|Tim Khalil - Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday|
Brief History -
Hello. I'm Tim and rock and roll entered my world when
my family obtained their first CD player around 1996. This sparked a fire
in me which led me to try and master every style I set my hands to beginning
with punk and metal and later leading to progressive rock and more virtuosic
styles like Joe Satriani. With these skills I ranked in the top 50 for
NSW high-school music performances in 2004.
My Educational Philosophy -
The reason I learned to play guitar, and I believe the
reason many people want to learn, is because of our love of music. To
break it down further: it's what you hear. At the end of the day the measure
of your accomplishment on any instrument is that which is heard when you
play. While this may seem like a fundamental point, it is one that countless
tutors seem to overlook. Often the quality of the music that the student
is taught to produce is forsaken for the goal of 'ticking boxes' or 'getting
through' a piece of music. For this reason many guitar teachers will take
students through many songs in a month without the student truly mastering
the nuances or unfortunately in some cases; the basics.
-A tendency to hold one's breath or breathing irregularly,
depriving the muscles of oxygen and ultimately inhibiting you of the dexterity
to play at your best
Each of these problems all cause that which is heard to
fall short of perfection and believe it or not -when any one of these
bad habits are in effect, they have a unique sound to them. As your teacher,
not only can I see what problems are in effect, but I can hear them -which
in turn allows me to better articulate how to improve your playing rather
than ignorantly chalking it down to more practice.
My desire for excellence is driven by my love of music and belief that if you're going to play a song -don't just play it right -play it well! Naturally this flows into my mentality when teaching my students. I generally tend not to move on to new material until a student can play a piece as well as I can -and while this may sound harsh, the flow of my lessons are directed progressively: step-by-step. This way when I've taught a student to play their first chord -they will never ever have a problem playing it again -it will always sound musical and clear
Styles of Music Taught -
Having studied music on a tertiary level and participated in a diverse range of performances, I have a fairly open mind for music. I have taught indie, pop, rock, folk, soul, rhythm & blues, gospel, metal and progressive music from the 60s to now. Overall I'm a teacher of all contemporary styles of music. This includes acoustic, electric and some bass. I minored in jazz guitar at university but I'm not authoritative on jazz or classical guitar.
My Musical Interests -
While it's all about what is heard when
you play, I believe the core key lies in technique. One of my unique strengths
as a teacher is my passion for improving the technique of my students
as is relevant to lead playing. I can teach students how to shred up a
guitar with lightening fast runs while never loosing sight of melody and
emotive inspiration -especially when it comes to improvisation.
|page last updated December 27th 2017|