MY MUSIC

This is the first song I recorded in a studio environment. I’ve progressed tremendously since recording this.

This instrumental style music. I recorded all the guitar tracks myself. The drums were created with computer software and Fernando Padron played bass for me, and mixed and mastered the song.

 

This is the second song I recorded in a studio environment. I’ve progressed tremendously since recording this as well.

This instrumental style music. I recorded all the guitar tracks myself. The drums were created with computer software and Fernando Padron played bass for me, and mixed and mastered the song.

 

This is a later song I recorded in a studio environment. I feel like this definitely displays my improvement in terms of comfortability in a studio environment and guitar playing technique but I didn’t truly have a style of my own at that time. Throughout the journey, I continued developing a style that eventually became more of my own that you will hear in later snippets.

This instrumental style music. I recorded all the guitar tracks myself. The drums were created with computer software and Fernando Padron played bass for me, and mixed and mastered the song.

 

This is a later song I recorded in a studio environment. I feel like this definitely displays my improvement in terms of comfortability in a studio environment and guitar playing technique. I’d say that during this time I really start maturing my style and developing my own sound for the music.

This song was inspired by the thought of what my future wife would sound if she were a song, like what would represent her essence, or what would she like to hear and/or sound like. Maybe it’ll fit her when I meet her.

This instrumental style music. I recorded all the guitar tracks myself. The drums were created with computer software and Fernando Padron played bass for me, and mixed and mastered the song.

 

This is snippet a later song I recorded in a studio environment. I feel like this definitely displays my improvement in terms of comfortability in a studio environment and guitar playing technique. I involve a lot more feel and emotion in this record compared to my earlier recordings.

This was me pretty much just having fun with a style of music I enjoy and feel is a part of me. This instrumental style music. I recorded all the guitar tracks myself. The drums were created with computer software and Fernando Padron played bass for me, and mixed and mastered the song.

MUSIC BIO

Growing up with no heavily pronounce musician(s) within my family, my family, as well as myself, were shocked to an extent that I discovered a passion for playing guitar. Some may say that I got a late start with my musical journey being that I didn’t acquire an interest for the instrument until the age of 15 years old.

Receiving gift cards for Christmas and birthdays, I was unsure as to what I wanted to buy, but after searching Amazon.com for some hours I finally found something that caught my eye. While scrolling, I encountered a black acoustic guitar and one week later it was being delivered to my front door.

The guitar was only $50 and pretty poor quality but I wasn’t aware of that, nor did I care. I was just happy to own my very first guitar and was ready to start learning. In fact, my excitement drove me to purchase my first electric guitar, which replicated a Fender Stratocaster, that same week with my remaining gift cards

My parents were shocked with my purchases and wondered if it would just be a phase but going into my sophomore year of high school, I immediately joined a guitar club after school, which was hosted by a 62-year-old teacher named Mr. Milton. Milton taught me my first guitar chord as well as exposed me to many songs before my time that are considered essentials for basic guitar playing that help many guitarists develop basic fundamental knowledge of their instrument and grow into better musicians. These songs included Come Together by The Beatles, Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple, and Cold Shot by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Aside from learning how to play, Milton taught me basic maintenance of my instrument and how to properly tune it.

As time went on, I started to learn the basics of guitar playing and eventually craved more, especially after receiving a Les Paul Studio model guitar that year for Christmas. Although I continued attending the guitar club on Mondays and Fridays after school, I also started taking guitar lessons from an individual by the name of Fernando Padron. I was recommended he take lessons from Padron who was known for his experience with the guitar, diverse musical background, and superb versatility and technique with the guitar.

Padron, a very great musician, was strict on me by teaching me songs and guitar techniques that really challenged me, and required me to push myself. Songs quickly transitioned from You and Me by Lifehouse to Don’t Cry by Guns N’ Roses, Metallica’s Orion, and more advanced material. Aside from learning fairly advanced material that helped with developing speed and technique, Padron also taught me scales, modes, and music theory.

For two years, I continued my lessons with Padron. Afterward, Padron began to help me record my own material. According to Padron, “you’re not a professional musician until you record material”, and I quickly saw why Padron believed that. Although I was no longer a beginner guitarist, struggling with recording was something I experienced often since microphones picked up every single detail whether it’s the perfect note or a mistake. Recording really pushed me to strive and improved my technique tremendously.

Despite my growth from so much determination and perseverance, I realized the mental preparation was another battle of recording. Knowing I that he was recording always increased the pressure, which led to many mistakes and retakes throughout my recording process but recording and much-needed practice allowed me to eventually start breaking those mental barriers. That allowed me to play naturally, which transcended to additional feel and emotion when playing..

My influences of my style can be credited to God, my music mentors such as Padron, and my experiences with many genres of music from being born into a biracial family. I matured listening to a range of artists from Nas to B.B King, to Lauryn Hill and John Mayer, and picking up the guitar has expanded my horizon further.
Furthermore, learning to appreciate all genres of music more, developing an ear for music, gaining opportunities through music, and allowing me to meet great individuals and musicians, I would definitely say the guitar has been a blessing to my life.

Aside from recording continuously, I still keep in contact with musician friends I met along my journey, developed a closer relationship with Padron since meeting him in 2010, and now owns a 1959 reissue Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop and a 100 watt Marshall JVM, which together, are close to $10,000 worth of music gear, and are by far my favorite guitar and amplifier combination.

With that being stated, I aim to incorporate my music knowledge and guitar playing into my career someday whether it’s a musician, working in studio production, or score and audio post production for films.

Form more videos like the one below, check out my Instagram account dedicated to my music.