I’m a guitarist, touring musician, and instructor.  I am a Master of Music candidate at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. I hold a BFA in music performance, with an emphasis in guitar, from New Mexico Highlands University, as well as a BA in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College.

I started playing guitar at the age of 9 after hearing the music of Faith No More and Metallica, so my formative years were spent learning all the best thrash metal and grunge riffs until I attended Berklee College of Music and later Lewis & Clark College where I developed a sense for melody, composition, and technique through the study of Jazz and Classical.  During the 2020-2021 Coronavirus pandemic I returned home to New Mexico and completed my BFA studies at NMHU while applying to graduate programs for Classical Guitar Performance.

You can find me on stages in Colorado and around the country as the Vocalist and Guitarist for the Gothic Rock outfit Corpse Paint and lead guitarist for Massacre Records Symphonic Metal  artists Thy Shade ( https://www.facebook.com/thyshadeofficial/ ).  

I am always busy with recording projects, a full teaching schedule, and rehearsals as all my projects gear up for album releases and performances.  

I am interested and available for the right opportunity to play guitar!  To inquire about session work, live performances, Skype lessons or private lessons please fill out the contact form below

Classical Guitar

I returned to studying the classical guitar in the fall of 2019 after about a twenty year hiatus from the idiom.   The beauty of guitar in general is the variety of approaches and techniques, with classical and finger style guitar being at the pinnacle for their technical complexity and expressiveness.

 

 Current Repertoire:

Quatro Valses Venezolanos - Antonio Lauro

BWV 997 Prelude in C Minor - J.S. Bach

"Platero,"  "El Loco," "La Azotea," "Paseo" - Eduardo Sainz de la Maza

"Zapateado" - Regino Sainz de la Maza

"Mallorca" - Isaac Albeniz (arr. A. Segovia)

Sonata K1 L366 in D Minor - Domenico Scarlatti

5 Catalan Folk Songs - arr. Miguel Llobet

"Adelita" - Francisco Tarrega

Selected Etudes by Fernando Sor, Carcassi, and Leo Brouwer

"Straniero" - Craig M Winston

Rock, Metal, Jazz

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Craig Winston - Classical and Jazz Guitar

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The Historic El Fidel Hotel, 500 Douglas Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Join us at the Historic El Fidel Hotel every Sunday at 10:30am on the patio for solo guitar performance by Craig Winston in historic downtown Las Vegas, NM. The music is free, but donations for performers are welcome and encouraged.

Craig Winston - Classical and Jazz Guitar

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The Historic El Fidel Hotel, 500 Douglas Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Join us at the Historic El Fidel Hotel every Sunday at 10:30am on the patio for solo guitar performance by Craig Winston in historic downtown Las Vegas, NM. The music is free, but donations for performers are welcome and encouraged.

Craig Winston - Classical and Jazz Guitar

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The Historic El Fidel Hotel, 500 Douglas Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Join us at the Historic El Fidel Hotel every Sunday at 10:30am on the patio for solo guitar performance by Craig Winston in historic downtown Las Vegas, NM. The music is free, but donations for performers are welcome and encouraged.

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Special Announcement: Pursuing a Master's Degree

I'm happy to announce I'll be continuing my music education at University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. I was awarded a scholarship to attend, and will begin my classical guitar studies there in September.

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Some ways to manage all of this extra time

In today’s online guitar lessons, we’ll look at the best ways to stay motivated, practice, and improve your technique during these strange times we live in. 

I had a talk with some friends the other day in which I asked…

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2020 updates

I’ve neglected to update this page in a while, but I just wanted to give you some news about everything that I’m up to lately. 

My bands Thy Shade and The Union are both actively gigging in the Southwest having…

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Faith

Interestingly enough, all things do converge in your favor so long as you keep the faith in the positive nature of your actions and the universe’s willingness to reciprocate. 

Go beyond the constraints of what you understand of yourself or…

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The 3-octave pentatonic scale.

This whole thing sounds intimidating, and I should say it’s not a simple thing to execute, but the concept, once divulged, will come across as exceedingly simple.  Today we’re going to talk about a 3-octave pentatonic scale using a couple…

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