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Summary, Episode 16:

Andrea Valeri is defined as the “Prince of the Acoustic guitar” and is now a veteran of many of the biggest stages around the globe. He’s toured from Australia to New Zealand, from Russia to Canada, from Europe to the African continent.

At eighteen Andrea was awarded the title of “Italian musical excellence.” He has already released 6 solo albums, the most recent Mediterraneo “(2016).

Veteran Guitarists are calling him a rising “Star of the guitar world.” Just listen to his music to find out why…

Show Notes:

In this episode Andrea and I talk about his earliest musical inspirations, his current Euro Orchestra Project, his “Tuscany Guitar Camp” and more…enjoy!

(Time stamps are for audio version of the podcast.)

  • 3:13 Guitar was a happy accident
  • 4:05 Andrea’s “missing finger”
  • 5:11 How he got inspiration from TV show themes
  • 7:27 Influences: Mark Knopfler, Paco De Lucia, Tommy Emmanuel & Michael Fix
  • 14:09 His Euro Orchestra Project
  • 17:07 New CD with Orchestra
  • 21:00 How Andrea comes up with musical ideas
  • 23:30 His musical dedication to Nicolas Tesla
  • 28:53 Listen to Andrea play “With my Fathers Eyes” from his CD “Mediterraneo”
  • 32:22 Andrea’s “Tuscany Guitar Camp”
  • 45:56 His film music writing projects
  • 47:10 Other hobbies & interests – archaeology, history, geology, Ancient Greece
  • 52:14 Andrea’s best advice to musicians…
Andreas’s Links: Andrea valeri plays “With My Father’s Eyes”

ANDREA VALERI - With My Father's Eyes - YouTube

Andrea valeri plays “Mediterraneo”

Andrea Valeri - Mediterraneo - YouTube

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Summary, Episode 15:

Stephan Bormann is a guitarist with extreme openness and versatility. With a strong foundation in jazz, he adds creative fun and unique sounds to the music that he plays and helps shape projects with his individual style.

His love of the music of America, Scandinavia, Africa and Brazil make him a world traveler on the guitar, versatile in many styles and familiar with the various facets of the instrument.

He’s the author of the well-loved definitive guitar arranging bible entitled “Solo Guitar Book” and teaching guitar at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden since 1994, where he is a professor of guitar jazz, rock, and pop.

Show Notes:

In this episode Stephan and I talk about his musical roots in Communist (DDR) East Germany, his book “Solo Guitar Book”, his 16 string resonator guitar, and more….enjoy!

(Time stamps are for audio version of the podcast.)

  • 3:17 Stephan’s musical beginnings in Communist Germany (DDR)
  • 5:50 Buying records in Germany behind the wall
  • 13:04 Stephan’s inspiration to play guitar
  • 15:29 His jazz guitar influence
  • 16:40 The inspiration of “Friday Night in San Fransisco”
  • 18:33 Stephan’s “Aliquot” resonator 18 string guitar by Oliver Klaproth
  • 22:52 Music Track “Elevation Of Love by Esbjörn Svensson”
  • 26:19 Different guitars for different sounds
  • 28:24 Going deep into the musical moment
  • 31:42 Meeting his musical soulmates
  • 36:36 His longtime projects – duo with Thomas Fellow and a duo with Cristin Class
  • 40:00 The teaching philosohy at the Musik Hochshule in Dresden
  • 43:37 Discovering and supporting the special talents of students
  • 45:58 His best musical advice
  • 46:54 About his “Solo Guitar Book”
  • 55:22 Music Track “Don’t Give Up” – 10 String Orchestra
Stephans’s Links: Stephan Bormann plays Elevation Of Love by Esbjörn Svensson:

Stephan Bormann plays Elevation Of Love by Esbjörn Svensson - YouTube

The 10 String Orchestra:

Stephan Bormann & Tom Götze - The 10String Orchestra - YouTube

With Cristin Class Trio:

Cristin Claas Trio with "SPRING" live in Berlin - YouTube

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Summary, Episode 14:

Petteri Sariola (1984) is a fingerstyle virtuoso and a singer/songwriter from Helsinki, Finland. He’s known for his fierce live performances, beautiful songwriting and percussive approach on the acoustic guitar.

Sariola has been awarded with Nokia Young Talent scholarship, Honorary Prize in the Helsinki Funk Awards and been on the cover “Frets” (USA) and twice on the cover of Akustik Gitarre (DE), the biggest acoustic guitar magazine of Europe.

Petteri has opened concerts for Tori Amos (USA), Andy McKee (USA) and Rodrigo Y Gabriela (MEX), to name a few.

His brand new solo album “Resolution” has received raving reviews and it concludes a 10 year project of creating a trilogy of albums containing original compositions.

