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John Morgan is an acoustic guitarist living in central Ohio. Unencumbered by fame or fortune, he is pursuing the musical dream: performing, teaching, writing and recording. He has release five CDs, one instructional DVD and written Foundations for Great Guitar Playing a book/CD for beginning and intermediate guitarists. John performs regularly in central Ohio and keeps a full roster of students. His music has been played on NPR and numerous TV shows including Martha, The Good Wife, Biography A&E, Emeril Green, Underdog to Wonderdog and Art of the Athlete.
John is an Artist in Residence at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Several times each week he plays music at the bedside of oncology patients.
John is part of the Artist-in-the-Schools program of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His presentations for students of any age combine music theory, history of the guitar, musical performance and a larger dose of humor.
In 1996 John co-founded the Vineyard Church of Columbus Worship Training Center. This eight week program teaches people how to develop their calling as musicians and small group worship leaders.
Capture the Night (2004) is a collection of Christmas classics arranged for solo acoustic guitar. "Tinsel" John's original composition was selected for Christmas week two years in a row on NPRs, on-line program All Songs Considered. This music was updated and re-released as Music for December in 2008.
Capture the Night Book/CD - The written music (tablature/notation) of these CDs was release in June of 2011
Motionography (2006), is about movement: flight, swimming, dancing - places: the moon, oceans, stars; and communication: the non-verbal, solo guitar type of communication. The sound of one guitar playing, fingers dancing, sounds splashing, sonic canvas, air art, here–gone, wooden heart made flesh, steel strings spring to life. The sound of one guitar laughing, of joy bouncing, strengthening, calling, inviting to the dance. The sound of one guitar moving, across the star field accompanied by dancers, singers, swimmers, writing rhythm, resonating life.
Stories (1999). John's acoustic guitar is joined by bass, percussion, voice and flute. Cuts from this disc have received radio play on over 100 stations across the U.S.
The Journey - Places Real and Imagined (1996). “Echoes,” a nationally syndicated radio program hosted by John Diliberto, played cuts from that CD during 1996 and 1997. The title cut from “The Journey" was included on Volume 3 of a sampler disc released by Acoustic Music Resource. “House by the River,” also from “The Journey,” was included on a sampler disc compiled and internationally distributed by Poetman USA. Four songs from this CD were in continuous rotation on the "Atmospheres" Digital Cable Network for several years.