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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - May 29, 2016

Matthew Fagan demonstrates sweep picking and claw hammer techniques. Triple M and Australian Musician present the Melbourne Guitar Show Aug 6 & 7 Caulfield Racecourse. Check out Matthew’s website for tour dates

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - May 26, 2016

Melbourne guitar identity Phil Ceberano follows up lesson 1 on how to funk up your guitar playing with part 2. Melbourne Guitar Show Aug 6&7, 2016 Caulfield Racecourse presented by Triple M and Australian Musician. Footage courtesy

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 26, 2016

Legendary Australian rockers Taste have reformed and today released a new album ‘Life On Earth.’ Ken, Joey, Michael and Damian performed a stripped back but powerful version of their single ‘I Am God’ exclusively for Australian Musician.

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - May 26, 2016

Melbourne guitar identity Phil Ceberano shows you how to funk up your guitar playing. Melbourne Guitar Show Aug 6&7, 2016 Caulfield Racecourse presented by Triple M and Australian Musician. Footage courtesy

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - May 25, 2016

Brian Wilson and his wonderful band were in Australia in early April performing the legendary Pet Sounds album in its entirety, a recording which celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 16. In a rare exclusive interview with band members Nelson Bragg and Probyn Gregory, Australian Musician’s Michael Witheford learns what…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 25, 2016


Former Thousand Needles In Red and The Knowing guitarist, Tristan ‘Trizo’ Bouillaut, has created a new guitar app called Guitar Get Up to enhance the learning experience for budding guitarists.

“Our approach at Guitar Get Up is a simple one; keep things basic, and make it excellent at the core” says Trizo. “We have uniquely designed a guitar learning platform using backing tracks specifically written & recorded for the app, based on fourteen years teaching and twenty eight years playing experience. We only include those features and functions that enhance the playing experience; we’ve created four tempos in five different keys allowing you to focus your energy on playing. All keys and tempos have been carefully selected, designed & tested so you can sit down and begin playing quickly and easily. To get started, simply select a key and a preferred tempo and start practicing scales, writing leads or improvising solos. Be sure to refer to scale diagrams and video links for more”.

TRIZO is a successful, highly regarded Sydney based guitarist, producer & songwriter. He has performed on several international stages and has worked with some of the world’s top record producers and musicians along the way. He has played in some high profile Aussie bands, including Thousand Needles In Red; the group earned a Top 5 single & album, national radio play, sold-out shows & attracted global sponsorships. Notably, Bouillaut was named an ambassador for VOX Amplifiers. His image and endorsement were featured in the company’s massive print advertising campaign. He also had major sponsorship agreements with TC Electronic & Faith guitars; once again Trizo’s image and endorsement was featured in both company’s national advertising campaigns. In a career spanning 26 years, Bouillaut has undertaken hundreds of interviews with radio, print and online media. He has been featured in numerous national newspapers, street press and magazines. Bouillaut also runs a thriving guitar school, now in it’s 14th year!

“I created the Guitar Get Up app because In my many years of teaching, I have found the students that really practice their timing, tend to have a more professional sound. I’m not only talking about being in time to a metronome or a song; I’m talking about using half time, full time and double time. This essentially gives you more dynamics and flexibility playing all styles. The combination of playing in three different stages of timing simply brings a three-dimensional quality, providing a more professional sound” Added Trizo.

A great practice tool that you can take wherever you go, available on IOS devices.

Guitar Get Up Preview

Guitar Get Up is available via iTunes

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Posted in Blog, Special Features    //    Post Date - May 25, 2016


Richard Berkman CA is Managing Director of Big Music in Crows Nest. Richard offers some great tax saving tips for musicians.

Tax time is stressful for those working in the music industry. Most of us have multiple income sources including teaching, performing and other full-time or part-time work. Gathering tax information is complicated but ignoring it means you miss opportunities to save big bucks. Here are some top tips to save at tax time*:

Tip #1:  $20,000 instant asset write-off for small business
The biggest opportunity is the current instant tax write-off for small business assets costing up to $20,000.  If you have an ABN and report your income from musical activities for tax – as opposed to music as a hobby – you may be able to purchase gear worth up to $20,000 (each item) before 30 June and get an immediate tax deduction for it this year.

If you’re a performing artist, that could include any gear you need to perform – instruments, amps, effects, PA, lighting and back line.

If you’re a music teacher, maybe it’s time to upgrade your computer or instruments you use to teach.

Remember that what you can legitimately claim depends on what you do and from where you earn income – something to discuss with a tax agent. Which brings us to Tip #2.

