Upgrade your skills – Build some solid technique – become a better guitarist today!


Day & Evening courses available,one on one or small groups,play guitar today! Beginners,intermediate or advanced. Whether it’s your first guitar lesson or your wishing to upgrade your skills,the studio will give you the technical knowledge you need. The Studio provides one on one professional tuition for all levels of students, everything from learning your first simple 3 chord songs to in depth study’s of your favourite players and the art of improvising. There are also limited spots for Basic Bass & Classical Guitar.

The studio also offers professional advice on instruments, equipment, recording and songwriting.


From beginners to advanced, the studio covers all styles of contemporary guitar, from Rock, Pop, Jazz, Funk and Blues to Classical, Acoustic Finger Style, Basic Bass, Open Tunings and Bottle Neck Slide.

Acoustic Guitar Lessons

This is a great place to start for beginners and experienced players alike, strummed as a rhythm instrument or played finger style, learn all the correct techniques while checking out some of your favourite contemporary artists.

Rock Guitar Lessons

Learn the language of Rock & Roll guitar from Buddy Holly to The Beatles, Chuck Berry to AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix to The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple to Led Zeppelin and the current wave of rock artists. Explore your favourite rock classics from Australia’s Cold Chisel, INXS, Divinyls and others.

Pop Guitar Lessons

Learn to play the classic pop tunes of Elton John, David Bowie, The Eagles, Elvis Costello, Fleetwood Mac, Powder Finger, Crowded House, Talking Heads, REM, Sting, Train, John Mayer and Maroon5, the list is endless.

Funk Guitar Lessons

From the Godfather of Soul James Brown to Prince, Jamiroquai to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder to Chaka Khan. Check out some soul classics from The Commitments, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Marvin Gaye.

Blues Guitar Lessons

From the Mississippi Delta to Chicago,tune into Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and B.B King. Explore the English guitarists of the 60’s, ramp up your blues licks with Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa and some cool acoustic blues from Keb Mo. Learn the art of Bottle Neck Slide and Open Tunings.

Jazz Guitar Lessons

Learn the Chord Tones and Harmonic concepts of players like Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Martin Taylor and Allen Hinds. Plus check out some essential Jazz Guitar Standards from the golden age.


I became obsessed with guitar in my teens like many of my generation, becoming a full time working musician in 1975. By the mid 80’s I was teaching guitar at schools, T.A.F.E’s and a number of major guitar stores in both Sydney and Queensland. I finally opened my own studio in North Sydney in 1996 which ran continuous till 2016. While I continue to teach classes at NSCC, I really look forward to teaching somewhere everyone can learn guitar in the Sydney CBD. I have over 4 decades of practical experience playing and teaching others how to play a wide range of Rock, Pop, Jazz and Blues.


Teaching Hours Monday to Friday 11.00 AM to 8.00 PM, Saturdays 9.30 AM to 4.00 PM

Lesson Fee Structure is $55 per half hour lesson, $100 per hour lesson. Students are welcome to share a lesson and split the cost.

For a VIP Session, prepay for a block of 10 lessons, commit to some serious learning and get your 11th session free!

There are spare instruments available so you don’t need to bring yours if your working/travelling in the CBD. Your lesson can be videotaped/recorded on your phone. Lunchtime guitar lessons?


“I’ve been going to Karl for about 4 years now”

He has a friendly demeanour and is very approachable. He teaches you to play the songs you want to learn and helps you broaden your musical knowledge. I would definitely recommend Karl for anyone that is serious about getting their groove on. I had a disappointing run of 5 or so ‘dud’ teachers before that, who just want to turn over student as soon as possible. Karl will pay attention to your needs and his passion for the instrument and music will ensure that he will do his utmost to help your achieve your musical dreams. – Giuilo D’Andre

I remember in my first lesson, Karl said that I would play my first finger style song in 3 months time (and not ‘twinkle twinkle little star’). He was right – and it was Clapton! I’ve been very impressed with Karl’s tuition. He honed in on my level of skill early on and pushes me to higher degrees of difficulty. He also uses music and genres that I enjoy listening to and playing. He’s got wide interests and great skill level and is patient and encouraging in his approach to tuition. I have no hesitation in recommending Karl as a guitar tutor.
Philip Wilcox
I have been attending guitar lessons with Karl since May 2012 when I arrived as a total beginner. Karl has impressed me greatly since then with his technical skills, teaching ability, and has shown great patience in assisting me to become at least a little proficient at playing. I look forward to my weekly lesson, and have derived much pleasure from my time under his excellent tuition.
Mike Conroy
To put it simply, Karl is a great teacher. I started playing guitar with zero knowledge and am now playing jazz, all because Karl is patient, thorough and always positive.
Megan Shaw
With Karl I’ve seen the biggest improvements in my playing since I started 15 years ago. His knowledge of a range of styles and techniques mean that we’re always working on something new and fresh!


We are inundated by misinformation, the inaccuracies of internet guitar tabs, YouTube and the corporate devaluation of popular music. Somehow we need to return to the basics, a through understanding of  music fundamentals and the development of solid musicianship. Guitar is still a remarkable instrument and today more than ever, we have an infinite number of musical journeys available to us. I’d like to help you learn guitar in the Sydney CBD and achieve yours.

You can contact me in a number of ways, either call on 0408 409 244 or by using the contact form below.
Our Studio is located at Studio 3, Level 2 “The Gaffa”, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW
“Just 1 Minute walk from the Sydney Town Hall”

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