Why attend the Blues Guitar Masterclass?
Be unique don't imitate!

Thomas Lorenzo will be holding two very intimate Blues guitar masterclasses in November in Melbourne. The first class is targeted at guitarists who can play some Blues but feel they are stuck on the same sound and licks. They are not satisfied with their playing and are looking for a fresh approach to their soloing and accompaniment. The second class is targeted at more advanced Blues players who want to expand their improvisational skills in a more contemporary Jazz Blues setting. You may choose to attend only one of the classes, but for those who want the full benefit of the masterclass we recommend attending both as the second class expands upon the content of the first one.

What will you learn?

The Blues masterclass is designed to help you master what you need to know to improvise and play blues in your own unique way.  You will learn to identify the Blues sound that you like and how to incorporate it in your own playing. All great blues musicians need to master a  set of skills to allow to them improvise on the fly, tell a story and improvise in a continuous flow without running out of ideas. This includes playing in major and minor keys, as well as contemporary and traditional harmonic settings. Using very practical and engaging live demonstrations, Thomas Lorenzo will show you how you can start doing the same in your own playing.

After 30 years of playing and teaching Blues to students in both an academic and casual setting, Thomas has developed a system to learning Blues that allows aspiring players of all levels to achieve their goals in the shortest period of time. Don't miss out on this fabulous opportunity to learn from a true master in a live and interactive environment. Thomas' Blues masterclasses will inspire you and take your Blues playing to the next level.


Master Class 2

  • Chord scale relationships in Jazzy Blues
  • Standard Jazz Blues progressions

  • Adding harmonic movement of opposite function to create diversity

  • Advanced Blues improvisations techniques

  • Planning a solo based upon an effective emotional contour

  • Mastering the tools you need to create intensity

  • How to make your Blues sound more contemporary

  • Analysing what makes Blues masters like BB King and Steve Ray Vaughan sound so great

  • Analysing what goes through the minds of Jazz masters like George Benson and Wes Montgomery when they solo over the blues

  • How to incorporate the Blues sound into non-blues songs


Master Class 1

  • Memorising the Blues scale

  • Open and closed triads needed to play Blues and why

  • Standard minor and major blues progressions with triads

  • Standard major and minor blues progressions with 7th chords

  • Motif soloing

  • The Mississippi Blues sound

  • Tertiary grooves versus binary grooves

  • How to play chords using riffs and why

  • Available upper structure triads for re-harmonisation techniques

  • Available Blues tensions to add to your standard chord progressions


Where & When?

The two masterclasses will be held at the newly renovated Kathleen Syme Library in Carlton (Multi-purpose Room 1) 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC. FREE street parking is available in the area after 6:30 pm and the nearest paid parking is at 217 Elgin St Carlton (for $8). If you are traveling by public transport, catch the University tram and get off at Melbourne Uni.

Kathleen Syme Library (Multi-Purpose Room 2) -  251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC

Kathleen Syme Library (Multi-Purpose Room 2) - 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC


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Blues Guitar Masterclass 1

Where: Kathleen Syme Library
(Multi-purpose Room 1).
251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC.
Price: $65.00 

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Blues Guitar Masterclass 2

Where: Kathleen Syme Library
(Multi-purpose Room 1).
51 Faraday St, Carlton VIC.
Price: $65.00 

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Blues Guitar Masterclass 1 & 2 (Both)

Where: Kathleen Syme Library
(Multi-purpose Room 1).
251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC.
Price: $120.00

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About Thomas Lorenzo

Thomas Lorenzo is a world renowned and award-winning guitarist, composer and music educator. Thomas has released five solo instrumental albums in contemporary Jazz, Blues and Flamenco styles. His latest release Spanish Breeze was in the Top 50 JazzWeek World Music Album Charts in 2010.  In addition, Thomas has a prolific musical education background. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has taught and lectured in a number or significant musical institutions including Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. 

Currently Thomas teaches guitar and music in private tuition and group workshop settings. Although he comes from a deeply technical and theoretical background, Thomas' teaching method is very practical and is focused on helping individuals explore their  innate musical talents and most importantly feel good about life. 
Learn more and listen to Thomas' music