In part, I am drawn to the history of the piano and its central role in establishing an entertainment industry and, being at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

I am also interested in the science of the instrument and the behaviour of sound.  Who knew that studying Pythagoras in school would one day be lessons I use every day?

Another part of me is drawn to the craftsmanship involved in creating such a remarkable instrument.  Even modern instruments made largely by robot must give more than a passing nod to the original hand work of chisel and plane.

Through years of involvement with the Piano Technicians Guild on Vancouver Island I get the opportunity to learn from my peers as well as attend conventions and regularly take courses with some of the finest piano technicians in the world.

I studied just enough piano as a child to unlock the musical structure of the keyboard and, although I primarily consider myself a string player today, I am aware of the basis that piano studies gave me and do all that I can to encourage it’s study in anyone pursuing music as a hobby or career.

James with his bassAs a player of double bass I have had the good fortune to accompany some fine piano players in a variety of musical styles and have detailed discussions about their instrument with them.

As a technician I am a major believer in communication with the player so that I can understand precisely what the player wants their piano to do for them.

Unfortunately, the piano won’t do the practicing, but if we can communicate about the very individual sensations of touch and sound, I can very likely help you better achieve your musical goal.

I am ultimately drawn to the music of the great piano masters who are milestones in human history: Liszt, Beethoven, Gould, Paderewski, Joplin, Gershwin, Tatum, Horowitz, Jarrett, and Lang Lang. The list is endless and growing every day.