“I was browsing through the internet one night looking for a guitar a teacher, I rang up a couple in the process but the only one who got back to me in prompt time was Dean. He asked me to come along to a lesson, he asked me a few questions to get a bit of background. I guess he won me over very soon after that first lesson.
He was able to understand where I wanted to go with my guitar playing, in the past with due respect to others, they didn’t quite hit the nail on the head and didn’t understand what I wanted to get out of the instrument.
I was struggling a lot of the time with soloing over a backing track and knowing exactly what to do while listening to the backing track and understanding the basic principles of chords and knowing roughly what to do, when and how.
Spending eight months with Dean I can see there has been a huge improvement with regard to being able to put together licks and riffs and so forth. I’m able to listen to people play in my favourite groups and think to myself – that sounds familiar! I was doing that with Dean not that long ago! I’m able to see what they were trying to portray when they were playing their music and being able to reproduce that myself.
What I like about my lessons is the fact Dean listens to exactly what I’m trying to achieve and pushes me that extra bit each and every lesson which makes me discover new things continuously, it’s a progressive learning curve. I haven’t found myself stagnating ever since I joined.
I would definitely recommend Dean’s lessons to other guitarists whether they’re an experienced guitarist or not. It’s being able to listen to someones points of view and opinions and grow, it’s a life long learning curve, you never stop learning.” – Jimmy Alisafos.
“What made me get lessons with Dean was just to get better all round – to try and get to another level that was hard to do on my own, I felt like I needed a hand. When jamming with other musicians I wanted to get to another level. What I was struggling with before lessons was nailing some hard, fast soloing and certain timing. Since getting lessons with Dean it’s really improved that to the point of not having any issues with mastering things like that.
Since beginning lessons I’ve been able to learn a lot of the harder soloing phrases and techniques a lot easier now. The strength in the had I’ve built up after working with Dean and with practice as been something I never really would have worked on without Dean coaching me through it and making me work on those things which has been amazing.
What I like about lessons is having important things to work on that help me get to higher level, it’s just good to have those sort of things to work on to actually improve your playing. I’d recommend Dean’s lessons to other guitarists even if they’ve been playing for many years. It’s just about getting to a higher level.
I’ve been playing for over 25 years and didn’t think I really needed it until I started to really think about getting a lot better and it’s proving to be really positive in that way.” – Sean Gigliuto.
“Prior to starting lessons with Dean I was trying to teach myself through DVD’s and internet based learning which was going OK, I was doing it for a period of about eight months before I started with Dean. The issue I was finding with it was if you ask a computer a question it can’t give you an answer back, that was probably the hardest part. I was having a lot of issues getting my head around all the information that was coming at me and not being able to ask anyone questions if I had any.
Before starting guitar lessons with Dean there was a number of things I was struggling with, mainly having a good understanding of rock guitar and chord progressions and having an in-depth knowledge of how to solo over those progressions. Also through the DVD’s and internet based learning I was doing, they would talk about working in the minor scale or the major scale and I didn’t have much of a concept of how that all worked and fit together. I was mainly struggling with soloing over a progression and having an understanding of how to resolve over certain chord changes and I’ve found I’ve improved dramatically since started with Dean in that area.
Since starting lessons with Dean my guitar playing has improved in a number of areas, one of these areas is the understanding of how to play advanced chords, prior to seeing Dean I only had an understanding of the basic chords but I mainly came to Dean to improve my soloing and I feel that’s come along way.
Dean always gives you something to go home and work on, when you come back for the next lesson you find you’ve improved in that area and it’s rewarding. It makes you want to keep working hard to improve yourself.
I’d definitely recommend Dean’s lessons to other rock guitarists. If you’re looking at really improving your technique, your skills and your knowledge, I’ve found Dean to be fantastic in those areas. He’s a really motivated teacher, he’s got the experience, he’s been in the industry a long time and since starting lessons with him I’ve found my guitar playing has improved significantly and I thank Dean for that.” – Ben Kilday.
“The reason why I started taking lessons with Dean was I commenced guitar about two years before and I was attempting to teach myself. It was going OK, I was able to pick up songs but it was the finer areas that I didn’t really understand, the timing.
