Songwriter's Study:  Americana Acoustic Guitar
to Mar 24

Songwriter's Study: Americana Acoustic Guitar

Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, , The Avett Brothers, Calexico, Dylan, Alison

Kraus,, Gillian Welch;  songwriters continue to draw on the North American

folk /blues /country traditions of popular guitar styles and songwriting.

Call it Americana.   There is so much to study.  We'll take a selective look

at what contemporary players are doing and how it has sprung from such

players as Ma Carter, Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, Charlie Patton and

Leadbelly..  We’ll carefully chose songs that exemplify alternate bass style,

Ma Carter style, and pick/strum style accompaniment skills.  Bring your

favourite song to the group for analysis.  If you’re a writer, let’s write under

the influence.  I’ll provide strategies.  Heart and Craft.  Study and play. 

Hope you can make it!

Saturdays:  (2018)  Jan 27th, February 24th and Mar. 24th.    4 – 5:30pm

South IslandStudios:  $115.  Contact Lonny to register, 250 592-3501

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Blues Study Group and Jam - February
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group and Jam - February

     I’ll present some material on what I can dig up on Steve Cropper

blueswise.  What are those subtle licks on "Green Onions"?  And

then there's the Blues Brothers.  Personally, though it's not the blues,

I've always been fascinated with "Dock of the Bay" 's use of G, B,

C, A, F, D, and E...  all major chords!

       Also a look at BB King’s melodic soloing string bends.  I got hooked

again seeing a video where he plays with John Mayer on youtube.  What

a master!  Do I need lighter strings!

Lots of jamming with our ever growing song list!  Bring any guitar, always

good to hear other tunings and we can translate licks into the different

tuning.  Good learning! Usual location, if you don't know it contact Lonny.  



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Songwriter's Study:  Neil Young
to Jun 23

Songwriter's Study: Neil Young

I keep getting interest in this workshop and if you’ve done it before

I also urge you to come.  It only gets better learning Neil’s guitar

style and the songs run the gamut from bluegrass to haunting rock

ballad. And much that is uniquely Neil.  As a player

this is a chance to develop pick skills and syncopation

in your strums and riffs.  If you want to write some songs studying Neil

is great for diversity of subject, modes, song structures, and melody.


Saturdays: (2018)  April 28th, May 26th, and June 23rd.   4 – 5:30pm   $115.

South Island Studio:  contact Lonny to register, 250 592-3501

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Songwriter's Study:  Paul McCartney
to Jul 28

Songwriter's Study: Paul McCartney

Paul is a great strummer.  His fingerstyle playing is a thumb and index approach,

similar to the Delta Blues players.   But of course the songs are sweet. 

“Yesterday” has a straight ahead style that can be applied to many

ballads.  “Mother Nature’s Son” is a veritable study in using key of D.

“Blackbird” is somewhat classical.  “We Can Work it Out” is a strong

pop strummer.  I could go on with choices but it’s a chance for you to

chose a favourite too.  And if you’re a writer you might want to

study a non guitar song like “Penny Lane”.  How many times does

he change key?  Have you written in such a long melodic form?

 McCartney’s repertoire speaks for itself. 


Saturdays:  (2018)  July 14th, 21st and 28th.    $115    Time TBA

South Island Studios             Contact Lonny,  250 592-3501

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Blues Study Group:  Deep blues in E standard tuning.
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group: Deep blues in E standard tuning.

We've got so many great tunes to jam on.  Bring the guitar

you've been playing most, electric or acoustic.  I'll have

chord lyric sheets ready for St. James Infirmary, Stormy

Monday, Shake Your Money Maker, and many more from

our songlist.

My short presentation will be on Deep Blues in E standard

tuning.  I've chosen three songs to represent what I consider

to be almost a genre;  Catfish Blues, (Rolling Stone), It

Serves Me Right to Suffer, and Voodoo Child.  All these songs

are almost one chord songs in E with a driving slow beat and

copious use of first position riffs in E.  A must for all blues

players in my opinion.  

See you there!  Register / let Lonny know if you're coming:

250 592-3501,  South Island Studios, $40, he'll confirm location.


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Blues Study Group
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group

Two hours to play the blues!  I'll present on soloing in the key of

D.  That will be for open tuning and for standard tuning.   Sliders

and pickers, we'll do some standards in the key of D.

As usual most of the session will be given to jamming on blues

songs with chord lyric sheets provided when possible.  I encourage

you to bring a tune as well, some of our best tunes have come that

way.           10am to noon.   $40.   Usual location, contact me

for any details or questions.


