SEEKINGBand to Join, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar.
Have played and studied guitar for well over 30 years. Have both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music Education from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Currently going into my 10th year of teaching guitar in Loudoun County Public Schools in Ashburn, VA. Have no problem with any technical or theoretical application in music.
Can improvise, play covers, compose, record, arrange, or perform all styles of music.
- Screen name:
- Mark Jeffery Campayno
- Member since:
- Jul 08 2012
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
- Most available:
Influenced by all types of music. I play rock, blues, funk, pop, country, smooth jazz, Latin, and jam music.
Can play both acoustic and electric guitars.
I'm influenced by all musicians and their unique approach to their craft. To mention one, would leave out so many others who contributed to my dedication to this great art.
If you were to pin me down, I love the sound of Eric Johnson, the daring improvisation of Pat Martino, and the "go for it" attitude of players like Page, Gilmore, Blackmore, ect.
- Rhythm Guitar:
- Lead Guitar:
- Acoustic Guitar:
- Bass Guitar:
- Background Singer:
Multiple guitars...too many to list! All varieties of acoustic and electric instruments. Mulitiple amplifiers too. Whatever you need I most likely have. I have many effects and if so, will conjure up something if I don't have it!
"You Want My Groove Too?"
"You Want My Groove Too?" Track number: 1 Year: 2016 Album: Single Genre: Rock
"Yellow" Coldplay Instrumental
"Yellow" Coldplay Instrumental Track number: 1 Year: 2017 Album: Single Genre: Pop
"AWAKENED!"A track describing the unfortunate reality of life for many in the world. When one awakens to that fate, the real struggle begins.
"Reflection of Faith"
"Reflection of Faith"An improvised moment using a Fender Stratocaster playing over a loop, which as produced by, Blue Hawaii.
"The Glory Of Motherhood"
"The Glory Of Motherhood"An acoustic improvised instrumental guitar with an ambient vibe.
"Bop-topolis" - Jazz Improvisation
"Bop-topolis" - Jazz ImprovisationThis was improvised. I recorded two tracks, one chords/solo riffs and the other was straight soloing. There's not much I can say in terms of planning as there was none. I threw down some chords over a GarageBand Bebop drum loop and just kept going. How many rules did I break? Well, I used a Fender Stratocaster for the "jazz box" and I used it for the bass part also. I didn't have a key in mind when I started but is seems to vacillate between A minor and B minor harmonies. I did not think any scales or arpeggios. I went in cold and just played. The angular, jagged, sometimes disturbing lines in my mind made sense to me. Sometimes man ya just gotta go for it. Why not?
"Leavin' that Behind" (Kiesel Solo Contest)
"Leavin' that Behind" (Kiesel Solo Contest)A one-minute improvisation over this really cool track. The drums seemed a little shady about half way through but whatever. I used the following modes in this short example: I used A minor pentatonic, the A blues scale, my favorite hodgepodge scale the A minor mixed pentatonic, and A natural minor at varying points in the solo. Where...I haven't gone over that yet:)
"The Angry Banker"
"The Angry Banker"I went to the bank today. The banker was in a bad mood. Dealing with people has got him unnerved I'm sure. Well, by the time I was finished I had him smiling. I did my part to better humanity by 9:30 am on a Saturday morning. All is good:) Used an Fender Deluxe American Statocaster with a great "Official" Floyd Rose trem bar. I love using that thing:)
"ManThis S@#$ is Funky"
"ManThis S@#$ is Funky"A little jam over some funk/disco/smooth jazz layers. Don't ask what I played over the track until I analyze it. It happens first, and then it gets dissected. Just like music should.
"Take Me Home It's Late"
"Take Me Home It's Late"A Smooth Jazz/R&B track recorded with a Paul Gilbert OGM300 Ibanez Electric Guitar. Not a guitar you would think of in this style but it worked. Mostly improvised using a combination of dorian, aeolian, and hybrid-pentatonic scales. This is dedicated to those who know what late night loneliness is all about.
