Jose Bernardo Biography

Jose Bernardo is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger. He was born deaf in his left ear and is gradually losing hearing in his right ear as well. Hence the moniker, Half Deaf Guitarist.

He began his formal music education in 1988, at the Pop/Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki, Finland. Prior to attending Berklee, his skills as a multi-instrumentalist were put to good use by the Finnish Navy Band, where he completed his national service. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music in 2002 and a Master Certificate in Guitar Performance from Berklee’s online extension school in 2014.

In 2001, Jose became a published songwriter when his Boston based indie band, XYgoatZ, released their debut album "I Don't Have a Monkey". Jose's first solo album, "Outside Looking In" was released in 2006. 

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From 2007 - 2015, Jose was based in Hong Kong where he founded The Weekly Riff webzine. He also taught guitar, ukulele, bass, and music theory at Riff Centre. He also taught at German Swiss International School and Hong Kong International Learning Academy. He also wrote lesson columns for GuitarBench and Ukulele Rhythms magazines.

In June 2015, he returned back to Finland and is currently working on a follow up to his solo debut album. The currently untitled EP has been in the works for a very long time. He has recorded several songs and continues the polish the material. Will 2017 be the year it finally gets released? Who knows ...

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In April, 2016, Jose launched an Instagram project called @chordsoftheday, where he posts daily chord progressions for educational and inspirational purposes. In June, 2016, Jose began work on his new website and blog called "Half Deaf Guitarist", where he will be blogging about music, learning, and life. 

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Who has Jose studied music with?

Munkkiniemen Ala-aste, Helsinki, Finland: (1986 - 1992)

Tuula Voipio, Katariina Punnonen

Pop/Jazz Conservatory, Helsinki, Finland: (1988 - 1992)

Seppo Suhonen, Aarne Himberg, Kauko Saari, Leevi Leppänen

West Helsinki Music School, Finland: (1991 - 1993)

Jiri Parviainen

Munkkiniemen Yhteiskoulu, Helsinki, Finland: (1992 -1993)

Tapio Mäkelä

Rancho Bernardo High School, San Diego, CA, USA: (1993 - 1995)

Gary Horimoto

United World College of South East Asia, Singapore: (1995 - 1997)

Adrian Hill, Miles Tranter, Simon Hunt, Mark De Souza, Ken Tan

Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, USA: (1998 - 2002)

Henry Gaffney, Jim Stinnett, Mitch Haupers, Robin Ginenthal, Paul Del Nero, David Clark, Bruce Gertz, John Repucci, Dennis Leclaire, Suzanne Dean, Daniel Ian Smith, Richard Evans, Rich Grudzinski, John Stevens, Jack Perricone, Jon Aldrich, Dennis Cecere, Barry Marshall, Ernesto Diaz, Mikael Ringquist, Alizon Lissance, Charles Cassara, Pat Pattison, Julius Williams, Michael Bierylo, Martin Dennehy, Jay Fialkov, Maggie Lange, Alexandros Kalogeras, Sheila Katz, Ed McGrath, Mitch Seidman, Henry Tate, Michael Williams, Casey Scheuerell

Berklee Online, Berklee College of Music: (2013 - 2014)

Bruce Saunders, Bruce Bartlett, Robin Stone, Rick Peckham, Kevin Belz, Gary Burton

Master classes and clinics attended: (1998 to present)

Sir George Martin, Eddie Kramer, Steve Smith with Vital Information, Liberty De Vito, Joe Satriani, Mike Mangini, Brad Paisley, Beth Nielsen Chapmann, Annie Roboff, Jordan Rudess, Rod Morgenstein, James Taylor, Victor Wooten, Bela Fleck, Livingston Taylor, Jimmy Degrasso, Marco Minnemann, Billy Sheehan, Dianne Ponzio, Stuart Hamm, Andy Timmons, Steve Vai, Kiko Loureiro, Thomas Blug, Chick Corea, Stanley Clark, and Guthrie Govan.

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