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Blues Study Group
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group

As requested I will present on John Lee Hooker.  We'll look at

"Boogie Chillen".  This has classic J.L. Hooker riffs and the

back beat rhythm leads naturally to a look at "Shake Your Hips"

(Slim Harpo, Rolling Stones) and "La Grange" (ZZ top).  It

will probably lead to other songs as well in true blues fashion.

 As always we will play the songs we study and we'll play other

blues songs as well.  "How Long Blues", "Stormy Monday',

our list of jammers is getting big and I'll bring lyric and chord

sheets for all.

For John Lee, well he is in open G tuning for "Boogie Chillen",

and that is very handy for the back beat groove.  However if

you prefer to play in standard tuning just be ready to play in the

key of G.

Usual location, call Lonny for details and let him know you're

coming.  250 592-3501,   $40.

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Songwriter's Study:  Dylan Acoustic
to Nov 25

Songwriter's Study: Dylan Acoustic

A favourite workshop or mine because of the wealth of material.  We'll

look at Dylan's early folk scene songs,  ("Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" is great).

We'll check out Dylan with altered tunings,  ("Blood on the Tracks" album and

more).  And we'll look at later Dylan acoustic, again... the selection is stellar. 

It's a rewarding study for guitarists and songwriters alike. My goal is to be clear

about exactly what Dylan played, how the song could be adapted to your

style, and how to use the songs as a springboard for songwriting.    

At South Island Studio. Contact  Lonny to register:

    250 592-3501     $115

Saturdays:  Sept 30th, Oct. 28th and Nov. 25th.

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Blues Study Group
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group

Our beautiful studio space is available again and ready for some music.

My presentation will be in standard tuning.  I'll present on handy tricks that

utilize the full fretboard  for the keys of E, A, G, and D.    This will include

anatomy of turnarounds in these common keys.  But don't let me present too long!

We come to play.  Bring acoustic or electric, bring the guitar you want to play on. 

 All levels of playing can find a part in our sessions.  Contact: Lonny at South

 Island Studio,  250 592-3501,  to let him know you're coming.  $40.  

P.S.  We'll do "One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer" as requested, and as

requested future sessions will be grooving with some open G.tuning.  (Kokomo

Arnold, J.L. Hooker)   Looking forward to it!

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Songwriting Workshop
10:00 AM10:00

Songwriting Workshop

Songwriting Workshop:    Sat. July 22nd, 10am to 4pm.  $100.  At South Island Studio.  Lunch break at noon.

 For:  All songwriters or players interested in writing.

 Presented by:  Paul Mowbray. 

 Paul Mowbray has been performing, teaching music and presenting workshops in Victoria for ten years.  He was co-leader of the Victoria Songwriter’s Association group for three years.  Hear Paul’s music at:



Workshop Plan:   We will do four songwriting exercises where we break from the group and work either alone or in collaboration with one or two others.  Then we come back to the group and work with the results.  The exercises will be on:  hookline and lyric, melody,rhythm grooves, and chord progressions.  Finally an opportunity will be provided to present an example of our own work for group feedback.  As many as possible will be accommodatedin this part of the workshop.

 To sign up:  Contact Lonny at South Island Studio, 250 592-3501. 

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Blues Study Group
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group

Soloing strategies:  I’ll bring some soloing strategies derived

from some great blues solos.  Let’s step out a bit and see what

we can do with different approaches.

Suggest your favourite solo!   Lately I've been checking out

Steve Cropper.

Those who like to comp along will have lots of songs to work

with and we’ll have a discussion of comping skills. 

And there’s the usual repertoire, too large to list but:  Stormy

Monday, How Long Blues, Love in Vain, Down in the Bottom,

Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse,  and more. 

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Blues Study Group
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group

There will be a focus on damping and percussive effects in

the blues.  In particular I'll look at a couple of RL Burnside

tunes and John Hooker's "Boogie Children".  For Burnside

check out youtube:

We'll also do some Chuck Berry,  born out of the blues.

Which guitar to bring?  Well, either standard tuning or open

tuning.  I mean,  bring a board to tap your foot on and a

washboard too.  It's all the blues! 

Let Lonny know you're coming.  We'll be at usual location and

if you don't know it Lonny does.  250 592-3501          $40

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Blues Study Group
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group

We'll be jamming songs in the key of D.   Presentation will be

a delta blues song in open D,  a rockin' Elmore James song, and

chord voicing suggestions for comping in key of D (open tuning and

 standard tuning).   So bring your acoustic in open D, your

electric to try some Elmore style, or your standard tuned acoustic

or electric.  It's all the blues.  We can visit our past jamming

repertoire, ( in D);  How Long Blues,  Love in Vain,  Killin' Floor

Blues,  Stormy Monday,  etc.   As always,  specific material is presented

and the floor is open to make music and try skills.   See you there!