Show Notes:

In this episode Petteri Sariola and I chat about his influences, classical studies, gear, the “meaning of song” and more…enjoy!

(Time stamps are for audio version of the podcast.)

  • 3:43 Petteri talks about his inspiration & influences – Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Green Day & Living Color
  • 5:05 Early on – seeing his mom on stage
  • 6:00 His 10 years of classical studies, how it shaped him
  • 8:07 Benefits of classical study, what it’s good for and what it’s not
  • 15:56 His vital musical relationship with his brother
  • 16:45 Indian solfeggio & African percussion studies
  • 23:58 Music Track “The Clockwork”
  • 27:00 His bands – “The Northern Governors” & “Dead Sirius 3000”
  • 28:52 I ask Petteri about his playing approach & equipment
  • 30:30 Network Connection Breakdown – Sorry!
  • 30:55 New network connection – playing technique & live sound
  • 31:29 Petteris concept regarding “the 80 possible movements” of the hands
  • 33:45 His live sound
  • 37:34 Using several pickups & his pedalboard & mixer
  • 39:52 His mixer QSC Touch mix 16
  • 43:20 Currently learning jazz chops & electronic music hip hop & techno
  • 50:17 What music is Petteri listening to lately?
  • 52:57 Petteri’s advice to guitarists
  • 54:19 The importance of ballads & resisting “clickbait” flashy online playing
  • 58:03 His vocal studies & newest CD “Resolution”
  • 59:11 The importance & message of “the song”
  • 1:00:11 Concerto de Aranjuez – I tell the story
  • 1:02:11 Outgrowing older songs – and can you play them now?
  • 1:13:18 Music Track – guitar & vocals “Howling at the Moon”
Petteri’s Links: 
The Clockwork:

Petteri Sariola - The Clockwork (Solo Guitar) - YouTube

Howling at the Moon:

Petteri Sariola - Howling at the Moon - YouTube

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I’m Adam Rafferty – a guitar player born and raised in New York City, and currently spending most of my time on tour playing concerts and doing workshops. Get free lessons at adamrafferty.com and get personal online guitar coaching from me at studywithadam.com

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Summary, Episode 13:

His roots lie in Gypsy Swing music, the style pioneered in the 1930s by the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Joscho Stephan has not merely absorbed this music, but also interprets it on the highest level and is actively engaged in extending its boundaries.

He has toured Australia with top guitarists Martin Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel and has performed with his own bands (trio to quintett) on numerous important European festivals (among others in Slovenia, Italy, France, Poland and the UK) and of course on all the important Django Reinhardt Festivals.

His debut album was named CD of the month by American Guitar Player magazine (July 2000.) Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote that Joscho Stephan represented the future of the Gypsy jazz guitar tradition (May 2004.)

Show Notes:

In this episode Joscho and I chat about his early influences, current projects, guitars, picks, his online Gypsy Jazz Academy, keeping the “fire” in creativity and more…enjoy!

(Time stamps are for audio version of the podcast.)

  • 2:11 Welcome Joscho!
  • 3:20 His interest in different styles & his fathers influence
  • 4:08 Joscho’s early classical guitar lessons
  • 5:00 His interest in improvisation
  • 5:17 Discovering Django Reinhardt
  • 9:38 His philosophy “music is a language”
  • 11:26 We talk about his online school http://gypsyguitaracademy.com
  • 16:12 Joscho gives me (and us) a lesson on 6th chords
  • 21:00 I ask Joscho use the left hand pinky…or just 3 fingers, and why?
  • 27:52 Picks – what’s best for Gypsy Jazz Guitar?
  • 30:28 Joscho talks about his Juergen Volkert D Hole guitar
  • 33:09 His latest direct to disc (as in vinyl) recording
  • 36:10 How the audience’s presence affects the bands sound
  • 37:50 MUSIC TRACK – Joscho, Tommy Emmanuel & his band play “Blues for Tommy”
  • 41:08 Joscho’s “other” playing styles
  • 43:38 What’s in Joscho’s guitar collection?
  • 45:16 He talks about his recording of “Hey Joe” on the “Guitar Heroes” CD (800K youtube views!)
  • 48:23 Joscho’s combination concept for music projects
  • 50:18 What are Joscho’s hobbies outside music?
  • 51:38 How he started collecting vinyl LP’s
  • 53:42 Joscho’s convertible & enjoying it
  • 53:26 We talk about staying healthy & in shape on the road
  • 56:42 Staying “on fire” regarding creativity & attitude
  • 57:39 What advice can Joscho give musicians about practicing, rehearsal & stage performance?
  • 59:40 Practicing technical things vs performance skills, trying new ideas.
  • 1:06:03 Discovering new music online & going to other concerts to listen
  • 1:12:30 MUSIC TRACK – Joscho, Stochelo Rosenberg & his band play “Blues for Stochelo”
Joscho’s Links: Hey Joe:

