Brett Holland


Brett Holland

Bass Guitar, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Contemporary, popular, jazz, blues and rock

Wellington Conservatorium of Music, Jazz Studies - Guitar. Grade 6 Theory, Trinity College Grade 4 Pianoforte, ABRSM .


Brett began playing guitar at 15 after several years of piano. While at school he enjoyed getting together with like minded friends to write and perform songs. He then went to the Wellington Music Conservatorium and studied Jazz under Geoff Hughes and Leigh Jackson.
Previously when living in Nelson Brett ran the Mister Nobody Quintet while playing in over 50 line ups including  Nelson Youth Theatre productions of Les Miserables and Godspell, Sharon O’Neill, Midge Marsden, Ubercat with Liam Ryan, amoung others. He taught at NMIT, Nelson College for Girls, Garin College and privately. In this time he taught Callum Allardice (N.Z. Jazz Composition of the year 3x) and Caleb Nott (Broods).
In 2011 he moved to the U.S. for 5 years, working for Tommy Emmanuel (who had previously mentored Brett), travelling, touring, recorded 2 albums, and playing the resorts in Hawaii.
The last 5 years have been in South East Queensland performing and teaching, running bands and composition at a private school.

Skills and expertise

Brett teaches all ages and abilities following a path of musical education through the musical tastes of students. With guitar being a relatively easy instrument to pick up and then be creative, Brett quickly has students finding their niche and enjoyment.

Core competencies include: Written music and notation, harmonic knowledge, playing by ear, songwriting and composition, developing performance confidence, recording, band or group development, project management.

Guitar skillset: Scales and modal systems, chords systems and families, rhythm /percussion, improvisation, two handed tapping, odd times, fingerstyle, thumb-picking, plectrum, singing and playing, playing with other people and performing.