Hornby Island Blues Workshop

Paul Pigat - Guitar

You'd never think it to look at Paul Pigat, but behind that unassuming grin and underneath those Doc Watson glasses lurks one of the most restless, combustible musical imaginations ever crammed like so much canned heat into a single body. Blessed with a jazz man's sheen, a rockabilly heart and a hobo's soul, there aren't many genres of music that don't pull at Pigat's wayfaring imagination. And, though it’s true that diversity in a musician is always a bonus, when Paul appears at our Workshops, he is always ready to narrow the scope of his wide knowledge base to suit the students. So, whether you are ready to focus on his brand of country blues meets bebop or learn where the syncopated styles of guitar fingerpicking rooted in ragtime —aka Merle Travis —meet the deft traditional finger styles of the delta blues, you can count on Paul Pigat to take there and beyond. And know this, that always lurking in the wings is that relentless Cousin Harley —Canada’s rockabilly surf king just waiting to cut loose. As an instructor who is schooled in classical music theory, you may not get any cheater short cuts to becoming a better player, though you will come away with an enriched appreciation of how practise makes perfect. Paul's teaching style is built upon the principle that it is more important that the student understand the concept of what's going on, rather than just being able to play it. And like the best teachers out there, he knows that having some fun while you learn is important to keeping your mind open and focused. So, sign up for a class under the tutelage of this amazingly diverse and masterful guitarist. The quality of his teaching will guarantee many positive results.

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