About Me

I was born & raised in Australia.

I don't come from a musical family,
but enjoyed listening to music
when I was young.

I left school at the end of year 10 
& started a 4 year apprenticeship 
as a Plant Mechanic.

I was based in the workshop mostly
but occasionally assisted tradesmen 
in the field on various sites.

I started collecting heaps of records 
& it was turning into an obsession.

I developed an interest in the guitar 
but thought I was too old to learn.

I eventually bought an electric guitar 
& amplifier that a friend was selling.

I was initially attracted to 
the sound of blues rock.

I went to guitar lessons for a while
but was learning nothing I could relate to.

I wanted to play the music that 
inspired me to pick up the guitar.

I was now starting to get into 
a bit of country rock.

I eventually bought an acoustic guitar 
& enjoyed playing it as well.

I tried some more lessons
but they were of no help. 

I did most of my learning from 
the books that I could find.

I also learnt a lot by
listening to my record collection
that consisted of ...

Al Stewart
Alice Cooper
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Bad Company
Black Sabbath
Blind Faith
Bonnie Raitt
Buffalo Springfield
Carole King
Cat Stevens
Crazy Horse
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Dan Fogelberg
David Bowie
Deep Purple
Don McLean
Elton John
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emmylou Harris
Eric Clapton
Fleetwood Mac
Glen Campbell
Jackson Browne
James Taylor
Joe Walsh
John Denver
Johnny Winter
Joni Mitchell
Led Zeppelin
Linda Ronstadt
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mahogany Rush
Neil Young
Peter Frampton
Pink Floyd
Robin Trower
Rod Stewart
Roy Buchanan
Seals & Crofts
Simon & Garfunkel
Steely Dan
Stephen Stills
Ted Nugent
Ten Years After
The Allman Brothers Band
The Doobie Brothers
The Rolling Stones
The Who
Thin Lizzy
Uriah Heep
ZZ Top.

I finished my apprenticeship
& spent a number of years in the field 
maintaining heavy machinery.

I lived in a camp just off site
& would play guitar 
in my room after work.

I really enjoyed being in the field
even though the hours were long 
& the work was hard.

I used the money 
that I had saved 
to buy a house.

I unfortunately
had a work accident that
forced me out of action.

I had no choice but to put my
Plant Mechanic career
on hold for a while.

I started playing guitar a lot,
to the point of developing
a strain injury.

I auditioned & rehearsed
with a number of bands
but none of them worked out.

I formed a band & played some private functions
but we split up soon after.

I then worked various jobs
just to earn some money.

I stopped playing guitar for a while
& spent my spare time
building a motorcycle.

I then met my future wife
who encouraged me to
not give up on music.

I started the audition
& rehearsal process again.

I use to go & see this band play in Sydney
where they had a weekly residency.

I got asked if I wanted to get up
& perform a couple of tunes.

I was eventually offered the job
of becoming a permanent member.

I performed & recorded with them
at a radio station in Sydney.

I continued to play with
the band at countless gigs
until they finally split up.

I was then invited to play one night
with another band in Katoomba.

I received a call shortly after asking
if I would like to join them permanently.

I did lots of shows with that band
including a weekly residency in Bathurst.

I was also the resident guitarist
at a weekly blues jam in Katoomba
performing with members of ...

Black Cat Moan
Bondi Cigars
Crosscut Saw
Foreday Riders
Mighty Reapers
Mungo Jerry
Night Flight
Ray Beadle Band
The Angels
The King Bees
The Layabouts
The Mal Eastick Band.

I am listening during this period to a lot of
instrumental music by artists
such as ...

Albert Collins
Allan Holdsworth
Anson Funderburgh
B.B. King
Danny Gatton
Duke Robillard
Emily Remler
Frank Gambale
Jeff Golub
Jimmy Bruno
Joe Satriani
John Scofield
Larry Carlton
Larry Coryell
Lee Ritenour
Mark Whitfield
Martin Taylor
Mike Stern
Pat Metheny
Peter Green
Robben Ford
Robert Cray
Ronnie Earl
Scott Henderson
Steve Khan
Steve Vai
Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Tinsley Ellis
Wes Montgomery.

I went on to freelance in many bands
travelling all over New South Wales.

I had children by this time so
I decide to stop performing
& start teaching full time.

I founded The School Of Contemporary Guitar
& held clinics, workshops & concerts
with a long list of local & international guitar greats.

I hosted events with local guitarists
such as ...

Bruce Reid
Dave Leslie
Ian Moss
Jack Jones
James Muller
Mal Eastick
Peter Northcote
Phil Emmanuel
Ray Beadle
Rex Goh
Rick Brewster
Rod McCormack
Simon Hosford
Simon Patterson
Steve Edmonds
Steve McKenna
Stuart Fraser
Stuart French
Terry Murray
Tim Rollinson

& international guitarists
such as ...

Buzz Feiten
Ben Butler
Frank Gambale
Mike Stern
Tommy Emmanuel.

I then founded Oz Guitar 
& since then have taught lots of students
to learn how to play the guitar.

I developed all the curriculum
at Oz Guitar.

I composed jamtracks
used by students worldwide.

I transcribed music from
a long list of bands & artists.

I am beginning to appreciate a lot of
song based music at this time
such as ...

3 Doors Down
Alter Bridge
Avril Lavigne
Black Stone Cherry
Carrie Underwood
Chantal Kreviazuk
Colbie Caillat
Dixie Chicks
Foo Fighters
Francesca Battistelli
Good Charlotte
Green Day
Jason Mraz
John Mayer
Jonatha Brooke
Keith Urban
Linkin Park
Lisa Loeb
Michelle Branch
Miranda Lambert
Norah Jones
Shawn Colvin
Sheryl Crow
The Band Perry
The Weepies
Theory Of A Deadman
Three Days Grace
Vanessa Carlton.

I can now play guitar in a wide variety of styles
that include ...


I received many pleasing comments during my music career
from some of the most respected artists & educators
in contemporary music.

I have gathered praise from music artists
such as ...

Aimee Allen
Chloë Leighton
Elliott Randall
Gabriella Cilmi
Gregg Allman
Jordyn Taylor
Kamilah Marshall
Liz Longley
Montana Tucker
Orianthi Panagaris
Pixie Lott
Seymour Duncan
Stephen Housden
Suzi Ragsdale
Tom Principato
& music educators
such as ...

Andrea Morucci
Bridget Mermikides
Dale Turner
Doug Ross
Flávio Gutok
Jude Gold
Michael Fath
Tom Kolb.

I authored & published a guitar instruction book
that is available on Amazon.

I started a new motorcycle project
in my spare time.

I currently compose production music
for placement in film, television & radio
when I am not teaching guitar.

I have taken a liking to a number of female vocalists
& enjoy various songs from artists & groups
such as ...

Alessia Cara
Becky Hill
Carly Rae Jepsen
Diane Birch
Dua Lipa
Edens Edge
Elley Duhé
Julia Michaels
Juliet Simms
Kacey Musgraves
Katy Perry
Lady Antebellum
Lindsay Ell
Rachel Platten
The Band Perry
Toby Lightman
Veronica Ballestrini
Zara Larsson.

Peter Arndell