About Brendan

"Mr Hains is an outrageously articulate guitar player and has a writing style second to nobody”
- Robin Lumley (Brand X)

Brendan Hains F.Dip.A b.1968

Melbourne based guitarist and educator; Brendan Hains, has been playing the guitar for over 40 years.

In 1989-91 he attended Guitar Craft courses with legendary King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp in New Zealand, USA and Switzerland. In 2015 he travelled to Holland for a special performance project by Robert Fripp and the Symphony of Crafty Guitarists.

A highly articulate player, Brendan has performed locally and internationally with many world class musicians. His critically and publicly acclaimed solo album; “Modal Nomad” was released in December 2006 coinciding with a virtuoso performance from Brendan and some of Australia’s most accomplished musicians at the Melbourne Town Hall, receiving a standing ovation. Tracks from the album have been used by the Australian Olympic team in synchronized-swimming. In 2015 Brendan released a new “old: album; Diabolus Musica “Vivunt Demun” (recorded live in 1998) 2016 saw the release of “Mantramancy” recorded in 1999. Another solo release is scheduled for early 2019.

Brendan’s current band with Julien Wilson, Jeremy Alsop, Sharky Ramos, Chris Young and Craig Beard perform jazz in Melbourne at corporate events.

A great highlight of Brendan’s career was realized in 2017 when he was invited to Savasi island in Fiji to perform a concert with Nathan East and his son, Noah East.

He has appeared on television and radio as well as being featured in Australian Guitar magazine and Guitarist Australia. His compositions have been included on their accompanying cds and have been universally well received. Brendan is also featured in Ron Payne’s book “The Twangbox Dynasty, A history of Australasian Guitar from 1836 to 2011” including notable players from Australia and New Zealand over a 150 year history.
Brendan has a wealth of teaching experience at private, secondary and tertiary levels, teaching up to over one hundred students a week. He has taught numerous professional musicians, guitar teachers and chart topping popular artists. Brendan has previously taught at NMIT and The VCA Guitar Intensive course.

He is founder and head guitar instructor at Caroline Springs School of Music. His student results are unsurpassed. Highly adept at teaching a broad array of musical styles, he has a great ability for imparting knowledge to beginner and advanced students. He is also a guitar and multi-instrumental examiner for ANZCA music examinations. He holds an ANZCA Fellowship Performer Diploma (ANZCA’s highest award).

In addition to his musical achievements Brendan is a multiple national record holder and world champion in powerlifting. Brendan coaches a number of junior and senior national record holders and current Men’s Open world champion; Shane Naylor.


Brendan Plays & uses

Klein Gk1

Ibanez George Benson model GB 100 – (1986)

Schecter Blackjack Telecaster with coil tap

Alhambra CS 3 Classical Guitars

Paul Reed Smith – 305 with maple fretboard (2010)

Tokai Premium Japanese made Es175 – (2013)

Roland GR300 Guitar Synth (1981) with Gr3oo

Babicz – Spider – Electric Acoustic Guitar

Strauss amps

Mxr Pedals

Jet City Amps

Ernie Ball