Although my music tends to vary greatly in styles, from soft acoustic numbers to bass driven funk, to heavy metal riff-oriented songs, my roots as a guitar player are in the blues. I always thought that learning to feel and play the blues was like learning to walk before one can run. My compositions don't always follow the 'verse-chorus, verse-chorus' structure, and my main focus is on the melody. If there was a general rule to my composing, it would be having a strong sense of melody supported by a tight rhythm section, with the melody further developed by the solo sections, foregoing excess noodling for EP releases. I am a self taught player, and began experimenting at the age of 14, simply because I thought it would be cool to be able to play Crazy Train by Randy Rhoads and Hot Dog by Led Zeppelin. My interest in the guitar extended past that and I've performed all over North America in various bands over the last ten years. Now I am focused on writing and recording the music I hear. Not all of them are masterpieces, but all are dear to me and for what it's worth, I always play it from the heart. My compositions so far have been purely instrumental with no singing, but I would like to work with talented vocalists in the near future. This year I am continuing to develop my producing skills, recording independent albums, performing live as well as trying my hand at film scoring. There is also a video in the works for an unreleased song! Please enjoy an independent review of my latest CD, Beautiful Illusion below. --- Beautiful Illusion Review by Carmella 'Lips' Amoretto The first full-length studio album from Pedro Fernandez shows the guitarist coming into his own as a composer, matching his prodigious talent as a performer. The result is an entertaining and exhilirating mix. The ear popping 'Kong Is Loose' is balanced by more reflective pieces such as 'Saving Grace' and 'Brenda Lee.' The high-powered 'Psycho Monkey' and 'Die Young, Live Forever' are complemented by sexy-funky 'Superlicious Cosmic Love Bubble' and 'Mr. McHappy Pants.' Unlike most guitar-god solo recordings, Beautiful Illusion avoids the sort of technical noodling that is uninteresting to everyone except other guitarists, opting instead for a collection of high-quality music that is full of compositional experimentation without ever getting stale or alienating the 'songs need words' audience. Beautiful Illusion is worth of the Creative Advisory attached to it, which states that the 'music herein is a veritable luxuriance of sublime sonic awesomeness'.
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