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A conversation with Cesar Munera

César Munera teaches Flamenco, Classical, and Contemporary Guitar (covering both Jazz and Blues, Rock, and Pop) at the Shine School of Music. We asked him some questions:

What was the first thing that sparked your interest in music?

Since I was little I used to watch my Father play the guitar and I started from there.

Who inspired you to make music?

My inspiration began with The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Michael Jackson, Queen, and Pink Floyd.

How would you describe the music you normally play?

Well, I have been fortunate to study various styles, Classical, Flamenco, Blues and now what I play the most is Fingerstyle or fingerpicking which covers many genres, especially Ragtime, Country and Jazz.

What is your creative process like?

My creative process begins with listening to a lot of music, in addition to choosing the musical pieces that I like and from there I start to create, it also depends a lot on the environment I am in.

If you could choose to collaborate with any musician, who would it be with?

Well I would like to collaborate with many musicians.

If you could choose to open the show of any musician, whose would it be?

With my band it would be great to open for Radiohead and as a soloist I would like to open for Tommy Emmanuel.

Do you sing in the shower? What songs?

I hardly ever sing in the shower

Which of your concerts have you enjoyed the most and why?

When I played the Aranjuez concert, because it was amazing to experience the orchestra, I felt like I was on another planet.

Where would you like to do a concert?

At the Liceu and in one of the great theaters in New York.

What famous musicians do you admire?

Tommy Emmanuel, Robben Ford, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Gary Clark jr, Joe Robinson, and I could go on …

What has been the best advice you have been given?

Hmm, I’ve received a lot of good advice, I think the one I like the most is to not compare myself to anyone and express what I have.

How do you think the internet has impacted the music industry?

Internet is a good tool, the sad thing is that almost nobody buys the discs anymore, they download everything or listen to it over the Internet.

If you could change something about the industry what would it be?

I don’t want to answer this question, because maybe I would say a lot of ugly things hahaha …

What would you be doing right now if we weren’t in confinement?

I would be planning a trip for this weekend which is my birthday 😁

Take a class with Cesar online and be sure to follow him on Instagram, where he often shares his music and videos.