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How To Practice


Practicing is as much a physical process as it is intellectual. When you practice you are in effect programming and storing information in your central nervous system. If your practicing is inaccurate, unfocused or full of errors your practice time will be largely wasted and your progress will be negatively impacted. When programming muscle memory our bod... Read More

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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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