Guitar Lessons and Performance Coaching in South Surrey / White Rock

Brian and Bob Sumner of the critically acclaimed Alt-Country-Folk group The Sumner Brothers, have opened their doors to teach prospective students of all ages in South Surrey / White Rock who are interested in learning guitar; a vehicle of expression and a gateway into the gratifying world of performance and songwriting.

Through years of recording and touring professionally The Sumner Brothers have learned firsthand the skills needed to thrive in a competitive industry. They have been deemed “rootsy, authentic, humble and warm” by Beatroute magazine, likened to “Cash, Willie and Haggard” by and to “Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie” by The Province Newspaper. They are excited to share this unique skill-set with a new generation of young performers. 


Sumner Studios would like to welcome our newest instructor and our first student turned instructor - P.J. Karavokirakos to the fold. PJ is an excellent guitar player and a brilliant student of the game. He's a keen educator and great with kids. If you would like to sign up with P.J. please get in touch. His schedule is filling up fast.




Things have been going really great at the Studios. Tons of new amazing students. We just had our second Annual Performance Workshop we put on with Jim Black of The Star Captains down at Camp Alexandra in Crescent Beach. Ton of fun. Our local reporter friend, Alex Browne of The Peace Arch News published a really nice article recently. have a gander. 

Check out the article Here

Jeremy Sheeska, on bass, and Brittney Bennett, on guitar/vocals, rehearse at the Sumner and Black Youth Performance Workshop at Camp Alexandra, July 29.  - Alex Browne photo
Jeremy Sheeska, on bass, and Brittney Bennett, on guitar/vocals, rehearse at the Sumner and Black Youth Performance Workshop at Camp Alexandra, July 29.
— Image Credit: Alex Browne Photo




Teaching guitar is incredibly rewarding. We are musicians, and to spend our time playing, teaching, and learning music while we work, that is a very fortunate situation to be in. A lot of the time our students will have different tastes than our own, and that is a great thing for us. It forces us to learn different techniques and styles that we may not otherwise. However, it can also be a lot of fun when a student stumbles in and happens to love some of the same bands and songwriters as yourself. This is the case with a new adult student of ours. This fella came all the way out from Vancouver to White Rock. We had our first lesson last night and the first artist he mentioned was Doug Paisley. I've been listening to a ton of Doug as of late, a truly great Canadian songwriter. Maybe we'll learn this tune together, its a beauty. 

I'm going to post two versions of this tune. One is Doug solo and you can really get a feel for the guitar work. The other is from the record which is really outstanding. The record version has Garth Hudson from 'The Band' playing incredible lines on the Organ. Enjoy! - Bob.


Stay tuned folks, we've got some very exciting news coming down the pipe regarding the White Rock Sea Festival!!!


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