Guitar Lessons Melbourne - Alla's Music Studio

With lessons ranging from complete beginner to professional, Alla's Music Studio can give you the musical education you need to reach your guitar playing goals. We offer lessons for a wide range of guitar styles, including Classical, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock and more. Learn one on one with one of our talented teachers, or choose group lessons and learn with like-minded people in an open and low-pressure environment. Whatever you're hoping to achieve with the guitar, Alla's Music Studio can help you get there.
Book your first guitar lessons in Melbourne online or contact us today for more information.

Why Learn Guitar?

The Guitar is an amazing instrument dating back to its development and invention around the 15th Century. It is an extremely versatile instrument and allows for musicians to play styles from Classical to Jazz to Rock to Blues and more !! The Benefits of playing the Guitar/Bass include assisting in developing emotion/patience/expression, motor skills, dexterity and memory while being fun and enjoyable.

If you're looking to learn an instrument, guitar is a fantastic place to start. With its intuitive design and long history, you can pick up a guitar and start learning almost immediately. With a wide range of styles to choose from and the versatility of choosing electric, acoustic, or bass guitar, you're free to learn a style of guitar that resonates with you. In as little as one lesson you can start playing songs from your favourite bands. Our guitar lessons in Melbourne will help you learn the correct way to play guitar, basic and advanced music theory, fingerpicking and advanced skills, and much more. Here are some more reasons to learn guitar:

  • Develop coordination and finger dexterity
  • Improved mental acuity and focus
  • Benefits to timing and improved time management
  • Stress relief and reduction in anxiety
  • Exposure to a wide variety of music types
  • Improvements in confidence and self-esteem
  • You look really cool!

The Acoustic/Classical Styled Guitar is a great choice:

  • The instrument is very easy to manage as it comes in various sizes
  • Easy to Store and Carry - Take it anywhere. Play outside on a sunny day
  • Using a clip on tuner allows the instrument to always be in tune
  • No need to purchase an amp. No need to find a power point or source
  • Sounds great when being played quietly so students can play at home comfortably
  • Classical styled guitars have very gentle strings
  • Acoustic Steel String Guitars can be made louder via the inclusion of a pickup/preamp
  • The instrument is very light to hold
  • Can be played as an individual or in group settings
  • Sounds amazing when being played to accompany singing

The transition from an Acoustic/Classical style guitar to an Electric Guitar is very easy as the fretboard remains the same allowing for all techniques, skills and knowledge to be immediately transferred. Another great aspect of learning the Guitar is that it can provide a really good foundation to play the Electric Bass guitar as the four top strings are the same tuning ( E - A - D and G ) and the fretboards are identical.

The Electric Guitar is a great choice:

  • While the Electric Guitar will be slightly heavier in weight than an acoustic/classical guitar, in most cases playing the electric guitar is the ideal choice when seeking to learn and perform modern contemporary styles such as Rock, Pop and Blues. Though an acoustic guitar will sound great too
  • Can be practiced without an amp
  • Really comes 'alive' when plugged into an amplifier. These range from small quiet practice amps to the very loud stage amps. Turn it up !!
  • Sounds really cool when adding effects such as distortion, delay and overdrive
  • Some techniques are generally easier to play such as string bending
  • It can be easily modified such as changing the string size gauges and pickups to get an entirely new and different sound. So no need to purchase a new guitar, simply change the electronics if you like the feel of your current one
  • Very durable if played correctly
  • Many styles other than Rock/Blues can be authentically played such as Jazz
  • It can be personalised with artwork and stickers. Make it look cool !!
  • Similar to the Acoustic/Classical guitar it can be played with alternate tunings

The Electric Bass Guitar/Upright is a great choice:

  • A great Bassline in music can help drive the music and make it feel even better
  • Can be practiced without an amp
  • Bass and Drums are a great team and locking them together makes for a reliable and groovy Rhythm Section in 100s of songs
  • While advanced techniques can be applied to the Bass, generally a musician will be playing single note type of patterns that repeat throughout the music
  • The Electric Bass when Amplified provides the lower frequencies/pitches and tends to shake any room. It helps move people to dance
  • It can also be practiced without an amp. Just like the Electric Guitar
  • Learning the upright Bass is very good for styles such as Jazz
  • Similar to the Electric Guitar, adding effects can add special sounds and make the Bass really come alive in a music band and group
  • Other styles and genres such as Classical Music can be performed on the Bass and it also sounds amazing as a featured Solo Instrument
  • It can also be tuned to different 'tunings' for new fresh sounds and tones

Personalised Lessons For Better Learning

While most of our music classes follow one of four standard music curriculums, private lessons are tailored to your personal needs. Everyone learns differently, and everyone has different goals. Being taught in a way that works for you is incredibly important when learning an instrument. The teacher you choose can also have a huge impact on your learning. Booking a trial lesson with a teacher will help you get a good feel for the style of the lesson before you commit to anything. You can find out what style of guitar you want to learn (rock, classical, jazz, blues etc. ) what kind of guitar you want to learn (electric and acoustic primarily) and more.

