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Favorite Flatpickers
David Grier, Jim Hurst, Clarence White, Tony Rice, Russ Barenberg, Bryan Sutton
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Favorite Guitars
Stol, Martin
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
Ondra studied classical violin for 10 years in Orlova (CZ). He found guitar in the age of nine, playing bluegrass since he was 15. He was voted Czech Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Since 2004 he´s been attending bluegrass workshops and musical camps as an instructor (see Sidebar). He organizes regular bluegrass workshops at the Banjo Jamboree festival in Caslav (CZ). He also runs a website with bluegrass guitar tabulatures (www.bluegrassguitar.wz.cz).

His former band Kreni (2000-2010) was voted The Best European Band of The Year 2009 at the La Roche sur Foron Bluegrass Festival. He recorded 4 CDs with Kreni and 3 CDs with the Petr Brandejs Band (2004-2010). He´s been playing with the band Fragment since 2006. In 2008 he released an instructional DVD for bluegrass guitar beginners in cooperation with Ralph Schut which will soon be followed with a DVD for advanced players. Besides that, a DVD with guitar solos in Czech bluegrass standards comes out in 2011.

Ondra also plays electric guitar, he shortly studied jazz guitar at The Music Conservatory in Ostrava and played with the jazz-fusion band Jazzyk (2009-2010). Besides playing guitar, he occasionally plays fiddle and mandolin with the band Blackjack (fd), Sue Thompson & The Brandejs Band (md, fd) and others.
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At 5:31am on July 13, 2008, Roberto Dalla Vecchia said…
Ciao Ondra
see you in a couple of days in Norway.
Looking forward to playing with you again!
At 2:37am on July 14, 2008, Marco Cavina said…
Great song "Foam on the water" and great website!!!
At 2:25am on July 25, 2008, Roberto Dalla Vecchia said…
Thanks for playing with me on stage Ondra!
Your new CD is just wonderful, great songs, great picking!
Say hi to the rest of the band
At 4:21am on July 30, 2008, Dennis Schut said…
Hi Ondra! Great page. Looking forward to the release of your instruction DVD. We are off the the 11th EWOB festival in Laroche sur Foron this afternoon, great weekend of good picking, jams and fun.... Take care, see you soon,

At 9:46am on July 30, 2008, Jim Nunally said…
Hello Ondra,

Beautiful playing here. I really enjoy the tone you get. Sound great!

At 11:14am on July 30, 2008, Steve Alexander said…
Foam on the Water - great music and playing, thanks for posting!

Cheers, Steve
At 8:03am on July 31, 2008, Mojo1 said…

How are you doing? I'm sorry I didn't have enough time for a visit when I was in Slovakia earlier this month. Hope we get to pick again soon!

At 3:39am on October 26, 2008, Sophia Johnson said…
Thanks for the friend request. Hope to see you in Europe at some festivals! Sophia x
At 6:40am on November 24, 2008, Wayne Taylor said…
Very nice song, with great tone and feeling..
At 6:45am on March 23, 2009, Bill Startz said…
nice playin ....

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