The music styles that I play are historically taught as an oral tradition. While it certainly does not hurt to be able to read and write musical notation, it is not necessarily advantages to be able to do so when learning traditional styles. There are subtle inflexions and accents in cultural music styles that cannot be translated into written form. My method when studying a specific style of music is simple: Listen! Access to endless archives of recorded musical history from all around the world is as readily available as ever. Once you know what the kind of music you want to play sounds like, then you can begin to slowly learn the physical techniques required to play it. In any given lesson I will provide demonstrations of these different styles and techniques upon request.
I have played in an array of folk bands through the years, exploring different styles of traditional cultural sounds. Today I am in the process of exploring the technological side of the music industry, as I am attending SAIT College in Calgary for sound engineering.
Grant Stewart Hilts
Audio Engineer and Music Teacher
I have been a musician involved extensively with live performance for the past 10 years. Now after seeking out professional training in recording and sound engineering technology, I am seeking employment in the digital audio industry. I’m excited to start gaining experience in a variety of areas. My personal experience in audio has included recording songs for myself and other artists, running PA sound systems for live performance, and recording voice over audio for independent film. For music specifically I have studied traditional folk/roots genres of many kinds, making me an ideal producer for certain cultural sounds.
- Intermediate Experience with recording software including Logic Pro X and Ableton Live
- Multi-instrumental proficiency in several culturally specific forms of music, from Celtic (Scottish, English, Irish) folk to Hispanic to Eastern European, North African and Middle Eastern tradition styles.
- Social Engagement Skills: I have been told often that I have the ability to make people feel welcome and comfortable. My interest in individuals personal experience and perspective have allowed to to make deep connections with others very quickly and has opened many opportunities.
I have an extensive knowledge of history when it comes to certain cultures and this often include the history of a given culture’s music, which is important to provide context for how certain styles of music should be played and recorded.
I have almost perfect pitch when it comes to tone and have an ear for details in analyzing various soundscapes
Experience and Training
Over the past 10 years I have been involved in performance, recording and some promotional work as well.
Between the years of 2008-2010 I lived in Vancouver and ran an open mic at that featured a variety of artists that played jazz and hip-hop. During this time I also organized an old-time/bluegrass club that met weekly and played at a few parties.
Following my move to in 2011 Alberta I began playing in a Celtic Folk band called The Last Order which played bars and other special events. During this time we operated our own sound equipment and began offering our system for a fee to other bands. We also began our own promotional campaign appearing on local radio stations and in local newspapers. The Last Order broke up following the deportation of some of the band’s members back to Ireland.
Since then I have sought professional train at SAIT college and have completed courses in Digital Recording, Mixing and Mastering, Studio Production and Design, Sound Synthesis and I intend to complete several other courses in order to complete the full certification in digital audio at SAIT.
Today I am currently involved in recording several artists including myself. My current personal project has involved curating a list of exclusively Scottish folk songs. Over my years in playing in the Celtic scene I have noticed a gap in the availability of Scottish folk tunes compared to that of the often heard Irish bar sessions.
I have been involved with the audio voice over of 2 independent short films that have required assistance in post production.
Currently I am in the process of launching a podcast in order to promote my company and skills and to eventually offer assistance to others in doing the same once I have acquired the personal skills.
Grant is a friend I've had for years who is one of those people who can pick up an instrument and learn it quickly. In the years I've known him I've seen him learn and master many instruments from Guitar, mandolin, bazouki, fiddle, banjo and harmonica. He has a focus like I've never seen before and an attention to detail that has helped him become the great teacher that he is. In the time I've spent with Grant my guitar playing, mandolin playing and harmonica playing has improved substantially. I've been using techniques he taught me for years and it has dramatically changed the way I play. I've even passed on his knowledge to others to help them improve.
I highly recommend grant to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of music and become a better player. But I also invite you to seek his wisdom with all things music related, because he can not only teach you technique, he can give you the history behind the technique.
Grant is a great man and a wonderful musician..
Anybody would be lucky to have him as a teacher...call him and go for it...you won't regret it...xo
Hello to those who are looking for a great teacher, look no further. Grant is such a knowledgeable person, always willing to explain something until you understand. He has unwavering patients, boundless knowledge, a kind heart bigger than a human body should be able to house, and a love of music unmatched by many. Truely, grant is great teacher, and a wonderful man.
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