String theory

Dave Callander is taking what he learned in Hollywood and sharing it with his guitar students here
in Langley.

Dave Callander is taking what he learned in Hollywood and sharing it with his guitar students here in Langley.

Sylvia Moore

Times Contributor

A young boy gets an electric guitar for this 14th birthday, then his dad takes him to his first concert: Van Halen.

He collects another guitar on his 16th birthday, and soon sets his sights on playing guitar professionally.

The young man is Langley’s Dave Callander, and he’s been playing his guitar non-stop for the past six years.

Callander started by taking lessons with Brian Poulsen, a respected musician who passed on his own unfulfilled wish to attend one of North America’s most prestigious music schools — the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, Calif. Poulsen recommended his student for M.I., and Callander submitted his demos.

Before he graduated from Langley Secondary School, Callander knew he was heading to Hollywood to study the M.I. Guitar Performance program and earn his Associate of Arts diploma.

Callander moved into a green and blue apartment building in the core of Hollywood, just two blocks from the famous Roosevelt Hotel and one block from Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

From his balcony he could hear audience noises from the El Capitan Theatre where the Jimmy Kimmel show is taped.

“The movie premieres at Grauman’s Theater were cool in the beginning, but then they got to be annoying,” he said.

“Hollywood Boulevard was flooded with tourists and media, sidewalks were roped off, and I had to cut through back alleys to get to school.”

Callander described his two years at Musician’s Institute as the “most incredible time of my life”.

He developed from a classical rock guitarist, to embracing jazz and jazz fusion styles under such revered names as Paul Gilbert and Al Bonhomme, who toured with Dwight Yoakam. Callander got his favorite guitar, a Parker Fly, while he was in L.A., for his 19th birthday.

Callander’s former teacher, Brian Poulsen, says that Callander was passionate about music, guitar in particular, and smart.

He thought it was a great idea for his student to engage in the M.I. musical experience in L.A., the entertainment capital of the world.

He believes the M.I. experience is of great value and offers its students a sense of music business, so they can find out whether it’s a good fit.

Now back in Langley, Callander teaches guitar at RJP Guitar Studios, at 56 Avenue and 203 Street, under the mentorship of Ray Pullen, a veteran of the Vancouver guitar scene. He still practices six hours per day to perfect his craft.

His current guitar hero is Miles Davis. Callander pictures himself in the future, playing guitar in a recording studio as a professional studio musician, “an Olympian of the music industry.”

Callander recently played a couple of open mike sessions at the Wired Monk in Murrayville, however these days he’s focused on teaching.

Callander’s website is under development. It can be viewed at www.davecallander.com.

Just Posted

Langley’s Georgia Ellenwood is Olympics bound

She has effectively qualified for the 2020 games based on international ranking

Campaign against hospital parking fees is gathering momentum: organizer

Gary Hee said the bid to eliminate ER parking fees will be his last petition campaign

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Victoria Day

How much do you know about the monarch whose day we celebrate each May?

United voice calls for more senior services in Aldergrove

‘The people here deserve more’ says founder of the local Seniors Resource Fair

Aldergrove’s water park opens to public at discounted rates

Though the pool remains closed, the Township has decided to charge a toonie for admission

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Structure fire destroys Surrey tire shop

RCMP have closed Fraser Highway down to traffic from 152 Street to 88 Avenue

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

Multi-vehicle collision on highway in Chilliwack

Accident involves several vehicles, in the westbound lanes says Drive BC

Man dies after being hit by car in East Vancouver

The driver involved is cooperating with police

Most Read