"The Beat Goes On Without You"
"The Beat Goes On Without You"A combination of rock and electro house , this track was made as an experiment in genre-blending. One of my favorite pastimes is to "mess with" differing combinations of music. As music moves forward and genres become more compatible with each other our ears begin to accept such sounds as viable. That's the magic of music. All guitar parts were improvised with the harmonies added later.
"Sun and Water"
"Sun and Water"A little solo electric guitar reminder of the sun and water. I recorded this a few months ago but felt it fit this vibe pretty well. Yes, i used a Korean-made Epiphone SG style guitar plugged straight into a small BEHRINGER 4-channel board mixed through Reaper (software). Oh, into my MacBook Pro of course.
"Alien Fusion" - Mark Jeffery Campayno/Ivana J. Fisher
"Alien Fusion" - Mark Jeffery Campayno/Ivana J. FisherA unique collaboration with Mark Jeffery Campayno (electric guitar and synth) and featuring Ivana J. Fisher (drums, bass, and synths). Ivana's exciting and exhilarating production and Mark's alien-influenced guitar excursions are the perfect foundation for this exciting and angular composition . An exciting mix of rock, fusion, dance, and modern electronica, Alien Fusion is a look into the world of creative music-making with futuristic overtones.
ImprovisationalAcousticGuitar - Improvisation No. 1 (The Green Wind)
ImprovisationalAcousticGuitar - Improvisation No. 1 (The Green Wind)An Acoustic Guitar improvisation based on the color of the track that was picked for the song file on Reaper Software. I wish there was a better explanation for the title but that's all there is. But...the more I listen the more I do see shades of green in the music so maybe I was on to something here. There are a couple melodic ideas I can pull out of here to work with. Acoustic playing makes you ponder new horizons if you allow it to.
"Rachel's Way" Acoustic Guitar
"Rachel's Way" Acoustic Guitar"Rachel's Way" - Beautful Solo Acoustic Guitar ORIGINAL MUSIC/ACOUSTIC GUITAR Produced, Performed, and Written by Mark Jeffery Campayno ===================================== Music Recorded at Musicians-inc Herndon, Virginia USA Videography by Mark Jeffery Campayno Recorded and edited at Blue Room Productions Herndon, Virginia USA https://www.blueroomproductions.com ===================================== Performed on a Taylor Koa Acoustic Guitar ===================================== Please subscribe to Mark at: https://www.youtube.com/user/MarkGTRG... My Website: https://www.thecreativeguitar.com Musicians-inc Website: www.musicians-inc.com ===================================== Social Links: https://twitter.com/MarkGTr https://www.facebook.com/mark.jeffery... https://www.facebook.com/RealWorldGuitar https://www.reverbnation.com/markcamp... https://soundcloud.com/mark-jeffery-c... https://soundcloud.com/marcusgtr Category Music License Standard YouTube License
"Gettin' Far Away From You Blues"
"Gettin' Far Away From You Blues""GETTIN' FAR AWAY FROM YOU BLUES" _ ELECTRIC FUNK GUITAR Produced, Performed, and Written by Mark Jeffery Campayno Music Recorded at Musicians-inc Herndon, Virginia USA Videography by Mark Jeffery Campayno Recorded and edited at Blue Room Productions Herndon, Virginia USA https://www.blueroomproductions.com ===================================== Please subscribe to mrcampy123 at: https://www.youtube.com/user/MarkGTRGuitarTurorials My Website: https://www.thecreativeguitar.com My Studio/Performance School Website: www.musicians-inc.com ===================================== WEBSITE LINKS: ===================================== PERFORMANCE NOTES: ===================================== Social Links: https://twitter.com/MarkGTr https://www.facebook.com/mark.jeffery.963 https://www.facebook.com/RealWorldGuitar https://www.reverbnation.com/markcampayno https://soundcloud.com/mark-jeffery-campayno-markgtr https://soundcloud.com/marcusgtr
"That Woman Will Be The Death Of Me Blues"
