LEARN MU­SIC FROM THE BEST

JP Cormier of­fer­ing unique on­line mu­sic pro­gram.

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON

Multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist J.P. Cormier has found a way to re­main a tour­ing mu­si­cian and teach oth­ers how to play at the same time.

Mu­sic lessons are usu­ally given each week at a des­ig­nated time and place. For some­one like Cormier, who still spend more than 200 days each year on the road, it has been dif­fi­cult to main­tain a reg­u­lar teach­ing schedule, without miss­ing lu­cra­tive per­for­mance op­por­tu­ni­ties. And since he choses to live in a rel­a­tively small com­mu­nity, Westville, N.S., it also means that many po­ten­tial stu­dents can’t get to him eas­ily. So he de­vel­oped an In­ter­net­based teach­ing sys­tem that al­lows stu­dents from any­where in the world to sign up for video work­shops, based on a monthly sub­scrip­tion sys­tem.

“I wanted to teach but couldn’t,” said Cormier, 48, from In­di­anapo­lis on Satur­day, where he was per­form­ing later in the day. “This now al­lows me to get all of my knowl­edge to the peo­ple.”

It’s called Master Mu­sic Method and it can be ac­cessed any time of the day or night at www.mas­ter­mu­sicmethod.com. Un­til Aug. 31, sub­scrip­tions will be of­fered for $30 a month and it gives you ac­cess to ev­ery video. On Feb. 9, a free we­bi­nar will be of­fered at https://mas­ter­mu­sicmethod.lead­pages.co/mmm-we­bi­na­rfeb-9-2017/, launch­ing the sys­tem. There are 30 videos, each from 30-90 min­utes long, on the web­site right now and Cormier plans to even­tu­ally have about 500 listed. The videos are for any­one of any age or play­ing level and they teach how to play gui­tar, man­dolin, banjo and fid­dle, through Cormier’s unique method. It will also be ac­ces­si­ble by mo­bile de­vices and down­loads of writ­ten ma­te­ri­als will be avail­able.

Cormier says this sys­tem of­fers stu­dents the best of all worlds.

“Lessons cost a lot of money, usu­ally $50 a week and you have to pay a month or two in ad­vance and you get ba­sic the­ory and what’s in a book,” he says. “My method is fairly un­ortho­dox — we’re deal­ing with four dif­fer­ent in­stru­ments and stu­dents can take their lessons any time they want.

“I’m teach­ing peo­ple to teach them­selves.”

For ex­am­ple, in the first three lessons, Cormier teaches stu­dents the his­tory of each in­stru­ment, how to buy an in­stru­ment and how to main­tain and re­pair their in­stru­ments. The lessons are done in a way so that any­one, at any level, can learn some­thing from a mu­si­cian ac­knowl­edged to be a master at his craft.

Cormier be­gan play­ing gui­tar at age 5 and since then has mas­tered fid­dle, 12-string gui­tar, banjo, man­dolin and a host of other in­stru­ments. He has been a tour­ing mu­si­cian since he was 16, when he recorded his first al­bum.

“You need to know your in­stru­ments if you’re go­ing to learn it,” he says. “I’m teach­ing you how to be a player — I’m giv­ing you the an­swers — it’s up to you to ap­ply them.”

Although the sys­tem hasn’t been for­mally launched yet, Cormier says thanks to a dry launch last Au­gust, the feed­back so far has been en­cour­ag­ing.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Master mu­si­cian J.P. Cormier is shown with a few tools of his trade.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

This is the logo for mu­si­cian J.P. Cormier’s pro­gram, Master Mu­sic Method.

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