Contemporary & Rock Guitar Lessons Brisbane

Contemporary & Rock Guitar Lessons Brisbane 

Andrew Scrivens Guitar Lessons Brisbane (10 of 25)


Contemporary and Rock guitar lessons cover a wide range of styles and techniques, for both acoustic and electric guitar. This genre covers the majority of songs or bands that inspire people to take guitar lessons.


Beginning Players

…will find that skilful guidance helps them to race through the early stages of guitar at a rate that they could never really achieve on their own. Have you tried learning from tab or youtube yourself but feel like something is missing? There is no substitute for learning guitar from an experienced guitar teacher who can provide real-time feedback and specific demonstrations.


Intermediate and Advanced Players

…who feel like they have reached a plateau get the benefit of receiving guidance aimed at really expanding on what they already know. Many intermediate guitarists who have learnt the fundamentals of rock guitar-playing reach a plateau and feel that progress becomes difficult and slow, or they just don’t know how much more there is to learn! Sometimes after learning the open and bar chord shapes and a few scales a guitar-player can wonder what comes next or how they can really put all of this together into one seamless approach to playing…

“This is where there is no substitute for weekly guitar lessons – they keep you on track, building momentum and always working on the next set of skills that are right for you. You want to be sure that the work you put into the guitar all fits together and that your time invested is always leading to an expansion of your musical skills, not simply a reinforcement of things you already know.”


So What Can You Learn In Contemporary or Rock Guitar Lessons?

60s and 70s (Beatles, Johnny Cash, Bee Gees, Cream, Jimi Hendrix etc) to

80s rock (ACDC, U2, Crowded House, Cold Chisel, Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, INXS, Neil Young etc) to

90s acoustic hits/radio rock/heavy/grunge (Think acoustic pub covers such as: Matchbox 20, Dave Matthews, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers etc) through to

Modern alternative, indie, pop and rock (John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Karnivool, Coldplay, Oasis, Foals etc)…


Or, in short, most music played on the radio today…


Some common inquiries that I work with students to achieve include:

  • How can I race through the uncomfortable, early stages of guitar to get to the where the fun really starts? 
  • Can I learn a specific pop or rock song that I am inspired to learn on guitar?
  • I want to improve my Rhythm and Groove! How?
  • I want to play finger-style guitar like Ed Sheehan, John Mayer or Tommy Emmanuel. Is that possible??
  • Can you teach me how to play in the style of a specific player (i.e. Jack Johnson)?
  • My playing seems a bit repetitive, how can I develop more colour and expressiveness
  • How do I write songs (and record them too)?
  • I’d like to arrange non-guitar music for the guitar. How?
  • I really want to understand music theory – from the basics all the way up to everything needed to know to have complete freedom on the fretboard! Where do I start?
  • Can you help me get better at jamming and improvisation?


Contact Me to arrange a free 30-minute guitar lesson or to discuss your goals


Demonstrations of rock/pop styles, techniques and songs


Jack Johnson Medley


Jack has a unique, percussive way of playing acoustic guitar that a lot of people like the sound of. He usually plays bar chords using syncopated rhythms muted accents which give the impression of sounding like drums. Here is a short medley of a few of his songs to illustrate this style.


Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven Instrumental

Learning lead and melodic playing can unlock a whole new realm of expression to your playing. One of the best sources of melodies is actually vocals! This clip was made using a Cole Clark FL2, Big Foot Stomp Box and the vocal melody was played on a Fender custom Strat, bridge pickup, into the Axe FX 2 using a model of a Dumble amp set to lead channel 2.


John Mayer – Come When I Call


This track was improvised over a backing track to incorporate several components of the original song in one take: the chords, vocal melodic and guitar fills/solo. The guitar was a John Mayer strat into the Axe FX 2 running a preset for a Fender Twin Reverb amplifier.


Foo Fighters- Everlong

The main riff of everlong is actually played with only fast downstrokes, giving a unique sound and feel. Also, Dave Grohl (being a legendary drummer) separates the chord into the lowest note and the two remaining high notes resembling a kick/snare drum pattern.


Outkast- Hey Ya 

This recording is an example of how you can take a simple song with open chords and add strong rhythmic elements to bring out its groove. Listen for the stomp box and mutes playing the roles of kick and snare while the chords carry on in the background.


Ed Sheeran- Sing


Ed Sheeran has a style very similar to Jack, although he tends to strum with his fingers a little more often which gives a softer attack on the strings. This song neatly weaves the melody and the chords together into one part.


Red Hot Chili Peppers- Can’t Stop Acoustic

A classic song and an amazing technique to learn here. John Frusciante likes the sound of strumming strings hard and in Can’t Stop, each note of the riff is actually strummed fully while the fretting hand mutes any unwanted strings, leaving only one note at a time. A very fun technique and song to learn.


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