These CDs feature the classical, celtic and blues genres. You will find loads of free blues tabs in the web’s best tab format, with timing and pitch (what a concept!).
Great for the teacher and student, you’ll play guitar, learn guitar, and teach guitar better from this ever expanding guitar world. Gary has routinely had a number of his guitar solos in the top 50 on iTunes. Spanish Romance, Minuet in G, Star of the County Down (Celtic Standard) and the Huron Christmas Carol.
Gary Gontier lives in Barrie Ontario, where he plays, teaches, writes and arranges for guitar. He has a teaching studio and small recording studio built in his century old double brick home. A much sought after teacher in the area; some of Gary’s most prominent students include Corey Heuvel (Teenage Blues, Rock Guitar Phenom). Andrew Ferguson (1st in the Ontario Provincial Guitar Finals 2006). Joe Abbott a talented young guitar teacher and performer in the Barrie area. (2nd in the Ontario Provincial Guitar Finals 2007).
When Gary was 20 he won best classical guitarist in an international competition in Chicago and a national competition in Toronto in the same year. Gary was self-taught until he got pointed in the right direction with his technique by Barrie’s Marcel Potvin. Gary then continued classical guitar studies with Carol Van Feggelen, Eli Kassner (Liona Boyd) and Norbert Kraft.
Under Gary’s tutelage over two dozen classical guitar students have attained the highest mark in Ontario on their Royal Conservatory Exams. Teacher, composer Juhan Puhm who won this award twice while studying with Gary including an impressive 90% on his grade 9 guitar exam. In 1996 Jon Dalton, one of Gary’s students won the prestigious Rose Bowl Award. (Highest local award where the top guitarist competes against the top competition from all disciplines).In 2013 Gary’s student Elliott Yee also won this award . Gary’s students Ryan Oram (2014) and Ayden Franks (2015) received Gold Medals at a ceremony at the University of Toronto campus for attaining the highest mark in Ontario on their respective Conservatory Exams .
Gary received his A.R.C.T. in Guitar Teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music (University of Toronto) with 1st class honours. Gary has written 4 repertoire books for guitar. He also has 5 CDs to his credit, that are now available on his website.