Denver Guitar Orchestra


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We teach fingerstyle and classical acoustic guitar for soloists and ensembles. If you show up and if you practice, you will be an excellent guitar player a year from now. For electric guitar, we only teach chord-melody and jazz. Metal heads, you know they’re waiting for you at Guitar Center, bon voyage and good luck. (Don’t believe them when they tell you guitar can be learned the “easy” way.)

All times are Denver Time

  • Tuesdays at 7 pm: Orchestra! Spanish-inspired guitar … like God meant it.
  • Wednesdays at 6 pm: Guitar Levels 1, 2, 3 and Classical … like the devil meant it.
  • Weekdays at 5 pm: Multi-instrument (harmonica) ensemble: Info Here

Tuesdays: Guitar Orchestra at 7 pm

  • We will be online and in-person at Grant Street.
  • Join us in-person if you are in town and vaccinated and boosted.

#393 August 9: Denver Guitar Orchestra: Link to Join

  1. Cielito Lindo and Jarabe Tapatío
  2. El Noi de la Mare
  3. La Llorana
  4. La Paloma
  5. Malagueña
  6. Remember Me
  7. Spanish Romance
  8. Un Dia de Noviembre

Wednesdays: Books 1, 2, 3 and Classical at 6 pm

#394 August 10: Denver Guitar Orchestra Foundations: Link to Join

  • Book 1:
    • Play: Three Blind Mice PDF
    • Study: Introduction to Strumming: Print Double Sided SHORT EDGE Binding PDF
  • Book 2:
    • Play: A-Tisket, A-Tasket PDF
    • Study: Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’ PDF
  • Book 3:
    • Play: Last Rose of Summer PDF
    • Study: Minstrel Boy PDF
  • Classical:

We are replaying everything in RCM Book 0.
If you need the password to the Classical page, email me.

    • Carrousel by Claude Gagnon (1977) PDF
    • Andantino by Matteo Carcassi Op. 59 Key of C Exercises (1836) PDF
    • Waltz by Jaime Mirtenbaum Zenamon (1989) PDF
    • Moonlight by Stepán Rak from Miniature Solos (2000) PDF

Thursdays: Face-to-Face at 7 pm in Lakewood

  • Fall programming is posted. Go sign up here: Lakewood Arts search for keyword “Guitar”
  • No online access to these classes, but if you live in Denver they’re the way to go.

Also Available:

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

  • 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.

Check out our last concert featuring the Beatles music we have from Book 4 on YouTube.