Welcome to my website! Here, you will find everything related to my musical activities. I hope you have fun exploring the contents of this site, as I have creating it! This site is still in its infancy stages, but I will be adding content very regularly! You may notice that I write a lot. I can’t help it, I’m neurotic that way!
Happy Birthday Django Reinhardt (1/23/2016) - Hello from Taipei, Taiwan! Today is Django Reinhardt’s 106th birthday! I was hoping to have the time to transcribe a lot of Django solos this week, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Nonetheless, I managed to wake up earlier today to transcribe one of my favorite Django solos from his rome sessions in 1949. The song […] Charlie Christian Lesson Project (12/25/2015) - Before I begin, I would like to give a big thanks to the fine folks at Lollar Pickups for providing me with a CC pickup, and a big thank you to my luthier Martin Tremblay for providing me with an ES-250 style guitar. Also, thanks to Michael Bauer for lending me a Gibson ES-150 and […] Producing Bireli Lagrene’s instructional videos (9/17/2015) - I spent the past month preparing the lesson materials for the official Bireli Lagrene instructional videos, which will one day (please don’t ask when) be available at DC Music School. It was a bit of difficult task considering the number of styles and instruments that he plays. Furthermore, we are dealing with a 100% self-taught […] Recording Mike Rud (9/16/2015) - Today was a fun day in the studio. I’m finalizing my preparations for the Bireli Lagrene instructional videos. To test my electric guitar setup, I invited the great Canadian jazz guitarist Mike Rud to record a few tunes. Mike Rud won a Juno (Canadian version of the Grammies) award for best Vocal Jazz Album in […] Gypsy Jazz Lessons (9/13/2015) - Please read the lessons page for general information about my lessons. So Gypsy Jazz interests you, and you don’t know where to start. You may have many questions concerning Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz. You have read a lot of contradictory information on the Internet and you are more confused than ever. I can help you navigate […] Skype / Internet Lessons (9/7/2015) - Please read the lessons page for general information about my lessons. While I very much prefer giving lessons in person for various reasons, I do offer various forms of Internet lessons. We can do Skype, Facetime, or you can send me questions, and I can make a custom video lesson for you. Coaching is a huge part […] Music Lessons in Montreal, Quebec (9/4/2015) - Please read the lessons page for general information about my lessons. Hello friends from far away land! If any of you would like to come to Montreal, Quebec to study with me, you can possibly stay with me. I live in the heart of Montreal, in a neighbourhood called the Plateau. I have a comfy private […] The secrets of authentic Gypsy Jazz rhythm! (8/11/2015) - This article originally appeared on Djangobooks.com’s May 2015 blog. This version may differ in that it may have been updated since its original publication. Have you ever wanted to learn how to play authentic Gypsy Jazz rhythm? I can show you the secrets! This is a limited time offer only! Subscribe now! These secrets are so coveted, […] Django Legacy – The birth of Gypsy Jazz (8/9/2015) - This article originally appeared on Djangobooks.com’s February 2015 blog. This version may differ in that it may have been updated since its original publication. Since the early 2000s, there has been a global surge in the popularity of Gypsy Jazz and the music of Django Reinhardt. Many articles have been written about it, and many myths […] Practicing, sincerity, awareness, and passion! (8/9/2015) - This article originally appeared on Djangobooks.com’s January 2015 blog. This version may differ in that it may have been updated since its original publication. Greetings folks! Today, I would like to talk about two important, yet, often overlooked aspects of music: awareness and intent. These two terms are rather vague, indeed, but encompass many aspects […]