For the ever growing option of having lessons online, I am happy to tell you about two highly skilled musicians. Introducing guitar player George Hartshorn and drummer Damon Spijkerbosch. Together we can help you no matter where you and the internet are.
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Online Guitar Tuition
George’s life has been heavily involved with music from a young age. Early memories of watching acts like Rodger Waters and listening to Phil record music, sparked a big interest.
George began busking in Arrowtown when he first moved to the Wakatipu Basin. He was the youngest member involved with the Arrowtown School rock bands programme to perform at the Smokefree Rock Quest competitions.
At high school he met three guys who together became great mates, and became one of Queenstowns most prominent bands, The Fletchers. At 14 George was regularly playing in Queenstown’s bars and clubs performing many covers and originals. This carried on for the next five years. In addition to their regular Queenstown gigs, they often played in Christchurch, Wanaka and Dunedin. The Fletchers played so much that it could be safely said they performed on every stage and venue in the Wakatipu Basin. During their time they opened for many significant artists such as America, Dave Dobbyn, Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo, Bachman & Turner, James Reid (The Feelers), Tahuna Breaks along with many others.
George was also involved with the Jazz combo and Big Band at Wakatipu High School. He was awarded the school's Cultural Blues Award for music; Best Instrumentalist; and Best Musician. The Fletchers won the local competition Battle of the Muso’s for three consecutive years. They also gained first place in the Dunedin Battle of the Bands; and were placed as one of the top 20 bands in New Zealand’s National Rock Quest.
In addition to learning guitar from an early age, George also has a big interest in sound production. He spent some time at Mainz as well as working with Tom Tom Productions. Currently George is in Purakaunui where he is setting up a studio recording, writing, practicing and teaching. He continues to take lessons with Phil. A slightly recent project which was Rogue Society (essentially live improvised jams) can be seen below. George currently teaches a range of students online with guidance from Phil. Feel free to get in touch with us for any queries.
Online Drumming Tuition
Damon began studying the drums at the age of eleven with Phil Hartshorn. At the age of twelve he, along with three other musicians formed a band, The Fletchers. The band became one of the most renowned bands in the Wakatipu Basin. The Fletchers played performed both cover and original music for approximately eight years. Together they played hundreds of gigs at pubs, bars, clubs, private parties, conferences, weddings and other events throughout the South Island.
Some of the Fletchers achievements include: winning Soundquest Southland; winning Queenstown’s Battle of the Muso’s in three consecutive years; placing first at Dunedin’s Battle of the Bands; and playing at the Battle of the Bands National Finals at The Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland. Other achievements include: being placed in the top 20 bands of the Rockquest National Finals; headlining the main stage for Queenstown's New Years Celebrations and Winter Fest over a number of years; and opening for artists such as Dave Dobbyn, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Bachman & Tuner, America, James Reid (The Feelers), Tahuna Breaks, and many others.
In addition to commitments with the Fletchers Damon played for the Wakatipu High School Jazz Band; complemented his drumming by adding guitar to his studies with Phil Hartshorn; and between 2013 and 2015 taught guitar and drums through Phil at Queenstown Primary school.
In 2015 Damon moved up to Auckland. During his time there, Damon attended countless gigs, concerts and drum clinics. Damon furthered his drumming with lessons from Rex Mcleod, one of the most renowned teachers in Auckland. Some of Rex’s students have been credited with Van Morrison, Pluto, Lorde, Kids of 88. Damon also studied with Auckland Music Teacher, Paul Barry.
Since 2020 Damon has been studying with Bruce Becker. A long-time student of one of the world's most notable drum teachers, Freddy Grubber, who’s students include; Vinnie Colaiuta, Neil Peart, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Peter Erskine and Don Lombardi, along with many more. Bruce Becker is regarded as the master of drum technique and has gone on to teach students such as; David Garibaldi, Mark Schulman, Daniel Glass, Glen Sobel and Clayton Cameron.
Currently flatting in Purakaunui, along with former member of The Fletchers, George Hartshorn, Damon is focused on writing, recording and teaching.