Carlos Gonzales

Classical Guitar from Ventura, CA - Will travel up to 60 miles
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About
Carlos Gonzales began his interest in the guitar at an early age. When he was around 8 years old, he was introduced to the electric guitar. No one in his immediate family had any musical background. Armando Franco, who is Carlos' older cousin agreed to teach young Carlos how to play basic melodies and chords. After a few informal lessons Carlos was able to start on his life long journey as a guitarist.

Carlos began to take a great interest in improvisation. From the age of 10 to about the age of 17, Carlos taught himself to play blues style guitar. Carlos would listen to recording of great blues guitarist like, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Albert King Mike Bloomfield and Jimmy Hendrix. These recordings became his teacher. It wasn't until his last year in high school that Carlos was able to learn to read standard music notation, which gave Carlos a new perspective on how to learn new music. Shortly after high school Carlos was able to study for the first time classical guitar with Celestino Romero. During the next two years Carlos was introduced to formal hand techniques and standard repertoire. Carlos applied himself with discipline and enthusiasm; in a short time he developed fine technique. Upon the recommendation of his teacher Celestino Romero, Carlos decided to study with Vicente Gomez. During this period Carlos began teaching others what he had learned and began to perform solo guitar recitals.

Carlos wanting to refine his love for the classical guitar decided to attend California Instititute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. He graduated in 1978 and received a Bachelor in the Fine Arts and Guitar Performance. Stuart Fox was his primary teacher during this period. While attending California Instititute of the Arts Carlos was introduced to music of the 20th century. Carlos had the opportunity to study with modern composers and artists like, John Cage, Lucky Mosko, Elliot Carter, Leonard Stein, Mel Powel and Morton Subotnick.

In 1980 Carlos began a Master's program at California State University at Northridge. Carlos studied guitar with Ronald Purcell. During his studies there he had the opportunity to attend master classes with Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, Carlos Barbosa Lima, Alexander Lagoya and John Mills. In 1981 Carlos began teaching classes at Ventura College. Carlos continues teaching music at Ventura, Oxnard and Thomas Aquinas College. For many years Carlos has been an inspiration to thousands of guitarist throughout Southern California. In 1998 Carlos helped to establish and develop the now recognized Ventura County Classical Guitar Society. The guitar society has grown from a small group of students to hundreds of guitar aficionados, aspiring musicians and professional performers. Carlos remains active in the West Coast as a concert guitarist and teacher.
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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Carlos provided beautiful music for our event. He was there ahead of time and just started playing a wonderful string of songs while everyone chatted, laughed and ate. Thank you again, Carlos!

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Corporate Function

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Carlos was amazing. He arrived early to verify the accomodations, was very professionally dressed and played beautifully. Thank you Carlos for taking our event to the next level!!

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When Carlos Gonzales began playing his guitar at our outdoor gathering in Santa Monica, the event was immeasurably improved. He didn't need to tune up, warm up; he just started playing. It seemed as if he had always been there. And long after he was gone his music continued to linger in the air like a sweet lullaby. Mr. Gonzales is a master classical guitar story teller. What an extraordinary talent!