"That Woman Will Be The Death Of Me Blues""That Woman Will Be the Death of Me Blues" ☼Blues Guitar Ballad☼ Performed and produced by Mark Jeffery Campayno Subscribe to Mark at: www.youtube.com/user/mrcampy123 The blues is a special genre of music. It's full of raw emotion and feel. It would be difficult to "fake" the blues. To play it with true and genuine feeling you have to feel it. The release of the feeling raises the emotional impact of your delivery in terms of note choice, slur performance, and phrasing. Equipment List: Fender Mustang III Amplifier Fender American Stratocaster Reaper Softeware Macbook Pro imovie video editing software Social Links: https://twitter.com/MarkGTr https://www.facebook.com/mark.jeffery.963 https://www.facebook.com/RealWorldGuitar https://www.reverbnation.com/markcampayno https://soundcloud.com/mark-jeffery-campayno-markgtr https://soundcloud.com/marcusgtr
"NYLON FANTASY #2"
"NYLON FANTASY #2"Written and performed by Mark Jeffery Campayno PERFORMANCE NOTES: This work is by far my favorite in terms of it's sound and it's construction. I don't remember consciously doing this but it has a logical rhythmic flow to it. The work starts out stating the melody in between very dense arpeggiated chords. I overdubbed harmonics during the work as a decorative effect that I tend to prefer in acoustic music. As the piece develops and especially at :45, it gets more dramatic and intense. Then at 1:06 it breaks away and breathes a bit. As it begins its second climb back towards a peak in volume and dynamics I moved the sound to the middle of the spectrum for effect. Then at around 1:40 I go a little left of center to complete the cycle. As the piece progresses I begin to use more slurring techniques to push the energy even more. These are slurring riffs that are developed over the years and are done on the fly. They are not easy and the slight string noise I like as it is idiomatic of acoustic guitar music. The piece ends with the harmonics that appear originally at the beginning. A typical writing technique that ties the piece together. Mark . Music Produced by Mark Jeffery Campayno https://www.thecreativeguitar.com Performed on a 1993 Alvarez Yairi CY-140 Classical Guitar http://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/viewtopic.php?t=51136 http://www.adirondackguitar.com/lefty/yairi/cy140.htm
"The Real Me You Wouldn't See" - An Acoustic Guitar Original
"The Real Me You Wouldn't See" - An Acoustic Guitar OriginalPLAYED ON A TAYLOR 514 CE ACOUSTIC GUITAR- The most incredible sounding and playing guitar in the universe. I wish it were mine:) Reecorded on: Sunday January 6, 2013 into an iPad. This is in memory of the youth who find life too much. They escape into a world they are not ready to handle. I have resolved today to work even harder to save those I can. I'm heartbroken beyond words.
"Patricia's Song" - Smooth Jazz
"Patricia's Song" - Smooth JazzThis is for my mom who has been there through it all. Unwavering in her support, she has been a light. Smooth Jazz is one of my favorite styles of music. I have been influenced by it's groove, freedom and guitar tones. You can be as expressive as you wish and even a bit daring!
"Make It Do What It Do" -
"Make It Do What It Do" -A tour de force of funk and hip hop grooves "Make It Do What It Do" was produced by Gemini Jay with Mark Campayno adding smouldering lead and rhythm guitars. Check out the insane runs and legato playing 1:58. The irresitible groove and infectious vocalizations (my favorite being "turnaround" right before the bridge at 2:40)make for a listening experience that will have you jamming in your seat. The track starts out with a syn/bass riff that serves notice that these dudes mean business! When Gemini hits the verse things begin to explode with guitar and organ riffs blazing that are reminiscent of something new on the horizon. Could it be? These men are bringing fun back to music? Real groove returning to a groove-starved population. Maybe the beginning of a new funk? Maybe Bruno was right? Uptown Funk is for real? It surely is on this track. There is no doubt that this pair have a magic all their own when they get together to make music. Gemini produces the track, Mark listens, rips and returns the music to Gemini. Simple right? Yes, for them. But they understand each other. They don't really tell each other what to do. They just do it. That's what you call real music. Both musicians are located in Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia areas respectively. After this release they will surely continue in this vein producing more of their urban insanity. By the way they are both available for tours and gigs. Check out their other work on SoundCloud and elsewhere. But for your safety I'd stand up for this one! It is the hit!
