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Celino Romero of Los Romeros is coming to town

Guitarist Celino Romero, a younger branch of the legendary Romero family tree, is coming to play in Victoria at the end of March 2018. If you know of Pepe Romero, who has been an honored guest in Victoria many times in the past two decades, – Celino is his nephew.

Celino will perform at the First Church of Christ, Scientist on Pandora Ave, a most acoustically rewarding space for unamplified guitar music. The auditorium has some pleasantly surprising acoustical effects – come and find out for yourself! Soft padded pews add to the personal comfort of the experience.

A rich Spanish program of solos and duos is being cooked up for the listeners as March is approaching. You will hear pieces by Spain’s most beloved composers such as Gaspar Sanz, Domenico Scarlatti, Enrique Granados, Isaac Albeniz, Manuel de Falla, and Celedonio Romero – to name a few. Local guitar virtuoso Alexander Dunn will be joining Celino for duos.

Celedonio Romero (1913 – 1996) was a guitarist, a composer and a poet, and his input in the guitar world has been invaluable. He was the one to establish the famous Los Romeros quartet with his sons Pepe, Celin, and Angel, after moving to the United States from Spain in 1957. The family tradition of musical and artistic excellence has been proudly upheld ever since; the Royal Family of the Guitar grew and replenished generation after generation.

The above said, this is a must-experience event.

Victoria Guitar Society presents:
Special Event – Celino Romero
March 24th, 2018, 7:30 PM,
First Church of Christ, Scientist (1205 Pandora Ave)
All tickets $30

Tickets for this concert can be obtained on the Victoria Guitar Society website as well as at the following locations: Long & McQuadeIvy’s BookshopGood Earth Cafe (Oak Bay).

Celino Romero plays Fantasia by Celedonio Romero

Los Romeros Quartet


Suzuki Groups January 27th, 2018

Suzuki Group 1 (6-7 y.o.)
1. Told a scary story each, some true some made up (no reason)
2. Played Batman – of course!
3. Focus on rhythms: clapping, tapping, playing on open strings, reading off the board, writing on the board. After a rhythm was conquered, it was erased off the board. When the board was completely clean, the kids came up and wrote rhythms for each other to play/clap.

Types of note durations: ta (quarter), ti-ti (eighth), ta-a (half), ta-a-a (dotted half)

From Let’s Play Music

The car race game:
The kids took turns with reading/tapping/speaking/playing/writing rhythms. Each turn allowed them to move their car one space ahead. Everyone won a sticker!
Each turn, someone was the doer and someone was the listener.

Suzuki Group 2 (10 y.0)
1. Each talked about something cool that happened this past week.
2. Participants played for each other (there was lots of enthusiasm, so we did it first)
3. Reviewed one octave G scale, added C and G scales in lower register I position. Found the tonic (1st note of scale) and dominant(5th note) in each of them.
4. Talked about technique, what it is and why we need it. Learned/reviewed three exercises:
– RH walking on open strings
– LH walking on frets
– Chromatic 4-finger scale on one string
5. Reviewed intervals from 2nd to 5th: reading, playing, writing.
6. Watched the following guitar performances and tried to guess the composer’s country and time period:

Ana Vidovic plays Vals Venezolano No. 2 by Antonio Lauro
Rachel Schiff plays Sonate K 322 by Domenico Scarlatti
Grisha Goryachev plays Almoraima by Paco de Lucia
Marcin Dylla plays Prelude no.1 by H. Villa-Lobos


Suzuki Group June 24th & Field Trip to Dominelli Guitars

Two participants, 6 y.o.

Basics: bow, 4 steps, rest position, play position for different songs, finger names
Starting together: beginnings on Batman and Twinkle
G pentascale together, naming the notes.

Activity-coded cards on the board (in various order):
– Monkey song with body reference/solfege scale do to sol with hand symbols
– Conducting different songs with feathers, in duple meter: Twinkle, Cuckoo, Hot Cross Buns, Row Your Boat.
– Testing each other on notes from G pentascale
– Learning Hot Cross Buns on the spot, each participant has their own phrase.
Student 1: B A G          Student 2: B A G
Student 1: G G G G      Student 2: A A A A
Together: B A G
– Playback of simple 2 or 3-note melodies
– Making an original song: G G the Frog

GG the Frog lyrics and melody
GG the frog – G G A B
Sat on a log – A G A D
There was another frog – B C A D B G

Trip to Marcus Dominelli‘s guitar making shop! We learned about the different woods and wood working tools. We learnt how guitars are put together and how they are made to be so shiny. We looked at tiny pieces of coloured wood from which all the different rosettes are made. We even got to turn the red mystery crank. And after all that, we got delicious ice cream.

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