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Peter VanDyke

Peter A. VanDyke
Musician

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Orchard Park, NY 14127
United States

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38

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Students seeking tuition in the rudiments of Classical, Blues, Folk, or Gospel guitar; fundamentals of Music Theory.

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A native of Western New York, Peter A. VanDyke began his nearly 40-year odyssey and love affair with the guitar in part as a result of a teenaged summer traveling in Spain. In the intervening years, he has performed solo and in ensembles as a Blues, Gospel, and Classical guitar stylist throughout New York as well as in Ireland. His greatest joy is in experimenting with the many and varied sonorities available to the guitar through tunings, acoustic voicings, and electro-acoustic and electronic sonorities. As a student with the esteemed instructor, Jeremy Sparks, VanDyke earned an Associate degree in Classical Guitar performance from Villa Maria College. Following that immersion in formal training in classical technique, he completed a graduate thesis in Music Theory at the University at Buffalo, “The inauguratory theme of the Adagio from Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 as paradigmatic of a ‘second practice’ of 19th Century tonality,” for which he was awarded a Master of Arts degree. VanDyke additionally holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from D’Youville College. Highlights in VanDyke’s career as a guitarist include performances with composer and jazz bassist James Kurzdorfer, percussionist Gary Rutkowski, Hammond keyboardist Joe “Groove” Madison, and legendary folk guitarist Richie Havens. Among his earliest recorded efforts, he contributed rhythm guitar and backing vocal tracks to the Dan Harper Band’s EP “Charlene” in the BCMK studio of Tom Calandra. Recent collaborations with Gary Rutkowski have resulted in development of duets for marimba and guitar and the realization and recording of Andrew Michlinski’s “The K-T Boundary” (2010), as well as Rutkowski’s own composition, “Gong Rhythms” (currently in post-production). VanDyke’s principal guitars are an early-1970s Remolino (Spanish) Classical, a 1976 Fender Telecaster, and a 1996 Gibson SG Standard.

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