Hey Joe - Acoustic Hendrix Cover - Joscho Stephan Trio - YouTube

rattlesnake Shuffle with Richard Smith:

Rattle Snake Shuffle ⎜Richard Smith & Joscho Stephan - YouTube

Joscho & Adam Play “Isn’t She Lovely”:

Isn´t she lovely - Joscho Stephan & Adam Rafferty (Stevie Wonder Cover - Gypsy-Style) - YouTube

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I’m Adam Rafferty – a guitar player born and raised in New York City, and currently spending most of my time on tour playing concerts and doing workshops. Get free lessons at adamrafferty.com and get personal online guitar coaching from me at studywithadam.com

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Summary, Episode 10:

Interview with Sönke Meinen – Guitarist, Composer and Winner of the 2016 “Guitar Masters” Competition.

Sönke Meinen is one of the new masters of the guitar. His technical prowess and poetic compositions leave listeners spellbound and guitarists asking “how does he do it?”

Show Notes:

In this episode of the Fingerstyle Guitar Hangout Podcast, Sönke discusses his studies, his custom guitar by Christina Kobler, his creative process and more.

  • 2:02 Highlights of his visit to the Ullapool Guitar Festival
  • 4:31 Sönke describes his style
  • 6:43 His origins with classical, and exploring steel string after 8 years
  • 8:44 Studying with Reentko Dirks and the Dresden influence
  • 14:21 Sönke’s experience studying composition
  • 16:11 His approach to creativity and technique
  • 21:09 Writing music at the piano
  • 23:00 His comfort with nylon strings for melody
  • 24:08 His Christina Kobler “Crossover Model” guitar
  • 26:34 Music Track: Perpetum Mobile (Solo Guitar)
  • 30:52 His duo with violinist Bjarke Falgren
  • 33:05 The new duo album “Postcard to Self”
  • 34:40 The recording process for the CD and videos
  • 36:54 His guitar vocal duo with Anna-Lucia Rupp
  • 39:05 Other music – his swing band experience with Phillip Weichert / Baroque playing
  • 41:03 Sönke’s #1 musical goal
  • 44:53 What music Sönke is listening to these days?
  • 46:50 Sönke takes issue with typical “Youtuber Guitarists”
  • 50:36 Upcoming tour dates in China, Germany, Austria
  • 54:53 Music Track: The Breeze and The Curtain (Duo with Bjarke Falgren, Violin)
Sönke’s Links: About the Podcast
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I’m Adam Rafferty – a guitar player born and raised in New York City, and currently spending most of my time on tour playing concerts and doing workshops. Get free lessons at adamrafferty.com and get personal online guitar coaching from me at studywithadam.com

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Summary, Episode 8:

Interview with Robin Bullock – Celtic Guitar, Mandolin, Cittern and More…

Hailed as a “Celtic Guitar God” by Baltimore City Paper and “one of the best folk instrumentalists in the business” by Sing Out! Magazine, Robin Bullock is one of the preeminent acoustic music masters of our time.

His virtuosity on guitar, cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands, their vigorous American descendants, and the masterworks of the Baroque and Renaissance eras into one powerful musical vision.

Show Notes:

In this episode of the Fingerstyle Guitar Hangout Podcast, Robin Bullock and I chat about:

  • 2:44 Robin describes how he came to Celtic via Bluegrass.
  • 3:29 His background, influences & starting out in the DC / Baltimore area.
  • 7:58 Robin tells us about O’Carolan – Irish Harpist & composer (1670-1738).
  • 11:19 Robin’s talks about his album “The Carolan Collection: An Animal Rescue Benefit.”
  • 17:50 Robin tells us about playing the Cittern.
  • 20:06 His start as a mandolin player.
  • 22:20 Robin’s Bach “Mandolin Suites” Recording.
  • 29:43 His inspiration for Bach on Mandolin via John Williams classical guitar recordings.
  • 31:32 Robin’s dicusses his custom David McCubbon guitar.
  • 33:11 Sample sounds from his guitar.
  • 34:28 Robin’s tone and technical right hand approach.
  • 40:10 “Bullock’s First Law” – stay relaxed, and all about technique.
  • 45:07 We discuss composing and inspiration.
  • 47:28 His stint as a bassist and rock background…
  • 52;07 Robin’s other interets (not!)
  • 54:06 Robin’s advice to guitar players & musicians.
  • 1:02:04 Robin’s website, CDS and more at
    I’m Adam Rafferty – a guitar player born and raised in New York City, and currently spending most of my time on tour playing concerts and doing workshops. Get free lessons at adamrafferty.com and get personal online guitar coaching from me at studywithadam.com

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