Guitar Purchase And Hire

If you don't have a guitar or aren't yet ready to commit to buying one, we offer instrument hire and purchase at competitive prices. We have a range of different guitars available for beginners, both electric and acoustic.
Talk to us today for more information.

Our Guitar Teachers

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Ana Maria Rojas Leal

Qualification: Master in Music, University of The Andes
Teaches Guitar from the beginner to intermediate level.

Ana Maria has been playing guitar at around 10 years. She first fell in love with the sounds of the guitar when she has learned the basic structures of the Colombian traditional music at the University of The Andes.
Ana Maria's goal is to teach students the importance of having the correct technique in order to play their instruments properly. Also, ensuring that students are kept interested and enjoy playing the style of music they like while at the same time applying the essential basic knowledge necessary. Overall, generally, making sure that each student stays inspired and excited about playing music!

The things that are to be covered in class would be: - Applying knowledge for great rhythmic playing to accompany drums and bass in a group/band situation
- Correct ways of tuning guitar (by ear and using tuner)
- The correct way to strum for vocal accompaniment
- Finger picking exercises for beginners and intermediate/advanced players
- Improvising skills (soloing over a Blues progression etc.)
- Theory studies
- Scales practice
- And riffs
Ana Maria teaches for leisure as well as preparing students to AMEB contemporary and Rockshool exams

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Zachary Lazarevski

Zachary is currently studying jazz, majoring in vocal performance at Monash University. He previously studied piano performance at The University of Melbourne at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (2012). He also has a TAFE diploma in popular music performance (2008).
Zachary is a multi-instrumentalist who teaches guitar, ukulele, singing, piano and percussion. He teaches all styles, including Popular music, Jazz and Classical.

Zachary performs music at Christ Church St Kilda. He previously performed regularly on the Bourke Street Mall, where only the most experienced and professional buskers may perform His music lesson videos on his YouTube channel "Learn Music Like Language" have been viewed over 10,000 times. These videos have dozens of great comments such as "It's really helpful and useful!" "You really helped me, thanks," and "best teacher."
Zachary helps students to achieve excellent results in AMEB exams, including Classical guitar exams and the new AMEB Rock School popular music guitar exams that are recognised internationally!

Zachary is a music education author who wrote the highly rated book "How To Sing Any Song - 14 Secret Vocal Hacks" click this link to read the book:

Zachary is passionate about researching the learning methods of the greatest musicians of all time such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, Miles Davis & Stevie Wonder. He has discovered that all these great musicians learned music like a language - they listened and imitated, learned music by ear, improvised, and composed. Zachary helps you learn music like a language. A typical lesson plan is as follows:

  1. Student chooses one of their favorite songs
  2. Zac teaches the whole song, by rote and by ear
  3. Zac teaches how to identify and perform the parts of the song - the rhythm patterns, tonal patterns, and chord patterns.
  4. Zac teaches how to master the rhythm, tonal and chord patterns in a fun way by improvising and creating simple songs or compositions with them
  5. Through these little music composition exercises, students gain a deep understanding of music theory, reading and writing music notation.
Zachary is also a highly experienced vocal coach. He can teach singing and guitar together. With Zachary you can learn many musical styles, including pop, rock, R&B, jazz and classical. You will be excellent at learning songs by ear, improvising, composing and songwriting. If you want to participate in AMEB examination program, Zachary will help you to prepare any type of exams including Contemporary, Classical and Rockschool exams.

Andy Cotter

Andy Cotter is a professional guitarist with over thirty years of teaching experience. He completed high school with a grade 8 in classical guitar and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Music from Latrobe University in 1991. Andy has experience teaching a wide variety of guitar and bass styles, including Classical, Jazz, Rock and Pop. He has performed and collaborated with some of Australia's best know musicians, including Scott Carne from Kids in the Kitchen and Adam Thompson from Chocolate Starfish. Andy continues to perform regularly in private school musicals throughout Melbourne.

Andy employs the following teaching strategies.

  1. Beginner students are encouraged to explore various genres of music to establish a favourite player or style.
  2. Some technical facility is established before students learn to read music.
  3. Young beginners are taught with a classical, fingerstyle method.
  4. An emphasis on developing rhythmic skills, particularly when playing contemporary music.
  5. Andy encourages students to take AMEB and Rockschool exams.

Andy enjoys a great rapport with his students and is passionate about passing on his lifelong love of a wide array of musical styles, to them.

Justin Vilchez

Qualification: Bachelor Degree in Applied Music Performance. Boxhill Tafe, Melbourne.

