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Vancouver Guitar Show 2012

So! The annual Vancouver Guitar Show is coming up on November 25th. That’s a Sunday. It’s happening at The Croatian Cultural Center, right on the corner of Commercial Drive and 16th ave.

This event is an event that all of us guitarists in Vancouver CANNOT MISS! I’ve been lucky enough to see it grow over the last few years and I look forward to it every November. This year, I’m happy to say that I’m going to be apart of it! Yes, the Will Ripley Guitar School will have a table spreading the word of the lessons I provide as well as offering some goodies.. guitar orientated goodies.

So back in the day I used to sell guitars at Long and Mcquade and I met Todd Bainbridge there. He is the man with the plan and organizes the Vancouver Guitar Show every year. It’s grown to the point where Roland has sponsored the event 2 years in a row. You’ll hear some radio ads on 99.3 The Fox as well as Classic Rock 101.

So Todd is kinda a big deal and November 25th is his heyday. The thing you gotta know about Todd is – the guy knows things and stuff about guitars. Like so much, he is an encyclopedia. Like, the guy knows so much about guitars and amps that it will make your head spin. Todd can take a look at how many screws are in a pickguard and tell you what year your guitar is. It’s….GUITARDED.

Lemme elaborate…

He had one look at this old Fender 2×12 cabinet I bought and was able to tell me that it was a showman cab, it was a 1967 and the grill cloth on the front was from the 70’s because it was “OBVIOUSLY” replaced. And here I thought it was a 1980 Bandmaster cab. WRONG. He spat this off by eyeballing the damn thing.

So only this guy would have the skills, knowledge and database in Vancouver to put on a show like the Vancouver Guitar Show.

I have picked up a couple of gems from the show in the last couple of years, most notably a 1970s Vox wah-wah pedal. Extremely cool!

Go check it out and connect with the people there. This is the #1 opportunity to get in touch with what vintage and new gear is out there. Big and small companies are there, promoting new and old products. There are also enthusiasts that are just trying to move some of their gear they’ve acquired over the years.

check it out! www.vancouverguitarshow.com

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“When I met Will he asked me some of my goals and my response was to some day be able to play guitar like Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Six months later I found myself playing “Blue on Black” at Ripley’s Recital in front of my friends. Will is an extremely professional and talented teacher and guitar player. Each week I found myself with new material and knowledge that made learning guitar fresh and exciting. I’m taking the summer off and I already can’t wait to continue my lessons to take my guitar playing to the next level.”

~ Dan F

“Will is a very knowledgeable guitarist and great teacher. His instruction has been crucial in my development as a guitar player. Thanks to Will I have significantly improved my understanding of musical theory and guitar techniques. I have also been motivated to keep practicing in order to become the best guitar player I can be.”

~ Curt P

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~ Dirke

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“Our son, William, has been taking guitar lessons from Will since Spring 2010. Will is a knowledgeable, creative and resourceful music teacher who thoroughly enjoys teaching children the guitar. We were lucky to have found him.”

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“I have wanted to learn to play guitar all my life, but never really had the guts to try until I was 27 years old. I was afraid I wouldn’t be any good but one day while searching through the Craigslist ads for guitar teachers I found a listing that just spoke to me, a total gem, and I felt I just had to give him a call. After just one phone call I had a really good feeling I had found the perfect lessons and I am so lucky that I found the listing for willripley.com. Will is an amazing and inspiring teacher who is incredibly gifted not only at playing guitar but at truly being able to teach others to be their best musically. He can really show you how to play anything in a way that is helpful and makes sense. After every lesson I feel so motived to get better and practice so I can be half as terrific a musician as Will. I have seen him perform live with his band and Will Ripley really is a rockstar. He makes learning something challenging really fun.”

~ Genevieve

“Will Ripley is an amazing teacher who has given me the best gift I ever could have asked for, the gift of music. His tireless patience and postive attitude helped me to realize I could achieve anything I put my mind to. He is not only a stellar musician with amazing technical ablilites, but he truly understands how to teach guitar and how to pass on his skills to other budding muscians. I went from being a complete novice to someone who now often gets complimented on how quickly they learned to play guitar. If you are looking for someone who can turn you into a great musician, Will Ripley is your man. He isn’t just a guitar teacher but also an enthusicatic friend who will help you achieve amazing results while you have fun learning to rock out!”

~ Gen T

“Will is very talented musician and teacher and adapt the style and learning process to fit each student.

He is very good with children and know how to motivate them. He makes the learning of music a Rock’ n Roll experience!”

~ Barbara Smyth

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~ Doug and Yonah Martin

“When our 11 year old daughter wanted to learn guitar I searched the web for someone who would and could provide a different approach to learning an instrument. In grade 4 she took up the violin at school, they learned the scales and every evening she practiced diligently creating a noise that sounded like she was sawing a cat in half. There was never any melody and she soon tired of the exercise and gave up. I often wondered what would have happened if she had been given an actual song to practice so that’s what I mean when I looked for a teacher that could provide her with a different approach to learning an instrument.”

“Will’s web site looked like he was someone who stays in touch with current music trends. When I read is bio I found out he is active in the music scene and I was convinced he could provide us with the teaching techniques and style that would keep our daughter interested and engaged. Low and behold I was right! He taught my daughter bits and pieces of her favorite song from her favorite band. Now she’s learning techniques and the chords and loving it! Because she loves it, she’s sticking with it. Until we saw how much she loved the guitar Will was able to rent us one, yet another great option Will can provide.”

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~ Bob and Johanna Legge

“My fiance and I started taking lessons with Will after looking for a guitar teacher online. Both of us had never played an instrument or had any musical education before. From the get-go, Will didn’t follow a pre-defined plan or workbook (as other teachers we talked to would have done), but rather incorporated our personal goals and music preferences into his teachings. It is very apparent that he not only loves guitar music, but also a deep understanding of a broad spectrum of music styles and musical theory.”

Will’s hands-on approach managed to teach me not just practical guitar skills, but also some theoretical fundamental background knowledge. His lessons are never boring; always challenging but never overwhelming.

As a teacher, Will is patient and manages to accommodate our different learning speeds as well as our individual strengths and weaknesses, given both of us a sense of accomplishment and progress.

I thoroughly enjoy learning from Will and can highly recommend him as a guitar teacher.”

~ Maik H