SEEKINGAccordion, Background Singer, Bagpipes, Cello, Clarinet, DJ, Dobro, Drums, Electronic Music, Fiddle, Flute, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboard, Mandolin, Other, Other Percussion, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Steel guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Upright bass, Violin, Vocalist, Vocalist - Alto, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Tenor.
I am very versatile and developed both on electric and acoustic guitar. I have played basically every popular style at one point or another, minus perhaps punk, metal and their variations. I have played Latin based music,funk, rock, blues, some jazz, traditional classical, Flamenco related music, country etc. I have toured throughout the US several times with a well-known "psychedelic funk/rock" band. I have played on several Bay Area studio dates, have a background in musical theater and so forth. I play mostly as a solo Latin based guitarist in the San Francisco area at present while playing occasional band gigs. As far as vocals, I am definitely not a lead vocalist but I do have basically perfect pitch and can handle some backing vocals.
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- Member since:
- Mar 11 2018
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- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 6-7 nights a week
Robben Ford, Larry Carlton. Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia, Santana, George Benson, Pat Metheny, John Williams (classical guitarist)
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Les Paul, Strat, Godin Strat w/hb's, SG, Cordoba GK Flamenco. 2 Godin SA models, Godin Duet, Aria classical. Guild D-25, Aria Banjo, Ibanez Boom Bass, Mesa Boogie MK 4, Fender Studio 85, Fishman Loudbox Performer, Godin/Acoustic Solutions ASG 150, HK Lucas Nano 300. Several Effects Processors and Stomp-Boxes
Batucaje Track number: 1 Year: 2004 Album: Diamante Genre: Latin
This is a song that I wrote in the Brazilian "samba-reggae" grroove, with a Spanish type of melody
Sao Paulo Track number: 10 Year: 2004 Album: Diamante Genre: Latin
This is my version of a wonderful song originally by David Benoit. He played it on keyboards of course but I arranged it for electric guitar and attempted to "Santana-ize" it.
Ghetto Grind Track number: 2 Year: 2013 Album: Rise - VinCiVibe Genre: R&B
Electric guitar - This is a song by a wonderful songwriter vocalist and keyboard player that I worked with, VinCiVibe. I play all of the guitar parts, the waka-waka stuff and the solo
Why can't we be one
Why can't we be one Track number: 4 Year: 2013 Album: Rise Genre: R&B
Also by VinCiVibe, I played all of the guitar parts here, the staccato/funk intro riff and the solo
Euzkadi Track number: 3 Year: 2004 Album: Diamante Genre: Latin
Acoustic Spanish Guitar - This is a composition by a good friend of mine and excellent Bay Area guitarist and composer, Steve Erquiaga. The composition is hauntingly beautiful and I hope that I have done it justice. Inspired by the Basque region of Spain, also Steve's background.
New Rules Acoustic Guitar Version By Tom Duarte
New Rules Acoustic Guitar Version By Tom DuarteMy solo acoustic guitar version of New Rules by Dua Lipa (with backing tracks)
Whenever, Wherever (Suerte)
Whenever, Wherever (Suerte)My instrumental version of the song by Shakira. I watch a fair amount of Hispanic TV and there was a novela that she starred in during the mid-90's called 'El Oasis' that featured the Spanish version of 'Whenever, Wherever', titled 'Suerte' as it's theme song. This was long before it was a hit on American radio but I loved the tune and knew I had to play it. It has both a Latin and Middle Eastern feel, with the tablas and so forth, pretty hard to resist. (This song is where I utilize the bending of nylon string, salutations to Paco de Lucia)
AlejandroI knew I was going to play this upon first listen, soon as I figured out who was singing it. It was kind of unusual because it had a loping kind of Spanish feel (bayonne - it's everywhere!) and a pretty, singable melody, kind of rare. What really hooked me though was the dominant-seven jump from B natural up to A natural in the phrases "he wont" and 'boy-friend's". I don't recall ever having heard that one, at least not in a pop tune. I have a life-long habit of employing that interval in my soloing and there it was in a song by Lady Gaga.
Hips Don't Lie
Hips Don't LieThis and 'the other' Shakira cover that I do fit right into the Flamenco/Gypsy/World music groove and are ridiculously fun to play. They both have a sort of rumba/bayonne thing happening. The challenge on this one was to play the half-rapped lines convincingly.
What's My Name?
What's My Name?This is another song by Rihanna that I had to cover. I was at the gym the first time I heard it which was about a year before it became a hit. It somehow made it into the mix amidst the otherwise dreck. The style is about as removed from classical guitar as you can get but I could hear it working in my head immediately. No one at the gym seemed to know who it was but I was like you fools, that's Rihanna.
StayMy instrumental take on the song by Rihanna. I was in the process of recording this EP when this song came out. I caught it immediately, learned it and recorded it. I had another song in mind that just wasn't working, it was haunted, so this one bumped it out.
Set Fire To The Rain
Set Fire To The RainSolo instrumental version of the song by Adele. It was kind of challenging to make this hugely orchestrated song work on one guitar but the composition is so strong on it's own that you can just sort of grab onto it. It reminds me of the incredible mid-60's power-ballads by Roy Orbison and Dusty Springfield.
Batucaje (Baiana)Also an original tune in the Northeastern Brazilian samba-reggae groove
Mercury ReignOriginal tune of mine written in samba-reggae beat