Let’s Go to This!

Alex Komodore, the guitar guru at Metro State and one of my local heros, is offering single and pairs of tickets for  DGO members (that’s YOU if you’re getting this email!) to Ioana Grandrabur’s concert this Friday night.

Amazing guitar player. She does it all without the gift of sight.

If you want to go, you need to send me your name and the name of a guest who’d like to come with you. You still have a friend, right?! I need you to let me know by noon on Monday.

Here’s the scoop:

Book 4A Available


Hooray!! Book 4A is done and MOST of the typos have vanished. I always keep a few mistakes around so you can find them and I can pretend I meant to leave them there. I’m incredibly happy and proud of this book and it has enough great music and education in it to last you a year or more. Call the shop and I’ll tell you how to get a copy. So now we move onto book 4B … what do you want to see in there?

Fixed the MP3 Player … Again

After about 400 hours of wasted time, the sound files are coming back on line. The website kept crashing because of the MP3 players, so I’ve eliminated all of them except the one at the bottom of the Sheet Music page. If you want to hear a song prior to downloading it, go there. You can download the MP3s from the player directly for the songs you want to master.

Goals for 2018

Where We Are Going


New pieces:

Starting in January, we’ll have the opportunity to begin building your permanent repertoire. Let’s find songs that matter to you — songs worth memorizing. And then let’s create great arrangements of them you could play as a solo.

Let’s also offer them to the group so we can play them like 90 percent of guitar players would … by strumming and singing them … and then let’s create great orchestral arrangements of them too using melody, chords, counter melodies, arpeggios, and all the other tricks we know to make simple pieces sound complex and complex pieces easy to play.

My personal goal is to finish Book 3 so we’ll have a full public domain program to get anybody up and running well, and I plan to augment our classical repertoire and our etudes.


Community and educational involvement:

There are plenty of ways to learn and play guitar — some better than others — and there are a few open groups in town with meetings you should check out. We’re taking one approach to guitar by thinking about large-group instrumental performance, but let’s sneak around town and find out what others are doing to see if we can borrow their good ideas to make our rehearsal time more valuable.


Skills development:

Let’s find the weaknesses in your skill set and fix a couple of them. If you want to be better at something, let me help you plot a course on how to get there. Playing with an ensemble will always be an important component of any program to improve your skills.

There are only two keys to being a great musician: Practicing at home, and showing up to rehearsal. If you have to make with choice between the two, showing up is far and away the most important thing you can do. Plus it’s fun.



The minute we have 20 people showing up regularly, I’ll add a Sunday night session. Let’s work as a team to find those people who need guitar in their lives and talk them into showing up. Every one of you could teach Book 1 to somebody this year and start a new musical life for a family member or a friend. That would be the best $20 Christmas gift you could give.

I intend to offer this program to a number of community centers and libraries this year so we can grow more quickly. If you know of people in the community with connections for programming, give them my email address.

We might even put on a recital this year. Let’s rawk.