"4 Lovers Only" - Collaboration w/Gemini Jay
"4 Lovers Only" - Collaboration w/Gemini Jay"4 Lovers Only" - (Smooth Jazz Original) Music by Gemini Jay (Vonn Love) Electric Guitar by Mark Jeffery Campayno All production completed in Maryland and Northern Virginia USA. Support Gemini! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeminiJ4?fref=ts ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/GeminiJay This is the third Collaboration between myself and Gemini Jay. Gemini has a way of creating great tracks that are at their core funk, smooth jazz, bits of pop and elements of hip hop and rap. He has the ability to give each track a "street vibe" that I love so much. Playing on this session was as natural as breathing for me. I sailed through the track in one take. My preference for these types of grooves has been developed over the years of listening to both jazz and blues. I grabbed the first guitar I saw and it happened to be a Fender Squire! Not just any Fender Squire, but a beautiful powder blue model with an amazing tone. I would say that the guitar produced the most amazing Santana tone I've ever heard! I was not going for any copy of Carlos' sound believe it or not. It just happened! I hope you enjoy this work and if you would, share and like. Give props to Gemini of course! Mark
"You Want My Groove Too?" - Funk Rock Jam
"You Want My Groove Too?" - Funk Rock Jam"You Want My Groove Too?" - Funk Rock Jam The track is a mix of hip hop, funk and a touch of smooth jazz. If there is a more perfect groove in music I haven't found it. I could play on this all night long and never tire of it. There's something about that Aminor7 to D9 change that gets to me:) The very end with the talking echo has a special meaning:) But of course the guitar talks endlessly.
"The Bell Has Rung"
"The Bell Has Rung"
"Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile)" - Carlos Santana Cover
"Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile)" - Carlos Santana CoverMy favorite all-time guitarist. I have many believe me and I've been influenced by all of them. But when I analyze how I play and phrase I hear Santana. Why? I'm not sure. As I was developing as a player in my 20s I listened to him of course but not to an extreme. In fact, I listened to others far more. There is something about his style that is in my blood. I love Latin music and that has been with more forever. So I'd say maybe I've hit on something? I stayed fairly close to the original on the key sections of the song of course, however as always I do my thing on the solo sections. That's me and always will be. Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoy my interpretation of Europa!
Do It Again - Steely Dan Cover Demo
Do It Again - Steely Dan Cover Demo"Do It Again" - Steely Dan Guitar Cover (Lyrics Included) Cover Produced and Performed by Mark Jeffery Campayno https://www.youtube.com/user/mrcampy123 Original Version Information: From their debut 1972 album Can't Buy a Thrill Label ABC Writer(s) Walter Becker, Donald Fagen Producer Gary Katz Website: http://www.steelydan.com/ http://www.steelydan.com/discog.html http://www.steelydan.com/timelinebio.html http://youtu.be/7oDWOwAu_z8 Donald Fagen- Electric Piano, Organ and Vocals Walter Becker- Bass Guitar Denny Dias- Electric Sitar Jeff Baxter- Guitar Jim Hodder- Drums Victor Feldman- Percussion Wikipedia Info: Released in 1972, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 18, 1972, and reached number 6 on the US charts in 1973, making it Steely Dan's second highest charting single. Released November 1972 Format 7" 45 RPM Recorded August 1972 Genre Jazz fusion My Notes: Steely Dan's classic "Do It Again" is descriptive of the bands sound throughout their amazing career. Mixing jazzier harmonies, echoes of harder rock, clear and clean production, and a sophisticated lyrical approach, they were one of the important pioneers of a fusion of rock and jazz. The band was in top form during this period and put out classic after classic. One of a stable of amazing guitarists that included, Larry Carlton, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, John Herington, and Walter Becker, Guitarist Denny Dias plays the Coral Electric Sitar solo with acute attention to modal phrases. His solos fit the song's needs well. Unbelievably, Dias took criticism for his playing on this song from critics. In my opinion, he played exactly what the song needed and then some. His playing was descriptive and full of rhythmic twists and turns. Moreover there was enough chromaticism to give it the "Jazz Lift" so typical of what Steely Dan had incorporated in most of their compositions. In this cover I did my own "tribute" to Denny staying in the style of the original without any outright copying. If you want a copy solo there are many here on YouTube. My intention was not in the vein. Nevertheless, I hope that I captured a little of the magic that was endemic of this monster hit from the ultimate supergroup, Steely Dan. Thank you, Mark Mark's Social Links: https://twitter.com/MarkGTr https://www.facebook.com/mark.jeffery.963 https://www.facebook.com/RealWorldGuitar https://www.reverbnation.com/markcampayno https://soundcloud.com/mark-jeffery-campayno-markgtr https://soundcloud.com/marcusgtr
