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DON ALDER plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver's "best kept little secret". Don is a world-class fingerstyle guitarist with a "wow factor" that has led to winning all the top Modern Guitar Competitions in the world, multiple endorsement deals with major manufacturers.He is a top endorsee for Yamaha Guitars, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Ernie Ball Strings and Santo Angelo Cables, Riversong Guitars, Emerald Amicus, Tonewood amp, so keep an eye out for a Clinic near you.

Armed & Dangerous has now received 2016 nominations for
"Instrumental Artist of the Year" at the Canadian Folk Music Awards as well as the Western Canadian Music Awards

Don has signed on with FRETMONKEY RECORDS which is a progressive guitar label with a number of amazing guitar talents, check them out HERE

Check out Don using the Tonewood Amp on Facebook
now over 1 Million views. See it HERE

Don receives the Dominic Troiano Award. Each year 3 guitarists are selected in Canada to receive this award, one for Classical, Jazz and mixed genre. Alder wins the mixed genre award,

CD, T-Shirt, Poster, download avail HERE

Armed & Dangerous Pkg
ABOUT THE CD "Armed & Dangerous"
We wanted to have some fun with this CD so went with the theme of the TV Series "The Walking Dead". If an acoustic gutiarist living in zombie times and needed to get to the gig they would need the ultimate acoustic guitar weapon. Of course that would be a Fan Fret with armrest bevel, equpped with blades, chainsaw, and flame thrower, using strings as whips and having Admantium Nails one would always get to the gig on time.

- Performance with Commander Chris Hadfield (Space Oddity) here
- Don is proud to announce and endorsement wtih Ernie Ball Strings. See the ad here Or EB Set Me Up video here
- Don bestowed International Brand Laureate Award. See details here.
- Don's personal blog is getting lots of attention see it here.
- Check out Don's column at IGuitar Magazine here.

- See Don's character in "Heart of the Dragon" now streaming here
- EPK on Reverbnation here
- Sonicbids EPK here
- Don is currently featured in the UK Acoustic Magazine
- Don is also featured in the Nov issue of Guitar Player magazine
- Ad with Santo Angelo Cable in Oct.r issue of Premier Guitar

"What can you say about Don Alder?... Plenty!
Don is one of the most original guitarists I've come across. Unique in his acoustic guitar style, he blends great original compositions with a fantastic rhythmic foundation.... always funky with irresistible grooves. He combines this with his terrific, ear catching melodies. On top of which, he sounds like three guitar players playing at once! :). If you haven't checked him out, do yourself a favor."
Lee Ritenour, Multi-Grammy Award Winning Jazz Guitarist

"Even though Don stepped onto the Guitar Superstar stage as a solo-acoustic performer, he played with ferocity and charisma, and totally owned the audience and that’s what a guitar star does. You have to deliver something so thrilling that people can’t help but stand up and cheer. Don nailed it.”
Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief, GUITAR PLAYER magazine

"Alder's performances are transcendental"

George Lynch - Dokken

"Alder?  simply amazing"
Elliot Easton - The Cars

"Alder is a guitarist that should be famous around the world"
Ray Daniels - Manager for "Rush"

Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" sweetie had this to say in one of her recent tweets.
Carly Rae Jepsen

Don recently performed a duet with Chris Hadfield, Commander of the Space Station for and audience of 2000 people for the 50th Boston Pizza Anniversary Event in Kono, Hawaii. Don Alder and Chris Hadfield

Alder and Chris Hadfield

Don will have the honour of playing at Rick Hansen's Celebrate25
May 22, 2012 at teh Pacific Colliseum 7PM. Make sure to get your tickets asap to see artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Johnny Reid,
David Foster, Mariannas Trench, Jann Arden, One More Girl, Shane Koyczan and Sean Jones.

Don wins Guitar Player Magazines 2010 Guitar Superstar Title
for more details and video clips with the judges go HERE
Judges included George Lynch, Gary Hoey, Reeves Gabrel and Elliot Easton. Don will be featured in an upcoming issue and is now on the Guitar Player Record Label.

Alder featured in a variety of magazines click on the images to read each story

2006, In China filming the "Rick Hansen Movie" with actors, Ethan, Andrew Lee Potts, Don, Victor Webster. Andrew plays my character in the upcoming Rick Hansen Movie
More info, pics and videos from the set


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Ernie Ball Don Alder
Don in new Ad for Ernie Ball

Santo Angelo Cables Ad

New Ad for Premier Guitar Magazine
for Santo Angelo Cables, yes they rock
with a dual cable solution and mute button

Awesome comment from Andy Timmons

4 Hands Video with Harp Guitar

Feature in the Georgia Straight Mar 2012

Check out the videos of Don on the
All Star Guitar Night Website

Video 1, Video 2 , Video 3, Video 4


Upon auditioning against 6000 entrants Don made it to the first round of filming for "Canada's Got Talent" video coming soon.

Don wins Guitar Idol III in London, UK Dec 4 2011 Don is now the only guitarist in the world to win all 3 major guitar competitions. 2007 International Fingerstyle Championships, 2010 Guitar Superstar Competition and the Guitar Idol III contest see the video of the live performance HERE

Don wins 1rst place at the prestigious 2007 International Fingerstyle Championships in Kansas
Official News Release
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RHF News Release Here