Playing and Picking

"Picking and a-grinning" is more than just a catchy phrase about music makers. There is a certain bonding between the player and his or her instrument that the musician enjoys when he or she is making music, especially if it is an original melody, riff, or rhythm strumming pattern. Playing music is about creativity, passion, and expression.

Unfortunately, becoming addicted to your favored musical phrase can usher your imagination down a dead end street. Because it brings so much enjoyment it becomes the "go to" piece for repeated practice and the player cannot seem to break away from it to create something different or to learn something new. Sometimes, the best way to unlock more of your creative side to take it to a new height is with a measure of guidance, accountability, and the gentle challenge from a more accomplished musician.

A few very talented self taught musicians have been able to become legendary performers, however for most people, the most reliable path for quickly becoming a proficient player is paved with (one on one) private lessons. Before the Covid-19 situation, I taught students privately on the guitar, piano, and ukulele, but I have lost all that income since the beginning of 2020. However, I do still teach general music to over one thousand elementary students.

No matter what style you want to learn to play from Bach to Rock, the basic fundamental principles are the same, even for singers. The greater your knowledge is - the better your "chops" will become.**

I invite you to learn more about my continual musical journey here.

You will find links to educational websites that will also help you in your pursuit of achieving musical excellence, here.

I have also included links to vendors that sell high quality musical instruments and offer wonderful customer service, here.

In the footer below I have published categories of my recommended links. Please take note of my disclaimer. I have many interests and hobbies (other than music making) that I want to promote and causes that I want to support. Please take a moment to scroll down and click on a few.

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.


* "Musicking" - engaging in musical activities.

** "Chops" - a slang word that describes the level of proficiency on a musical instrument (usually on the guitar).

More than just Chords and Scales

Eager to Perform (just about) Anywhere

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Welcome to In Tune With You. I am Charles Van Deursen. I repurposed this website to showcase my musicianship and creativity skills.

Come watch me perform on my Triano at the Christmas Festival and Parade in Pembroke, GA on Saturday 12/11/21.

My second album "HonkyTonk Hymns" features thirty-two classic hymn melodies including two medleys of three songs each. The arrangements, performance, independent recording, and cover art is by Charles Van Deursen. Hear a sample of it on the In Tune With You Facebook page.

Click here to stream these 32 songs


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My first album "The Struggle" features sixteen original instrumental compositions of various genres. The compositions, performances, independent recordings and the cover art is by Charles Van Deursen. 

Click here to stream these 16 songs.