Brief Biography

Guitar Foundation of America

Anyone with a passion for classical guitar will love this organization.

Classical Guitar Magazine

Jewish Music Web Center
An amazingly comprehensive resource for anything related to Jewish music:  Music and book reviews, concerts, festivals, artists, etc.

High Strung Violins and Guitars

A local music store specializing in acoustic stringed instruments and accessories.

How To Change Your Guitar Strings

How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

Sharon Isbin: Interview and Lesson

Ana Vidovic playing Asturias

David Russell playing Heitor Villa-Lobos' Choro No. 1


Guitar Foundation of America

Triangle Guitar Society

American Music Center

Past Board Member of Chapel Hill Music Teachers Association

Ellen has written original studies and repertoire pieces for solo guitar, original music for various chamber ensembles and arrangements of music from various folk traditions for guitar (solos and duets).

Ellen's book, Jewish Traditions for Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar, is an anthology of 26 arrangements of tunes from a wide range of Jewish music traditions. The book includes 20 solos and 6 duets, complete with extensive performance notes and annotations, bibliography and discography. An appendix (with glossary) discusses in considerable detail the scales often found in Jewish music.

This book and other musical offerings including Christmas music and original repertoire pieces for the guitar are available at Press For Peace Music Publications.

Compositions and Arrangements by Ellen Whitaker

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Physicians for Safe Technology

This particular page at Physicians for Safe Technology discusses the science related to electromagnetic hypersensitivity, a problem that is spreading quickly as our world becomes more saturated with wireless technology. 

Wi-fi in

Children are especially vulnerable to the health impacts of the microwave radiation used in wireless technology.

Beyond Fences

(formerly Coalition to Unchain Dogs)

Builds fences for people whose dogs live continuously on chains. All dogs are also sterilized and vaccinated at no cost to the dogs' guardians.  You can view some of the thousands of happy endings created thus far:

In addition to teaching guitar and music theory independently since 1981, Ellen has also taught undergraduate college classes in music fundamentals, advanced theory and composition while at UCSB.

She has also taught individual guitar lessons at Durham Arts Council and in-school classes at various schools including Voyager Academy in Durham, NC.  Please visit the Lessons Page for more information.


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About Ellen

about ellen

Ellen Whitaker began teaching herself to play the guitar in 1966 at the age of nine. She began taking lessons at the age of 12, narrowing her focus to the study of classical guitar.

Ellen began her formal training in music theory at City College of San Francisco, and went on to earn a B.A. in Music from Mills College, and an M.A. degree in Music Theory from University of California at Santa Barbara.