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. Join us no matter what skill level you’ve achieved. We don’t need you to be a great guitarist, just be willing to practice a little, show up for rehearsals, and be an ordinary person making extraordinary music.
Times listed are Denver (Mountain) time.
Denver Guitar Orchestra
Sundays at 3 pm
We will be online and in-person. Join us in-person if you are in town and vaccinated and boosted and feeling great. Email me if you’d like to come down and check it out.
#448 November 26: Link to join https://youtube.com/live/Hudc3Nb4bvE?feature=share
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Theme
- Menuett Suite
- Of A’ the Airts the Wind Can Blaw
- Over the Rainbow
- Tárrega Medley
Introduction to Guitar and Continuing Guitar
Main topics: Reading standard notation and tablature, chords, finger picking, playing melodies, music theory (a tiny bit), solo and ensemble skills. No prior experience necessary for the Intro class. You must take the Intro class prior to joining the Continuing class. In addition to the class fee, the textbook is $10 payable directly to the teacher. You must bring a playable acoustic guitar. Spring classes are posted! Go HERE and search keyword “guitar” to register.
- Session 1: Thursdays: September 7 to October 12, 2023. No class Sept. 21, Oct. 19.
- Intro @ 7 pm: Homework: Chords A, D and E7
- Continuing @ 8 pm: La Cucaracha and London Bridge
- Session 2: Thursdays: October 26 to December 7, 2023. No class Nov. 16 & 23.
- 7 pm (Intro)
- 8 pm (Continuing)
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.