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The '60s / My '00s

I was born in Sydney.

I later moved out West.

I grew up around heavy machinery.

I am the son of a truck driver.

I travelled a lot during my childhood.

I was listening to music during the '60s
from artists such as ...

Andy Williams
Bee Gees
B. J. Thomas
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blue Mink
Bobby Goldsboro
Bobby Hebb
Burt Bacharach
Cilla Black
Dionne Warwick
Dusty Springfield
Elvis Presley
Glen Campbell
Harry Nilsson
Herb Alpert
Jose Feliciano
Neil Diamond
Petula Clark
Simon & Garfunkel
Tee Set
The 5th Dimension
The Beach Boys
The Monkees
The Seekers
Tom Jones.

The '70s / My '10s

I went to a public school.

I did all the usual things.

I had a dirt bike.

I enjoyed listening to music.

I left school at the end of Year 10. 

I started an apprenticeship.

I was based in the workshop.

I occasionally went into the field.

I attended Sydney TAFE.

I bought myself a guitar.

I signed up for local lessons.

I was listening to music during the '70s
from artists such as ...

Al Stewart
Alice Cooper
Bad Company
Black Sabbath
Blind Faith
Bob Dylan
Bob Seger
Bobby Sherman
Bonnie Raitt
Boz Scaggs
Bruce Cockburn
Buffalo Springfield
Carole King
Cat Stevens
Cold Chisel
Crazy Horse
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Daddy Cool
Dan Fogelberg
David Bowie
Deep Purple
Derek & The Dominos
Don McLean
Edison Lighthouse
Elton John
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emmylou Harris
Eric Clapton
Fleetwood Mac
Gilbert O'Sullivan
Healing Force
Humble Pie
Jackson Browne
James Taylor
Jeff Beck
Joe Walsh
John Denver
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
Johnny Winter
Joni Mitchell
Laura Nyro
Led Zeppelin
Leo Kottke
Linda Ronstadt
Little River Band
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mahogany Rush
Marc Bolan
Neil Young
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Pink Floyd
Robin Trower
Rod Stewart
Roy Buchanan
Savoy Brown
Seals & Crofts
Small Faces
Status Quo
Stephen Stills
Suzi Quatro
Ted Nugent
Ten Years After
The Allman Brothers Band
The Doors
The Guess Who
The Kinks
The Master's Apprentices
The Moody Blues
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
The Rolling Stones
The Stampeders
The Who
The Yardbirds
Thin Lizzy
T Rex
Uriah Heep

The '80s / My '20s

I completed my apprenticeship.

I was transferred into the field.

I really liked the job.

I spent a number of years on site.

I lived in the camp.

I worked long hours.

I bought a house.

I had a work accident.

I put my career on hold.

I packed up the toolbox.

I began to focus on music.

I practiced every day.

I searched for other musicians.

I played in a lot of amateur bands.

I worked various day jobs in between.

I became an uncle.

I built a custom motorcycle.

I met my future wife.

I was listening to music during the '80s
from artists such as ...

38 Special
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Bruce Hornsby & The Range
Christopher Cross
Dr. Feelgood
Eric Gale
Gary Moore
George Thorogood
Ian Moss
Jean Luc Ponty
Jennifer Warnes
Jimmy Barnes
John Mellencamp
John Scofield
Jon & Vangelis
Judas Priest
Larry Carlton
Larry Coryell
Lee Ritenour
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Michael Bolton
Mike & The Mechanics
Molly Hatchet
Ozzy Osbourne
Pat Benatar
Peter Green
REO Speedwagon
Robert Cray
Robert Plant
Sammy Hagar
Snowy White
Steely Dan
Steve Winwood
The Alan Parsons Project
The Doobie Brothers
The Steve Miller Band
The Yellowjackets
Thin Lizzy
Tommy Emmanuel
Van Halen
Y & T
Yngwie Malmsteen
ZZ Top.

The '90s / My '30s

I decided to turn professional.

I checked out all the venues.

I landed jobs with a number of bands.

I travelled all over New South Wales.

I performed with some big names.

I was getting a lot of freelance work.

I set up a studio in Lurnea.

I now had young children.

I opened the School Of Contemporary Guitar.

I spread the word.

I organised & promoted clinics, workshops & concerts.

I hosted events with local musicians
such as ...

Bill Risby
Bruce Reid
Chris Haigh
Chris Kamzelas
Craig Naughton

Dave Leslie
Darryl Beaton
Frank Grubisa

Gordon Rytmeister
Greg Royal
Ian Moss
Jack Jones
James Muller
Jon Stevens
Kere Buchanan
Kim Cheshire
Lawrie Minson
Leon Gaer

Mal Eastick
Mark Kennedy
Michel Rose
Mick Albeck
Mitch Farmer
Pete Drummond
Peter Northcote

Phil Emmanuel
Ray Beadle

Rex Goh
Rick Brewster
Rick Melick
Jeff McCormack
Rod McCormack
Samuel Dixon
Simon Hosford
Simon Patterson

Steve Edmonds
Steve Hopes
Steve Hunter

Steve McKenna
Stuart Fraser
Stuart French
Sunil DeSilva

Terry Murray
Tim Rollinson
Victor Rounds

& international musicians
such as ...

