to me by a noted Melbourne guitarist so off I went looking for answers, fortunately Ross had all the answers.
His relaxed teaching style and easy to follow method coupled with an extensive musical knowledge made for a very pleasant experience. My playing and understanding of guitar theory has improved dramatically and is continuing to improve. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ross Helmot to players of all levels, whatever style you play.
I first picked-up a guitar over 30 years ago and although I learnt a few chords, I could never get much further than that with my playing, no matter how much I hit the 'teach yourself' -style books. After a few months with Ross, I've learnt to better make my way around the lower part of the fret board and I've recently started playing some great rhythm parts and even some simple solos. He's very patient and is always willing to change his approach to help me find the best way to achieve what I want to do. I'd heartily recommend him as a fine tutor.
I started lessons with Ross as a classic singer/songwriter. I tended to fumble my way through songs without really appreciating dynamics, articulation and style. Ross has a gentle and fantastic method of approach that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Under his direction, I was able to start to find my way around the neck, improve my finger picking and touch up on my chord knowledge.
Ross is proficient in all styles and his ability to patiently explain an exercise is testament to his many years of experience. Heading into the studio and out on the road with my guitar is now a joy thanks to Ross and his gentle words of wisdom. I would highly recommend Ross if you serious about playing and or just after some casual lessons from a great guy and guitar teacher.
Johnny O’Brien, Singer/Songwriter, Guitar Player, Recording Artist
I came to Ross with no musical background just a desire to play the guitar. I thought I would be giving him his biggest challenge yet but with Ross’ patience and skills I quickly grew confident, I was able to go at a pace I felt comfortable with and using some of my favorite songs has made it really enjoyable. But most importantly Ross is teaching me to understand the guitar and what it’s capable off so that I can put my knowledge and passion together and let it ring out.
Ross is very enthusiastic and passionate about his music, especially the guitar, and is able to impart his knowledge and expertise to us with ease. His own playing during our lessons is a source of inspiration.
Chris & Trevor Street, Guitar Players
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I’ve been with Ross for about a year now and I really like him. He is kind, approachable, laid back and easy to talk to. He is good with both acoustic and electric guitars. Whatever genre you wish to play he will adapt to your needs.
The guitar coaching that I have received, has not only exposed me to new techniques but also gave me an insight into music itself. I found myself wanting to take a step back and delve into all of this simplified theory that I could actually comprehend. I used to invest my time and money on tab charts and guitar magazines full of the latest techniques that were not getting me anywhere. Ross is an extremely knowledgeable and down to earth guy who takes all of this information and delivers it in a simplistic and workable manner.
After playing for a while i found my playing wasn’t moving anywhere and after trying lessons elsewhere to be unhelpful I found Ross’ teaching style to be a great change. With Ross I’m learning what I want to learn, at my own pace and I’m enjoying playing a lot more.
For me music has always been about jamming with others but only occasionally was I able to connect. I knew the feeling but didn’t know the reason how or why. Since having lessons with Ross, the secret language of music has been demystified and I’m able to be more in tune and connect much better with others. Ross is a fantastic teacher, if only I was taught by him sooner. Don’t hesitate, be patient with yourself. I highly recommend booking a lesson with a genuine musician/ teacher.
When Ross takes a solo heads turn and people stop and listen because something special is happening. Among guitar players he is one who stands out as extremely gifted. But he hasn’t simply relied on natural talent. For over 30 years he has intelligently built a deep knowledge of the instrument both musically and theoretically. I would highly recommend Ross to anyone wanting to develop their playing.
Leigh Sloggett, Guitar Player, Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist
I hadn't picked up a guitar for years and had never had any lessons, so my playing was a bit of a mess. Ross has been great in correcting some of my very poor techniques, taking me back to basics and teaching me how to learn and improve. He's kept me motivated as we've always played the type and style of music that I want to be able to play. His own great playing has been inspirational and because of his huge musical repertoire he has introduced me to many players I hadn't heard before and now listen to constantly.
I have taken guitar lessons with Ross for over two years now, and have never felt so inspired by anyone before. He has connected with me on both a personal and professional level, which has helped me to open up and believe in myself. I've become more confident with my playing, my writing and my performing. I have Ross to thank for being such an amazing person and believing in me and my music.
I played in bands for many years and then had a break for about 10 years. I started playing guitar again and subsequently got to hear about Ross and his teaching through my association with other musicians. My guitar playing and musical knowledge have improved exponentially due to Ross’ expert guidance and teaching method. When you hear Ross play so well and discuss music in general, that he has put in many hours of efficient practice which only inspires and motivates me to work harder.
Don Lucas, Guitar Player
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I’ve been having lessons with Ross for about a year, and have no hesitation in recommending Ross to any guitarist. Although I regard myself as a “hacker” I’ve improved tremendously. After poor experiences with four other teachers, I’ve found Ross to be skilled, supportive and patient, and have certainly found the right teacher for me.
I could always play guitar before starting lessons with Ross, but I also always knew there was more in me, and every lesson I develop new ways to get some of it out of me and onto the guitar. The musical road is never ending, but so long as you've got a teacher as great as Ross helping you drive down it, you won't want it to end!
With Ross’ amazing guitar talent, he can teach you everything and anything you want. I never had any music or guitar background and no confidence in playing, but Ross has completely changed me and has made me believe in myself and made me a stronger person. He will never let you give up and he will always encourage you to keep going. Ross is the best teacher for anyone at any stage in their guitar playing and I wouldn’t recommend anyone else and would never change.