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2017
Sep
10
Birthday Party (Adult)
Ojai, CA
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2015
Nov
18
Corporate Function
Ventura, CA
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
2013
Aug
10
Celebration
Santa Monica, CA
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
25 Studies
Mateo Carcassi
20 Studies
Fernando Sor
Variations on a theme of Mozart
Grand Solo
Minuet in D
Minuet in A
Minuet in C
Rondo
Fernando Sor
Aria and Variations
Frescobaldi Fantasia
- Prelude
Presto
- Sarabande
Bouree
- Moderato
Mosso
Adelita
Lagrima
Pavana
Estudio Brillante
Sueno
Capricho Arabe
La Alborada
Study in E minor
Gran Jota
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Rosita
Maria Marieta
Francisco Tarrega
Choro No. 1
Valsa
Choro
Schottish
Choro
Mazurka
Choro
Gavotta
Choro
12 Etudes
5 Preludes
Heitor Villa Lobos
6 Preludes Valse
Manuel Ponce
La Catedral
Vals opus 8
No. 3
Una limosna por el amor de Dios
Un sueno en la floresta
Julia Florida
Augustine Barrios
Spanish dance #5
La maja de Goya
Enrique Granados
Tatiana
Andreina
Natalia Yacambu
Antonio Lauro
Murmullos de la Laguna
Eduardo Falu
Tango en Skai
Roland Dyens
El Colibri
Julio Sagreras
Leyenda
Cadiz
Sevilla
Isaac Albeniz
Sonatina en A major
Allegretto
Andante
Allegro
Federico Moreno Torroba
Son do Carrilhoes
J.T. Guimares
Guardame las Vacas
Luis de Narvaez
Romance
Anonymous
Guitar and Voice
Azulao
Jayme Ovalle
Casador (The Hunter )
Laurindo Almedia
Para Ninar
P. Barroso
Canciones de Garcia
.Federico Garcia
Bachianas Brasilieras #5
Heitor Villa-Lobos
7 Canciones Populares Espanolas
Manuel de Falla
Guitar and Violin
Centone di Sonate op. 3
Niccolo Paganini
Guitar and Harpsichord
Introduction and Fandango
Luigi Boccherini
Guitar Trio
London Trios
Joseph Haydn
Zapateado Caribe
Barrios
Rondo
Paul Hindemith
Trio in C major
E. Von de Call
Sonatine Viennoise
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Guitar Duets
La Rossignol
Drewies Accordes
Anonymous
Canon
Teleman
Torre Bermeja
El Puerto
Isaac Albeniz
Introduction and Fandango
L.Boccherini
Variciones Concertantes
Mauro Giuliani
L. Encouragement
Sei Valzer
Fernando Sor
Gran Duetto
Largo and Rondo in D major
Ferdinando Carulli
Guitar and Flute
Grand Duo Concertante
Duettino Facile
Mauro Giuliani
Entr' acte
Jacque Ibert
Histoire du Tango
Astor Piazzola
Libertango
Astor Piazzola
Bachianas Brasilieras
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Guitar Quartet
Jesu Joy Man's Desiring
J.S. Bach
Cuban Landscape with Rain
Leo Brouwer
Hornpipe from Water Music
Prelude and Fugue No 4 BWV 556
George Frederick Handel
Danzas Populares Braslieras
Celso Machado
Pavane Pour un Infante Defunte
Maurice Ravel
Irish Folk Medley
J. Sparks
Waltz Medley
J. Strauss
Concerto e Re Major
George Telemann
Estampas
Frederico Moreno Torroba
Concerto in D
Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto in G
Antonio Vivaldi
El Baile de Luis Alonso
Gimenez
Guitar Concertos
Concerto for Classical Guitar and Jazz Piano
Claude Bolling
Concerto de Aranjuez
Joaquin Rodrigo
Concerto in D major
Antonio Vivaldi
Methods
Solo Guitar
Books 1 and 2
Guitar Method Book 1
Guitar Method Book 2
Christopher Parkening
Escuela Razonada de la Guitarra
Books 1
2
George M. Smith Method
George M. Smith
Las Primeras Lecciones de Guitarra
Las Segundas
Las Terceras
Las Cuartas
Las Quintas
Las Sextas
Tecnica Superior de Guitarra
Julio Sagreras
Classic Guitar Technique
Volunme 1 and 2
Supplement 1
Slur
Supplement 2
Basic elements of music theory for guitar
Supplements 3
Scale patterns for guitar
Note speller
Aaron Shearer
Complete Study of Tremelo
Vladimir Bobri
120 Daily Right Hand Studies
Mauro Giuliani
Escalas y Arpegios de Mecanismo Tecnico
Domingo Prat
Diatonic Major and Minor Scales
Slur Exercises and Chromatic Octaves
Andres Segovia
The Art and Technique of Practice
The Art and Technique of Performance
.Richard Provost
The Art of Practicing
Alice Artzt
Guitar Today
Guitar School Books 1 and 2
Teacher's Guide to the Guitar Class
Jerry Snyder
Classical Guitar
Latin Acoustic Guitar
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Luau Parties
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Please note Carlos Gonzales will also travel to Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Port Hueneme Cbc Base, Camarillo, Santa Paula, Oak View, Point Mugu Nawc, Ojai, Somis, Newbury Park, Moorpark, Fillmore, Carpinteria, Piru, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Summerland, Oak Park, Santa Barbara, Agoura Hills, Malibu, Brandeis, West Hills, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, Chatsworth, Newhall, Castaic.
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