Rufus Guitar Shop has a roster of highly qualified and personable instructors who teach a variety of musical styles and instruments. We offer lessons on acoustic, classical, electric and bass guitar. We also have instructors specializing in other stringed instruments such as banjo, mandolin, and ukulele, as well as voice. All of our instructors are practicing musicians and offer a range of musical styles such as folk, bluegrass, rock, pop, blues, jazz, metal and slide guitar. Whether you are 5 or 85, we have a teacher that will get you strumming!

Tuition Fees:
We offer two options for lessons: drop-in or weekly. Drop-in lessons are $28.00 per half hour and weekly lessons are $25.00 per half hour. 

Weekly Lessons:
Weekly lessons are paid by the calendar month on the first lesson of the month. Payment is required when the lesson time is booked, either in person, or by phone. If you prefer, we can keep a record of a credit card to process monthly payments. Once you have registered for weekly lessons, you will be on the schedule indefinitely or until proper notice to discontinue lessons is given.

Drop-in Lessons: The tuition fee for a "drop-in" lesson is $28.00 for a half hour, payment is required when the lesson is booked. Drop-in lessons are booked by availability and can not be cancelled.

Missed Lessons/Cancellations:
If you are unable to attend a weekly lesson, we require 48 hours notice. With proper notice the option of a make-up lesson will be available. Unfortunately without sufficient notice, the student will be charged for the lesson. Lesson(s) that must be missed due to an instructor's illness or professional obligations will either be rescheduled or filled in by a qualified substitute instructor. If you decide to discontinue lessons, the regular 48 hours notice is required. Drop-in lessons cannot be cancelled. Please call 604-222-1717 for any scheduling changes and speak with the front desk.

If you are unable to bring your instrument with you, we will happily lend you one for your lesson.

Please call us at 604-222-1717 for more detailed schedule information.

Instructor Bios

Dave Gannett

Dave is a Fanshaw Music College graduate and is our resident slide guitar expert. He teaches acoustic fingerstyle, blues, rock, mandolin and ukulele. Dave performs around the city and has appeared on numerous recordings. 
Availability: Mon, Tues, Wed, Sunday.

Devon Clarke

Devon has completed his Diploma of Music at VCC this year, where he has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, as well as winning the 2016 VCC Contemporary Competition for Composition and Performance. Devon aims to nurture excitement, insight, and intention in all his students’ playing in a relaxed and supportive environment.  Availability: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat

Brian Minato

Brian has recorded with Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Wild Strawberries, DMC (Run-DMC) and more. He has toured North America, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and has performed on The Grammys, Saturday Night Live, Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show, The David Letterman Show and The Junos. Acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass and singing are Brian's specialty.  Availability: Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Natalie Kimpton

Natalie has completed her diploma in classical music at Capilano University, majoring in guitar, and is working her way towards a degree in Music Therapy. Along with classical guitar, Natalie teaches acoustic, folk, fingerpicking, rock, ukulele and theory. Her fun personality is perfect for kids and beginners. Availability:  Wednesday, Saturday

Danny Nargang

Danny studied classical guitar at RCM Regina and has performed with many high profile rock and metal bands. His specialties include classical guitar, rock, metal, folk, blues, bass and mandolin. Danny had the honour of auditioning as guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, if you want to shred he is your man! Availability: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri.

Jason Nett

Jason Nett is a composer, performer, conductor and producer/engineer. His music has been performed by the Vancouver, and Vancouver Island Symphonies,  Napa Valley Symphony Players, Gros Morne Summer Music Festival, Vancouver Guitar Quartet. Jason has also worked with Limp Bizkit, multi-platinum producers David Kershenbaum (Tori Amos, Duran Duran), Scott Church (Black Sabbath, Cher, Motley Crue), Dave Schiffman (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Audioslave, System Of A Down), Chris Potter (Brian Adams, Sarah Mclachlan). All styles. Availability: Tues, Thurs, Friday. Sat

Dana Oikawa

Dana is a graduate of Selkirk college where she majored in composition. She has played in rock, folk and jazz bands and currently plays at the third service at Tenth church as well as her own folk/rock band. Dana teaches folk, pop, rock and fingerstyle guitar, is lots of fun and great with all ages!  Availability: Monday, Thursday, Saturday.

Daniel Tougas

Daniel began studying guitar at Rufus Guitar Shop as a young student, since graduating from VCC School of Music he’s returned to teach where it all started for him. Fluent in several contemporary styles, focused on learning needs and musical goals, he enjoys working with students of all ages and skill sets, include adult beginners, and college audition prep. Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday

Devon Wells

Devon is our Bluegrass expert, covering banjo, mandolin and guitar. He received his Bachelor of Music from York University and teaches folk, rock, pop and ukulele as well as bluegrass. Availability:  Tuesday

Sarah Wheeler

Sarah studied voice and composition at VCC and SFU here in Vancouver and has recorded two solo records. Folk, pop, rock and vocals are Sarah's specialties.  Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.Thursday

Alex Flock

Alex is a versatile guitarist, both acoustic and electric. His awards include a 3rd place finish at the 2012 Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. His teaching experience includes the UBC Summer Music Institute, Alex is comfortable teaching all ages and levels in a wide variety of contemporary styles. Availability: Monday

Sophie Heppell

Sophie is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Music Program with a double major in performance and composition. She has been teaching full time for almost a decade specializing in guitar, mandolin, and music theory as well as other instruments. Sophie fronted the indie rock trio Two Bears North who toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. Availability: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Friday