"I Got You Blues" - Original
"I Got You Blues" - Original"I Got You Blues" - Original Original Blues Song Written, Produced, and Performed by Mark Jeffery Campayno Production done at StudioRock of Northern Virginia on 10/17/2013 Recorded on a 2001Candy Apple Red Fender Deluxe Stratocaster through a Fender Mustang III amplifier. The signal was then routed through a MacBook Pro into Reaper Software. The backing track was assembled with GarageBand software. The Lead Guitar was played straight through with no overdubs or harmonies. I haven't recorded near enough blues. So here ya'll go. Improvised straight through in the key of Ab. Yes, A FLAT. Why? Because of the challenge of playing out of the "safe" and typical guitar keys, which tend to become a crutch that many players never escape. Enough of the lecturing:) The Blues is so important to developing guitarists as it serves as a launchpad to other styles of music in terms of phrasing and feel. Without question, the hardest part of learning to play the blues is the bending, sliding, hammer-ons and pull-offs. All the expressive techniques that guitarists must master. If you are an intermediate-level player I strongly suggest that you immerse yourself in the blues for some woodshed time. You will not be disappointed and your playing will become much more listenable. Any questions hit me up! Mark
"4 Play" Mark and Gemini Jay Collaboration
"4 Play" Mark and Gemini Jay CollaborationA collaboration between two musicians who know how to combine their different styles and influences into pure magic. With Gemini's creative and electrifying synthesizer work, and Mark's searing guitar (think Carlos Santana) on jet fuel, these two musicians are starting to build momentum. With the musical landscape filled with open opportunities, don't be surprised if they find themselves making some noise.
Black WidowThis short Instrumental Rock piece was written fairly quickly about three months ago. I add the electric guitar as a descriptive color creative a work that I used for a video of an amusement part ride that I find quite scary.The Black Widow is one ride I'll stay away from!
"One" u2 - Instrumental Version
"One" u2 - Instrumental Version"ONE" U2 WRITTEN BY BONO/EDGE Guitar Cover Performed by Mark Jeffery Campayno Produced at StudioRock of Northern Virginia (USA) From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=One_(U2_song)&printable=yes "One" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the third track from their 1991 album Achtung Baby, and it was released as the record's third single in March 1992. During the album's recording sessions at Hansa Studios in Berlin, conflict arose between the band members over the direction of U2's sound and the quality of their material. Tensions almost prompted the band to break up until they achieved a breakthrough with the improvisation of "One"; the song was written after the band members were inspired by a chord progression that guitarist The Edge was playing in the studio. The lyrics, written by lead singer Bono, were informed by the band members' fractured relationships and the German reunification. Although the lyrics ostensibly describe "disunity", they have been interpreted in other ways. "One" was released as a benefit single, with proceeds going towards AIDS research. The song topped the Irish Singles Charts and US Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts, and it peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart and number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. In promotion of the song, the band filmed several music videos, although they were not pleased until a third was created. The song was acclaimed by critics upon its release, and it has since been featured in polls of the greatest songs of all time. U2 have performed "One" at every one of their tour concerts since the song's live debut in 1992, and it has appeared in many of the band's concert films. In a live setting, "One" is often used by the group to promote human rights or social justice causes. My Notes: I am a late-comer to this song. During a flight down to Florida last year I ended up being seated by a fashion model from Israel who worked out of South Beach. As we talked she mentioned the song "One" by U2 as her favorite. I, or course, knew of the song and as fond as I am of U2 I never connected with that song. Well. low and behold, life has changed and the challenges are piling up. The song now has tremendous meaning and I am sure it was fate that brought me to it. Fate and a friendly girl who loved the song. Thanks always, Mark
"Oye Como Va" - Carlos Santana Cover
