Denver Guitar Orchestra


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We make music using fingerstyle and classical techniques on acoustic guitars for solo and ensemble presentation. Mostly we’re working to give everyone a reason to get their guitars out and keep moving forward. Join us no matter what skill level you’ve achieved. We don’t need you to be a great guitarist, we need you to be a person wanting to get better at playing guitar and interested in working with others to make extraordinary music.

All times are Denver Time

  • Tuesdays at 7 pm: Orchestra! Spring 2023 -> No theme, just great stuff.
  • Thursdays at 7 and 8 pm: In-person beginning and continuing guitar in Lakewood.
  • Every Other Sunday at 9 am: Solo guitar Levels 1, 2, 3 and Classical … get back into it or get way better.


Denver Guitar Orchestra at 7 pm

We will be online and in-person. Just show up. Join us in-person if you are in town and vaccinated and boosted and feeling great.

May 23: Link to join

  • May 23
  • June 27
  • July 25
  • August 22
  • Boléro
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Theme
  • Menuett Suite
  • Of A’ the Airts the Wind Can Blaw

Things in the hopper I’m working on:

  • Something EASY to play. 😀
  • Sweet Child of Mine
  • Something from Tárrega
  • Maybe you have a suggestion of something big and ambitious we should do? Lemme know.

Every Other


Books 1, 2, 3 and Classical at 9 am

Denver Guitar Orchestra Sunday Solos 

#436 May 21:

Hey kids, I’m making some major changes to the online program and none of it is quite ready. No video meeting this week again, but I’ll be sending you stuff this week via email.

  • Book 1:
    • Play: Farmer in the Dell [A] PDF
    • Study: Row Row Row Your Boat [D] PDF
  • Book 2:
    • Play: Skip to My Loo [F & C7] PDF
    • Study: The More We Get Together [G & D] PDF
  • Book 3:
    • Play: Amazing Grace [C & F & G] PDF
    • Study: America the Beautiful [G & G7 & D & D7 & A & A7 & Am & E7 & C] PDF
  • Book 4: See “Whenever” below.
  • Classical:
    • If you need the password to the Classical page, email me.
    • RCM Book 0:
      • Play: Dreams by Richard Summers (1996) PDF
      • Study: Carrousel by Claude Gagnon (1977) PDF
    • RCM Book 1:
      • Play: What If a Day, a Month, or a Year (traditional) (16th century) PDF
      • Study: Chanson Vieillotte by Claude Gagnon (1982) PDF

Previous class videos are available in the archives.


Private Lessons by Video

If you want to participate by private video chat or in-person private lesson, here’s how:

  • Begin by sending me an email that you’re ready to begin.
  • Make a phone video of you playing the song. It does not have to be great. Keep it simple.
  • Make sure the video includes both of your hands.
  • Upload a copy of your video to Dropbox using their app on your phone, or upload it to YouTube as an unlisted video. Make sure you’re using wifi as it eats up phone data pretty fast.
  • Send me a link to your video. I will look at it, sing your praises, give you a helpful suggestion or two (or 50), and then you’ll record your next effort.
  • If you’re not sure about the steps to use the technology, send me an email.
  • Why would you do this? The vast majority of people who start on guitar quit because it’s too hard. Making a regular video of yourself helps you get beyond your ego, gives you something to shoot for each week, gives you a realistic picture of what you can do now, gives you hope for the future (especially when you review older videos you made), and most importantly gives you one more way to play guitar since preparing for a recording is a more detailed process than cranking out yet another tune. This process will make you better and make playing guitar easier.