Bio

 My name is Ken Hummer. I am a classical guitarist in Toledo, Ohio. I have been playing and teaching guitar since the early 1970's. I have been an Adjunct Instructor of music at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio since 1984. I am currently focused on my students and love to create new transcriptions/arrangements that will help them play to their strengths.

As a child, I always had an interest in music and struggled to find an instrument that I could identify with. It was not until my college years that I discovered the guitar and the affinity I had with it. Of course, like so many of my generation, I came to the classical guitar through another style - in my case the folk guitar. At a friend's suggestion I took some classical lessons : "I heard if you want to get good you should take some classical guitar lessons." Well, I did and the "bug" bit me. I have been hooked ever since.

As a student there were not many opportunities for me to find a good teacher. Until, as fate would have it, I was able to attend guitar master classes with the great teacher and performer Manuel Lopez-Ramos. After several experiences with him (intense two-week master classes) I felt well grounded and ready to progress in my playing.

At this point in my career I am focused mostly on my students. Recently I got together with several past and present students to form an amateur guitar ensemble. We meet weekly for fun, but we also have the occasional opportunity to perform - especially at Christmas time. I always wanted to have a way for my students to continue playing and keep up their skills, whatever their level of accomplishment.

 

Performing at Lourdes University on a 1964 Manuel de la Chica

Performing at Lourdes University on a 1964 Manuel de la Chica

The great Maestro Manuel Lopez-Ramos (1929-2006)

The great Maestro Manuel Lopez-Ramos (1929-2006)

The Lourdes Classical Guitar Ensemble performing at the Wildwood Metropark 2018 Christmas walk thru tour

The Lourdes Classical Guitar Ensemble performing at the Wildwood Metropark 2018 Christmas walk thru tour