Charlie Hall

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This is the kind of stuff that you’re usually supposed to tell in the third person, or at least leave out the words “I” and “me,” but who are we kidding?  Let’s just cut through it and get it done. 

I started playing guitar at age 11 on a $3 Stella.  My dad bet me another $3 that I couldn't learn to play something in two weeks, and as you'd guess, I went for it hook, line and sinker.  I also played trumpet in the junior high and high school band.

I received my bachelor’s degree in music education with emphasis in French horn from Florida State University (go ‘Noles!), and have played and taught in a variety of classical and non-classical settings.  Just out of college, I was a band director at a high school in Atlanta.  Over the years, I played in several orchestras and chamber groups, and later played French horn, guitar and bass in the Sixth US Army Band. 

Following my time in the Army, I worked for twenty years in a variety of computer-related positions, mostly with Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard.  During much of that time, I taught private lessons and some classes as well.

In 2003, I began teaching music full-time.  I teach mostly guitar, mandolin and bass, but I’ve also developed and taught, or currently teach, courses or seminars in music theory, harmony singing, computer-based home recording, jamming, practice techniques and ear training.

I was a founder and president of Colorado Springs’ Black Rose Acoustic Society, a favorite destination for roots musicians and roots music fans.  From 1994 to 2004, I performed on guitar, mandolin, cittern and vocals with the popular bluegrass/folk band Black Rose.   

In 2000 I was a finalist in the National Finger Style Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas, and was nominated Bluegrass Guitarist of the Year in 1996 by the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society.  I’ve also served on the judges' panel at the National Finger Style Guitar Championship on four occasions. 

And, if you'll allow me to brag a bit, I’ll also tell you that one of my former students, Adam Gardino, won the International Finger Style Guitar Championship. No, I was not a judge for that competition; ironically, it's the one competition I was unable to attend  Adam's a fine player and a fine young man.

 

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