David Grier, Jim Hurst, Clarence White, Tony Rice, Russ Barenberg, Bryan Sutton
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
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.
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,
"Hey Craig. Thanks for the kind comment. The credit for this version should really go To Steve Kaufman who's arrangement it is. Good luck with your bluegrass studies, it's wonderful music and great fun to play. I look forward to…"
"Thanks Mike. I have to prove to myself that I can play the material as written but once I've done that I start to allow myself some leeway to have fun and drop in my own bits. There's not too much space to do that in SK's version of…"