When I initially came to Dean we discussed my future goals, I want to play with other musicians so timing is a big issue. Dean started me off in the scales area, scales in conjunction with the metronome has certainly improved my timing and given me ability to play along with songs.
Since I commenced lessons with Dean areas I have definitely improved on are chord changes, timing, I know all the Em scales, we’ve been doing a lot of scale picking exercises, it’s certainly given me a lot of capability to learn songs quicker.
I’ve improved on my barre chords which is something that is very important in the rock guitar space. Dean’s knowledge of rock and guitar is quite elaborate, the thing I like about lessons is that Dean likes a lot of the same music I do. I’ve recently been focusing on a lot of Rolling Stones work, Dean has good knowledge of that.
I’d certainly recommend Dean to any other guitarist, I’ve found Dean to be a great, patient teacher. He never get’s upset, he takes his time with you and understands that you need time as well. I’ve found his patience excellent.” – Con Pirzas.
“I decided to take lessons with Dean after not having any guitar tutorage for two years, he helped me develop a new approach to my practicing, my improvising and my guitar playing in general.
Before getting lessons with Dean I really struggled with certain musical ideas and concepts and how to approach them in practice, he helped me develop a concise straight forward way to tackle things like vibrato, legato and bending and how to incorporate them into the soloing and improvising that I wanted to do.
When I came to Dean he helped me realise what I wanted out of playing, the style I wanted to emulate and the guitarist I wanted to be. He’s helped me improve all aspects of my playing from simple concepts like vibrato and phrasing to my general creativity and my approach to it when I’m practising.
The thing I like about lessons with Dean is I walk away from every lesson with a clearly outlined goal for what I need to practice both creatively and technically. I would recommend Dean’s lessons to any rock guitarist who is looking for a great teacher to help find their voice as a musician” – Joe McFee.
“I’m a classical violinist and I’m looking to get into Rock and Metal violin, I was looking around at a couple of guitar teachers and Dean was the first one I emailed. I said – hey, would you be able to teach me electric guitar style solos on the violin? He got back to me and said yes.
I was particularly keen to learn how to improvise, I had no idea how to do that at all. In the past I would just make up random stuff and hope it worked out and it never did. I always thought I had no chance of being creative, Dean was fantastic in that he gave me a whole lot of things to practice and ideas that I could then put into solos and use in my improvising.
We did a whole lot of guitar licks that he sent through in sheet music, we learnt a couple of famous guitar solos to use for structure and we learnt a whole bunch of scales. I had a basis now I could use for my improvising, now when I put a backing track on I know what to do.
I love the lessons because they’re heaps of fun. I come from a classic background that can be very negative and high achieving and not always very fun. I’m learning so much in these lessons and improving heaps but we always have lots of fun. Dean’s really enthusiastic and really loves the music, that really comes across.
I’d definitely recommend Dean as a teacher. He’s a really really cool teacher and a really enthusiastic guy” – Clare Lynch.
“I decided to take guitar lessons with Dean because I felt my playing was stagnating and I wanted to learn in the style of music I love playing.
Before taking guitar lessons with Dean I was struggling with some of the technical aspects of guitar playing and having not had lessons before I was struggling with some of the theoretical aspects of playing as well.
Since taking guitar lessons with Dean my playing has definitely improved in all technical aspects, my vibrato has improved and my hand positing and awareness of how I’m playing.
I like taking guitar lessons with Dean because it gives me a well structured approach to improving my playing and it relates to music that I like playing and it relates to music that I like playing and I see how things are going to be improved in the future.
I would recommend Dean’s lessons to other rock guitarists. It’s a good balanced approach and I feel he listens to what you want to do.”– Ben Butcher.
“What made me decide to get guitar lessons with Dean was that I was fairly competent playing chords and rhythm but I really wanted to take it to the next level, I could except that I would be playing chords for the rest of my days or I could learn some lead guitar. I’ve got another 30 to 40 years of guitar playing in me, therefore why not go for it!
What I was struggling with before I got lessons was I really wanted to play solo’s but I didn’t really understand what positions to play the solo’s in for the key of the song, I was also struggling with finger coordination and picking.
