Pat Pietracupa started playing guitar very young and it has always been a passion of his. Pat plays and records music for the fun of it and for his personal enjoyment. His day job is Senior Director of Health, Safety and Environment for the Canadian National Broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada. Music is not part of anything he does for his full-time employment. However music as a leisure and pastime allows him to maintain a proper work-life balance. In his opinion it’s the best hobby to achieve this balance.
Pat was trained in classical guitar in his teens and ventured out to different styles in the subsequent years. Classic rock is his true love. His early influences on the classical side were Matteo Carcassi and Fernando Sor. In the following years his biggest influences have been Carlos Santana, David Gilmour, Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler.
Pat taught guitar in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. At one point he had up to around 100 students at a music school in the Montreal area.
He has played in musical bands for the last 40 years and continues to do so (see the links below for channels on some of his bands).
Here are the more predominant lasting bands that he was in:
Harmony – Wedding band from the 1980’s.
Traffic Jammers Band: Jam band from the 1990’s. Continues today.
Stone Malone Band: Band from the early 2000’s that played corporate events. No longer exists.
Decibel6: This is Pat’s current band. They have had to reboot this band recently since the drummer and bass player left and were replaced. They will be playing live in the coming months once the band is tight.
Pat has also been recording his music for many years in his home studio. To date he has 62 original recordings that he has made. You could find them on the Reverbnation site as well as on Youtube and other places.
He respects the following rules when it comes to his original recordings:
1) All musical instrument parts must be played by a live musician (no midi files. backing tracks, computer-generated instrument parts allowed). So if it does not come from a human then its not allowed and you won’t find it in his music.
2) All musical parts must be played on their respective instruments (no fancy computer wizardry to enhance parts with inserts and deletions). On this, all parts are filmed and you can see them on his music videos.
3) Drum parts come from a professional session drummer. This is the only part that he does not produce in his music.
4) Guitar, Bass and Keyboard parts are created and played by himself.
5) All video production and editing is done by himself. The instruments being played in the videos are the actual parts that were played when the songs were recorded. There is no simulated instrument playing after the fact with the recorded music in the background.
Pat also feels that for the listener to have a full experience when listening to his music, the music itself does not suffice. That is the reason why he has embarked on making the visual experience as pleasant and interesting as possible. You will see on his site that many of his recent original compositions have an associated video of which he uses green screen technology to enhance the visual experience. This allows him to set his videos wherever he feels the song would be the most appropriate for a setting.
However all his videos show the actual performance of when the song was recorded. Pat does not believe in guitar-syncing or playing along with a recording just for the benefit of creating a video. He feels that if a musician cannot reproduce their music then they should not be recording it in the first place (no canning of music on Pat’s part)!
All recordings on this channel (except for the live collaborations) were recorded in his studio.
Pat’s hobbies include guitar gear collecting. He also tries to use all the equipment that he collects. You can see some of it in his videos. Although he has many guitars he feels the PRS Santana SE is the best guitar for his sound to be recorded. You’ll notice he uses it in almost all his recordings in the videos. However when he plays live he prefers the Fender Telecasters (52 reissue). He finds it’s the best guitar that can mimic other guitars’ sound as needed in the different songs and styles he plays.
Pat plans on continuing to branch out his original music by expanding into different sounds and styles. On the video production side he is always looking at improving his techniques to make the viewers’ experience as good as possible when listening to his music.
Please consult this link to get access to all Pat’s sites where you can consult them for content and music.