Student Spotlight: Lucas Thomas

This month’s featured student is Lucas Thomas from Cloverdale! Lucas is 20 years old and a University student at SFU. He has been taking guitar lessons with his teacher Andrew Skepasts for the past 2 years, initially starting over Zoom during Covid, but now enjoying in person lessons for the past year.

Lucas has been working on classic rock and blues guitar. He’s been learning songs from guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. In lessons, he’s also been focusing on learning the fretboard (scales and chords) and how to improvise/make up his own solos.

“One of my favourite aspects of Lucas is his open-minded approach to music. Even though we have focused on classic rock, he’s very open to a wide variety of music. We’ve played 80’s metal songs, classic rock songs from the 60’s and 70’s and even old school Delta Blues songs from guitarists like Tommy McClennan. This always keeps our lessons interesting, as there are many places we can go together!”

– Andrew

One of Lucas’ biggest achievements has been learning to play “Into The Void” by Black Sabbath. He learned the whole song, exactly as Tony Iommi plays it! It’s always tough to learn a song from front to back, including all the solos and everything. Tony Iommi isn’t the easiest player to emulate, but we think Lucas did a great job! He’s also come a long way in terms of his improv and making his own solos.

You can enjoy Lucas’ rendition of the song below, and skip ahead to 3:30 to watch him shred the guitar solo!

Interview with Lucas:

Great job with “Into the Void”! What made you want to start taking guitar lessons?

I’ve always enjoyed the guitar in different genres of music so I thought I’d try it out.

How long have you been taking lessons with Resound School of Music?

I have been with Resound for close to 2 years now.

That’s great progress for just 2 years! Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

I like Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, and Tony Iommi.

What’s one musical goal that you’d like to accomplish?

I would like to be able to write my own music.

What do you like most about your teacher Andrew?

He shapes the lessons around my interests.

Rock on, Lucas! Keep up the awesome work and we’re looking forward to see you shredding at one of our future recitals! If you know anyone who would love to learn to play electric guitar like Lucas, then get them to contact us for a free consultation.

Phil Barrow

Phil Barrow

Phil discovered his passion for music in his early teens when he began learning to play the guitar. He attended the VCC School of Music where he studied jazz and contemporary guitar performance. Phil joined Resound as a guitar teacher in 2013 and has been the school’s Director since 2014.

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