Ron Payne

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Highly Strung? A Possible Solution By Ad van Beers Timothy Garcia sat there alone on the huge stage of the Hong Kong Island concert hall and retuned his guitar for the umpteenth time, and as I fought with the impulse to stand up and offer some assistance, the apologetically smiling guitar player proceeded to put...

Improve Your Sight-Reading Skills! By Bruce Clarke Good sight readers have the ability to play almost any piece of music put in front of them, accurately, first time through. It's a valuable skill, and one which anyone with a good basic understanding of reading can develop or improve.   Share this: There are three important...

Eliot Fisk - Looking for New Possibilities Part 1 In conversation with Nadia Sartori N.S: How did your career begin? E.F: My career began when I was seven and by chance a guitar entered my family's house. I went to a classical teacher who happened to be a former pupil of Segovia's in Vienna and...

Slava Grigoryan

“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

Ron has given me a lifelong love and passion for the guitar

“I first began classical guitar lessons with Ron around 8-9 years ago. He took me from the very basics of A New Tune A Day right through to my grade 8 exam in 2016. Seeing my dad have lessons from Ron during that same time period, I came to realise how flexible Ron is with his teaching style, catering to each specific student’s needs to bring out their full potential.

However, more importantly than the technical and musical knowledge that he has imparted, Ron has given me a lifelong love and passion for the guitar. There has not been a single moment in these last 9 years where I have not enjoyed playing guitar, and Ron played a big part in keeping that enjoyment alive. He is always more than happy for me to choose and learn “wish-list” pieces, no matter how hard they may be, and makes sure that I have a good variety of repertoire (which should always include a Bach, a study and a duet!). Finally, Ron teaches with the aim for guitar music to be shared with others. One of the most rewarding things about learning from Ron has been the regular student concerts. His provision of a non-judgemental space for each of us to develop performance skills and to share new guitar music is extremely valuable. All in all, I thank Ron for his guidance over the years and recommend his experienced and thoughtful tuition to students of all skill levels.” – Michelle Chiu

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