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.