The Abbey Street Music philosophy
Ever felt that hitting a drum or strumming a guitar felt right?
There could be a good reason for that. All human cultures throughout the world play a form of music and we've been doing it for a long time - the oldest instruments date back to over 40 000 years ago. Science has shown that playing a musical instrument plays an important role in how our brains develop, not only in hearing and eye/hand coordination but also in mathematical skills, overall IQ and academic achievement. There's also evidence to suggest that learning music accelerates development of language and reading.
At Abbey Street Music, we place emphasis not only on the playing and enjoyment of music, but how it actually works. At the heart of music making are systems that can be learnt by anyone, and there’s an instrument that’s right for everyone, at every level. Abbey Street Music has classes for guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and voice, and can structure a personalised lesson plan to suit you.
What we teach at Abbey Street
The guitar has been around for at least 800 years, and for good reason - it's portable, sounds great and you can start to make music quickly. Whether you're a gentle strummer or want to shred with the best, Abbey Street can get you going - you'll be picking out a simple melody and strumming your first chord in the first lesson.
Although related to the guitar, bass takes a different approach, providing a rhythmic and melodic bridge between guitar and drums. Abbey Street can give you the low-down on the bass guitar and how to find both great grooves and surprising melodic qualities from the instrument.
Drums are perhaps the most primal instrument of all and a sense of rhythm is innate to humans - our hearts beat in time and our feet step out a steady one-two rhythm every day. Abbey Street can show you how to get your limbs co-ordinating and get that groove-a-happening - you'll be surprised how quickly you'll be playing.
The modern keyboard we know today has developed over hundreds of years, the culmination of an approach to harmony developed since the days of Bach. The beauty of any keyboard is that the notes are already laid out in front of you. Abbey Street can provide the fundamentals for any keyboard instrument with a step by step approach introducing notes, chords and melodies.
To sing is to be human: we've done it since the dawn of time, in caves and bathrooms throughout the world! Singing is the expression of one's inner self and to sing with others the connection with your fellow human. Abbey Street can give you insight into how to develop and get the most out of your voice, and importantly learn how to harmonise and blend with others.
All instrumental lessons are taught in conjunction with music theory, so you'll never be in the dark about the notes you're playing and how they work. Western functional harmony is fundamental to our instrumental teaching, but we also address the use of modes, blues notes and jazz fundamentals.
Peter Long is a performing musician, vocalist, sound engineer and composer, and teaches guitar, bass, drums, voice and beginners piano at Abbey Street. He performs regularly as vocalist and guitarist for bands Paper Sun and The Winstons and also sings with the Spooky Men’s Chorale. He has album credits as a performer, composer, engineer and graphic artist and is also an organiser of events such as the annual Blue Mountains Beatlefest, Life On Mars: A Celebration of the Music of David Bowie and Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out: the Music of the Rolling Stones. He staged the multimedia event States Of Suspension at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in February 2018. Peter holds a Bachelor in Music (Honours) from Western Sydney University and is currently completely a doctorate in music and moving imagery.
Ian Dunn is well known in the Blue Mountains though his drumming with local prog-metal heroes Red Bee and is also known as a guitarist and singer with Green Rose. Ian has been performing, studying and teaching music since high school and holds an Advanced Diploma of Music and has studied a Bachelor of Music at Western Sydney University.
What students have said about Abbey Street Music...
I would highly recommend Abbey Street Music and Peter Long to anyone considering musical tuition, for themselves or for their children. My young teenage son has been learning guitar from Peter for 2 years and I could not be happier with the progress he has made. Peter’s style is methodical and sympathetic to the individual, plus he has a wealth of musical knowledge and experience which he uses to guide and inspire his students. My son always looks forward to his lessons as do I, as I love to watch how well he learns in the environment Peter has created. Can’t thank you enough Peter! - Robyne Dunn
Peter is a talented musician who has a breadth of knowledge and experience to share with and inspire students on their musical journey. I appreciate Peter's personable, informal style and personalised, responsive approach to music tuition and highly recommend him as a teacher - Kylie Mott
I've had a few terms of guitar tuition from Peter Long, and I'll be starting another term with him soon. I have found his teaching practical and thorough. When I wanted to work on a particular song, he always researched the material prior to my class. His manner is easy and approachable - Ken Bromilow
I would highly recommend Peter Long's Abbey Street Music for any aspiring musicians who are wanting to improve in any aspect of music. I started out with very limited knowledge of music theory, Pete has taught me the all basic outlines of music theory in a understandable way. Which has now years later improved me as a guitar player and all the theory behind it - Samual Toppo
Pete the teacher is friendly, kind and he does his job very professionally. I will recommend him to anyone who wants to learn music from the best - Kasia Toppo
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