Compositional Empowerment

Revolutionize the way you Think and Approach Composition

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This LIVE workshop will be repeated several times! Feel free to join one, or multiple live sessions!
Workshop dates (7pm - 9pm AEDT 2021):
• Feb 17th
• Feb 24th
• March 3rd
• March 10th
• March 17th
• March 24th
• March 31st
• April 7th

Two ebooks containing 16 stunning pieces for classical guitar!

Yep! These brilliant pieces were written by students who took our 4 week introduction to composition course! Many of whom had NEVER composed before!

Plus, your workshop material and lecture notes!

We will also upload a replay in case you can't join us live

How to join the live workshops?

Click the button below to join any of the LIVE sessions via Zoom!
To make things easy for everyone, we are using the same meeting ID and link for each session!

Remember, the timezone is AEDT!

7pm - 9pm AEDT

Would you like extra support, feedback, and to meet like-minded individuals?

Join our "Compositional Empowerment" facebook group by clicking the button below!
Use this group to ask questions about composition, or simply as a safe and supportive environment to share your current work!

What will you learn?

• How to identify and overcome common roadblocks stopping you from composing, or even attempting it!

• Qualities of a good melody

• The surprisingly simple compositional structure behind even the most complicated looking and sounding pieces, such as Julia Florida by Augustin Barrios

• Your identity as a musician

• How to identify and separate accompaniment from melody in polyphonic music

• How to create a canvas for your composition which will give you direction and a clear path to completion


Q. Is this the same as your 4 week Introduction to Composition Course?

A. This workshop "Compositional Empowerment" is the first lecture in our 4 week course. It acts as a perfect introduction to composing!

If participants wish to take things further, we encourage them to join the remaining sessions in the full 4 week course.

You will be offered the option to upgrade to the full 4 week course at checkout.

However, if you wish to only join this one workshop, we guarantee you will learn a lot and be equipped with some great tools to begin composing!

Q. Is this only for classical guitarists?

A. The principals apply to any instrument! Although it is tailored towards classical guitar, we have had piano, saxophone, harp and violin players participate in and enjoy this workshop!

"I did not know what to expect and I was rather uncertain because my guitar skills are limited and did this course using my harp. I found Dan’s teaching was excellent and could be applied to just about any instrument. I have learnt a new skill and have had a great time.
Shirley Allot

Feb 3rd, 7pm - 9pm AEDT 2021

Meet your teacher

Hi, I'm Dan
I love the classical guitar and am drawn to its unique array of colors and sounds. When I was young, my dad played at home a lot and started teaching me what he was playing - the first piece I learned was Spanish Romance and I loved it!

And now? I got my undergrad degrees in Melbourne and Doctor of Music in the USA. I've spent years researching old guitar methods to figure out the secrets of how composers like Sor, Giuliani, Tarrega, Barrios, etc. thought about music and practiced their instrument.

​In the process, this has unlocked many undiscovered techniques and models that give guitarists a platform and clear path to composition. ​I hope these old traditions will empower you to compose and help bring new life to your guitar playing!

I'm looking forward to meeting and working with you!

Meet your co-ordinator

Hi, I'm Michael.
I'm the one behind everything you see at the Melbourne Guitar Festival!

I organise a yearly concert series, an annual 3 day international guitar festival, plus educational courses and workshops!

I am also a professional musician myself, and play with the Melbourne Guitar Quartet!

These workshops and courses that Daniel teaches are just brilliant! I am always overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback and enthusiasm from all participants.

I'm really excited to welcome you to join us!

If you have ever thought about attempting composition, but are not sure where or how to begin, then do join us on Feb 3rd for this life changing experience!

Compositional Empowerment

Revolutionize the way you Think and Approach Composition

• Live 2 Hour Lecture
• PDF Materials
• Lifetime Access to Video Replay

Feb 3rd, 7pm - 9pm AEDT 2021


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