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HalfDeafGuitarist.com is the online home of guitarist/composer Jose Bernardo

Jose Bernardo

CDO at Kitarakellari Oy

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.

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 with his family. 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.

Jose joined Kitarakellari Oy as a webmaster and teacher in 2017.

More About Jose

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.

Who has Jose performed with?

Past Performances:

2018:

Bassist with Jari Nieminen Project at Musapesä, Espoo, Finland

Accompanist for Aileen Handolin, Helsinki, Finland

Representing Kitarakellari Oy with TOOB Speakers at Granipäivät, Kauniainen, Finland

2017:
Accompanist for Aileen Handolin, Southpark restaurant, Helsinki, Finland

2015:
Accompanist for Saara Aalto
HKTDC, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
FINDS, Hong Kong

2014:
Music Director with Acoustic Bloom Theory
Happy Valley Racecourse, Hong Kong

Music Director with Sonic Bloom Theory (featuring Deanna)
Queen’s College, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

2012:
Dr. Epiphone Rockshop (Sonic Bloom Theory jam with Dr. Epiphone)
Parsons Music, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

2009:
Guitarist with The Reflections
The Wanch, Wanchai, Hong Kong

2007:
Guitarist with Appel Farm Summer Arts Camp Staff Bands and Student Bands
The Theater @ Appel Farm, Elmer, New Jersey, USA
The Grove Stage @ Appel Farm, Elmer, New Jersey, USA

2003:
Music Director for Sheraton Boston Promo Band
Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Bassist with Carla Patullo Band
Club Meadows, Springfield, MA, USA
Open Door Café, Springfield, MA, USA

2000 – 2001:
Guitarist with XYgoatZ
The Skybar, Somerville, MA, USA
The Kirkland Café, Cambridge, MA, USA
T.T. The Bear’s Place, Cambridge, MA, USA
The Café @ Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, USA

Bassist with Jenny Can’t Stop
Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA, USA

1998 - 2000:
Guitarist, Bassist, Arranger with various projects at Berklee

1997 – 1998:
Percussionist, Guitarist, and Bassist with FINNISH NAVY BAND
Konserttitalo, Turku, Finland
Elysee Arena, Turku, Finland
Heikkilä Military Base, Finland
Säkylä Military Base, Finland
Officer’s Club, Turku, Finland
Vaasa Arena, Vaasa, Finland
Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland

1996 – 1997:
Drummer with REJEMILLZ
The Shark's Club and Woodstock 1997 Band Show
United World College of South East Asia, Singapore

1996:
Bassist with RECTIFIED SPIRIT
The Peace Festival
Singapore American School, Singapore

1995 - 1996:
Drummer with UNITED WORLD COLLEGE SOCIAL SERVICES BAND
Singapore

1993 - 1995:
Double Bassist with RANCHO BERNARDO HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Rancho Bernardo Performing Arts Center, California, USA
Poway Performing Arts Center, California, USA
Escondido Performing Arts Center, California, USA

1993:
Double Bassist with Länsi-helsingin musiikkikoulun orkesteri
(West Helsinki Music School Orchestra)
Munkkiniemen Yhteiskoulu
Helsinki, Finland

Other performances and publications:

TELEVISION AND RADIO

with Finnish Navy Band:

Independence Day Gala, December 6, 1997

National Finnish Television Broadcast

with XYgoatZ:

WMWM 91.7 FM Salem State College Radio

WMFO 91.5 FM Tufts University Freeform Radio

WZBC 90.3 FM Newton/Boston, MA, Boston College Radio

Bernardo on the radio:

Emission Pulsions 70, Radio Aria, France

Dementia Radio, www.dementiaradio.com (no longer in service)

IN PRINT

UKULELE RHYTHMS (2013 - 2016)

Lesson Column: Transitions (Author)

GUITARBENCH MAGAZINE (2013 - 2016)

Lesson Column: Fretboard Mastery (Author)

THE LIST  (HONG KONG - 2014)

The Music Issue [Issue 214]  (Contributor)

TUTORS IN HONG KONG  (HONG KONG - April 2014)

Guest Blogger (Jose's blog post has been reprinted on this website in the Blog section - link below to original publication)

Jose's Guest Blog Post on Tutors In Hong Kong website

Various Local Indie Music Magazines in Boston 

(2000 - 2001)

Featured as a member of XYgoatZ

TURUN SANOMAT (MARCH 1998)

Feature Article as Member of Finnish Navy Band

Study with Jose

Jose's Discography (recorded work)

"I Don't Have a Monkey" by XYgoatZ (2001)

“I Don’t Have A Monkey” was released in 2001. This release made Jose a published composer and arranger. The CD is currently out of print. It can still be found in some used CD shops in Boston. XYgoatZ is pronounced “zygotes”.

All music by Joanie Pfister and Jose Bernardo except where noted

“Gold Card” by Pfister/Bernardo/Corella

Joanie Pfister  - Vocals / Keyboards / Percussion / Songwriter

Carolyn Corella - Bass / Songwriter / Handclaps / "Yes"

Jose Bernardo - Guitar / Percussion / Composer / Songwriter / Arranger

Wes Livingston - Drums

Joel Simches - Producer

(Listen to two songs from this album below. "Gold Card" and "Perfect Day")

"Outside Looking In" by Bernardo (2006 - Jose's solo album)
jose bernardo outside looking in

“Outside Looking In” is Jose’s solo debut CD. It was released in 2006, and is available now at CDBaby and iTunes.

All written, arranged, and produced by Jose Bernardo

Except "Stargazer" and "Sunday Morning Sky" written by Jose Bernardo and Eric Ecklund

All instruments performed by Jose Bernardo

Additional guitars performed by Eric Ecklund

Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Eric Pfeifer

Artwork by Steve Johnson

Listen to the whole album on Spotify:

Listen to Jose's "Outside Looking In" album on Spotify
"Innervisions" by Tadashi Goto (2008)

Jose is honored to have been involved with Tadashi’s project. Jose contributed guitar to “The Night of Destruction” and “The Spirits Within”. He also contributed bass to “The Spirits Within”

www.tadashi-goto.com  *  Music 2008 © Tadashi Goto  *  Artwork 2008 © Ed Unitsky

Band Members:

Tadashi Goto-All Keys, drum programming

Chris Poland, Ty Tabor -lead guitars

Brett Garsed, Sean Conklin, Marco Ahrens - lead and rhythm guitars

Jose Bernardo - guitars and bass

Tony Levin, Tony Franklin, Matt Bissonette, Joseph Patrick Moore, Randy George - bass

(JOSE'S SOLOS FROM "THE SPIRITS WITHIN" AND "THE NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION" ARE BELOW FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE)

Listen to the entire album on Spotify:

Listen to Tadashi Goto's "Innervisions" on Spotify
"Descension" by Ollie Bernstein (2009)

Jose played on his former student’s, Ollie Bernstein, demo/EP in 2009. The three-song collection is entitled Descension. He contributed bass tracks to “Close Our Eyes” and “The Morning Star”.

“The Morning Star” placed 3rd at 1st Jordan Loder Songwriting Contest.

“I’m very honored to have been part of this project.” -JB

Artwork and music:

2009 © Ollie Bernstein

Ollie's YouTube