About Graehme F.

Graehme teaches: Ages 18 and up
Teaching since: September 2007
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

My name is Graehme and I have been a professional guitarist from the age of 16. I started teaching guitar in 2007 and have helped hundreds of students of all skill levels, ages, and backgrounds to move their guitar playing forward.

If you are looking for a straight-forward and effective approach to learning to play the guitar and improve your skills, than look no further. I am the co-owner of the LCCM (London Conservatory of Contemporary Music) in my home town of London, Ontario, Canada and am also the Chief Instructor of the school.

I specialize in teaching Rock, Metal, Pop, Blues, and Worship Music. My approach to lessons is to ensure that you learn to play real music, specifically the stuff that you like, but that you also develop good fundamental skills needed to play any music you want in the future.

I also offer lessons in Songwriting, Composition, Music Theory, and developing skills for working in a Band.

I look forward to helping you become a great guitar player!

Photos and Videos

Guitar solo improvisation in the key of B Minor.

Experience

Chief Instructor

Aug 2016 - Present
The London Conservatory of Contemporary Music (LCCM)

Co-owner and Chief Instructor of the LCCM. Responsible for complete guitar curriculum which is designed to take a student from having zero experience on the guitar to being a full, professional-level guitarist.

We are currently undergoing the process of accreditation through the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities to be able to run as a private music college. At which point, we will be able to confirm Certificates/Diplomas to students who complete our musician training program.

Current teaching more than 30 private students on weekly basis which ranges from complete beginners to gigging professionals looking to further their skills on the guitar.

Check out videos for examples of some of my student's performances.

Gutiarist

Aug 2014 - Present
Opus Rex

Guitarist for the Hard Rock/Progressive Metal band Opus Rex.

We released our 1st EP (2014) as well as a the full-length independently recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced album 'Evolve' (2015). The band is currently developing and preparing material for the 2nd album.

Opus Rex won 1st place at IndieFEST in 2015 up against 43 other bands winning cash as well as recording time.

Opus Rex has been featured in SCENE magazine and has received rave reviews from members of the music community including Roger Ginsly (sound engineer RUSH, David Bowie, Barenaked Ladies, Tragically Hip)

Check out some of my videos for example of Opus Rex's music.

Guitarist

Jan 2008 - Present
Trainwreck

Playing guitar with the band Trainwreck which involved multiple people's with disabilities. The band was honored by RUSH in 2012 for the work our leader, Karl Sloman, has done for the community.

The band has performed several hundred shows in Ontario since 2008 and is currently writing and recording their first album.

Guitarist (Lead Guitar)

Jul 2002 - Present
Trinity Presbyterian Church

Performing lead guitar duties for the worship band. Two rehearsals and performance every week, all year round.

Additional special events including Easter Services, Christmas Services, Talent Showcases, and Coffee House performances.

Rotating repertoire of over 200 songs which are chosen at random on a weekly basis.

Periodically filling in on Bass Guitar and Drum duties when other members are unavailable.

Guitar Teacher

Sep 2010 - Jul 2016
London Guitar Lessons

Ran my own independent private music school.

Was responsible for creating lessons plans and full curriculum for student's lessons. Ran multiple group lessons and courses as well as weekly private lessons to focus on individual student's needs.

Also had multiple instructors working under me and teaching other instruments like Bass, Keyboard, Drum Set, and Voice.

Guitarist (Lead Guitar)

Mar 2010 - Jun 2013
AVIDAS (band)

Lead Guitarist for the Symphonic Metal band AVIDAS in London, Ontario.

Recorded album which was released in Fall of 2010. Performed about 100 performances in Ontario including Radio, Live Online Video, and Festivals. Slated to Open for Creed in 2013.

Guitar Teacher

Sep 2007 - Aug 2010
The Wizdom Music Academy

Taught private one-on-one guitar lessons to a broad range of students. Everything from beginners to advanced players. Youngest taught was 3yo and the oldest was an 84 year-old grandmother.

Helped students master the basics, learn to play songs they love, and prepare them for performances and working with real bands.

