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BA - Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, Classical Guitar Performance Bang on a Can - Fellowship - 2010 Guitar Craft and Guitar Circles - Worldwide 2004-2017 Private composition lessons with Grammy awarded Fernando Otero, NYC, 2008-2012
Young performers series 2001 - Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogota, Colombia Best jazz albums 2013, National Radio of Colombia
I began as self taught guitarist during elementary school but taking up to formal music education in 1996. From 1998 to 2002 I attended La Universidad de los Andes in Colombia where I received a B.A on classical guitar performance. I have toured North America, Argentina & Germany with The League of Crafty Guitarists as well with Robert Fripp and The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists. I am a band leader as well as record producer. I have been teaching music & guitar since I was eighteen years old back in my native Colombia. My first job was when I was a freshman at Universidad de los Andes working at the community center of “Telecom” corporation. My duties included to instruct a group class of kids between the ages of 6 to 12 years old through games and songs. This experience determined the following years of teaching during after school hours. I have had achieved great results with my students, in some cases inspired the kids and their parents to continue their music education further.
I like the aphorism by British guitarist and educator Robert Fripp "We begin where we are". It means to me that at any given point we are all beginners. So if we come with an open mind to explore and learn something new, perhaps what it could be challenging might become easier if we apply the right mind set. So if we are learning a scale...perhaps we begin with a note at the time, then add a second and third, so on, until we have all eight notes or sixteen.
- Slow down: If you want to play fast you gotta be able to play it slowly with accuracy and precision. There is no rush.
- Break things down: If you understand a music cell, you understand a music idea and a musical passage, then the piece.
- Patience: It is key to take our time to take in what is presented to us. If there is something that is a new piece of music that presents a rhythmic difficulty. Let's analyze it and figure it out together.
- Breaking down: As explained above to play something really well, we need to understand and "master" all parts and the whole. It not only facilitates the performance but also gives a sense of detail and belonging.
- Guitar Circle Techniques: I spend 14 years working with guitar circles worldwide. Listening is a big part of playing so why not to begin with tuning the guitar with no rush but paying attention. Also developing a solid rhythmic foundation is key.
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