Tip #2:  Get a good Tax Agent
An experienced Tax Agent who really understands musicians will help you claim entitlements. A good one will more than cover their cost with the extra tax refund they secure. And their fee is also tax deductible!

Your tax agent will guide you through work-related expenses you can claim – which for a Performing Musician might include:

  • Car expenses
  • Travel expenses
  • Mobile phone bills
  • Clothing/Uniforms
  • Agent fees
  • Insurance
  • Accessories – strings, sticks, books etc
  • Equipment maintenance – set ups, repairs, restrings, etc
  • Home Office – internet, computers and printers, rent, phone bills, electricity
  • Professional library (sheet music, references, dictionaries)
  • Seminars, conferences and Training Courses
  • Technical or Professional Publications
  • Theatre and film tickets
  • Tools and equipment


Tip #3: Don’t procrastinate. Do it now!
A little planning and action before 30 June, then lodging your tax return in July could mean a big fat tax refund a few weeks later. Then you can buy more cool gear. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

*Advice contained in this article is intended for general information purposes and may not apply in all circumstances. Please seek independent advice from a tax professional for your specific situation.

About the author: Richard Berkman CA is Managing Director of Big Music in Crows Nest, Australia’s leading independent musical instrument retail store and music school.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 25, 2016


Entries open for one of the country’s biggest music prizes Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 & Awards

Victoria’s vibrant music community will tune up for big rewards as entries open today for Australia’s most valuable and sought after music prize – the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards.

Providing opportunities for Victorian musicians across ALL music genres, including performers and composers, and valued at more than $130,000 in total, the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards offers five categories, plus a public choice award. To continue the 10th anniversary celebrations, two new categories valued at $45,000 in total are being offered.

Melbourne Prize Trust Executive Director, Mr Simon Warrender, said with the generous cross-sector community investment, the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards provide significant opportunities for Victorian musicians across all genres.

The Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards include the following categories:

  • $60,000 MELBOURNE PRIZE FOR MUSIC 2016 is for a Victorian musician, or group of musicians, whose work has made an outstanding contribution to Australian music and has enriched cultural and public life. Supported by The Vera Moore Foundation.
  • $30,000 OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS AWARD 2016 – plus $2,500 Qantas international travel is for a Victorian musician or group for a recent work representing outstanding creativity and skill. Supported by the Melbourne Prize Trust.
  • $25,000 BELEURA AWARD FOR COMPOSITION 2016 is a new category supported by The Tallis Foundation in memory of John Tallis (1911-1996) for a composition of outstanding musicianship, skill and creativity. All genres of composition are eligible.
  • DISTINGUISHED MUSICIANS FELLOWSHIP 2016 is a new category supported by the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) providing a commercial engagement with the VCA and MCM to the value of $20,000.
  • $16,000 DEVELOPMENT AWARD 2016 is for an early career musician or group, 30 years of age and under, demonstrating outstanding musical talent with the potential to develop their professional career – comprising a $6,000 rrp. Yamaha Music Australia music instrument and equipment grant and $10,000 cash supported by The William Buckland Foundation.
  • $4,000 CIVIC CHOICE AWARD 2016 supported by Readings for the finalist with the highest number of public votes. Voting opens on September 6th. Voters will go into the running to win a luxury overnight stay at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Melbourne’s Hotel for the Arts.

The 2016 judges include six esteemed music sector professionals – Patrick Donovan, CEO Music Victoria and Chair Australian Music Industry Network, Professor Paul Grabowsky AO, Pianist, Composer, Conductor, Director Monash Academy of Performing Arts, Genevieve Lacey, Recorder Virtuoso, Artistic Director and Collaborator, Marshall McGuire, Head of Artistic Planning Melbourne Recital Centre, Helen Marcou Co-founder Bakehouse Studios and SLAM and Ronald Vermeulen, Director of Artistic Planning, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Entries open May 25th, entries close 5pm July 11th,
Finalists announced September 6th,
Winners announced November 9th,
Free public exhibition held at Federation Square, the Exhibition and Events partner of the Melbourne Prize Trust, between 7 and 21 November 2016.

All announcements will be made at

For information and to enter or nominate visit
Entries can be made by the individual musician or group or by nomination.

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - May 24, 2016

James Ryan (Fender clinician, Racer Axe, Kate Ceberano guitarist) shows us a lick inspired by American guitarist Marty Friedman. Triple M and Australian Musician present the Melbourne Guitar Show Aug 6 & &, 2016 Caulfield Racecourse

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Posted in Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - May 24, 2016

Ulysses Owens Jr. is an American multi Grammy Award winning drummer and percussionist, known for his work with bassist Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis,and Maceo Parker. Ulysses checks out the TAMA Star maple drums

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