News

Brit shares talent

MUSIC MASTER: British guitarist Jasper Smith has opened a guitar school in Brisbane St.
MUSIC MASTER: British guitarist Jasper Smith has opened a guitar school in Brisbane St. Claudia Baxter

IT WAS punk rock that enticed Jasper Smith to pick up his first beaten-up old guitar at 14.

Twenty-five years later and a few continents away from where he first played, the love this Ipswich tutor has for all things guitar is obvious.

The celebrated teacher, composer and performer will officially open his new studio on Brisbane St this month after relocating from the United Kingdom.

His move from Norfolk to Ipswich will be big news for Aussie guitar players, with Mr Smith now the first examiner accredited with the London College of Music exams and Registry of Guitar Tutors to be based outside of the UK.

Previously, exams through the London College of Music had to be conducted by an examiner flown out from the UK once a year.

On top of teaching, Mr Smith will perform at Ipswich with a weekly gig at Brisbane St cafe Fourthchild each Friday lunch.

It was punk that hooked him, but Mr Smith has performed across blues, rock, pop and jazz since that first guitar in the '80s.

"I love it all, really," he said.

"It (guitar) is a real cornerstone of so many different music styles."

"It's a real stress-relieving thing, playing a musical instrument."

His collection has now reached 16 guitars.

For the past decade, his performances have put a focus on jazz - "a kind of a musical conversation with other musicians".

Lessons are available for beginner to advanced players.

For details, visit jaspersmith.com or phone the studio on 3202 4125.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Police charge woman after alleged child abduction

Police and locals joined forces to catch a suspect in Miles yesterday.

She is due to appear in court next month

Telstra, Optus customers at risk, says "ethical hacker"

File

'Digital doors' allow access to personal files, photos

Could Goodna trio be world's dumbest crims?

WATCHING: Police used a Safe City Camera to monitor suspects.

Safe City camera was watching activities of suspects

Local Partners

J.K. Rowling writes through severe back pain

An aching back couldn't stop J.K. Rowling catching inspiration

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

Chrissy Teigen likes her "soft" stretch marks

Stretch marks are no problem for Chrissy Teigen

Naomie Harris in the dark over Daniel Craig's future as 007

Naomie Harris has no idea if Daniel Craig will be returning as 007

REVIEW: Will Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly take off with fans?

Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly gets 3.5 stars from Cameron Adams.

CHAMBERS is back with her 11th studio album.

Ed Sheeran wants Beyonce collaboration

Ed Sheeran wants to record a duet with Beyoncé.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!