This whole thing sounds intimidating, and I should say it’s not a simple thing to execute, but the concept, once divulged, will come across as exceedingly simple. Today we’re going to talk about a 3-octave pentatonic scale using a couple…Read more
Craig Winston is a guitarist, instructor, and touring musician in Denver, CO. He holds a Master of Music degree for Classical Guitar Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. He currently teaches and performs in the Denver area and the Southwest United States.
Craig is available to perform for private events, weddings, concerts and recitals. He has provided music for many esteemed clients including The University of Denver, Robert and Judy Newman, Hugo Boss, WZW Law Firm, Lady Nomada, and SoFar Sounds.
As a classical guitarist his interest lies in Spanish and Latin American composers, such as Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, Antonio Lauro, and Astor Piazzolla. Still, his diverse repertoire includes music by Bach, Roland Dyens, Leo Brouwer, and his own original compositions, among many others.
Craig has been a guitarist all of his life, beginning with a strong interest in rock music. He has toured with groups from all over the country and performed a variety of different styles from hard rock and metal to synth pop and musical theater.
He studied Jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music with Mark White and at Lewis & Clark College with Dan Balmer before ultimately completing his second Bachelor’s degree in classical guitar. He studied under Dr. Patrick Sutton at New Mexico Highlands University and with Roger Harmon at Community College of Denver. In graduate studies, he worked with Dr. Jonathan Leathwood and Laura Husbands.
Craig’s diverse background has been a great benefit for him as a teacher and performer. His students are able to learn from an expert in a variety of styles. He is able to arrange and perform in all these styles for concerts, weddings, and special events.
“We booked Craig for an opening art reception. Craig was simply perfect for the venue and the theme. His music set the tone for the exhibit. We were all blown away by his musicianship and talent. He was also extremely professional, going above and beyond what was expected. Throughout the process he kept in touch by phone and email and responded quickly to any requests that we had. Thank you so much. We look forward to working with you again!” - Mara Fletcher, Founder of The Art Social
“Thank you again for your wonderful musical addition to last night’s event at the Governor’s mansion. Your performance was exactly what we wanted – elegant and understated. The combination of the beautiful environment and sophisticated music enhanced the positive vibe felt by all.” - Julianne Salman, NMHU Alumni Association
“In addition to being an incredible performer and overall musician, Craig was very skilled at transcribing my ukulele etude piece into notation and tab. He is a talent on many levels and can help any musician further their goals and dreams.” - Sami Serrag, Songwriter. Denver, CO.
Rock, Metal, Jazz
I have been an active performer in the Portland, Chicago, and Denver rock and metal scenes. My guitar work has been featured in concert and on recordings for The Gentry (Portland, OR), The Dead Superheroes Orchestra (Chicago, IL), Thy Shade (Denver, CO). I am the songwriter, vocalist, guitarist for Corpse Paint (Chicago/Denver) for which I also performed bass guitar and acted as assistant producer alongside Mike Tholen for the 2018 release "Nothing Here in the Dark." I have also had the pleasure to perform guitar for several musical theater productions including Spring Awakening at Loyola University in 2015, and to work as music director/composer/guitarist for the Signal Ensemble Theater production of "Devil's Day Off" by John Steinhagen (the "acoustic invention" below is an excerpt from that project).
Below are some samples of original and cover material in rock, metal, and jazz genres.