Buzz Feiten
Ben Butler

Frank Gambale
Mike Stern

Tommy Emmanuel.

I ran student performance workshops

I presented a series of concerts at The Basement.

I was listening to music during the '90s
from artists such as ...

Albert Collins
Albert King
Allan Holdsworth
Anson Funderburgh
Barney Kessel
B.B. King
Bobby Radcliff
Buddy Guy
Charlie Byrd
Charlie Christian
Charlie Musselwhite
Danny Gatton
Debbie Davies
Duke Robillard
Emily Remler
Fenton Robinson
Frank Gambale
Freddie King
George Benson
Hollywood Fats Band
Howard Alden
Howlin' Wolf
James Cotton
James Harman Band
Jeff Golub
Jim Hall
Jimmy Bruno
Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy Ponder
Jimmy Vaughan
Joe Pass
Joe Satriani
John Hammond
John Lee Hooker
Junior Wells
Kenny Burrell
Kim Wilson
Little Charlie & The Nightcats
Lou Rawls
Lucky Peterson
Luther Allison
Magic Sam
Mal Eastick
Mark Whitfield
Martin Taylor
Mike Stern
Muddy Waters
Otis Rush
Otis Spann
Pat Metheny
R. L. Burnside
Robben Ford
Robert Cray
Ronnie Earl
Scott Henderson
Spyro Gyra
Steve Khan
Steve Vai
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Tab Benoit
T Bone Walker
Taj Mahal
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
The Heartfixers
The Nighthawks
The Steve Miller Band
Tinsley Ellis
Tom Principato
Wes Montgomery.

The '00s / My '40s

I moved my studio to Casula.

I launched Oz Guitar.

I put on a show at Parramatta Riverside Theatres.

I wrote some curriculum.

I offered tuition in a variety of styles
that included ...


I gathered praise from music artists
such as ...

Aimee Allen
Chloë Leighton
Elliott Randall
Gabriella Cilmi

Gregg Allman
Jordyn Taylor
Kamilah Marshall
Liz Longley
Montana Tucker
Orianthi Panagaris
Pixie Lott
Seymour Duncan
Stephen Housden
Suzi Ragsdale
Tom Principato

& music educators
such as ...

Andrea Morucci

Bridget Mermikides
Dale Turner
Doug Ross
Flávio Gutok
Jude Gold
Michael Fath
Tom Kolb.

I taught a lot of students.

I was listening to music during the '00s
from artists such as ...

3 Doors Down
Alison Krauss
Alter Bridge
Avril Lavigne
Barnaby Bright
Bethany Dillon
Black Stone Cherry
Blink 182
The Wreckers
Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Carrie Underwood
Chantal Kreviazuk
Christina Aguilera
Colbie Caillat
Dixie Chicks
Foo Fighters
Francesca Battistelli
Good Charlotte
Green Day
Hilary Duff
Hope Partlow
Jack Johnson
Jason Mraz
Joe Bonamassa
John Mayer
Jonatha Brooke
Kasey Chambers
Keith Urban
Leigh Nash
Linkin Park
Lisa Loeb
Little Big Town
Liz Phair
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Marion Raven
Michelle Branch
Mindy Smith
Miranda Lambert
Natasha Bedingfield
Nelly Furtado
Norah Jones
Oz Noy
Papa Roach
Pete Murray
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Renee Olstead
Sarah McLachlan
Saving Jane
S Club 7
Shawn Colvin
Sheryl Crow
Simple Plan
Sixpence None The Richer
Steve Lukather
The Band Perry
The Black Eyed Peas
The Darkness
The Veronicas
The Vines
The Weepies
The White Stripes
The Wreckers
Theory Of A Deadman
Three Days Grace
Vanessa Amorosi
Vanessa Carlton
Velvet Revolver.

The '10s / My '50s

I started building another custom motorcycle.

I published my guitar curriculum.

I composed music for film, television & radio.

I became a grand father.

I continued to teach. 

I was listening to music during the '10s
from artists such as ...

Alessia Cara
Amy Grant
Automatic Loveletter
Becky Hill
Black Stone Cherry
Carly Rae Jepsen
Drax Project
Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran
Egypt Central
Elley Duhé
Five Finger Death Punch
Jason Mraz
Jessie J
JJ Heller
Julia Michaels
Kacey Musgraves
Katy Perry
Lily Kershaw
Lindsay Ell
Lionel Richie
Lori Mckenna
Meghan Trainor
Natalie Grant
Rachel Platten
Red Line Chemistry
Rita Ora
Scott Stapp
Selena Gomez
The Paper Kites
Toby Lightman
Veronica Ballestrini
Zara Larsson

I hope to see you in the future ...

Peter Arndell