Education

Honors Bachelor of Science (Physics & Computer Science)

Sep 2004 - Dec 2009
Western University

Private Music Instruction

May 2008 - Sep 2008
Kim Lundberg

Private Guitar Instruction

Sep 2006 - May 2008
Ben Heywood

Private Guitar Instruction

Jul 2001 - May 2005
David Testolini

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Total Guitar Mastery

Sep 2014
The Tom Hess Music Corp

Over 130 hours of on guitar training with one of the world's greatest guitar teachers - Tom Hess!

Development on fretboard skills, technique, phrasing, soloing, and hours of training education.

Total Guitar Master ELITE SPECIAL FORCES Training

Aug 2014
The Tom Hess Music Corp

An additional 36 hours of on guitar training in an extremely intense and demanding setting. Developing technique, soloing skills, fretboard awareness and advanced training concepts.

Music Theory - Grade 2

Jun 2005
RCM

Complete Grade 2 Theory examination.

Awards

IndieFest 2015 - 1st Place

May 2015
IndieFest (Sarnia, Ontario)

Affiliations

D'Adarrio Education Collective

Oct 2016
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a global community of music educators who are committed to inspiring the next generation of lifelong musicians. Our program provides music teachers with access to resources and other tools to help support their role in education. The Education Collective will grow to include opportunities to network with other teachers, share your knowledge and content, and attend special educational events. Our goal is to support those that support the future of music.

SOCAN

Sep 2015
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SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 130,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. Through licenses, SOCAN gives businesses that use music the freedom to use any music they want, legally and ethically. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses coast to coast and distributes royalties to its members and peer organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of Canadian music around the world in collaboration with its peer societies. In addition, SOCAN plays a leadership role in mentoring emerging creators on various aspects of the craft and business of music. We also advocate on behalf of our members to ensure that copyright is respected and that creators are appropriately remunerated for the use of their work.

Vic Firth Education Team

Nov 2008
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The Vic Firth Company is proud to be among the most educationally conscientious companies in the music industry. Vic Firth Company has collaborated with some of the top educational minds around the globe to support percussion education. As we witness the growth of percussion education, we are encouraged to further develop and diversify our already highly successful program. Started in 1997 as a means to foster dialogue between percussion educators of all levels and strengths, the Vic Firth Education Team remains the industry’s innovating force in providing resources to percussion educators. As we witness the growth of percussion education, we are encouraged to further develop and diversify our already highly successful program.

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7 Reviews on Graehme F.

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Carter Oct 31, 2016
Guitar · In studio
He got me through a tough learning curve and now I have a lot of learning tools that he taught me. Thanks Graehme!
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Martha Oct 31, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Is a very knowledgeable musician and explains the theoretical concepts for the guitar very well.
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Colette Oct 31, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Graehme is a great teacher. The lessons my 12 year old son takes for electric guitar are very engaging and very well taught!!
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Alex Oct 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Graehme is very flexible in terms of timing, we have a busy schedule and he accommodate that so we can drop our son at different times. Alex loves him and can't wait to go for his session. Alex has progressed significantly over the last few months since he started. We really recommend Graehme .
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Leslie Oct 30, 2016
Guitar · Online
Studying under Graehme Floyd has been inspirational, helpful and fulfilling for me. When I hit a wall in my playing, he not only helped me scale it with ease BUT with his encouragement, patience and understanding, I feel better about my own abilities! Never did I think I could be so accomplished and such a sassy player! Best. Teacher. EVER!
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Steve Oct 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Fantastic instructor. Very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. Really cares about his students. Also very flexible with his lessons.
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Phil Oct 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio
I always benefited from lessons with Graehme, one-on-one. If you are one of the fortunate persons who study with him, you will surely feel the same way!

As of now he has compiled a good deal of teaching material and techiques into various online products.
'GuitarFit' and 'Learn the Notes of your Guitar' are excellent methods for all levels of guitar training.
Graehme has applied solid analytical skills into his teaching methods, developed over years.
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