"Oye Como Va" - Carlos Santana Cover"Oye Como Va" - Carlos Santana Cover Produced and performed by Mark Jeffery Campayno June 29, 2015 *Original version written by Tito Puente from the 1976 album El Rey Bravo *Carlos Santana's version released on the1970 album Abraxas. Equipment list: Equipment: Fender Stratocaster (Mexican) Fender Mustang III Amplifier Reaper Software into MacBook Pro Track: https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bxwkamg25beu5txgntsx62wwkjq&tid=song-T4qw6nr36cab3r4qx5ckozoh5cm&rdot=1&rdid=song-T4qw6nr36cab3r4qx5ckozoh5cm NOTES: I've always wanted to cover this song but thought it too predictable, like too many have already. Well, sometimes you just have to get over it and go for it. A good song is a good song, and if you are true to its spirt then you should take a chance. Carlos Santana is without a doubt the most respected, most musical, and most beloved of all rock stars. Calling him a rock star seems a bit inappropriate for one who did so much to add to it's lustre and longevity. He transcends the genre of pure classic rock and has surely contributed to one of the most incredible fusions of musical styles in history. The mixing of Latin and Rock is so perfect that one would be hard pressed to deny it's impact on the world music explosion that we see today. The man, Carlos Santana will surely be remembered as one of most influential musicians of our time. A master of his craft and a true living legend.
"Stayin' Alive" - A Bee Gees Cover
"Stayin' Alive" - A Bee Gees CoverStaying Alive - Bee Gee's Cover Produced by Mark Jeffery Campayno Smooth Jazz Guitar performance by Mark Jeffery Campayno Produced at StudioRock of Northern Virginia Original "Stayin' Alive" released in 1977. RSO (Robert Stigwood Organization) Records Written by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb Produced by the Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, and Karl Richardson Certified: Platinum INFO: The epitamy of the disco era was the supergroup, the Bee Gee's. Their unique blend of high register vocals laced with harmonies created one of the most identifiable sounds in popular music. Mixed with a high-hat laden beat, they set the standard for the disco craze in the 1970's. Producing hit after hit, the Gibb Brothers created an empire unlike any before or after. The practically ruled the airwaves and were in demand all over the world. "Stayin' Alive" received it's biggest boost from the movie "Saturday Night Fever", which propelled the song to number one on the charts. The following information is from The Tampa Bay Times: "[Stayin Alive] was written and performed by the Bee Gees.[It] was the second release of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. It hit No. 1 on Feb. 4, 1978, and stayed there for four weeks. The song was written and recorded in Paris for tax reasons.The original Stayin' Alive video was scrapped and redone so lead singer Barry Gibb could grow a beard for it. A study showed that humming the song helped in administering CPR. The song has 103 beats per minute, the perfect number to maintain CPR rhythm." I did not intend to do a smooth jazz style improvisation/interpretation on this song. It just happened! I hope you enjoy my take on one the most groove-filled songs in the popular music repertoire. Mark
Ain't No Sunshine (When She's Gone) - Bill Wither's Cover
Ain't No Sunshine (When She's Gone) - Bill Wither's CoverPublished on Mar 24, 2013 AIN'T NO SUNSHINE (WHEN SHE'S GONE) Written by Bill Withers Produced by Booker T. Jones for Sussex Records 1971 From the Album JUST AS I AM *This arrangement performed and produced by Mark J. Campayno All production done on and offsite at StudioRock Of Northern Virginia EQUIPMENT LIST: Paul Gilbert PGM 150 Electric Guitar Fender Mustang III Amplifier Reaper Software Plug ins from Reaper Written by Bill Withers ("Just The Two Of Us", "Lean On Me"), Ain't No Sunshine is an example of less is more. Using only four chords and really only two alternating sections, the song is a masterpiece in the soul/pop repertoire. Incredibly inventing and moving, this song is imbedded with meaning and mass appeal. I originally intended to do this much closer to the original but instead choose to once again, allow my mind run free. I left out, on purpose, the "I Know, I Know" section. It didn't seem at the time relevant to what I was doing. I am on the fence about that now and could change my mind in the future! I hope you find this interesting and enjoyable. As always, I never intend to insult the original works, but instead, choose to offer a way to honor the original work with a view towards creativity and expression of my musical take on the composition. INTERESTING FACT: For the song's third verse, Withers had intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase "I know" 26 times, but then followed the advice of the other musicians to leave it that way: "I was this factory worker puttering around," Withers said. "So when they said to leave it like that, I left it." (Withers, then thirty-one years old, was working at a factory making toilet seats for 747s at the time.
