Edward DeGenaro is a fusion guitarist whose unique mix of bebop and metal sounds, along with a whole lot of the DeGenaro personality, collectively called the “Nude Guitars” sound, has been compared to the likes of Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, and Steve Vai. Ed’s journey in music began in Germany, where he was born and raised. At an early age, he studied cello but quickly picked up the guitar as his instrument of choice for venting his artistic expression. After receiving a degree in Performance and Teaching from the German National Conservatory of Music in Nuremberg, he worked as a “hired gun” guitarist and session player, performing all over Europe before relocating to LA and finally to Seattle, where he currently resides. His contributions, as a musician and an engineer, include numerous projects with major labels, musicians like Elliott Sharp, Steve Kimock, David Byron Band, Accept, Hammerhead, Alcatraz, and producers David Rosenthal (Rainbow, Robert Palmer) and Roy Thomas Baker. After last years critically acclaimed release Dog House Ed just finished its follow up – Less Is Seldom More.
Less Is Seldom More pairs Ed with amazing artists like: Ray Gomez (Stanley Clarke, solo artist), Matte Henderson (Mick Karn, Natalie Merchant, Percy Jones, Tony Levin) Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea/Frank Gambale), Hari Ganglberger (Alex Mahachek), Marco Minnemann (Paul Gilbert/Mike Kenneally/Necrophagist), Anton Pukshansky (Ozomantli/Santana/Helmet), Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan/Aretha Franklin/Louis Armstrong), Chris Taylor (Grover Washington/Celine Dion), Dave Weckl (Chick Corea/Mike Stern/Robert Plant), George Whitty (Brecker Brothers/Santana/Chaka Khan), and a few more surprises. In addition to this Ed is spending a lot of time on the road with his Country band Nathan Chance & North Coast who just finished their newest release. As with all fretless guitarists, Ed’s artistic expression and desire to create his own sound took him beyond the fixed frequencies of fretted guitars and into the realm of the unfretted. He is one of the few talented guitarists who can make shredding look effortless on a fretless guitar and make the guitar groove to just about any sonic exploration, encompassing funk, blues, ethnic, jazz, metal and much more. (Thankfully, Ed also kept the metal hairdo, so he really delivers the entire package and more.) It’s difficult for me to encapsulate the essence of Ed’s music in words without resorting to “Nude Guitars” (a name that came naturally to Ed but took me quite a bit of listening and thinking to truly appreciate its meaning) because his artistic expression is indeed limitless and fretless, very much like the nude fingerboards on his guitars. I think one of the most common misconceptions about making music is that people often think music comes from the instrument itself; what most people don’t realize is that instruments only make sounds, not music. This distinction is what separates those who just play and the real musicians who create. For real musicians like Ed, their guitars are indeed nude, as blank canvases are to painters, allowing them to create music that is truly personal and original. Paraphrasing what Michael Vick once said, the real instrument is the musician himself, and one’s will to create is all one really needs to “Play what [one’s] inner ear hears”.
What some other folks have to say about Ed!
He swings, he grooves, and that’s all there is to say. - Steve Lukather
You’re actually making music with that fretless, stick with it. - Joe Satriani
I dug the sound, they're are screaming... -Wayne Krantz
You play very interesting lines ... very clean execution as well as very high speeds! -Ray Gomez
Excellent player! -David Torn
You sound great! -Allan Holdsworth
More incrediblism. You are one of the VERY few people that make guitar enjoyable for me these days. -Matte Henderson
I play your CD all the time...it's an amazing piece of work! -Carl Verheyen
That was very impressive! -Henry Kaiser
Your album is amazing man!! Fantastic tones and of course, great playing so congratulations! -Brett Garsed
I like your playing! - Dweezil Zappa
Your music rocks! - Paul Jackson Jr.
There's some heavy right-hand work going on ... you'll need to show me how to do that stuff sometime! -Steve Topping
You have some serious skills my friend! World class chops and tone! ... Bravo! -Chris Poland
I forgot to tell you how great you sound on these tracks. Great tone and some pretty wild ideas. -Don Mock
Send Ed an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the potential session underway. Fees are fixed and only vary depending on the following factors: • guitar solos on one track or more than one; • guitar solos with rhythm tracks; • solo, with rhythm tracks and melody lines. • editing of your tracks • programming Payment in full at the time of transfer of the original files. Deadlines are determined project to project. There is a surcharge for rush jobs.
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