My guitar playing has really improved since taking lessons, I’ve improved my finger work and the strength in my hands and learnt how to do pull off’s and vibrato, I feel competent playing notes in an improvised way. I’ve also learnt how to have my hand positioned for soloing and improvising.
What I really like about Dean’s guitar lessons is he’s a great guy, he’s got a really nice and friendly approach, it’s an easily laid out step by step approach to improve week by week and add more to your volume of work to practice, it’s just a really positive experience.
I would defiantly recommend Dean’s guitar lessons to other people because he’s an excellent guitar player himself and know’s where to set the lessons at a level where you can plug in and start improving from straight away.” – Nick Stephens.
“I’ve been playing guitar for many years and I felt it was time to really focus on trying to improve my technique, I’d been stuck in a rut for a while and unable to break out of the box of repetitive soloing. I also had technique issues that I was never able to get on top of and feel one hundred percent comfortable with.
When I found Dean online I liked what he had to say, when I spoke to him I liked it even more and I’ve been enjoying working with him and enjoying improving my skills ever since. Specific things I was struggling with was my two hand synchronisation, feeling like I was hitting a speed barrier that I couldn’t find a way to break through, feeling comfortable improvising outside of the basic 1st position pentatonic, using my pinky and feeling in control of playing cleanly and accurately.
Since starting lessons with Dean I’ve become much better at using my little finger, I’m feeling much more in control of playing cleanly, I’m much more comfortable playing across the whole neck and my synchronisation is consistently improving.
Dean’s really approachable and easy to communicate with and a lot of fun to learn guitar from. he’s also very organised in the way he approaches lessons with lesson plans, emailed instructions and lessons recordings so its very easy to go back and review anything we’ve discussed if I can’t remember any of the details.
I thoroughly recommend Dean to anyone to any guitarist that have reached a certain point and need a push along, I have recommended Dean to some of my friends who are guitarists and they are enjoying taking lessons with Dean as well.” – Andrew Petrie.
“I decided to start taking lessons with Dean because I found I wasn’t really motivated to play guitar because I didn’t have the toolbox to create the music I wanted to listen too.
Before I started taking lessons I was struggling a lot with technique, my plying was very sloppy and I wasn’t playing how I would have liked to be playing. I also didn’t have the tools I needed to write music and improvise.
Since taking lessons Dean has helped me identify problems in my technique and I was able to rectify them in a relatively short amount of time, he’s also given me a lot of tools like scales that I can use to improvise solos.
What I like about taking lessons with Dean is the amount of effort he puts into customising the lessons and figuring out where you are as a player and where you want to go. Dean also does a good job of mapping out the stuff he’s teaching you so you always understanding why you’re doing something, how it’s helpful and what it’s doing for your playing.
I would recommend Dean’s lessons to other guitar players one hundred percent. Dean’s a great guy, the lessons are always enjoyable. Dean puts a lot of effort into preparing the classes, there’s practice instruction, lesson recordings, he basically gives me everything I need throughout the week and if I forget anything it’s all there.” – Cameron Farrell.
“What made me decide to take guitar lessons with Dean is that I’ve been playing for a long time and I felt I could have been a lot better for the time that I’ve been playing.
I was having trouble completing songs I’ve written and understanding what leads to play over what chords, my ultimate goal is to start my band and I felt I needed to know a bit more before I did that, Dean’s been able to help me with that.
Before I started guitar lessons with Dean I was really struggling with technique, I’d learnt a lot of bad flaws over the years from teaching myself and from previous teachers. I was also having trouble completing my songs, understanding which scales go over which chords and my theory. I really wanted to get on top of that before I started a band.
My technique has improved one hundred percent. I basically had to start over again and Dean helped me with that through motivation and knowledge of how to rebuild my technique. Also my scale knowledge of pentatonic scales, major scales, also understanding that there’s a lot more to learn, he’s defiantly got me on the right track.
Dean’s my third guitar teacher, I’ve been playing guitar for about 23 years now, he definitely knows exactly what he’s talking about, he’s been able to show me the correct technique which nobody else has.
