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The Guitar Player and the Church – A Story


I was leading a group of about 8 amateur musicians during a church confirmation service and we were all neatly and tightly tucked and barely able to fit ourselves into the tiny choir loft space that was mostly taken up by an old dusty organ. From this lofty position there was a full unobstructed and suspended view of the proceedings below as if we had box se... Read More

How Chords are Constructed and Related


Are you at that place where you have learned a bunch of chord pictures but you have no idea how they fit together and if they do and why?  If so this read might help you to understand some of the mechanics of music.  I have a mantra that I keep repeating to all my students and it is: "Chords come from scales". This simple idea is intrinsic to how our sy... Read More

There Are No Shortcuts


This weekend we had our end of the year student recital and as always it was fun and entertaining to watch and listen to the performances and the personalities and observe their progress.   It never ceases to amaze me how different each student is and how despite these differences music has the capacity to open up a voice of expression for each one of them...
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The End of the Year


The hot weather tells us that we are quickly coming to the close of yet another school year. Looking back on the year for me means looking back on the progress of my students. This year I have a student who is moving along to a music program at a College level in Vancouver. He started with me over five years ago now and despite listening to all my caution... Read More

Learning To Speak The Language Of Music


I taught my first music lessons at the age of 17 at a pop up music school called ABC Music Studios in Vancouver.   I remember the "studios" were dingy and dark with draw curtains separating one space from another. There was virtually no expectation on the part of the management regarding the necessary qualifications for their teachers.  At that time, my r... Read More

My Guitar Pal – Our Educational Website


Over the last three years we have worked on developing "My Guitar Pal", an online guitar education site. Now, I think the reason it is called an "education" site is because the process of developing this enterprise has been "an education." Initially, the idea was to bring 40 years of teaching experience and materials online with some very innovative ideas... Read More

Lloyd’s PAMA Update


It has been 5 years at the Mills Road location as of this September.  You may not know that Diana and I actually started teaching in Sidney in 1986.  We had been living in Vancouver , I was touring with a pop band and Diana was working for the CBC and then we had Myles.   Having our first son was the catalyst for a change that led us to Saltspring and th... Read More