Play What You Hear

Play What You Hear  – Aural Training Workshop Series.

Ever wondered how the experts seem to effortlessly work out how to play a song just by a quick listen? Some people might think this is a magical talent that only appears after years of experience playing an instrument, but, it’s actually easier than you may think – the methods are easily attainable even for beginners.

These workshops are designed to get your ears trained up to listen in the correct way to allow you to work out your favourite songs without having to rely on the sometimes dubious internet transcriptions!

At the same time these new skills will help you in other areas on your instrument from better improvisation techniques to working out how to begin writing your own music and songs. After all, your ears are going to be your most important guide on the road to mastering music so let’s see if we can tune it up for you!

There are currently 3 sequential workshops in this series.

Where:  The Guitar Gym, Indooroopilly


Workshop #1

Saturday September 29, 3pm – 4:30pm

Saturday October 13, 3pm – 4:30pm

Workshop #2

Saturday October 20, 3pm – 4:30pm

Workshop #3

Saturday November 24, 3pm – 4:30pm

Place are limited and bookings essential, please contact us to confirm your place.

July 2012: Chris Hanson


Axe(s):  Gibson SG (60s Tribute)

Amp and Effects:  Marshall, Cornford, Cube, Roland

Favourite Styles:  Rock, Acoustic, Metal, Alternative  

Influences:  Slash, Jimmy Page, Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Van Halen, Jonny Buckland, Roy Buchanan, José González, Gerry Rafferty, Pete Murray

Favourite Quote:  “Being a rockstar is the intersection of who you are and who you want to be.”  ? Slash

Career Highlights:  Guitar Gym concerts, school concerts / events

What do you love about The Guitar Gym?  Guitar Gym has the best teachers and students to have great lessons with and have as much fun as possible!  I’ve been able to learn heaps of songs I’ve always wanted to be able to play, and it feels awesome!

June 2012: Makenzie Moor

Axe(s):  Black Tanglewood Electric and a Cort Semi-Acoustic

Amp and Effects:  Tanglewood Amp

Favourite Styles:  I enjoy playing country songs as well as finger picking and strumming Latin music

Influences:  My mum first picked up the guitar and suggested I should try some lessons with the Guitar Gym. After the first class, I was hooked! She influenced me to love the guitar as it is so diverse and can be  taken everywhere. My two guitar teachers Ami and Perry have also both been amazing influences to keep practicing and learning new songs!

Favourite Quote:  “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts, can be counted” – Einstein

Career Highlights:  I’ve enjoyed playing at all The Guitar Gym concerts as well as entertaining for parties and strumming away while camping.  The top highlight would be currently learning the song  – ‘Whipping Post’ cover by Geoff Achison. 

What do you love about The Guitar Gym?  I love how I can choose what style/songs I wish to learn, and I can take as long I need to learn them.  The lessons aren’t strict so it’s a fun environment to jam out!

Upcoming Workshop Alert

Hi members! Quick reminder that John will be holding Diatonic Workshop 2 this Saturday 12th November at The Guitar Gym Indooroopilly. Workshop starts at 3pm.


October 2011: Lucy Corser

Axe: Onyx Jazz Guitar, Ibanez Electric/Acoustic, Epiphone Les Paul

Favourite Styles: Blues and Rock

Influences: Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens, Silverchair, Chili Peppers, Powderfinger, Ben  Harper, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz

Favourite Quote:

“”I have an idea that the term ‘weaker sex’ was coined by some woman to disarm some man she was preparing to overwhelm” – Ogden Nash

Career Highlights: Back in the day…performing in the back of a truck for ‘Battle of the Bands’, playing at different parties, local community events and school parades. More recently, picking the guitar back up and remembering how good it is to play!


September 2011: Daniel Rablin

Axe: Epiphone Les Paul Standard

Amp and Effects: nuX Mighty15

Favourite Styles: Anything from pop rock to progressive metal, but nothing too heavy.

Influences: Dream Theater, and a couple others like The Black Mages.

Favourite Quote:

““A good player can make any guitar sound good.” Michael Bloomfield

Career Highlights: None yet, but as a game desing programmer, I also hope to contribute towards my career by writing music for the games and other programs I produce.