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Guitar Workshop:  Neil Young
to Apr 29

Guitar Workshop: Neil Young

Three one and a half hour workshops spaced one

month apart from each other.     $115.

This workshop will present an in depth look at how to

play the songs and an analysis of Neil Young’s songwriting. 

I’ve done this workshop before and the originality of Neil’s

writing combined with the great guitar parts always

proves rewarding. 

Whether you’re a curious acoustic player or a serious

songwriter there is great music here. 

   To register:  Lonny at South Island Studio:  250 592-3501


Three 1 1/2 hour Saturday sessions (4:00 - 5:30), one

month apart.   Feb. 25,  April 1st,  April 29th.    $115.    

Presented by Paul Mowbray and Lonny Koch.

Location:   South Island Studio                 

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Blues Study Group
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group

Presentation will be a look at some country blues songs using

open G tuning;   Son House, Charley Patton.

You can bring a slide and an acoustic to put in open G.  Or

bring an acoustic or electric and be ready to learn and jam

some tunes in the key of G.   As usual we'll dive into playing

a good variety of blues songs, new and from our ongoing


Register with Lonny:  250 592-3501     $40    Location TBA.

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Blues Study Group
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group

Blues Study Group rides again!  

Let’s play some blues.  We’ll start with a short presentation on some

of Hubert Sumlin’s guitar work.  (backed Howling Wolf in height of

Chicago blues era).  After the quick look we’ll jam these tunes and

many more blues standards. 

Hope you can come out and play!

Sat. January 28th.   10am to noon.  $40.  

Contact Lonny, 250 592-3501 to confirm and we’ll

confirm location with you as well.

Paul and Lonny

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Carl Perkins and Rockabilly Guitar continued...
to Nov 26

Carl Perkins and Rockabilly Guitar continued...

Of course I'd heard Blue Suede Shoes but it was George

Harrison and the Beatles that introduced young old me

to how cool this music is.  Britain bringing it back to North

America... and us eating it up.  Honey Don't,  Matchbox,

(and doesn't that go back to Blind Lemon Jefferson?) and

of course Blue Suede Shoes.  If you don't have an electric

we'll lend you one at the session. 

Book with Lonny:  250 592-3501,   South Island Studios

$65.     Two Saturdays,  4 - 5:30pm.

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Blues Study Group
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group

  • Location TBA when you register Victoria, BC Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This has been a fun ongoing group and much music is being

made.  Revisiting the growing song list each time:  Stones in

My Passway, St. James Infirmary,  Mystery Train, Hound Dog,

Key to the Highway, Crying Won't Help You,  Mama Just Wants

To Barrelhouse, we are definitely covering the bases. 

And our new study focus for November's session.  Eric Clapton.

The guy has made so much music I had to somewhat arbitrarily

decide where to start.  Listening to early Blues Breakers and

an updated intro to "Little Queen of Spades"  where Eric says

he plays just a little bit outside of what he normally tries to


That's where we'll start!  See you there.  $40.  Register with

Lonny at South Island Studios.  250 592-3501.  Location TBA.


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Blues Study Group
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group

Great time last session.  Worked on Stones in My Passway

(Robert Johnson) and Crying Won't Help You. (BB King)

We jammed on Crying, St. James Infirmary, From 4

Until Late, and Key to the Highway.  Session two will

open with more of Stones and Crying, a chance to clarify

and touch up.  Then we'll look at T Bone Walker's "T

Bone Shuffle".  Then we'll jam.   $40     10 am til noon.

Contact me or phone Lonny if you're coming. Lonny:

     250 592-3501         We'll let you know the location!

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Scotty Moore and Rockabilly Guitar
to Oct 22

Scotty Moore and Rockabilly Guitar

Scotty Moore passed recently after a long life of music.  Happy

to start our study of rockabilly guitar playing with the Sun

Studio guy who was there at the start with Elvis.  Everyone

has heard Scotty Moore because of those big hits, let's

explore the how and the fun of what made this music so

great.    Two Saturday sessions;  4 - 5:30pm.   $65.00.

Book your spot:  Lonny at South Island Studio:


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Blues Study Group
10:00 AM10:00

Blues Study Group

Session 1: 

        Stones in My Passway by Robert Johnson, both a standard tuning and

           an open A tuning way of playing the song will be presented.  Take your pick.

           (bring your pick too)  Bring a slide for the open A version.

         Crying Won't Help by BB King, 1956.  It's in C, medium shuffle.  We'll

              listen and look at tabs and positions for the intro solo.  Good chance to

              practice soloing. 

          I'll bring a few blues standards to jam to.

