Ed Bettega is a professional musician and teacher. He has the heart and soul of a musician, developing his craft and expertise over the past 40 years. His love affair with guitar began at age 15 and as soon as he was able, Ed joined a band in Perth, building up a following there before relocating to Melbourne.
In Melbourne, Ed felt that he had become stuck in a rut as a player. He enrolled at the Guitar Workshop, under the tutelage of the late Bruce Clarke (O.A.M.),well known jazz guitar virtuoso. Ed struggled to master the new techniques he was taught and this has given him insight into teaching, which he approaches with great empathy and patience. Students of all ages have benefitted from Ed’s direction and gentle manner, not only in learning guitar but also in the thrill of composing their own songs.
Ed’s journey through music has taken him from –
- Mum and Dad’s garage in Perth, playing sixties classics and progressive originals,
- Quitting the Public Service and travelling in an old van to Melbourne, living on toast and vegemite,
- Playing in an acoustic duo on a platform in the middle of a large Italian restaurant,
- Donning ripple soled shoes, big lapelled jackets and playing Rhythm and Blues in Melbourne Pubs as a member of the Alligators,
- Re-locating to the Sunshine Coast in 2000
- A new career as a member of musical theatre orchestras, commencing with the Caloundra Chorale production of “Les Miserables” in 2001 and continuing to the present. The latest being “Peter Pan” for Stella Maris Primary School.
- Acquiring a ukulele and a Hawaiian shirt, in the early days of the use boom,
- Original music trio “Here’s Harry” featuring his wife Jane on vocals,
- Principal guitar and bass tutor at Immanuel and Pacific Lutheran Colleges
- Directing school rock bands and ensembles,
- Performing in a duo with his daughter Jess,
- S.C.R.E.A.M. Big Band guitarist for over 10 years
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