Guitarist -- Surfer -- Nerd
Ylia Callan’s Bio and Photos
Folk roots and acoustic rock singer songwriter from UKI, NSW Australia. I embrace the mistakes. If reality TV became a thing, then I’m all for reality music? All my songs are live recordings and you may hear things like rain, birds chirping or a dog barking in the background. I believe there is no such thing as a mistake, rather the in between notes of the scale, also known as modes. The so called mistakes take music somewhere new and after many years of practice I learnt to make up for them by improvising to make it work, and often covering my tracks with something flash.
I started playing guitar at a very young age, I can’t remember how old, somewhere in between 5 and 8. My Mother was a singer and father a classical, acoustic and electric guitar player, so it’s in my DNA, while my right hand is natural and seems to play automatically to some extent. My left hand on the other hand, took years of practice, patients and dedication. If one practices for 10 minutes a day, one can improve by the end of the year. An hour a day, in a matter of months. 8 hours a day and you might end up like Jimi Hendrix. Check out my Learning Guitar Basics Tutorial here.
My Music history: I started playing the acoustic guitar I purchased at the local markets for 50 bones in the beginning. I had a few guitar lessons, where I learnt basic chords, the minor and major scale, string names, music notes and tone tone semitone tone tone tone semitone. Guitar basics that are vital to continue learning music the right way. I played bass from about 14 -- 20 years old in a few different bands. I had one singing lesson when I was about 25 and I learnt how to breath and push from the stomach, I had no idea before that and still have to remind myself. Read my full musician bio here.
Music Style: I Play mostly fingerstyle and fingerpicking acoustic guitarist instrumentals with some melodic, folk, roots, slide, blues and soft rock, mainly on a Fender 12 string acoustic guitar in a variety of tunings including Standard, DADGAD, Easy Open C and Low C. I also play Maton and Takamine 6 string guitars. Recording music in a modern studio comprising of hardware such as an iPhone 6 Samsung s5 mini and Macbook and using AudioCopy Garageband and iMovie software.
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