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Flamenco Guitarist Jose Vega at Dalhousie

Flamenco Guitarist Jose VegaFlamenco guitarist Jose Vega will be performing a concert at Dalhousie University on Monday, February 8 at 7:00 pm.

The concert will be held in Potter Hall, Kenneth Rowe Management Building.

 Tickets are $20/$15 students/seniors and Dal people.

Jose Vega Biography

José Vega’s passion for flamenco began 20 years ago in his hometown of Cadiz, Spain.  At 16 years old, José began performing in the flamenco bars and tablaos of Cadiz, and throughout Andalusia.  He is an accomplished guitarist and powerful expressionist and has performed in the most prestigious peñas and tablaos in Spain, including Peña la Perla de Cadiz, Tablao Cordobes (Barcelona) and Casa Patas (Madrid).  He has accompanied some of flamenco’s top artists including Andres Peña, Marco Flores and Carmen Jara.  José has also accompanied numerous workshops with artists such as Isabel Bayón, and Ramón Martínez.

José has also had international success performing in the International Music Festival of Qatar, and the Montreal Flamenco Festival, and the Luminato Festival in Toronto.  José recently moved to Canada where he performs with various flamenco companies including the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. José has performed in shows across Canada such as “Mezquita”, in Vancouver, “Imagines” in Calgary, and “Spain Meets Canada”, in Saskatoon.

Jazz East Blues by Scott Macmillan

Dalhousie Guitar Ensemble playing Jazz East Blues by Halifax composer and Dal guitar prof. Scott Macmillan. This is a run-through that the ensemble did at a noon hour concert.

Guitar Elective

Guitar Elective

If you are interested in furthering your guitar skills, then you might want to consider taking a guitar elective. This class consists of one-on-one lessons with one of the guitar instructors.

This class is offered at four levels (1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year and 4th year). These classes are not for beginners and you will have to do a short audition before you are allowed into the class. There is also a supplementary fee for this class.

For the audition you can play two contrasting works that demonstrate your musical and technical abilities. You need to have some basic guitar skills to be considered.

If you are interested, please contact one of the guitar faculty to discuss it further.

Modern Guitar MUSIC 2008

Modern Guitar

“Modern Guitar” is a continuation of “History and Techniques of the Guitar”. In this class you will further your playing ability by learning new chords, learning scales and how to improvise and jam and learning how to write your own music.

The course will focus on various styles of playing (jazz, blues, rock, folk) and attempt to provide the skills necessary to have a modicum of ability in each of the various styles.

The class will be part lecture/listening/viewing and part playing. The focus will be on the playing side of things and whatever is discussed will be played. The class will include daily technique practice, ensemble playing, and improvisation sessions.

There will be some written work but the majority of the work will be guitar playing.


Ability to play first position chords and a few bar chords reasonably well. If you have taken MUSC2007 and passed you will be ok.

Some basic music theory to the level of MUSC2007.

A keen interest in learning more about the guitar and improving your playing.

History and Techniques of the Guitar

Spend your time listening to music, watching videos and learning techniques of some the world’s great guitarists: Eric Clapton, Andres Segovia, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others.

We’ll examine guitar styles from classical to flamenco, celtic to jazz. Lectures will feature audio and visual presentations as well as practical instruction.

You do not need to be a master of the guitar or a music student to attend this course. You will, however, need a guitar.

Music 2007 Course Content

General – How the guitar is constructed; it’s care and maintenance; history of the guitar; various musical styles.

Reading Music – How to read guitar music on the staff as well as guitar tablature.

Scales – What scales are; how scales are formed; how to use scales when improvising; what scales to use in various situations.

– First position chords, bar chords, extended chords, how chords are constructed, rhythm and strumming techniques.

Guitar Styles
– Through audio-visual examples, students will be exposed to many  guitar styles including blues, classical, rock, jazz, celtic, new age and flamenco. Students will learn the rudiments of these various styles.

What You Will Need

All students in the class will need to have a guitar. Any type of guitar will do, although an acoustic is preferable for playing with other students in class. If an electric guitar is the only type available to the student, it is fine to use light amplification. The costs for this course for text-books, concerts, etc. is approximately $100.


There are no pre-requisites, so any level of proficiency, including beginner level, is sufficient.

How You Are Graded

There will be two tests neither of which will grade your guitar playing ability. Rather you will be marked on your understanding of the course materials. For example, you may be required to write out the fingering for a chord, but you will not be required to play it.

Who Can Enroll

Any university student who has an interest in the guitar, who wants to learn how to play or to improve their ability, who wants to increase their understanding of the guitar (chords, strumming, improvising, etc.) or who enjoys music and wants to attend a class that is interesting and great fun at the same time.

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