His got knowledge of theory and all the different genres of music. I’ve noticed that with most teachers they just want to teach you what they like, what they believe is good or the keys that they like, where as Dean sat me down and thoroughly asked me what I wanted to do and achieve and he’s been able to match those up so I’d definitely recommend him.” – Jason Westerhof.
“What made me decide to take lessons with Dean? Basically I’ve wanted to learn for a while and I’ve had quite a few different teachers and moving back to Australia I was just searching through the paper, he’s advert stood out and from our first meeting I thought that he was a rad dude and I liked the sound of his teaching method, from day one it’s just been great.
I was pretty much starting from scratch I didn’t have much knowledge of playing guitar, and the particular style I wanted to learn was specific, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rockabilly. So finding a teacher that could teach me that style and also me going home from the lesson and realising I’ve come away from that lesson learning something was quite tricky, but it’s been great with Dean.
How has my playing improved? Well, I can pretty much pick up a guitar and play all the things he’s taught me without having to look back over notes, my chord changes are more flowing now and my pickings become more strong, one hundred percent turn around from the first time I picked up the guitar considering I couldn’t even play a note, it’s quite a change.
What do I like about taking guitar lessons? For one, it’s a laugh. Me and Dean get along well, it’s not just learning we get along as mates. He’s an awesome guitar player so even when he’s showing me what to do, it’s so nice to watch. And when he shows me what to do and I start doing it, it’s great motivation. Learning something is always quite challenging but I guess something like this is fun, first and foremost.
Would I recommend lessons? Yeah of course I would, in fact I have. There’s been two or three guys that I’ve put Dean’s number forward to. Defiantly, one hundred percent.” – Raz Rosa.
“What made me decide to take lessons with Dean was I wanted to learn more about the theoretically side of things, also I wasn’t happy with my lead guitar playing – I wanted to know more about the guitar soloing part of things.
Before I took up lessons with Dean I was really struggling to find new ideas for my soloing. I was in a rut I suppose – not knowing where to go and how to improve.
Since taking lessons with Dean I see the fretboard differently now, I’m more comfortable soloing up and down the neck. Also my bending, vibrato and my hammer – ons and pull – offs have improved a lot since taking lessons with him.
I would defiantly recommend Deans lessons to other guitar players because I’ve improved a lot myself so I’d highly recommend Dean to other guitar players.” – Anton Hioe.
“The reason why I wanted to take lessons with Dean is because I’ve been suffering from information overload for quite a long time – buying guitar magazines, going on YouTube, I felt frustrated with such a big mountain of information, I didn’t know where to start or what my level was.
What I’ve been struggling with the most is soloing, especially translating what I’m hearing in my head to guitar playing, for that you need to learn your scales. Learning scales and the mechanics behind the scales is something I’ve been putting off for a long time – the good thing about doing lessons with Dean is that he makes sure you learn your scales first and foremost, which will help you develop soloing skills and mastery of the fretboard.
I feel more comfortable with bending, I feel more comfortable with expressing certain licks, it’s more like an unconscious thing now. I feel my technique is getting much better, I’m more able to express what I hear in my head and seeing the scales like patterns on the neck.
I think the biggest thing I like is it’s the first time I feel the lessons are tailored to my level, It challenges you but it’s not too difficult – it’s always something you can achieve in the time frame that you have. There’s a good way the lessons are structured.
I definitely feel you get value for your money, Dean really goes out of his way to make sure you understand the lesson materials.” – Michael Matthys.
“The reason I decided to start taking lessons with Dean is that I’ve always wanted to play guitar. I had a 60th birthday coming up and I wanted to do something special, so I did lessons and formed a band, it was a surprise for everyone. No one knew what I was doing and it was fantastic!
I’d learnt just a few basic chords, had some simple guitar lessons and I wanted to take it a little bit further. I didn’t feel like I was getting much out of that. One on one lesson have made a great difference, they’ve increased my confidence. I feel a lot better playing guitar now.
The thing I like about doing the lessons with Dean is his very patient, we work together on what I want to learn at a pace that I’m comfortable with. If you’re struggling in one way he’ll come up with another way to get to the solution.
I’d definitely recommend anyone else who wants to learn the guitar to take lessons with Dean. He’s fantastic.” – Peter Dowling.