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“I studied with Ron Payne for a year when I was about 13 years-old. He was inspirational in many ways. Most importantly he introduced me to the wider and greater world of the classical guitar. I highly recommend Ron as a teacher for guitarists of all ages and experience.”

– Slava Grigoryan

Classical guitarist Ron Payne HonFNMSM commenced his guitar studies at an early age after hearing the great Spanish guitarist, Andres Segovia.


Learning the basics from the eminent Brazilian guitarist, Laurindo Almeida, Ron began formal studies with John Mills and Peter Calvo, (a disciple of Len Williams [father of John]) at the Sydney Spanish Guitar Centre.


Ron Payne currently teaches at his private studio in Lower Templestowe in Victoria, where he specialises in performance practice, music history, theory, form and analysis, and ear training. Preparations for examinations, competitions and concerts can also be arranged.

Ron Payne

I’m writing to invite you to listen and view my new arrangement for Mixed-Ability Guitar Ensemble, with previews of the score and parts as well as technical and musical guidance. It can be seen on YouTube with the following link:


The piece is the Spanish Christmas Song Campana Sobre Campana – ideal for Christmas concerts (now’s the time to prepare – and it’s something other than Jingle Bells!) but also perfect for any other time of year. This arrangement will allow all of your guitarists – from beginners to advanced pupils – to play together and be suitably challenged and stimulated. The piece is scored in eight parts.

Guitars 1 & 2 are suitable for more-advanced players (grade 5 and above)

Guitars 3 & 4 for players of about grade 3 standard

Guitar 5 for players of grade 1 standard.

Guitar 6 is an optional part. It is mainly open strings and is always doubled by another guitar.

Guitars 7 & 8 are the bass part. These are identical but presented in both treble and bass clefs.

The bass line is a true counterpoint to the melodies so is interesting and satisfying (rather than just long open bass notes!) The arrangement has points of musical interest such as canons, pedal notes and a dominant modulation so you can teach your group these concepts as they play them. Melodies are shared across the parts according to the technical and musical demands required. Other interesting elements include campanella chords, percussion and harmonics giving a truly orchestral feel. Parts are presented with fingering where required and without any page-turn difficulties. The piece has been recorded by the arranger so your players can hear it at any time. There are also excerpts of the score within the film and analytical advice. The score and parts are available for instant digital download at:

www.danjonesguitarist.com (please see ‘online shop’ tab)

If you’d like me to make a tailor-made arrangement of a piece of your choice, by all means contact me via my website. It would be a pleasure to hear from you.

Thanks for listening.

Best wishes,

Dan Jones
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