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Mr Christian Laki

 Sydney - Surry Hills

Sydney tutor in Bass Guitar, French, German, Guitar, Hungarian, Music Technology, Music Theory, Musicianship, Piano, Portuguese, Singing, Spanish

(5 student reviews)

Christian is a professional full-time musician, composer, and music tutor. He offers individually tailored music tuition, specialising in bass, guitar, and songwriting. He also offers tuition in voice, keyboard, composition, arranging, and music technology.

Tuition involves half a lesson in theory and technique and half a lesson spent playing the music of the student's choice. All students are given direction in their learning as Christian follows his own core 3 stage program. This program aims to provide students with well rounded musical understanding, leading to the joy and freedom of improvisation and composition.

Christian prides himself on being a dedicated and patient teacher offering the highest quality tuition that he can. He aims to be friendly and encouraging whilst also striving for excellence and bringing out the best in each student. He has learnt during his years of teaching the importance of listening to his students needs and to nurture them in their musical development, and not force them in a direction that isn't right for them.


Bass guitar ~ fretless bass ~ electric guitar 6/12 string ~ steel string acoustic guitar ~ nylon string classical/Spanish/Flamenco guitar ~ steel/lapsteel guitar ~ piano/keyboard ~ voice


Improvisation ~ songwriting ~ lyric writing ~ composition ~ arranging ~ production ~ music theory ~ musicianship ~ reading/sight-reading ~ ear-training ~ music technology ~ singing/sight-singing/harmonising


Contemporary ~ rock ~ rockabilly ~ pop ~ metal ~ tapping ~ slap bass ~ funk ~ electric/acoustic/flatpicking/fingerstyle blues ~ electric/acoustic slide guitar ~ open tunings ~ folk ~ jazz/improvisation/chord substitution ~ walking bass/bass line construction ~ manouche ~ world music ~ reggae/ska ~ classical ~ flamenco ~ Spanish guitar ~ baroque ~ contemporary classical ~ classical bass (Bach for bass for eg.)


Scales and understanding keys ~ modes, their relationship to keys, chords, and improvisation ~ arpeggios ~ chords and chord construction ~ reading notation, tablature, charts, and sight-reading ~ ear-training for identifying intervals, chords, and transcription ~ flat picking, fingerstyle, and hybrid picking styles ~ natural and artificial harmonics ~ alternate tunings ~ various time signatures including time changes, assymetrical time signatures, and polyrhythms ~ muting ~ vibrato (for e.g. Bigsby) ~ eBowing ~ guitar, amp, and effect settings and application ~ computer recording, composition, arranging, and production, specialising in Apple Logic ~ assistance with setting up home studios, including on-site assistance


Students are encouraged to bring in songs/music that they wish to learn. Included in his hourly rate is Christian's preparation time in preparing and often transcribing music for his students.


Christian is able to help with singing and lyric writing in different languages such as German, French, Spanish, Hungarian, and a little Portuguese for Brazillian repertoire such as bossa-nova.


AMEB classical and contemporary courses offered ~ help with school music studies, performance and examination preparation ~ tertiary entrance examination and audition preparation ~ preparation for professional auditions

Levels and Ages

All levels from beginner to professional and all ages from around 12 and up are catered for.



Christian Laki has studied several styles of guitar, bass guitar, double bass, piano,
songwriting, lyric writing, composition, arranging, singing and music technology with
renowned Australian musicians and composers such as Ricardo Andino, Ron Philpot, Craig
Scott, Alistair Spence, Sandy Evans, Gordon Kerry, and Anna Pimakhova at respected
institutions such as The Sydney School of Spanish Guitar, The Australian Institute of Music,
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and University of New South Wales.

Christian has performed at prestigious venues such as The Soup Plus, Harbourside
Brasserie, Real Ale Café, UNSW Roundhouse, Clancy Auditorium UNSW, Footbridge
Theatre, Bar Broadway, and The Hopetoun Hotel.

He has performed with musicians such as Richard Maegraith (Java Quartet), Alistair Spence
(Wanderlust), and Alon Ilsar (Gauche).

As a songwriter he has had much music played on radio and television, including music written
for the last two series of Pizza shown on SBS television and released on DVD.

Until a few years ago he fronted his own band The Chagalls who regularly performed shows
around Sydney and their debut single 'Lost in Touch' received airplay on both Triple J and SBS
television as it was included in the comedy series Swift and Shift Couriers.

After having had several of his own indie rock bands, he has now gone solo, focusing now
writing songs and music for film and television, including incidental piano music for the trailer for
Lou starring John Hurt.

He recently composed an original score for award winning short film writer/producer/director,
Keith Johnson, called 'Little Lies' currently being entered in film festivals world-wide.

He currently has several contracts with sync licensing companies both in Australia and
overseas for the use of his songs and music. He writes, records, and produces his tracks in his
home studio, playing & singing almost all parts and outsourcing for live drums, additional keys
and vocals, mixing, and mastering.

Recently he became a reviewer of songwriting submissions for Song Central, Australia which
involves helping songwriters improve their skills.

He has been composing, performing, and teaching for more than 30 years.

Professional Memberships:

Music Teacher's Association of NSW (Associate Member)
Sydney Directory of Music & Speech Teachers
Australasian Performing Rights Association
Australian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited


50 711 906 927


B.Mus. (UNSW)
Certificate in Small Business Operation (TAFE)


$90 per hour




Joined Tutor Finder on 25-Mar-2010 (updated profile on 28-Mar-2018)
Tutoring Location
  • Tutor's Place in Surry Hills
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  • Private Tuition


French (Introduction, Intermediate)
German (Introduction, Intermediate)
Hungarian (Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced)
Portuguese (Introduction)
Spanish (Introduction, Intermediate)


Bass Guitar (Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced)
Guitar (Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced)
Music Technology (Introduction, Intermediate)
Music Theory (Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced)
Musicianship (Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced)
Piano (Introduction, Intermediate)
Singing (Introduction, Intermediate)


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