RGC's First Meeting and Play List at Abilene, September 21, 2009


♫ RGC met Monday night at 7pm, September 21, at a new venue. Abilene, at 153 Liberty Pole Way in downtown Rochester is a small but inviting night club with the typical refreshments, (chips and drinks) but no food or dinner menu. The bartender did advise me that we could order out for delivery or buy subs at the Deli a few doors away. Not quite what we were used to at the Mez! Parking was not a problem.

I arrived early and was welcomed cordially by the bartender who showed me to the room upstairs and turned the lights on. We had the room to ourselves, and there was plenty of seating. The space is a bit smaller than at the Mez with a stage at one end and a casual array of sofas, chairs and a few tables. The opposite end of the room bends around a corner where you will find a small bar and a private alcove. This arrangement is very cozy, but does not allow those at the far end of the room to view the stage. We will have to consider the appropriateness of this space for our future presentations. The room was noticeably warm even on a cool evening, but once the air conditioning was turned on it quickly became very comfortable with no discernible extra noise. Member Jerry Carter brought in a sound system for us to use.

Kinloch Nelson led a lively discussion of the venue issues and other Club business. Ted Peck has also located a possibly suitable space at a church in Greece. There are other possibilities on the table, as well, and they are all being explored by our Core Group. If you would like to attend the next Core Group meeting, see below for contact information. There is no obligation involved in attendance. Also, see our calendar for scheduling.

Also brought up for consideration was the possibility of having two meetings per month. It was also suggested that one of these be on a Monday and the other on a Sunday to accommodate more of you who are interested in attending. These ideas were well received by those present.

Mark has always been fickle with his guitar until about four years ago when he lost his cheap Aria acoustic electric in a car accident. He then was given an Ibanez dreadnought and has been playing it ever since. Mark began playing at the age of thirteen. At that time he was into metal to be different than his father, also a player. Now he is into fingerstyle and treated us to a fine rendition of Ebon Coast by Andy McKee. Next month’s speaker will be Norm Tibbels. Norm is a long time guitar instructor at Hochstein and was a newsletter editor in the original Guitar Society.

On a separate note, Mark also talked about setting up a library for RGC based on material that members no longer use. Mark, himself, has an extensive collection of guitar sheet music that he no longer uses. The library could include audio and video recordings, books, etc. The main caveat would be that no one could charge for use of this material. The collection need not be in one location, but the catalogue would be on the website. A potential borrower might then contact the owner or Mark (at this site) who would co-ordinate the project. Please let us know if you are interested and/or have material to lend.

After everyone had finished playing, Andy Willoughby, an unexpected newcomer to our club talked to us about chords. Andy has devised a mathematical method to construct chords for guitar and piano. This is a rather extensive and complex system and Andy had props to illustrate his concepts. Our members had a number of questions for him. You can learn more at www.chordteacher.com.

If you or someone you know performs in the Rochester area with a focus on instrumental acoustic guitar, or if you have any ideas to contribute to the operation of our Club, please feel free to share this information. You can use the Contact link on this site, send e-mail to rgc@rochesterguitarclub.com, or bring your ideas up at the next Club meeting or Core meeting. Your input is important.

Further information about next month’s meeting as well as changes in schedule or venue will appear on this site and be distributed by e-mail.

Here is the play list for the evening.

Andreas Pankewytch, Etude #3 (Carcassi)
Richard Taglieri, Festival Day (Richard Pick), a rhythm study
Ted Peck, Air on a G String (J. S. Bach)
John Williamson, Where or When (Rodgers & Hart)
Jeremy Carter, El Condor Pasa (Peruvian traditional, lyrics Paul Simon)
Mark Grover, Ebon Coast (Andy McKee), mini-presenter
Von Martt, Seneca Rocks (original)
Kinloch Nelson, O Danny Boy (from Londonderry Air, an Irish anthem)
Norm Tibbils, Some Other Time (Leonard Bernstein) from On the Town

—R. Taglieri

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