Cost:  $40.   Contact me or phone Lonny for info:  250 592-3501     Location TBA


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Elmore James and His Legacy: Slide Guitar
to May 7

Elmore James and His Legacy: Slide Guitar

Elmore is I think the place to start for electric slide

guitar.  We'll get some time for Duane Allman and

Derek Trucks as well.  Open D and open E tuning.

Great for the dobro too.  To hold a spot phone

Lonny at South Island Studios:  250 592-3501

Two sessions on Saturdays, May 30 and April 7th.


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Chuck Berry Guitar
to Apr 9

Chuck Berry Guitar

Lonny Koch and I are going to break down some of his iconic riffs, his rhythm

playing and soloing style. And that soloing style is strongly rhythm based. 

 A master of rhythm Keith Richards called him.    There will be lots of hands

on playing examples during class time and tabs for you to take home to

review for future study.

From his 1955 debut (Maybelline, Brown Eyed Handsome Man, Roll Over

Beethoven, Johnny B Goode) to his strong songwriting resurgence in 1964,

(Promised Land, No Particular Place to Go, You Never Can Tell) Chuck Berry

gives us lots to work with.  Come join the fun.

Two Saturday afternoons, 4:00 - 5:30 pm.    $60     April 2 and 9.    

Register: 250 592-3501

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CCR Revival:  Guitar workshop
to Feb 20

CCR Revival: Guitar workshop

The CCR sound involves great acoustic rhythm backup, cool electric

guitar riffs,electric guitar rhythm, and a chance to solo in the blues

rock mode.  Preparation for this workshop has been fun as Lonny

and I dig into the blues based, swamp rockabilly grooves that John

Fogerty utilized so well to make CCR one of the top bands of the late

60's, early 70's.  I keep hearing Chicago blues.  Fogerty said on

his best songs he imagined Sun Studio production sounds.  It's all

so much music from the South, but the South went to Chicago and

the South went to California.

Join us and take one of the parts!   Contact Lonny to sign up.

                                         250  592-3501.

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Christmas Carols on Guitar
10:30 AM10:30

Christmas Carols on Guitar

Guitar accompaniment for Christmas Carols.  The tried, the true, and the ones to avoid at all costs.  This workshop is fun and usually brings out some singers and strummers to pick up tips from as well.  Merry Christmas to all!

One session, 10:30 to noon.  Larsen's Music School,  250 389-1988.   $30

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BB King Continued:  Cross influences
to Dec 12

BB King Continued: Cross influences

Just love where the BB King workshops have taken us!  This time we look at

T Bone Walker and some of his influence on BB.  Then we look to Eric

Clapton and some of BB's influence on him.   Licks, tabs, and lots of chance to

expand your soloing and comping vocabulary.  Two consecutive Saturdays at

South Island Studios.  $75.

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Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family:  The Great Divide
to Nov 28

Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family: The Great Divide

-the folky home style vs. the loner on the road - and the guitar work is great

-songs for the people, songs for the market

-Songs: Blue Yodel, No Depression in Heaven, Waiting for a Train, Motherless

Children, more...

      Sat. Nov 21 and Nov 28,  4 - 5:30pm       $75   register: 250 592-3501

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Neil Young Acoustic
to Nov 28

Neil Young Acoustic

Always a favourite.  We learn great songs and we increase our acoustic guitar skills in accompanying the voice.  I am always expanding my Neil Young repertoire and I encourage all song requests.  I'll break down Neil's rhythm approach, chord approach and hammer-ons and embellishments. 

To one and a half hour sessions on successive Saturdays.  $65.  Larsen's Music School,  250 389-1988.

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Roots Music Defines Itself:  1920's to WW II
to Nov 7

Roots Music Defines Itself: 1920's to WW II

-field recordings and early record markets: country, blues, folk, hillbilly

-Artists:  The Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly

-Songs:  Wildwood Flower, John Hardy, This Land is Your Land, Talkin'

Fishin' Blues, You Don't Know My Mind, Midnight Special, Sweet Home

Chicago, Travellin' Riverside Blues

-Styles:  Ma Carter style, Talkin' Blues style, Delta Fingerstlye, folk strum

    Sat. Oct. 31st and Sat. Nov 7th.  4 - 5:30pm     $75    register: 250-592-3501

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Delta Blues Workshop:  Robert Johnson
to Nov 7

Delta Blues Workshop: Robert Johnson

A workshop aimed squarely at those working on Delta Blues acoustic guitar skills; slide, right hand fingerstyle, open tunings and rhythm techniques.  We visit Robert Johnson's songs, including; "Hellhound on My Trail", "Crossroads", "Stones in My Passway", and his great song oflove lost, "Love in Vain".  Beginning blues shuffler to expert welcome.  Song requests encouraged.

Four one hour sessions on successive Saturdays.  $85.   Larsen's Music School,  250 389-1988 to register.

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