Derek Gripper

is creating an online community of guitarists

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As an entry level patron or you will be supporting my group lessons and courses, contributing to the work I do and the learning I do and the teaching I do. 

You are invited to all group classes and to posts with ideas and musical snippets, as well as podcasts and recordings I make. 
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You will have access to printed material I create (worksheets and scores) and the recordings I make of these. There is already a small library here of recordings and notations that will unlock when you pledge this amount. 
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You will receive video lessons on the music I play and teach. Videos on how to play scores by Ali Farka Toure. I will also invite you to create your own videos and post them so that I can comment and give help where possible. 

If you’re not a guitarist I will send you a CD each year. The next one coming is "A Year of Swimming."




“What [Derek Gripper] is doing in his life with educational and other projects is inspiring, and to be honest, I think it is where the guitar should be going.”


I look forward to sharing my music with you in many forms: stories, writing, lessons, video, recordings,...and whatever else we can think of together. 


You have a number of tiers that you can join which give you access to different content, and all past content. This is where I publish every I do first, and the people who are patrons here all have access to my time for Zoom group lessons when I run them, or individual lessons. What I do changes from time to time, but there is always something happening and this is where it happens first.

At the moment of writing, during the Covid lockdown, we are meeting a few times a day to play basic cycles from my music together, and I'm hosting livestream concerts which Patreons get free tickets too. 

If you don't know about me here's a bio:

It took Derek Gripper untold hours of painstaking work to transcribe note-for-note the complex compositions of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and find a way of playing them on classical six-string guitar. The results appeared on his ninth album, One Night on Earth, marking a meeting point of the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots.
Critical acclaim was quick to follow. Classical guitar legend John Williams said he thought it was “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it”. Toumani Diabaté himself asked for confirmation that it was indeed just one person playing one guitar. Both immediately invited Derek to collaborate with them, Williams at three different concerts in London, and Diabaté at the Acoustik Festival Bamako, Mali.
Derek continues his inspired interpretations of West African composers on his latest album, Libraries on Fire which won a Songlines Award for Best African and Middle Eastern Album for 2017.”

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