I was born and raised all over Puerto Rico’s Metropolitan Area, moving much like a gypsy would do. I loved music since I was a kid.
I remember listening to the radio and playing some Latin American music from the 1950s and 1960s in my childhood record player and singing along to these records. While in school, I was influenced by an array of music flavors that helped me shape my taste for different genres; I listened from Salsa to Classical music and Rock. I would play my air guitar and air drums at the sound of Foreigner and Boston. This exposure to music diversity in an all-boys school allowed me to enjoy and understand different rhythms.
During my teen years, I had the opportunity to meet different people that experienced the boom of the 1960s and 1970s music; all this happened while New Wave was exploding our radio waves. I realized then I was a late bloomer when I listened to progressive rock. This was my motivation for putting into lay-away a Yamaha classical guitar at Margarida Store in Plaza Las Americas Shopping Center. Nonetheless, my destiny as a classical guitar player was doomed since its beginning. I did not know anyone who was versatile and who could recommend a good mentor to me. In addition, I did not know where to look for an experienced music professor. My luck was written in stone and Fortune was less benevolent to me in the 1980s. My music professor was a deceptive person that loved to “brag” about his guitar skills without teaching any to me. I was only a music companion playing two chords for a whole year. It was time to call it quits.
In 1994, I became a lawyer and only had time to listen to music. I began to listen to folklore music from around the world. However, there were not enough resources for this exposure. In 2006, I visited Argentina and that opened a new window for my music appreciation. I began to listen to Tangos, Milongas and Jorge Cafrune.
While living in one of the best cities in the Northeast Corridor, Philadelphia, Fortune decided to pay me a visit. I witnessed and experienced a city full of musicians and a variety of rhythms that I had never experienced before. At the same time, my wife insisted me on taking guitar lessons again. On one of my countless errands around Philly, I visited Philadelphia Classic Guitar Store at Samson Street and I was captivated by all the guitars displayed at this store. I promised myself that after finishing our move to New York, I would enroll in a guitar class.
Since 2014, Daniel Moreno took me under his wings and built a strong foundation on my guitar skills, especially on sight-reading. He taught me how to embrace baroque and renaissance music on guitar and it was a bliss. Currently, Fortune gave me a push after we moved to the DC area; I met Magdalena Duhagon, a skillful guitar professor who has worked to perfect and correct my guitar skills and take me to the next level. Under her guidance, my passion for music and its history has substantially increased. I started to read more about music, composers, different guitar styles and even attended music conferences. That was the moment when this Podcast came to life.
Suddenly, I took a forced hiatus from guitar playing and “quena” learning due to cubital tunnel syndrome. I am hoping that this will be a temporary hiatus and that my left arm will be in better shape soon. I promise that I will keep you posted on my episodes regarding my advances and health improvements. In the meantime, please go to the very end of this page and see that the links to my latest episodes are already posted in the footer of every page. I am still working on putting the episodes link and description on my Podcast tab. Bear with me while I work the magic on this new platform and I keep it updating it while I work on it.
Peace and enjoy your day with music!