Nicole Neal A.Mus.A
I am a classical guitarist based in Melbourne, Australia. My passion is purely and simply for all things classical guitar.
I started studying the guitar in the UK at the relatively ripe old age of 13 or 14 (after having first studied piano and clarinet), with the great British guitar pedagogue Peter Nutall.
Moving to Australia in my mid-ish twenties, and after a bit of a hiatus from the guitar, I continued guitar performance and pedagogy studies with the well-respected (and one time teacher of Slava Grigoryan) Ron Payne. I then continued on my higher level studies with the inspirational Ben Dix of the Melbourne Guitar Quartet. In recent years I have also studied in masterclasses with the likes of Slava Grigoryan and Phillip Houghton.
I play two Australian-built guitars:
* 2008 Allan Bull spruce top
* 2012 John Price cedar top
Objective of this blog
One of my key objectives for this blog, which I’ve steadfastly stood by in its nearly 5 year history, is to help others – help you – if and where I can, by sharing my own knowledge, my own lessons learnt and experiences, to shape and follow your own path of learning on the guitar.
I also want to help breakdown the idea that classical music is some rarified and “special thing”. Yes, it is special in that all music is special, but not special in that it should be accessed by only a privileged few. Classical music and classical guitar is for all; it’s for you. Have fun with it. Enjoy it. Learning to play the classical guitar is a wonderful journey of self-discovery and self-development.