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.

Douglas Reach – Guitar Section Coordinator

dReach_with_electric“Recital Exhilarating (headline) … a performer of impressive capabilities “
Winnipeg Free Press

“A gifted artist whose musical attributes inspire both pleasure and appreciation … considerable technical facility and musicianship was inherent in Reach’s playing … His Bach playing was glorious – spirited and full of grace”
Halifax Chronicle Herald

“Exciting and impressive … Mr. Reach’s playing displayed confidence and commitment to the music” – The Soundboard, California

Douglas-Reach-Bach-to-blues-CDDouglas Reach has performed across Canada and the United States as both soloist and in chamber music settings. As well as performing the standard repertoire, he is also known for his dynamic and committed performances of the contemporary repertoire. In this regard, Mr. Reach has premiered many new works and has also commissioned and had numerous pieces dedicated to him. His performances have been heard regularly on CBC radio and television

Douglas-Reach-cd-minniesessions3Recently Mr. Reach has being exploring alternative musical styles and as a result is featured on the Mini Sessions CD Vol.III with well-known Celtic musician Scott MacMillan. As well, the BachToBlues project (with guitarist Michael Scott) recently released their first CD, The Art of Guitar. This CD explores a number of musical styles from Baroque to contemporary classical to flamenco, country and blues.

Mr. Reach is also the author of the four volume video series Learning Classical Guitar which is distributed internationally by Mel Bay Publications.

douglas-reach_Learn-Classical-Guitar_vidWinner of numerous awards, Douglas Reach was a prize winner in the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Guitar competition. He has also been the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the Canada council, the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Aspen Music Festival.