Ensemble Music for 2018 Society Meetings & Winter Concert

Here is the ensemble music we will be playing during the Open Group Ensemble session at the upcoming Guitar Society meetings in 2018. Participation in the ensemble is open to everyone, all ages and ability.

Download the music scores and decide which pieces you wish to play. Look at each of the guitar parts for those pieces and print out the  ones you wish to try out, and bring them along with your guitar to the meeting. The parts in each piece offer different levels of performance for players from beginners to advanced.

We will work on these pieces at each Guitar Society Meeting between now and December with the goal of performing them at the first Winter Concert at the Corvallis Benton-County Library on December 15th. You can choose to play in the concert or not – it’s up to you. Either way you are welcome to come along and enjoy playing in the group ensemble at the meetings. It’s all about fun and enjoyment, no pressure, and our goal as a Guitar Society to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork!

Here are the scores:

Never Weatherbeaten Sail


El Testament d Amelia Score and Parts

Bai Mudan arr Andrew Forrest

La Paloma


Here’s an MP3 for Carrickfergus

Or follow along with Dan Jones, the composer, on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn-wuGNeIsE

The following two pieces have been composed especially for the Guitar Society by Oregonian Jason Heald! Below the scores is an audio file of the full scores, to give you an idea of how the complete score sounds. There are two audio files for Fum Fum Fum, the first one being at the normal tempo, while the second is at a slower 76 bpm.

El Cant des Aucels edits – Full Score

El Cant des Aucels edits – Guitar 1

El Cant des Aucels edits – Guitar 2

El Cant des Aucels edits – Guitar 3

El Cant des Aucels edits – Guitar 4

II. Fum, Fum, Fum – Full Score

II. Fum, Fum, Fum – Classical Guitar 1

II. Fum, Fum, Fum – Classical Guitar 2

II. Fum, Fum, Fum – Classical Guitar 3

II. Fum, Fum, Fum – Classical Guitar 4

The Meeting takes place at Odd Fellows Hall, downtown Corvallis, from 7pm – 9pm. Check out the latest Newsletter for more information on the meeting and upcoming events by scrolling down to the next post.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday 10th.

Best Regards

Jon Sharp

Fabulous Guitar Festival and What’s Up Next…

What a fantastic culmination to the first half of 2018 with the 2nd Annual Corvallis Guitar Festival that took place on Friday June 8th and Saturday June 9th at the First Presbyterian Church, Corvallis!

Festival Design by Jennifer Lommers

A wonderful rendition of the world of classical guitar music in the opening concert by maestro Cameron O’Connor including some of his compositions inspired by his arrival here in the Pacific Northwest.

Our Saturday night audience witnessed a brilliant, jaw dropping, virtuosic flamenco performance by Grisha Goryachev. “An alien with extraordinary talent” according to Paco de Lucia, something to which we all agreed!

The Saturday Master class (free and open to the public) was enjoyed by many folks witnessing four local students performing prepared pieces and receiving guidance and insight from Grisha.

The opening free workshop on Saturday featured famous guitars provided by an anonymous Oregon collector. Cameron performed pieces on all of them and Tom described their historical significance to the audience.

The remaining free workshops on Saturday gave everyone a chance to bring out their guitars, join in, and learn from some of the best guitarists/teachers in the region.

A great raffle resulted in this gentleman winning a Cordoba Classical guitar!

Much delight expressed by the people who witnessed the wonderful performances by our two fantastic concert artists, Cameron and Grisha.

Thank you to the Oregon Arts Commission for their support and to our sponsors!
Anne Loewen
Shelton Farretta Guitars
Tom Strini
Jon Sharp Guitars
MiniFlex mic
Cloud and Kelly’s

Venue: Odd Fellows Hall, Corvallis
Free & Open to the Public

Looking forward, the Guitar Society is taking a break over the summer and we will get back together again at the September Guitar Society meeting.

At that meeting we will re-start the open guitar ensemble in Sept where EVERYONE is welcome to bring their guitar and join in. The ensemble music will be posted to the website one week ahead of the meeting – download the scores and decide which parts you might like to play, print them out and bring to the meeting. We will be working towards a winter guitar concert that will feature the ensemble and we will practice the pieces at each subsequent meeting. It’s okay if you chose not to be in the concert – still bring your guitar and join in!

We are still closing on the featured artists who will perform at the upcoming meetings, so watch this space…

7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:35pm Open Guitar Ensemble: check out the music and download from the website one week before the meeting.
7:40 – 8:10pm Open Stage: share your music with us – all solo guitar styles (or ensembles) and all abilities welcome.
8:10 – 8:20pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:20 – 9:00pm Featured Artist: To be confirmed

Entrance is FREE and open to the public (donations gratefully received).

Location: Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, Corvallis, OR 97333. The entrance is between New Morning Bakery and Sedlaks Boots and Shoes.

I look forward to seeing you on September 10th at our next monthly meeting,

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society