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Eric Hamber Music Students to get a special workshop from local Guitar Hero, Don Alder.

Chris Nickel

By Chris Nickel

Eric Hamber Secondary School Music teacher, Reece Worth, wants to provide a full spectrum of music experiences for his students and put the question out to Kitsilano’s award-winning acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Don Alder if he would be interested in participating and the enthusiastic answer was: "Yes".

On April 8th, 2014, Alder will be performing and doing a workshop with the students in a morning session. Students will be introduced to his unique style of playing which incorporates fingerpicking with simultaneous percussion. Don Alder will also bring a variety of instruments including a harp guitar, a guitar-based stringed instrument with a history of well over two centuries, a banjotar (half banjo, half guitar) and a baritone guitar

Eric Hamber Secondary School is located at 5025 Willow Street in Vancouver.

Reece Worth is member of the fine arts department, with a focus on guitar music.

About Don Alder:
Don Alder is a modern-day Acoustic Guitar Renaissance Man with a "wow factor". He brings an unparalleled dynamic intensity to the stage. (Crowned winner of the 2007 International Fingerstyle Competition, Guitar Player Magazine’s 2010 Guitar Superstar Champion, and 2011 Worldwide Guitar Idol winner) Alder has over 3 million views on YouTube and has also received a Brand Laureate Award from the country of Malaysia for using his guitar and his music as an ambassador to enhance the lives of others. He has performed at many of the All Star Guitar Nights. In 2012 Don was selected to play the NAMM Breakfast of Champions and was also invited to perform at Vancouver TEDx in 2010. He creates a wall of sound with just an acoustic guitar and is often called the Hendrix of acoustic guitar. His performances leave people wondering how one guy with just a guitar and no effects can make so many sounds. Alder is highly entertaining musician mixing chat and humour within his performances and leaves audiences talking for days. Don’s heart is also as big as his talent.

From 1985 - 87, Don put his music career on hold to assist his lifelong friend, Rick Hansen, with his quest to help others by going around the world in a wheelchair.


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