Joel Rodriguez – Guitarist with special technique

Joel Rodriguez – Guitarist with special technique

Joel Rodriguez

DSB was in contact with Joel Rodriguez, Brazilian street and professional guitarist which play songs from Dire Straits and also have his own songs. He has amazing video covers. We made one short interview with Joel for our fans, and we know that this will be interesting.

In this chance, we just want to apologize to Joel that we did not have the time to share this early. But, in this or another way, this is now in public and everyone can read and listen to good music, here on our Dire Straits Blog. We are so happy that we have many amateur and professional musicians who plays songs from Dire Straits. Enjoy in this post, Joel is amazing!

Two Hands Tapping – Technique

Born in 1977 in Bento Gonçalves, Brazil – Joel Rodriguez became interested in music at the age of 11 when he joined his first course for guitar and music. Over the years he had several music teachers, including Marcos de Rosh and Julio Herrlein with whom he had an amazing guitar and music lessons and learn how to improvise with that amazing instrument.

During the years he practices on his guitar, till in one moment when he saw the technique of Stanley Jordan, the popular Two – Hands – Tapping. But what are Two hands tapping? It is a special technique in which the way of playing the guitar is the same as playing piano, with both hands.

For this technique, Joel designed and built a special guitar intended just for playing Two hands tapping. After many years of working with this technique, Joel produced his own DVD, along with drummer Kiko Freitas, and show people how to play guitar with two hands.

Interview with Joel Rodriguez

DSB: Firstly, we want to thank you for this exclusive interview for our blog. Can you tell us something about yourself, who is Joel Rodrigues?
I am a Brazilian musician and guitarist. I live now in Cremona in Italy. I have made street covers of many songs. I have now 39 years and married to Vanessa Putrick and also I’m a father of two amazing children – Isaac (12) and Isabelle (6).

DSB: Are you a professional musician and do you have a music career?
Yes, I’m a professional musician. When I lived in Brazil I had my own music school and I was a teacher. But I wanted to develop the guitar technique and I decided to follow the path of an artist. Today in Italy I work in bars.

DSB: We can see from the videos that you are a really good guitarist, when and where did you learn to play guitar?
Like I wrote up there, I started playing acoustic guitar when I was 11 years old. After that, I want to start to play electric guitar and I learned from private teachers in Brazil.

DSB: What kind of music do you like and who is your favorite music bands/artists?
Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Rock N’ Roll, Jazz, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and many others.

DSB: When was the first time when you listened to a song from DS, which song was that and which are your favorite classic songs from them?
When I was 11 years old I started to listen to the music of Dire Straits. The first song that I listened to from Dire Straits was “Sultans of Swing”. But my favorite classic songs are Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Brothers in Arms, So Far Away, Money For Nothing.

DSB: How many cover versions of Dire Straits songs have you made?
Now I have just two video covers from Dire Straits, but I want to increase that number to maybe 10 video covers.

DSB: What is your motto in life and what is that which motivates you to continue with good vibes and positive energy in life?
It is very simple. I say that “Sempre Em Frente” on Portuguese or “Always forward”. My motto in life is my family and music.

DSB: And for the end can you tell something to all fans who read the Dire Straits Blog?
Dire Straits is a fantastic band and is a pleasure to be their fan!

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