Music instruction should be a truly pleasurable experience. Students should look forward to their lesson each week, eager to see what their efforts, as guided by their teacher, will lead to next. As a guitar instructor
I seek to encourage for my students a realistic goal of playing well, both in their own estimation and to the ears of potential listeners.
Playing music is an outlet for personal expression and an opportunity to develop skills that you may not have known you could access. Acquiring correct technical skills, which vary from style to style, learning about the ingredients of music (notes, harmony, rhythms, tone color, dynamics), exploring different ways to notate & read music (standard notation,
chord charts, tablatures), exploring "gear," and finding effective ways to achieve goals as a guitarist/musician is what I aim to help a student with.
Everyone can learn to play the guitar: children, teenagers, young adults and not-so-young adults. All you need is a decent instrument and the time & commitment to practice what you've been given to do. And patience!
Having taught Music Theory at college for many years I also offer "Remedial Music Theory" sessions for those who feel a bit befuddled (often skilled &
well-intentioned rockers) on scales & modes, chords & harmony, and music reading & writing. It's never too late to learn more...
contact me for details (page 6)
Looking for guitar music for your event? I am a conservatory-trained guitarist with a wealth of skills learned beyond academia. Chances are I can provide you with the music you want: five centuries of classical guitar music, or a focus on Renaissance or Baroque music, or an all-Spanish or Latin American set; or in a different vein: popular songs from "The Great American Songbook," bossa-nova gems, or classic rock 'n' roll. I play solo or with other musicians (duo or trio), all the way to a full band.
Contact me by phone or email & we'll discuss your needs (page 6)
If you would like to schedule a trial lesson or consult on your musical needs for an occasion give me a call or contact me by email. My music studio in Woodstock, NY is a wonderful location with many resources (music, recordings, instruments, pictures & books) and is easy to get to.
see contact, below (on page 6)
Since beginning his career in the Hudson Valley in the 1980s Greg Dinger
has earned his reputation as the leading conservatory-trained guitarist of the area.
His experience with formal concerts,
music for weddings & special occasions, musical theater productions, college level ensembles and rock bands is unique
and a resource from which he draws to provide the most suitable music.
Greg is as comfortable playing traditional concerts, with an engaging air of informality, as he is with playing "occasional" music
at wedding ceremonies & receptions
(see Wedding Music pages)
or providing background music
at other kinds of gathering:
corporate receptions, bank openings,
birthday events, art shows, etc.
Greg has been involved
with a wide variety of music groups throughout his career:
from rock bands to intimate duos
to music for guitar and orchestra.
As a trained professional
Greg's played electric guitar,
steel-string & nylon-string guitars,
banjo & mandolin
in musical theater productions;
as a classical guitarist
Greg's extensive chamber music experience includes being a member of
(and music arranger for)
several chamber music ensembles
(see Biography & Photos pages).
Greg is a prolific arranger, creating new
& improved versions of famous guitar pieces and finding new music for his instrument too.
Recent creations include a suite for solo guitar of music from "The Wizard of Oz"
and transcriptions of Tchaikovsky's
"Romeo & Juliet" Fantasy-Overture
for both solo guitar & guitar duo
(see page 5: GDG Editions).
Greg has performed with the leading
classical musical organizations
in the Hudson Valley and
at all sorts of venues throughout the area
(see Biography & Professional Credits).
Greg is the longtime president of
the Woodstock Symphony (formerly Chamber) Orchestra,
a member (president currently) of Ars Choralis
and a boardmember of the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society.
Greg teaches guitar & music subjects at
SUNY Ulster, Bard, SUNY New Paltz, M.I.S.U. in Ellenville, and privately at his home studio
in Woodstock, NY.
what I do, what I can provide, who I am
Page 2 BIOGRAPHY
GD - guitarist / Ensembles / Arabesque Trio / Ensembles 2 / Rock Bands / Choral / Other Shows / Real Life
Page 3 REPERTOIRE
solo guitar, ensembles & rock bands
Written Music gallery
concert posters galleries; other visuals gallery
sample programs: solo, duos & trios
Arabesque Trio video
Page 4 WEDDING MUSIC
Suggested pieces/songs for weddings:
classical, baroque, Spanish/Latin-American, Popular, Sacred;
duo selections, trio selections
Audio downloads of excerpts
Page 5 GDG EDITIONS
solo, ensemble, & with other instruments
"Reverie" CD with downloads
Page 6 CALENDAR
of upcoming performances and archives
Contact Me "page"
Click on a file to download & hear examples of Greg Dinger's guitar playing
Suite #1 of Lecciones by Julio Sagreras (mp3)Download
Capricho "Harpeado por la Cruz" by Gaspar Sanz (mp3)Download
"Lagrima" (Preludio) by Francisco Tarrega (mp3)Download
Bouree from Lute Suite No. 1 by J. S. Bach (mp3)Download
"So Many Stars" [3 guitars] by A. & M. Bergman (mp3)Download
Suite #2 of Lecciones by Julio Sagreras (mp3)Download