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Don Latarski


  1. 1.
    River Suite, Pt. 1: Into the Clouds
  2. 2.
    As With Gladness, Men of Old - William Chatterton Dix, Conrad Kocher,
  3. 3.
    River Suite, Pt. 5: March to the Sea
  4. 4.
    River Suite, Pt. 9: Full Circle
  5. 5.
    Ode To A New Angel
Guitarist and composer Don Latarski is an American institution.
Born in the 1950’s, Latarski grew up outside of Detroit, MI, close enough to that Motown vibe to trade Little League games for guitar lessons at age 10. He relocated to Oregon to attend the University of Oregon, where he earned a music degree.
Latarski’s contribution to guitar playing cannot be understated—he has written more than 20 books on guitar instruction, and owns Crescent Studios in Eugene, where he is the audio engineer and producer. His quirky personality is best captured in his numerous video tutorials posted on YouTube and his Facebook page, including a recent outing, titled Mt. Hopkins Road Wind Guitar—complete with disclaimer not to try this at home.
His latest release, River (featuring The River Suite), is a gift from many of his recent travels through the American Southwest, the West Coast, and the Pacific Northwest and he captures much of the moods and sites that inspired his tunes in his travelogues on his website,, and in Facebook posts written in a rhythm that would have been at home with the Beat Poets of the 1960s. He combines his enthusiasm for guitar with his adoration for nature, all while teaching prospective players about the instrument he’s spent his life crafting a relationship with, and leaves an indelible impression on his audiences.


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