December: Charles Duncan

Sunday, December 5 from 2:00 – 4:00pm

As a Master Class participant, each student has the opportunity to present a piece and learn from our instructor’s expert coaching and advice. Remember to tune your guitar and warm up beforehand, and to attend the Master Class in a well-lit space (light source in front or to the side, not behind you) with a straight-back, armless chair and a music stand (or a second chair) for your music, as well as a WiFi-connected device.

Charles requests that students register and submit a performance video recording in advance. He will follow up with suggestions and coaching right up until December’s masterclass.

  • Session: Sunday, December 5 from 2:00 – 4:00pm
  • Cost: Free; suggested donation $20
  • What to bring to master class: 
    • Your guitar (please tune and warm-up beforehand).
    • A classical guitar piece you are currently working on.
    • Detailed questions for the instructor.
    • Your open, “beginner mind”.
  • Registration deadline: October 31, 2021

How to Register: enter your donation amount in the box below, then click “Donate”

About the Maestro: Charles Duncan

After over 50 years of performing and teaching, Charles Duncan now devotes most of his time to writing and part-time private teaching. Students have commuted from out of state to take lessons, and he has written completely new editions of four books in his multivolume Modern Approach to Classical Guitar series. He also enjoys a robust email correspondence with other fine teachers and players as well as students, and welcomes new additions to his network. Address all inquiries to duncanguitar@hotmail.com.

Charles Duncan’s study of the classical guitar began in the late 1950s when he was a Yale undergraduate, and has been ever since a quest to discover and share, through playing and teaching, the elusive beauty of the instrument and its music. He has studied extensively in the United States and Europe with various teachers and concert artists, and in 1970 was a scholarship recipient to the Segovia Master Class in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He debuted as a concert player in 1975, and from the l980s through the l990s performed concerts and gave master classes throughout some 16 states plus, Canada, and France. He also has performed often in various commercial venues, such as restaurants, listening rooms, and weddings.Charles Duncan is widely known as the author of various pedagogical studies, method books, etc., some of which have been translated into Spanish, French, and Japanese. His multivolume A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar (Hal Leonard) is a very popular introductory method, while the more advanced The Art of Classical Guitar Playing and Classical Guitar 2000 (Time-Warner) are standard texts in college guitar programs. More recently, he published Guitar at Sight (Guitar Solo, l997), an innovative approach to improved sight-reading.

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