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

Welcome to In Tune With You. 

I am Charles Van Deursen. I repurposed this website to showcase my profile, my musicianship and to promote some organizations, products and services that I have found to be beneficial and interesting. Please scroll down to the footer to see the list of categories. [Van Deursen pronunciation]

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.

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

"Blue Water" is my latest upload to streaming services. It is an original composition that I composed with a little Caribbean flavor.

You may stream it by clicking here

Listen to "Parousia"

"Parousia" is a rock instrumental. I originally composed it all on my Roland Fantom G8. Years later I rerecorded the lead guitar part on my Michael Kelly Hybrid Special guitar through my BOSS Katana MKII amp. It was tough to learn the guitar part. I struggled to make it sound as clean as I could do it on my keyboard, but there are certain sound characteristics that can only be made on an actual guitar. So I suppose it is a fair trade off.

Listen to "Mayhem"

Listen to "Lost"

"Mayhem" has two album covers because the original (on the left) was rejected for being too blurry. In a panic I submitted the second version, but later reworked the first one. Before I could submit it as my preferred version the song was sent to the stores. So you may see either one. It is a rock instrumental with a war time flavor. 


Please recommend  to your friends.

"Lost" is my aural description of  what I imagine it would feel like to be floating aimlessly in the cosmos. You may go to my "Lost" page to read more about this song.