CGC 070 : Dave Belcher

//CGC 070 : Dave Belcher

CGC 070 : Dave Belcher

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon interviews . . . well, me! This was a fun conversation, mostly discussing what I do as the Community Manager at CGC, but also touches on some other topics you may find interesting, like the intersection of music and spirituality, and what have been some of my favorite moments at CGC over the last few years.

2018-05-14T13:12:44+00:0019 Comments


  1. Anne Flanigan May 10, 2018 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Nice to meet you Dave! Thanks to you and Simon for this great interview. When I joined this community I wanted to learn to read music and play classical guitar at my own rate, and in a non-threatening environment. I never expected it to become such a big part of my life. While I haven’t found the time to take full advantage of all you have to offer, such as live sessions and office hours, I look forward to practicing every day and have become committed to working on the certificate courses. I’ve always been a closet learner, so it’s funny to me that my burning desire is to become skilled enough to participate in the summer school next year. The learning materials and courses are excellent, but it is the personality of the CGC Accademy that draws people in and helps them to appreciate the small successes while continuing to strive for more. Learning how to learn to play an instrument that you love is so gratifying. It’s a gift. So thank you for all of the hard work and love that goes into making CGC such a special place.

    • Dave Belcher May 10, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the comment, Anne, and it’s nice to meet you too! It’s great that CGC has become such a big part of your life and we would love to see you at next year’s summer school! Thank you for your presence in this community.


      Dave B (CGC team)

  2. Kari May 10, 2018 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Dave, you’re a superstar! I love the new office hour set up and really enjoy dropping by yours. You’re a great teacher. Couldn’t imagine CGC without you.
    Thanks so much for all you do. You go above and beyond.
    I wish you all the best pursuing your aspirations.

    • Dave Belcher May 10, 2018 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for the nice words, Kari! See you in an office hours session soon!


      Dave B (CGC team)

  3. Rick Lord May 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply


    Wonderful to learn more about your exploration of the rich web of relationships that exist within spirituality and the musical arts. I sense there is much common ground to explore and hope we get a chance to have a conversation at the Summer School. Fantastic idea to put a program together of guitar repertoire that has an underlying motive of expressing “the ineffable.” Perform your program in Charlottesville – and you can preach/teach the next Sunday!

    You are a generous and talented presence within the CGCA community. Grateful to have both you and Simon leading the way.


    • Dave Belcher May 10, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the nice comment, Rick. I look forward to getting to meet you in person and chatting at the Summer School! And I would love to come up to Charlottesville some time!


      Dave B (CGC team)

  4. Richard Croad May 10, 2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Dave

    It was great to listen to this podcast. Hearing about your background, experiences, beliefs, and personal philosophy was incredibly interesting. You are a great teacher and asset to CGC, and I appreciate your contribution to my own musical development!

    Cheers… Richard

    • Dave Belcher May 15, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Many thanks, Richard!


      Dave B (CGC team)

  5. Linda Tsardakas May 18, 2018 at 4:18 am - Reply

    Thank you Simon for doing an interview with Dave. We members deeply appreciate his role at CGC. To learn more about his background and his thoughts toward his future let us know him better. The whole of CGC has such a personal touch and that’s what makes it so special.

    Don’t worry about Dave being our secret favorite though – we still love you, too!

    • Dave Belcher May 20, 2018 at 8:33 am - Reply

      Thank you, Linda!


      Dave B (CGC team)

  6. Drew Burgess May 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Dave and Simon,

    A wonderful conversation. I respond to the ideas Dave is thinking about. As we each envision the sense of our musical lives, it is encouraging to consider the larger sense of what we do. As the two of you speak it is apparent that the experience is a way to grow. I think great teachers grow with students—I sense it here, thank you.


    • Dave Belcher May 20, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Thanks for your comments and for listening, Drew!


      Dave B (CGC team)

  7. Bruce May 18, 2018 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Hi Dave: I just listened to your podcast while out on my jaunt. Very enjoyable and enriching! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts about music and theology and spirituality, as well as the details of your life journey. I look forward to seeing you at the summer camp again.

    All Best Wishes,


    • Dave Belcher May 20, 2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

      Thanks, Bruce! I’m looking forward to seeing you again soon too!


      Dave B (CGC team)

  8. Donna Zitzelberger May 20, 2018 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    So glad to learn more about you, Dave. The melding of music with spiritual themes and then lecture/discussion is very exciting. I look forward to the creation of your project. Your teaching is so appreciated. Your review of my preliminary submission helped me to zone in on areas where I needed to grow and sharpen my technical and musicality skills. I feel so blessed to be a member of this rich adult learning environment.

    With Gratitude,


    • Dave Belcher May 21, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Donna! I’m glad you’ve been able to continue to grow as a musician and guitarist via CGC Academy. You’re doing a fantastic job and it’s been my pleasure to be even a small part of that journey with you so far. With best wishes for continuing progress and growth!


      Dave B (CGC team)

  9. Gino May 23, 2018 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    I am glad to know you better Dave! I join my voice to the others to thank you for everything you are doing for us. Kindness, and… peace ;0), are the first words that come to my mind when thinking of you. You are are a good teacher, a good writer and I particularly appreciate your scientific and historic notes!
    Wishing you all the best!

    • Dave Belcher May 26, 2018 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Gino! That means a lot to me. :)


      Dave B (CGC team)

  10. W. Don Seaborg October 27, 2018 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I so enjoyed this interview and getting to know this guy “Dave” that replies to my posts!

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