He might not look like your typical stage-strutting guitar hero, but when it comes to mindboggling chops on the acoustic six-string, Vancouver's Don Alder is tops.
At least that's what the judges at the recent 2010 Guitar Superstar Competition thought, and they ought to know. The panel of experts at the event—which took place September 18 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, California—included Elliot Easton of the Cars, Reeves Gabrel from David Bowie's Tin Machine, instrumental solo artist Gary Hoey, and George Lynch from Dokken. They all decided that Alder should be the first Canadian to win the coveted title and prize package, which includes musical gear, a feature story in an upcoming issue of sponsor Guitar Player magazine, and a contract with Guitar Player Records.
This isn't the first time Alder has won major praise for his fancy fretwork, though, as back in 2007 he became the first Canuck to win the International Fingerstyle Championships. Local guitar freaks should mark their calendars and check him out on December 18 when he joins fellow guitarists David Sinclair (Sarah Mclachlan) and Doug Towle (De La Terra) for the 3D Guitar Night at St. James Hall.
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