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Coaching a child in music is a delicate but beautiful thing!

For more than 25 years I have been teaching my students of all ages to achieve their goals. It has never been the academics but the connection between my student and I, that has driven me all these years.  I get to know my students in such are personal way. We experience and conquer fears

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Jamming with Nick Johnston & Interview in Nelson BC!

A few weeks ago I had the honour and privilege to do an interview with the incredible Nick Johnston. He was doing clinics and a concert at Selkirk Music College here in Nelson BC. A great day, filled with music and laughs. In a packed schedule Nick managed to free up 30m to do this interview

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How to practice a complicated tune on the guitar? Here’s how I do it!

Most students I’ve seen don’t really have a strategy for tackling a new tune or a complex tune. That’s too bad because your approach greatly determines the outcome in things. Just being aware of the complexity of a tune, or technical requirements, helps create that patience needed to go through the process of it. Patience,

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Epic Guitar Piece: Classical Gas by Tommy Emmanuel!

Summer has reached Nelson BC and we all have our own ways to spend this great time in the Kootenays. (Actually, in reality, we don’t have any bad seasons here really.) So what to do during those long summer nights… Well, I like a challenge so I thought I’d figure out how to play Classical

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Minor Pentatonic Scale, First Steps To Improvising Guitar Solos

The minor pentatonic scale is possibly the most used, maybe even OVERused, scale on the guitar. But this is with good reason. The first scale shape is easy to memorize and sounds awesome over just about anything! It is used in practically all pop, rock, and blues solos so if your goal is to learn

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Learn 5 AWESOME songs on guitar for FREE!

As some of you may know, next to local guitar (& ukulele) lessons and classes, I also teach online. Lots of those lessons are posted on Your Guitar Workshop. Usually these are classic guitar songs from the 60’s-90’s with some more recent tunes here and there. Today I wanted to share some of my recent

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