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Genres You Will Love
Rock: Instrumental Rock Rock: Experimental Rock Rock: Progressive Rock Moods: Type: Experimental Moods: Mood: Virtuoso

By Location
Colombia

Andres Osorio Toledo

I started playing at the age of nine and I studied at the Academia Latinoamericana de Guitarra where I took classical music training for four years based on Walter Piston and Juaquin Zamocois. When I was 13 I took personal lessons for five years with the best colombian guitarist at that time (Juan Carlos Ramirez- Knuto). These lessons were focused on 80s virtuosity and technique development. At 18 I took lessons on oboe at the Sinfonica Juvenil de Colombia. When I left I formed a Heavy Metal band called Sanleslot for three years. This project recorded a single called Depression.
I attended several guitar clinics given by Richie Kotzen, Jennifer Batten and Celentano among others. I studied harmony and jazz improvisation, and taught jazz harmony and special rock guitar techniques at the Universidad Unilatina for two years. During this period I created the Symmetry for Scales and Chords that doesn’t belong to a progression, Chromatism between modal systems and regional scales , Alternate Picking Mode, Exotic Lineal Chords, Stretching Legato. All of this material will be out in a book later 2009.
In 2001 I signed with Washburn Guitars and produced a progressive rock cd called “The Burning Glass Project” where I recorded all guitars, bass, sitar and percussion/computer programming. Two year later I started working with Digitech Effects and in December 2007 I got a sponsorship of Gibson Guitars by promoting the Robot Guitar. A few months after that I signed with EMG Pickups. Nowadays I work as a clinician for all of them by promoting their products.