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Guitar Lessons

I am located in Birkdale and provide guitar lessons in all areas from Wellington Point, Birkdale, Alexandra Hills, Capalaba etc right through to Norman Park, East Brisbane to Coorparoo, Mt Gravatt etc. There is no need to come all the way to Birkdale for lessons, I will come to you if required.


  • $30 per half hour lesson
  • $40 per 45 minute lesson
  • $50 for a full hour lesson

Current fee structure as of 27th of September 2013

* Payment for two guitar lessons in advance. The two lessons in advance fee's are payable on the day of the first lesson
* You will be required to purchase your own guitar and guitar tuner. Have it with you for each lesson.
* All guitar music and other resources provided as needed.

All lessons are customised to your needs. I will evaluate your guitar playing capabilities and structure the lessons and materials (either print or from online) for you specifically. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me or email.

Contact Brendan on 0415 955 356 or email For more information about myself and what I do, please click here to see the about page

Recent Blog Entries
Scale Modes - August 30, 2014

Ive been hunting for a good description of scale modes and how they are used and to be quite frank, guitar based demonstrations on YouTube are usually off target and lacking.  That is not to say they are wrong, its more like they aren’t describing the use of modes sufficiently and end up leaving a student more confused.  I’m guilty of this my self especially if a student has no real music theory knowledge, modes can be quite confusing at first and require a good working knowledge of music theory to get a good understanding of them and how they relate to their relative major scale parent and also tonic parent as well.

I have found this video recently which the gentleman describes the use of modes in a harmonic context.  His use of modal colour tones and mode characteristics (especially while improvising) really shows how modes should sound and react with an undertone of some description.

Check it out


Here is a demonstration on the guitarist by David Wallimann.  This is good demonstration of using a mode in Fusion guitar playing


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BMC Dynamic Drive circuit - August 2, 2014

Ive been a bit quiet with my pedal designs recently and its not been for a lack of trying.  Combined with the cold weather and my work schedule, I have just had no time to myself to get some designs bread-boarded and tested.  I just recently finished designing a compressor pedal.  The circuit is done but requires some more tweaking before I box the prototype and test it out with the band.  I pulled that circuit off and started designing a simple overdrive pedal.

It all started with a circuit based on the Electra Distortion circuit.  Many pedal variants have been done by other pedal builders and this circuit is a great building block circuit.  The Electra distortion circuit sounds fantastic when running it into my Marshall DSL 100 head on the clean channel.  Its surprisingly light and crunchy sounding.  I figured that I should leap off of the Electra distortion circuit and design something a little more “comprehensive” for my needs.

I want a distortion that can serve as a multi-role pedal.   I want my pedals to serve more that “just overdrive”  or just boost.  Ive built a circuit that seems to fit my needs quite well, albeit circuit tone control needs a bit of tweaking before I can settle on a design to box and test with my band.

Here are some sample sounds that I have recorded using the pedal circuit driving into a Line6 POD 2.0 running into a VOX AC 30 model.  Some of the sounds also use the Fender Bassman model for some but generally, I like how the Vox model sounds..  The reason I recorded using a Line 6 Pod is because I heard in a Wampler Pedals podcast that Brian tests his designs with Guitar Rig or Amplitube or the like.  I think this is a fantastic idea if you havent got the amp collection to test with that some other places have and this gives me a general idea.  Its not the perfect solution, but it works.


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Its my pleasure to announce new BMC Guitar Effects artist, The Stanley Knife from Australian metal band, Dead Kelly.  \m/ \m/

Click here to check out more info on the DirtBoost and its features

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New times available - July 24, 2014

Some new guitar lesson slots have opened up on Friday afternoons from 3pm.  Get in touch with me if you would like too book a guitar lesson or move your existing time to Friday afternoons.

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Check this out and be amazed! Tommy Emmanuel is a brilliant guitarist and one of Australia’s greatest musical exports.

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