Tim Bedner's Bio

Tim Bedner is a modern lyrical composer and improviser, and an award-winning teacher and performer on six- and seven-string guitar. Reviewers have called him “a talent and a force, playing with grace, style, passion, and inventiveness.” His CD recording “Of Light and Shadow” debuted in the #1 spot of the CMJ jazz chart, where it remained in the Top 40 for four weeks. 

Tim received his undergraduate training at Berklee College of Music (Boston), graduating summa cum laude, and a Masters Degree with distinction in Jazz Performance at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh). Tim was an adjunct professor of guitar at Duquesne University for 8 years. He was also on the music faculty at St. Vincent University. Since relocating to Ottawa he has been hired as a performance instructor for jazz guitar at Carleton University and is the founding director of the Contemporary Guitar Ensemble. Tim teaches privately, offers workshops, and is the assistant director of the Carleton University Summer Jazz Camp. 

A gifted and sought-after accompanist, he has performed with many well known musicians across a variety of genres. Tim has shared a stage with artists as diverse as jazz guitar icon John Abercrombie, national fingerstyle champion Pat Donohue (NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor), Broadway diva Bernadette Peters, the Segovia of jazz guitar Gene Bertoncini, fusion band Spyro Gyra, Toronto jazz guitar legend Lorne Lofsky, Ottawa jazz guitarist and educator Roddy Ellias, saxophonist and composer Oliver Lake, Pittsburgh veteran jazz drummer Roger Humphries, Juno-nominated Vancouver guitar man Bill Coon, Montreal Juno-winning guitarist Mike Rud, flamenco guitarist Marija Temo, bluesman Ernie Hawkins,  and members of The Fringe (George Garzone & John Lockwood) and the New York Voices. 

  Portrait Intime - Claude Brazeau 
  C'est à moi - Dominique Forest 
  Live at GigSpace - Mike Tremblay 
  Of Light and Shadow - Tim Bedner 
  Capital Vox Sings Elise Letourneau - choral works 
  I Will Sing for You - Elise Letourneau & band 
  One Little Child - Doug Worth with Peter Eldridge

About Tim's Guitar

The text below is from www.sankeyguitars.com

Rippling Brook is a very special guitar commissioned for well-known local guitarist Tim Bedner. As an extremely accomplished technical player, he knew the features he wanted in a custom-made guitar, and entrusted me to bring them to life. 

It's a guitar that's meant to be more comfortable to play than the usual shape. The knee rest holds the nut up high, with the neck angling naturally upwards at about 45 degrees. The other side functions as an armrest for the right hand, and is smoothly bevelled for comfort. 

 It has a multiscale fretboard- the bass strings are longer than the treble strings, thus allowing the easy playability of a short scale on the higher strings, while still keeping the better tone and intonation of a long scale in the lower register. The frets of course have to be slanted so that they will be in correct location for every note. Surprisingly it takes ones hands very little time to get used to it. 

The bridge is something pretty special. To cope with the seven strings and narrow spacing, these are individual units from the german company ABM. They were hand made to order because the bottom three strings have pickups built right into the saddles! These go through a Graph-Tech Ghost system, and out through a separate jack from the regular pickup (a seven-string Imperial Humbucker by Jason Lollar), so Tim can essentially accompany himself on bass. 

Incorporating tuning machines into the bridge means that the neck end is much lighter. This reduces fatigue on the left hand by enabling it to concentrate on playing the notes, not holding up the neck. 

The body is strikingly wedge-shaped. It's narrow up top for comfort, but wide where it sits on the knee to provide a stable base. Also the onboard electronics demanded a fairly deep cavity. The other ergonomic aspect of this is that it angles the face of the fretboard slightly upwards, helping the player to see what he's doing. Last of all, it's hollow. The black walnut core is almost entirely carved away in the inside, and then has thin skins of that incredible butterscotch quilted maple applied to the front and back. This reduces the weight of the guitar substantially (it is noticeably lighter than a standard strat-type electric). It also makes it semi-acoustic. The idea behind this was to make the tone more mellow and interesting, but it is surprisingly loud acoustically- plenty enough for personal practice.

Rippling Brook, built by Mike Sankey  www.sankeyguitars.com

Rippling Brook, built by Mike Sankey www.sankeyguitars.com

Tim Bedner’s "Of Light and Shadow" offers solid guitar playing 
~Kara Moore, KSBR CA. 


Earshot Jazz 
#10 Earshot Jazz Chart w/e 12/4/2012 

CMJ Jazz Chart 

#1 Top Jazz Adds CMJ issue #1264 

#19 CMJ Jazz Chart issue #1268 

#22 CMJ Jazz Chart issue #1265 

#37 CMJ Jazz Chart issue #1267