Adam Rafferty

 

 
“The first time I heard the guitar I was still in my mother’s womb” says Adam Rafferty. 

Adam Rafferty (a.k.a. “Raf”) has played as a first-call guitarist with the greatest musicians on the planet at countless music festivals (US and Europe), concert halls with Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, L.A. Studio legend Bennie Wallace, bassist Bob Cranshaw from the original Saturday Night Live band)to name a few. 

Students have flown across the country and from Europe to tap Adam’s brain for of guitar knowledge. He’s taught countless workshops, written 2 books and has a new instructional DVD available where he teaches fi ngerstyle versions of Stevie Wonder’s most popular songs.
And now he is playing solo acoustic guitar.

In just a few years, he’s become a YouTube guitar sensation - his views are in the millions. Due to this new popularity he’s being discovered and this year he performed festivals in Bangkok, Helsinki, Germany and Austria to name a few. 
 
Among Adam’s musical innovations is the ability to play 2 simultanoeous melodies on the guitar and do hip hop fl avored “human beatbox” with his mouth at the same time. Some say that his solo version of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon” sounds like the “guitarist with 3 heads”. It has to be heard to be believed. His solo versions of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” are his most popular and requested songs and can be heard on YouTube as well. Basslines, horn parts and vocals are replicated and the groove will make you jump out of your seat.
 
“When I was a kid my Dad played his old Martin guitar for me - that’s the original magic that turned me on to music. I remember the smell of the wood, the crispy sound of the steel strings, and my connection with my Dad. Playing acoustic guitar feels like coming home to me.” 
 
“I choose songs with strong melodies that I love to hear. It’s not even about ‘playing guitar’ at this point - it’s about conveying music and leading listeners through a musical experience. The guitar is my tool to do that. There is so much music here, right here on this guitar of mine, I’ll never get it done - but boy do I love working on it and sharing it with others.”
 
“I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have had and continue to have” Adam concludes. “And I’m also thankful for the hardships. That’s why I called my fi rst solo album ‘Gratitude’. Thank You, Universe, for all that you have given and continue to give to me.”
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