"Moondance" - Van Morrison Cover
"Moondance" - Van Morrison Cover"Moondance" by Van Morrison - Cover Produced, performed, and arranged by Mark Jeffery Campayno All production done at StudioRock of Northern Virginia Pro Tools 9 MacBook Pro Peavey TRANSTUBE 210 Amplifier Sure 57 Microphone M-Box Interface Moondance has the perfect vibe for a Smooth Jazz remix. I have always enjoyed the songs two chord opening vamp ever since it's release in 1970. The song has held up well and sounds surprisingly modern. As usual, I took the melody and shuffled the rhythms around a bit. Never one to play a melody note for note when doing cover, I took some liberties. I improvised here and there using both the A Dorian and Aeolian Modes. Anytime you get a chance to use both in a jam it's a good day! The beginning run during the outro overdriven guitar solo is my Eric Johnson influence coming out strong. I will never get enough of his playing and it's so cool when it just comes out on it's own! I hope you enjoy this classic work by a master songwriter and performer, Van Morrison. Mark
"Love Cannot Be Denied"
"Love Cannot Be Denied""Love Cannot Be Denied" - an original work Written and Produced by Mark Jeffery Campayno Yahama Nylon String Guitar, Pro Tools 9 Software Recorded at StudioRock of Northern Virginia This was an unexpected recording. I came up with the idea of using a slight altered tuning just for practice. What came out was a hybrid open-E tuning. I tuned string 4 up to D, string 3 up to G# and left strings one and two alone. Obviously, with this tuning open strings would be available. I basically played easy arpeggio ideas with a twist or two. I did two passes and canned the first. Typically, the first is the one I keep! This part was played using my 8 year old beat to death and barely hanging on Takamine nylon cutaway guitar. Two days later I decided to finish the work. I used my Yamaha nylon string guitar in standard tuning and then created a melodic overlay on the arpeggio/block chord section. I then harmonized a few spots and left it alone. This, like most of my works is not lacking in emotional content. Released on Valentines Day, it surely has a double message. A message that pain exists and the daily remembering of it. However, one must never lose hope. No matter how jaded one becomes, love is far stronger and no man has yet to overcome it. Hold out hope, all ye people of despair, love will find you. Mark
"Life and Times"
"Life and Times" This original was a very random event. I was just trying to get back into recording something on ProTools after spending a bit of time with Reaper Software. I used my 2005 Taylor Kohno guitar straight into an M-AUDIO interface. From there into the MacBook Pro and finally to ProTools. There are two main parts in this composition. The chordal section is played finger style with two short strummed sections. The melodic accents were played with a pick and man that Taylor Kohno has a devastating tone for melodic single-note playing. I used pretty basic tools as the piece revolves more or less around G major. The solo lines also in G with very little if any chromaticism. The piece has a very uneven at times rhythm but that was intentional in that I wasn't concerned in the moment with this piece going anywhere but on the system to be long forgotten. However, there are enough melodic moments on here to keep it. If I feel the desire or need I could redo it and add maybe some light percussion and other instruments. However, I fear that by then I will be about twenty projects down the road:) Mark
The Other Side Of Love