Justin Vilchez is a trained contemporary guitarist and mandolinist with a degree in Applied Music performance from Boxhill Tafe. Picking up the guitar at age 6, Justin got his musical start playing blues and rock 'n roll. His passion for melody led him to a bachelor's degree in jazz and contemporary music. Whilst Justin is fluent in a variety of genres, his love for all things folk music shines through boasting the musical theory knowledge to back it up. The last 2 years has seen him living abroad based in Saskatchewan Canada, gigging as a core member of a contemporary Bluegrass band 'The Local group' as well as accompanying folk singers in festivals and shows across the country.

He has maintained a busy teaching schedule for the last 8 years teaching privately from his home and working with a variety of schools in Australia and abroad, offering both in person and online lessons.

Justin's teaching style aims to keep lessons fun and engaging whilst also absorbing the core technique and theory of a variety of stringed instruments including Guitar, Mandolin, Bass and Ukulele. Fluent in both notation and TAB, he strongly promotes developing good audiation, giving students the tools to work out songs by ear and the power to pick up new tunes in seconds. Justin's experience with students of all ages has taught him what techniques and attitude to uphold and ensure the most growth, whilst maintaining a friendly and fun approach to practical and theory based learning.

Grant Smith

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. The NSW Tafe
  • Bachelor in Contemporary Music. The Southern Cross University
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Instrumental/Classroom Music. The University of Melbourne
  • Diploma in Jazz/Popular Performance. The Gordon Tafe

Grant Smith has been actively teaching music professionally for over 15 years both as a qualified Instrumental and Classroom Teacher including Primary/Secondary year levels. Throughout his teaching career Grant has taught a vast range of contemporary musical instruments including Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Drums, Ukulele and world instruments such as the Traditional Gamelan Ensemble. In 2014 Grant moved overseas to teach music at The Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) and was also part of the founding team to establish a new international campus at The Peninsula International School Australia (PISA) where he taught all music subjects from Foundation to VCE levels.

Grant Smith has been actively teaching music professionally for over 15 years both as a qualified Instrumental and Classroom Teacher including Primary/Secondary year levels. Throughout his teaching career Grant has taught a vast range of contemporary musical instruments including Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Drums, Ukulele and world instruments such as the Traditional Gamelan Ensemble. In 2014 Grant moved overseas to teach music at The Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) and was also part of the founding team to establish a new international campus at The Peninsula International School Australia (PISA) where he taught all music subjects from Foundation to VCE levels.

Grant believes that 'Learning an instrument should be fun, challenging and rewarding' As a beginner/intermediate musician it is vital to learn the music you love and that inspires you to develop your skills and knowledge. Having a genuine and authentic grounding in the initial learning stages can assist in developing your own voice, tone and expression on your chosen instrument.

Music lessons with Grant is 100% student focused and includes:

  • Learning your favourite songs/music in a very relaxed and professional setting.
  • Techniques and Technical work such as Fingerstyle and Scale/Chord work relating to your instrument.
  • Improvisation techniques such as exploring the sounds of an instrument, creating music based on a key and/or over a set chord progression, imitating what you hear, playing along with backing tracks, learning musical vocabulary via licks, basslines and phrases while developing your own expression and musical ideas.
  • Genuine and authentic feedback to increase musicianship levels.
  • A personally focused and supportive routine designed to work within a student's own requirements.

The Guitar ( Acoustic/Classical and Electric ) and Bass ( Electric/Upright )

Bass lessons with Grant covers tuition on the regular 4 String Bass plus 5 and 6 String Bass, Fretless Bass and the upright Bass. Specific areas covered by Grant in Guitar/Bass lessons include:

  • Learn your favourite Song/Melody and Basslines.
  • Right hand techniques such as picking, fingerstyle, Slap Bass, ebow, muting, harmonic picking and fretboard tapping.
  • Left hand techniques such as dexterity exercises, muting, vibrato, slide, string bending, slides and percussive styles.
  • Scales and Chords.
  • Melodies, Basslines, Licks and Riffs.
  • Soloing/Improvisation.
  • Sight Reading and other styles such as Classical Music ( Bach on Bass ).
  • Play along both as MP3 and play along during the lessons with Grant.
  • Rhythm section playing. Understanding how the Guitar and especially the Bass works and compliments the Drums and other instruments in music.

  • We offer face to face and online individual and group lessons.

  • We provide preparation for AMEB, ABRSM, VCE and other examinations.

  • We organize student's performances several times a year.

  • We can book music lessons for all of your children at the same day and time.

  • We can sell and hire music instruments and books for you from our studio.

  • Discounts are available for families with multiple children enrolled, as well as for multiple lessons booked in a week.


627 Centre Rd, Bentleigh East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3165

(near Mckinnon Secondary College)

Phone: (03) 99424066
Mobile: 0422 835 857