Guitober – Week I

This is it!!  Guitober rolls in with full force this week. 

This Thursday, Guitober 16th @ 7:30PM in Bakalar Recital Hall: Guitar Night I – This is our first Student Concert for Guitober.  Contact your teacher if you would like to perform.

This Friday, Guitober 17th @ 7:30PM in Studio J: Garageband for the Guitarist – This is Scott’s Garageband class catered especially for guitarists.  Learn how to record, edit, effect & practice your guitar with Garageband.  This is a Free class for BMS students, but you must register with Hollie Fleming:  617-277-4593;

Saturday, Guitober 18th is our First Day of Clinics.  (All clinics are Free and open to the Public)  Clinics will be held in Studio A of the Kennard House: 25 Kennard Road, Brookline MA 02445

  • 3:00 – Duets: Brendan Burns, Will Dick & Valerie Thompson (cellist for Goli & Fluttr Effect ) talk about playing guitar with other musicians.  This clinic demonstrates techniques for expanding or simplifying your playing style to fit any situation.  It also covers ways that different instrumentalists look at music and how a guitarist should present written music to another musician.  A great clinic for those who want to jam, play or write music with other musicians. 
  • 4:00 – Songwriting: Will Dick & Brendan Burns discuss how to write songs from a guitarist’s perspective.  Whether you are writing songs for other people or singing and playing the guitar yourself, a guitarist’s way of writing music can be unique.  Will & Brendan demonstrate some common song forms, playing techniques, and compositional exercises to get the songwriter in you out and into the music world.  Songwriters are welcome to present material of their own.  
  • 5:00 – Finger-Style: Bob Ward, Will Dick & Brendan Burns demonstrate the wide ranging stylistic opportunities that finger-style techniques present to the guitar.  Classical, Flamenco, Folk, Rock & Jazz styles will be explained and put into context with the a brief history of the finger-style guitar.

The final event for the week is the Tour of Guitars at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on Sunday, Guitober 19th.  This is a very special tour presented by curator Darcy Kuronen exclusively for BMS students.  This is a free event, but you do have to get yourself into the museum.  And because of space limitation you need to sign up with Hollie Fleming 617-277-4593;

And stay tuned, there’s more next week.


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