Welcome! This page has been created to share resources, community events, videos and other information with my students or anyone who may be interested in learning more about the guitar. The content varies from information for beginning students to very advanced players. The page was created with my college and adult students in mind, so please monitor young students with content and links. I hope you find the page useful. –Dr. Mowbray
Sharon Isbin performs Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major
Nicknamed the "Red Priest" for his curly red hair, Antonio Vivaldi lived from 1685 until 1741 and composed over 500 concerti. His three-movement Concerto in D Major is a favored work among guitarists and audiences. He also composed sacred choral works and about 40 operas. Vivaldi worked for the Ospedale della Pieta, a children's home, where he taught and composed music for his numerous female pupils.
Sharon Isbin has won multiple Grammy Awards, been a soloist with over 200 orchestras, recorded more than 30 albums, and premiered more than 80 new works for the guitar. Learn more about her at www.sharonisbin.com and hear her perform with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra on April 11.
You can view the score for this composition at https://imslp.org.
Community Events Calendar
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John Pizzarelli Live Streaming on Thursdays
Classical Minds Guitar Festival UK
April 9-11, online
Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Festival
April 10-11, online
Sharon Isbin and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra
April 11, 2021
Southern Guitar Festival Ensemble Competition
Deadline April 19, 2021
Daily Scale Videos
You can warm up and practice your major scales along with me in these private videos made just for my students. The tempo is 80 bpm.
Basic Chord Switching Exercises for Group Beginner's Guitar Classes
Students who are learning beginning chords can use these videos for daily practice.
Technique Video Playlists - Coming soon
Beginning General Guitar Method Book (free download):
Graded Classical Guitar Repertoire Series (for purchase):
Sakura, arranged for guitar duet by Helmut Richter
To celebrate cherry blossoms being in peak bloom, you may consider performing "Sakura." This melody is often heard as a solo guitar piece but this arrangement provides the opportunity for beginning guitarists to play this famous theme in a duet setting. Notes for Guitar 1 are in first position while Guitar 2 will require the ability to read up the neck.
Lesson Payments for Private Students
You can pay for lessons at https://venmo.com/Candice-Mowbray
All Shepherd University, Hagerstown Community College and Cumberland Valley School of Music registration and payments are handled through the schools. Thank you.