“At the age of 40 I decided to once again pick up the guitar, something I had played a bit as a teenager. After a couple of years using books or the internet to learn, I found myself in a rut and frustrated. My playing was not really improving and usually just played the same songs every night.
As with a fitness personal trainer, I needed a coach who continue to challenge me, whilst guiding me with correct form and a structured approach to learning.
During my first lesson Peter took the time to listen to what I wanted to achieve with my playing and has continued to structured my lessons around this. Since beginning weekly lessons with Peter, I have broken a lot of my bad habits, improved my technique and he is teaching me the theory behind navigating the fretboard. In less than 6 months I have learnt to play things that I had struggled with for years prior.
Peter is an awesome guitarist, it would be easy to be overwhelmed in his company, but his enthusiasm for teaching is very evident and I often feel that he is as excited to be in each lesson as I am.
His studio is a great environment for the lessons and his relaxed approach helps me to focus on the job at hand.
I would have absolutely no hesitation at all in recommending Peter to others wanting to become better guitarists.
"My daughter has been taking electric guitar classes with Peter for almost a year now (2019) and has demonstrated an incredible growth and flair in her guitar playing skills thanks to Peter's fantastic training. Peter is a true professional and an amazing musician - he is also a very patient teacher who knows exactly how to keep his students motivated with constant encouragement, expert guidance and his inherent wit, humility and great sense of humour. My daughter went from a complete guitar novice to passing with Merit a Grade 3 AMEB Rock School exam in October this year, all because we had a rock star teacher who goes by the name of Peter Mengede - rock on Peter! Thank you for all your efforts and kindness:)"
"Always well prepared for his lessons and combines a nice balance of learning traditional techniques along side the musical preference of the student"
“Peter is a passionate guitarist, and this shines through in his teaching. He has taught my son for over four years, and has demonstrated great patience and flexibility in assisting my son in expanding his ability with the guitar. Peter is always well prepared for his lessons and combines a nice balance of learning traditional techniques along side the musical preference of the student. Peter always offers encouragement and suggests areas for practice. I would highly recommend Peter as a teacher for any student at any level.”
"I now have the confidence to join a band"
I now have the confidence to join a band and feel that my playing has improved 100 percent thanks to Peter’s talents as a teacher.
"I get to work on what I want when I want"
“I really enjoy our on one lessons and wouldn’t have them any other way. I’ve tried group lessons before and didn’t work for me. With Peter I get to work on what I want when I want.”
"The man’s a master of heavy music"
“If you want a professional guitar mentor in Brizzy and want someone who’s rocked stadiums around the world for nearly 30 years, here’s your guy. He was a founding member of Helmet. Technique, tone &technical gear; the man’s a master of heavy music. Peter is mentoring my band mate. Mid last year he came to a rehearsal for a jam, and wound up playing some gigs (which blew us away) and spending time in the studio with us on our fist EP. He’s not only helped my band mate come along in leaps and bounds, he’s taken us from just another local heavy originals act, to a band capable of holding our own on a stage alongside some seriously good touring acts. Opportunities to learn from a player of this calibre & experience are few & far between so if you reckon you could benefit from pro mentoring focused on improving your live performance, call him and invest in yourself.”
"No-nonsense, no-frills solid guitar lesson with a well recognised teacher and player"
“You know what you’re coming to get and that’s what you receive; a no-nonsense, no-frills solid guitar lessons with a well recognised teacher and player in a comfortable musical setting (rather than some sterile shopfront).”
"Peter Mengede has an instinct and talent as a teacher that I have not found elsewhere"
“For some years, on and (mostly) off, I’ve been on a path of discovery, frustration, and joy in my journey to learn how to play the guitar and have fun doing so. Some of this has been of my own making, and some in the search for a teacher that suits my needs and wants. I don’t want to play on a big stage, but to enjoy music with friends or solo, just for the sake of it. Anyway, my search has ended... Peter Mengede has an instinct and talent as a teacher that I have not found elsewhere, and genuinely takes an interest and the time to meet (and anticipate) just the stuff to make learning pleasurable, and manageable, but gently stretching my skill as well, so I can improve.”
"I highly recommend Peter to anybody young or old at any level of experience looking to improve their playing."
"When I was looking to improve my guitar playing for my band I was lucky enough to find Peter who has made learning the guitar fun. Peter is extremely good at explaining all aspects of guitar playing and has a patient manner, which makes the learning process exciting. I highly recommend Peter to anybody young or old at any level of experience looking to improve their playing."
"No ego in the room, no attitude, just a genuine love of music."
I had a guitar lesson yesterday... yes, you read right. I've been playing bass since I was 14, with proper tuition for a couple of years to begin. I have also picked up a guitar plenty in the past forty years too but what I learned in one hour with Peter Mengede of Sunnybank Studios was nothing short of amazing. The most basic of mistakes I was making that made my playing sloppy and/or slowed me down, simple technique mistakes that Peter pointed out in the nicest possible way.
For an artist with his credentials, there's no ego in the room, no attitude, just a genuine love of music and, I felt, he displayed a genuine desire to see me improve my playing.
If you are in or around Brisbane and looking for tuition (for yourself or your children), or you are a band looking to really polish your act, and to be taught by an exceptional artist who has played packed stadiums, I can't recommend Peter highly enough.
"Great, humble, teacher with a wealth of experience and playing ability."
Peter is a great, humble, teacher with a wealth of experience and playing ability. He has taken my playing skills beyond more than I thought possible. It is an absolute blast every lesson.