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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

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BMC DirtBoost Redesign - December 28, 2014

The BMC DirtBoost pedal is to be superseded and to be re-designed as a clean boost to medium gain overdrive pedal that will include two foot-switches, one for on and off and the FATTEN mode switch will be re-visioned as a foot-switch instead of a toggle switch.  A new limiter / clipper switch will be added in the Fat switches place to give players more options than the current DirtBoost pedal contains.  The primary circuits design will not change but the way the guitarist interacts with the pedal will change giving them more options to help their signal chain gain staging.  The re-design will include new pedal graphics and will be in a larger BB style pedal enclosure.

I initially designed the DirtBoost pedal as I was having issues with my Marshall DSL 100 amplifier head and was considering a move to a single channel amp head like the Marshall Vintage Modern or the like and needed to properly gain stage my input signal to get a cleans sounds out of a semi overdriven amplifier.  The DirtBoost was supposed to act in many modes such as a gain decrease mode (IE act as a volume cut without losing signal quality) yet could be used in a gain boost capacity.  I ended up resolving my DSL 100 amplifier issues and only ended up using the pedal as a gain boost for solos and the like.

Since then, my band has changed musical direction and sees us moving to a more jazz fusion / progressive metal oriented music which also means that the gain staging requirements are now slightly different.  Ive been experimenting with the current DirtBoost pedal and found that with some clipper / limiter options would enhance the options I want for the band and having the fat switch as a foot-switch would allow me to add more grind the signal path when I need it instead of a set and forget toggle switch

SO! It begins, the BMC DirtBoost is being re-designed to a more capable pedal with more options yet still retaining its original circuit.  Marvelous!!

In the mean time! The old DirtBoost is still being used by Australian metal band, Dead Kelly and a number of other private users and bands.

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My bands Last gig for 2014 - December 26, 2014

The Cilikis

Well its been a big year for my band, The Cilikis.  We recorded and released a new EP of jazz metal fusion music entitled Unusual Conversations.  We changed the bands name from The Cilikis Progressio Project to The Cilikis.  Easier to say and remember.

This Sunday sees our last gig for 2014 and we will have no further gigs until at least February 2015.  So if your keen to come and check us out, we are at The Coolangatta Hotel on Sunday 28th of December.  Doors 4pm, $15 cover charge and features about 8 bands.  We are on at 5:50pm.

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Guitar Effects Update

Its also been a slow year for guitar effect building and design.  Im still creating new designs for my own guitar rig and reworking the PCB’s and circuit designs of the BMC DirtBoost and the PCB for the BMC Lithium overdrive pedal.  But time has not been on my side in 2014 so the pedal development has been a little slow.

I have a new pedal design currently sitting on my prototyping board called the Dynamic Overdrive that needs a PCB design.  The testing process is done and all I need now is the time to draw the PCB and test the pedal in a live band situation with my band.  Hopefully in 2015, things will smooth out and Ill be able to fit everything in that I want to get done.

Website Update

As of 2015, ill be trying to update the site content more regularly than before.  Once again, its in that “stuff I need to squeeze in but time is not on my side” category.  Hopefully 2015 will allow me to update and interact with it more often.

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While I am an avid user and promoter of using adblocker and staunch privacy advocate, I have recently discovered that ad-blocker happens to block certain parts of my website, namely the stat counter and my Twitter news feed.  You may be using ad-blocker as well and Im ok with that but this website does NOT have any external or malicious advertising.  The only adverts you will see will be for bmcguitar effects content only.

If you want to see the full website, you will need to disable ad-blocker for this domain,

Just use the following method, refresh the page and you will see all the websites content, with NO ad’s.  The last thing you want is to miss out on any music, guitar effects sound bites or videos I may post.



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The BMC Lithium overdrive pedal is now a full TRUE BYPASS guitar effects pedal.  More details at

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Unusual Conversations - October 20, 2014

After about a year of writing, rehearsing and recording along with the perpetual interruptions of life, my band, The Cilikis, have finally managed to get our second album released.

Check it out!

For our second instalment of “The Cilikis’s” recording history, we again decided to procure the facilities of our good friend, recording studio owner and all round good guy Paulie from Rock City Studios. Again we decided to record the EP with no click tracks or quantising so as to keep the recordings as human sounding as possible… but we did use auto tune on the vocals.

As usual, we like to keep the process of recording and creation of our music as DIY as possible, and true to this, we have kept the production and packaging of this CD completely in house.

This recording represents a musical shift away from the expected guitar focused metal style. We have taken on a more jazz / metal fusion focus with our writing in order to produce what we believe is our best work to-date. Expect more!

If you would like a copy of this digital album, you can buy a downloaded copy from our online website at All transactions are secure and only $5.  CD’s will be available for purchase soon.

We also have a second edition available of the same album.  Its the Unusual Conversations, HD edition.  The High Dynamic range version is mastered much quieter than the main release and is more designed for those who intend to listen to the record in one go, while the louder more compressed edition will work well in a randomised play list.

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The Cilikis and Inhailed - October 17, 2014

My band, The Cilikis Progressio Project is opening a gig tonight at the Currumbin Creek Tavern along with several other bands including a long time friends death metal band, Inhailed with some other gold coast bands like Dont Waste The Paint and Necient along with Decryptus from Murwillumbah

Click here for the Facebook event if you’re on Facebook

OR here is the details
3 Traders Way, Currumbin, Queensland, Australia 4223

Friday 17th October 2014, Doors 7pm, $10 cover charge

Bands list

The Cilikis Progressio Project Gold Coast/Redlands 8.00pm – 8.30

Don’t Waste The Paint Gold Coast 8.45 – 9.15pm

Inhailed Sunshine Coast 9.30pm – 10pm

Decryptus Murwillumbah 10.15pm – 10.45 pm

Nescient Gold Coast 11pm – 11.30pm

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Insane in the brain! - September 28, 2014

I love chilli’s MMM! Growing some of my own chilli’s!  The experiment to see if I can make this work.  Habanero and Amigo Inferno chilli’s (I think its a Serrano chilli but I cant be 100% sure)

Check the progress here.  Only had them a week in their pots.  Fingers crossed by summer time these should fruit.  MMM!! De-lish!

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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.

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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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