Brad Myrick

Instruments

Guitar

Bio

Brad Myrick is a performer, composer, arranger, producer and educator. He is lead guitarist for internationally acclaimed singer, Vinx, was arranger & studio guitarist for Mexican #1 artist, Maria José, and teaches around Europe and the USA. Recent performances include Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), Chalabre en Serenade Festival (France), Birdland (New York, USA), and Le Cantine De L’Arena (Verona, Italy).

 

Academic Credentials

Brad earned his Bachelor of Music degree with High Honors in Studio/Jazz Guitar from the University of Southern California.  At USC he studied with Frank Potenza, Pat Kelley and Richard Smith, and had the honor to play on stage with Robben Ford in concert and with Carl Verheyen (Supertramp) in masterclass.  Brad had earlier obtained a diploma from Los Angeles College of Music (then Los Angeles Music Academy), where he studied with Frank Gambale (Chick Corea Elektric Band), Ross Bolton (Al Jarreau), Jeff Richman and many others.

 

Teaching Experience

Brad began teaching professionally in Los Angeles in 2003.  He worked at Italy’s largest modern music school, Music Academy 2000, from 2008-10 where he taught Bacherlor’s Degree courses in guitar, stylistic analysis, harmony & theory, artistic development, music appreciation, rock and funk labs, and performance workshops.  In 2010 he helped revise their curriculum and also authored a book entitled "Basic English for Musicians" written in Italian.  He is currently an artist-in-residence at Experience Academy, Montagnana, Italy, where he teaches similar classes twice a year.  As a clinician, Brad has presented workshops on advanced guitar concepts, songwriting, pop music arranging, and music business/philosophy at many schools and studios in Italy and the US.  He has recently been a guest lecturer at Coastal Carolina University, Jefferson College (Hillsboro & Arnold campuses), Lewis & Clark Community College, St. Louis Community College Wildwood, Granite State College, and School of Art (Verona, Italy).

 

Professional Experience

Brad has performed at many North American venues as the guitarist for R&B/Soul singer, Vinx, including Montreal Jazz Festival, Birdland (NYC), Pan Am Cultural Festival (Kingston, Ontario) and Trumpets Jazz Club (Montclair, NJ).  During his time in Los Angeles Brad performed with various projects at many famous venues including the Whiskey a Go Go, the Jazz Bakery and the Key Club, and was guitarist and music director of the band Taxi Wisdom.  He has also toured extensively with his original music, both as a solo artist and as the Brad Myrick Band.  Recent tour stops have included Le Cantine de l’Arena (Verona, Italy), Lewis & Clark Community College (Godfrey, IL), Artists & Apples Series - St. Louis Community College (Wildwood, MO), and local shows including the Fall Foliage Festival (Warner, NH).  Brad tours Italy at least once a year, both with his original music and as a guest artist with many Italian musicians.  When not touring, Brad plays solo, duo and band shows all around NH.

As a studio musician, Brad has recorded for Mexican stars Maria Josè, Iskander and Christian Chavez, including Josè's #1 album, "Amante De Lo Bueno". He worked for Italian label IRMA Records for years and is a composer, arranger and musician on many of their albums.  Brad is the guitarist on two of Vinx's upcoming relases, "Groove Heroes" and "American Crooner".  He has also recorded for many local artists including Chad LaMarsh's "Bundles of Books" Holiday album with Josh Logan and Lisa Guyer.

Brad does booking for and plays at several local venues and events including The Foundry in Manchester, Stark House Tavern in Weare, Backyard Brewery in Manchester, Chen Yang Li in Bow, Gould Hill Farm in Hopkinton, Colby Hill Inn in Henniker, and the Contoocook Farmers Market. He has ongoing residencies at many other NH venues.  Brad's instrumental project, Brad Myrick Quintet, released "Halogen" in 2014 featuring nine of his original compositions.  He is awaiting the release of his first vocal album, "Where the New World Begins".

 

Teaching Philosophy

Art represents life.  We need to live and experience as many things as possible so that we have something to say when we pick up our instruments and make music.  Practicing your craft or your art should be an enjoyable experience, and one in which you can draw upon both your previous experience with your instrument and your experience in life to continuously develop your own unique voice.  Set goals and work towards those goals with passion and excitement, enjoying each step along the way as much as the completion of the goal.  Draw inspiration from as many places as possible including your teachers and role models, musical heroes, and family.  Love what you do and that love will be reflected in your music.

 

   

 

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