Emerging Artist Series 20: Guitarist Miles Vargas

Miles Vargas is a freelancer a session (recording) and performer as both a guitarist and percussionist (primarily timbalero and cajon) and singer a combined 40 years. 
His main guitar influences would be Eddie Van Halen, Paul Jackson Jr, Joe Pass and Paco De Lucia and also Trombonist Composer William Anthony Colon Roman, Trumpeter Miles Davis and Percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia and Poncho Sanchez.
Miles – “My childhood beginnings found me donating willingly to first playing gospel and worship tunes and soon expanded to progressive blues, rock, smooth jazz, boleros, chachas and mex-tex. I am actually a late starter because I didn’t really start learning guitar until I was about 18 years old. My very first instrument were drums but it was not until I I heard secular music that my ears and interests opened up big time birthing the dream to be a guitar player. I soon found myself seeking to collaborate with those I could really learn from (no matter how much older they were or what genre they excelled in) and so I would pursue that opportunity while taking music courses in a junior level and mostly because I really admired any musician that had the understanding of what music was in a ledger form and so I kept trying to surround myself and tried to soak in all I could with those who could speak theory and notation and not just learn from those who though they were fine talented and amazing performers with gifted ears, yet had no real idea how to communicate it to others of a more academic level.”
Instagram: ismaelvargasjr


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