Denver Guitar Orchestra


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Learn to play fingerstyle and classical guitar the right way (the slow difficult way) for free. You’ll get the news, you’ll get sheet music, you’ll get inspired. And if you ever decide playing bagpipes makes more sense, it’ll be easy to unsubscribe.


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 “Classical Lite” … fun arrangements of classic pieces.
  • Wednesdays at 6 pm: Guitar Levels 1, 2, 3 and Classical … get back into it or get way better.
  • Thursdays at 7 and 8 pm: In-person beginning and continuing guitar in Lakewood.



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.

#421 January NOT SURE OF OUR FIRST MEETING YET: Make sure you are signed up for emails above. Link to Join will appear HERE shortly before class time. Hit reload.



Books 1, 2, 3 and Classical at 6 pm

#422 January NOT SURE OF OUR FIRST DATE YET: DGO Soloists: Link to Join will appear HERE shortly before class. Hit reload.: Wednesday classes are canceled for the next few weeks. Please make sure you’ve joined our email list above and I will send out news when we’re ready to begin again.

This is the list of the latest stuff we’re working on.

  • Book 1:
    • Play: Three Chord Songs: Introduction to Strumming [A & F#m & D & E7] PDF
  • Book 2:
    • Play: Itsy Bitsy Spider [G & D7] PDF
    • Study: La Cucaracha [D & A] PDF
  • Book 3:
    • Play: Water is Wide [E & A & C#m & F#m & B & B7 & G#m PDF
    • Play: When the Saints Go Marching In [C & F & G7] PDF
    • Study: Wildwood Flower [A & D & E7] PDF
  • Classical: If you need the password to the Classical page, email me.
    • RCM Book 0:
      • Play: Dance des Îles by Florian Lambert (1982) PDF
      • Study: First Exercise on the E String by Johann Kaspar Mertz (1800-1856) PDF
    • RCM Book 1:
      • Play: Andante in G Op. 241 No. 5 by Ferdinando Carulli (1825) PDF
      • Play: Waltz in Em by Bartolomé Calatuyud (1961) PDF



Face-to-Face at 7 and 8 pm in Lakewood

  • Spring 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.

Intro to Guitar – 17A4104

In five weeks, you’ll learn to read sheet music and tablature, know the most important chords, learn how to finger-pick melodies, master a little music theory, and play solo and ensemble pieces. No previous guitar or music experience required. Playable acoustic guitar required.
Required: One-time textbook fee of $10 payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Thursdays 7 to 8 pm at Lakewood Cultural Center $55

  • Jan 5-Feb 16, 2023
  • Feb 23-Apr 6, 2023
  • April 13-May 25, 2023

Continuing Guitar – 17A4105

Continue your journey into guitar with new chords, more complicated melodies, and chord-melody arrangements designed for solo and ensemble play. Playable acoustic guitar required.
Required: One-time textbook fee of $10 payable to the instructor on the first day of class

Thursdays 8 to 9 pm at Lakewood Cultural Center $55

  • Jan 5-Feb 16, 2023
  • Feb 23-Apr 6, 2023
  • April 13-May 25, 2023



Private Lessons In-Person or 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.