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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!
Choosing the right guitar for Gypsy Jazz – Part 1 (12/1/2016) - I get quite a lot of emails from people all over the world asking me for advice on which Gypsy Jazz guitars to buy. While it is true that Gypsy Jazz guitar construction is unique and quite different from what the majority of guitar luthiers are used to, I feel that some of the advice […] The art of transcribing – Part 4 (10/5/2016) - As always, be sure to read parts 1, 2, and 3. In this fourth part, we will be focusing on transcribing solos where the timing is not always in sync with the rhythm section. This can prove to be a huge challenge. It requires a strong foundation in music theory, and a strong knowledge of the […] The art of transcribing – Part 3 (10/4/2016) - As always, be sure to read parts 1 and 2. In this third part of the art of transcribing, I want to show you one of my processes of transcribing directly from a video source. In this instance, I am transcribing directly from my video editor (Final Cut Pro X). Any video player that can […] The art of transcribing – Part 2 (9/28/2016) - Be sure to read the first part of this article series. Click here. In this article, I will focus on the transcription work that I do for DC Music School (I’m the owner, in case you haven’t figure it out). I am starting to be able to afford a small team of transcribers and hope that […] The art of transcribing – Part 1 (6/4/2016) - Hello folks! This year, I’ve pretty much been transcribing every single day. As many of you know, I am the owner of DC Music School, where I produce videos for many wonderful musicians. I get them to play a bunch of stuff, and then I transcribe it. The vast majority of people using this site […] Gypsy Jazz Guitar Technique: Wasso’s Waltz (5/26/2016) - Would you like to live in Montreal and study guitar with me? click here! Click here to watch a performance of this waltz. It’s not often that I have time to practice guitar, but I was hired to create a backing track for a waltz by Dutch Gypsy musician, Wasso Grünholz. So I took the day […] iRealBook: the double-edged sword (2/19/2016) - We live in an incredible era for musicians, where we have instant access to an incredible wealth of information that wasn’t available just 15 years ago. All this, thanks to various technological advancements. I can only wonder what further innovations await us! Every previous generation of musician uses the same line with the latest generation: […] 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 […]