News & Updates

05.01.16: REFERENTIAL PLAYING EBOOK NOW AVAILABLE!!

02.10.16: Started recording audio examples for my ebook... the end is in sight!!

01.05.16: Happy New Year, everybody!!

06.26.14: New dates added to Gigs page.

02.25.14: Hey guys!! Been a while. I've been enjoying playing, teaching guitar, and teaching music theory and ear training at Vanier College (Mtl, Qc). Back to work on my Referential Playing Ebook shortly.

05.18.13: Here's a discussion on using guide tones while improvising!!

05.12.13: Part 2 of "Some Blues Basics" is now up - check it out here!!

05.03.13: I've uploaded the first of a two-part lesson on basic blues soloing - check it out here!!

03.04.13: A new article discussing pentatonic uses in the blues, featured on Jazzguitar.be - check it out here!!

Student Testimonials
"While I have taken lessons from many skilled musicians, Scott is the first to be an equally skilled teacher. Scott's referential theory has helped me to pull together 20+ years of incomplete fragments from countless instructors and theory books. His approach stresses making theory and practice musical, which has helped me accelerate learning the instrument beyond boxes, patterns and methods. His clear and concise instruction, and genuine passion for sharing his knowledge and experience make his Skype lessons more effective than any other face to face lessons I have taken."
- Telly C.

"Before I came to Scott for guitar lessons, I was stuck in the first three frets on the guitar. Through his methods of teaching I learned to build chords up and down the entire fretboard with an understanding of the key I was playing in. I never understood the guitar before the lessons and now I feel I can make sense of what I am playing. It makes guitar playing a lot more fun! Thanks Scott!"
- Matthew N., singer/songwriter

"As a recreational guitar player, I have struggled for many years to move beyond pentatonic boxes and basic chord shapes. Scott's method of teaching has helped me simplify my approach to the instrument and at the same time greatly expand my knowledge of the fretboard. His incremental approach to teaching puts an emphasis on making music, allowing me to immediately incorporate new concepts into my playing. I would recommend Scott to any player wanting to understand both the how and the why of playing guitar."
- Brian D., guitarist of 20 years

"I came to Scott as a complete novice to the guitar and with no real musical background to speak of. I've found Scott to be an excellent teacher, and very knowledgeable. His teaching style emphasizes learning tools/skills that are transferable to virtually any style of music, while keeping things simple enough that the concepts come through clearly. I feel like I'm learning to play the guitar, not just learning to play different songs. I would highly recommend Scott to anyone looking to learn."
- Simon C.

"Scott knows theory, Scott knows the guitar!!"
- Brian G., composer, MA student

"Dr. Scott Cook delivers a condensed, precise and experienced pedagogical approach to music theory lessons. I have experienced his teaching methods first hand, which are delivered with exceptional clarity. This creates confidence in my ability to grasp new concepts as they are presented. Worth of praise is his capable adaptation of course material, and connection to skilfully assess one's existing level of knowledge. This results in a terrific learning experience overall."
- Milan M., professional clarinetist, DMA candidate & Music Director

"I'd been playing guitar for about forty years and been, admittedly, a poor student when I contacted a well-regarded jazz teacher in Toronto to discuss my interest in studying jazz. Notwithstanding the fact that I'm quite serious about my studies at the moment he was quite derisive and dismissive upon hearing my background. That isn't Scott. Scott is completely non-judgemental, taking my interest in improving myself as a player and musician at face value. We have had a number of lessons now and Scott always unreservedly and with great clarity offers up the fruits of both his considerable playing experience and considerable academic knowledge. He is also very generous in providing support materials. If I was a high-level player coming to Scott to get deeper into theory I would be having different discussions with him but I can't imagine being treated any differently. Scott is a great teacher and a great guy. I highly recommend him."
- Randy D.

"Scott's teaching is clear, descriptive, and thorough."
- Yota K., composer, DMA student

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Welcome to Scott Cook Music

I am a professional guitarist and theorist, currently residing in Montreal, QC. I am on faculty at Vanier College, where I teach music theory and aural skills. I have been playing guitar for 27 years, and teaching professionally for the past 13. I have a PhD in music theory from the University of British Columbia, with research focusing on the analysis of contemporary jazz.

My new ebook, Referential Playing for Guitar: A Practical, and Musical, Approach to Learning the Fretboard, is now available for download through this site!!

 I am currently offering guitar lessons, both in person and online. One specific approach, which I've termed "referential playing," is primarily targeted towards intermediate-level guitarists who are looking to expand their playing beyond the gamut of stock chord shapes and scale patterns. For more information on how the "referential" method can help you expand your playing, please contact me here.