The Other Side Of Love"Love's Other Side" An Original Produced, performed, and written by Mark Jeffery Campayno Recorded at StudioRock of Northern Virginia Love's two sides. We've all seen them. On one hand we see the happy couple, walking together, seemingly happy and carefree. Then, at almost the same moment, we see another, sitting in silence. Both seemingly miles and miles, maybe ever years and years off into thought. Why such diverse appearances to such a powerful emotional condition? Is it possible to believe in love with such certainty that one would spend a lifetime in the search for the perfect mate? I've seen the ups and downs of love many times and lost faith in it eventually coming to the conclusion that it's all an illusion. A cruel game made up by dark and negative forces bent on causing extreme pain and suffering. Then almost instantly, I was hit with another more realistic reality that make me change. The reality that maybe I wasn't taught how to be a giver and receiver of love. Taught that one gives and one takes equally. That one does not accept mistreatment and deception from one who claims undying love. That one can be worth more than a misguided and mistaken opinion of oneself. Especially one that is diametrically opposed to reality. The music in this work is in three sections. The brooding and sad opening full of love's heartbreak and hopelessness; the happy and carefree main theme with an almost giddy sense of new love bright and hopeful; and the emotionally opaque transition that bridges our two sides of love. In the end we are left with the darker side of love as the opening returns. It's up to use to either live with that or find our way to happiness. It is there.
"Blues Eyes, Black Rain" Acoustic Guitar
"Blues Eyes, Black Rain" Acoustic GuitarThis piece was conceived one late Friday evening during a period of self-reflection. Acoustic guitar playing can bring out a more expressive side of ourselves. It becomes more descriptive of our thoughts and emotions. I had many melodic ideas floating around and tried to "play them out". The Yamaha NTX700 Nylon is a great guitar. Not extremely loud but very playable, I've fallen in love with it's thinner body and longer fret range. It's a very comfortable guitar and the feel is incredible. Thoughts of the future are embedded in this work along with the ever-present past. Daily, we come in contact with critical decisions that come into our lives. They give no quarter as they possess the power to change us forever. When the Black Rain falls, darkest of our days consume us. But, the Blue Eyes point clearly to a future. One of happiness and contentment. Countless doorways await us, we must be prepared to follow the eyes of those who see clearly and have our best interest at heart. Mark
"Cerrar los ojos a tu Chica"
"Cerrar los ojos a tu Chica" Without question, the biggest influence on my playing has been Latin guitar music. From around 2000 to the present, I have been fascinated by the sound of the nylon-string guitar mixed with the exotic rhythms, colorful harmonies and irresistable melodies used in Latin guitar music. Taking influences from flamenco, jazz, blues, salsa, and others, Latin music provides endless possibilties for melodic exporation once the player understands the modal requirements inherent in the Latin musical substructure. Practically every scale and mode in the western diatonic musical language is used. Within each tune the player can expect to use more than one of them. This particular track is in an A-B format and uses a chord pattern very typical of the genre. In terms of melody, section A centers around the aeolian scale, which is the mode built upon the 6th degree of the major scale. In this case A natural minor or aeolian. The B section is typically in its cascading downward movement to the Major V chord in A minor (E Major or E7). The arrival at the fifth requires in no uncertain terms a shift to a G# tone in the mode thereby giving one an opportunity to use harmonic minor. It is imperative to use either a G#, D, or B melodic tone at the peak of your musical phrase, with G# being the most colorful. This is the first Latin piece I have posted and that is curious being that it is my favorite guitar music. More now, will certainly follow. As for the title, "Cerrar los ojos a tu Chica" (Close Your Eyes Girl), well, it's just my way of saying, "don't worry girl, someday everything's going to be okay." That can mean a lot of things to many people...and yes that's as it should be.