Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Neal Nagaoka. I am a guitarist/musician. I started playing guitar at the age of 12. My father is actually a very well known artist in Japan. His name is Shusei Nagaoka. And because of my dad, I had quite an unusual childhood. For example, I have had some very interesting classmates and friends with famous parents and many even becoming famous stars themselves. Also when I was very young, I even been on national TV even before I ever picked up the guitar. Some of my unusual daily routines also included having several television camera crews following my dad around the house, having celebrities come over to my home for dinner etc.... and this is all before I reached the age of 12. But because of my unusual childhood, this may be the main reason why I chose to become a musician and follow in my dads artistic footsteps. When I was young, I was very fortunate to study under some of the best teachers in the world and I am truly grateful for that! As far as my journey through life,it hasn't always been a smooth ride due to my health issues but I am very thankful for the great friends and family members I have and also having the priviledge to study and perform with some of the most incredible musicians in the world and even teach some amazing students. I definitely cannot complain about that. For now, I am just enjoying the ride and hope gets even better. :-)
As far as my professional career goes, I currently have 3 CDs out and have guest on several different CDs as well. I was also a teacher at Musicians Institute and currently a teacher at the National Guitar Workshop. I have had several different endorsements in the past but at the present time, I am proudly endorsing ESP Guitars and Dimarzio Pickups. Other companies I have worked for, ENGL Amplification, Point Technologies and Double Whammy Tremolos.
I do have another side of me. which is the technical side. I am versed in Computer IT work as well as Web Programming and Designing along with Graphics editing. But that's another story.
Below are just a few list of things I am versed in and some of my musical experiences:
* Engineering and Mixing.
* Arranging and transcribing music scores.
* Teaching of guitar and advanced music at a college level.
* Multitrack Recording and Editing, Mixing and Computer MIDI Sequencing, Notation.
* Computer Midi and Notation Software (Finale, Overture, Band in a box,)
* Computer Graphics Software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Indesign)
* Computer Web Editing.
* Akai based sampling and remixing.
* MIDI and Audio studio setups and troubleshooting.
* Live and studio performances.
* IT, Network Troubleshooting
For more detailed information, please visit my website at http://www.nealnagaoka.com