Adam Cantor

Artist of the Month | November 2011

 

Adam uses the Meridian Microphone in his guitar:

“The Meridian Mic System is an incredible innovation in guitar amplification technology. It can be adjusted so that no matter what style you play, it will be out of the way of your hands and still produce the tone you want. Closer to the sound hole for more bass, or closer to the neck for more treble. It’s so simple!”

“I picked the Meridian Mic because I have multiple guitars which lack pickups, but I’d like to play live. The Meridian Mic can easily be adjusted to fit all of them: my acoustic, my classical, and my travel guitar. I often play classical music at receptions, dinners, and other events which require background music. Setting up a boom stand, mic, and cable, is a hassle and a mess. When it comes to playing in a crowd, streamlined gear such as the Meridian Mic System is paramount. When I play acoustic guitar I utilize progressive techniques such as slap harmonics and tapping. The Meridian Mic can be adjusted so that no matter what style you play, it will be out of the way of your hands and still produce the tone you want. Closer to the sound hole for more bass, or closer to the neck for more treble. It’s so simple. I look forward to the performances I’ll have with this fantastic product from K&K Sound.”

Adam Cantor is not your typical musician. His passion since before he can remember was to be a doctor. As a kid growing up in Indianapolis, IN he was much more drawn to the visual arts than music. He took piano lessons for many years, but piano felt more like a chore than a hobby. That all changed when he played guitar for the first time at the age of ten. Adam found a half-size guitar which was missing three strings in a closet at summer camp. He spent hours playing the guitar using a pop tab as a pick. From then on he was hooked. He started taking guitar lessons at the age of eleven. At the age of fourteen he got a classical guitar and began focusing on classical music. However, after meeting Tom Shinness and hearing him play harp guitar, Adam was transfixed by possibilities of fingerstyle acoustic guitar and would practice acoustic in his spare time.

Adam was accepted into the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2006. At IU, he pursued majors in both biology and guitar performance. Adam had the privilege to study under some of the best classical guitarists in the world, including Ernesto Bitetti, Petar Jankovic, and Nemanja Ostoich. Adam continued to hone his fingerpicking skills by learning music by composers including J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Francisco Tarrega, Isaac Albéniz, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Roland Dyens, Leo Brouwer, Baden Powell, and many others. Adam graduated in December 2010 and is now both applying to medical school and actively writing music and giving guitar lessons.

Adam has experienced quite a few musical accomplishments so far. He made the Final 20 in the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in 2009. In 2010 he was crowned Hoosier Guitar Idol, after competing against the best guitarists in Indiana. He was also runner-up in the Taylor Guitars 30-Second Solo-Showdown Competition. Adam has over 1.5 million views on his YouTube channel, “guitar2adam”, where he regularly posts his original music as well as guitar lessons and music by his band, Sure Thing. Excerpts from his lesson for how to play “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz on ukulele was featured on the front page of msn.com.

Adam’s style is unique, but follows the tradition of great fingerstyle guitarists such as Michael Hedges, Andy Mckee, Don Ross, Antoine Dufour, and Tommy Emmanuel. His music blends all of these influences with classical, folk, blues, rock, and jazz undertones. For example, “Glare” is a piece written for both guitar and violin which incorporates Latin American rhythms and harmonies. “Flying Underwater” is an etude-like piece which focuses on complex right hand finger picking patterns. “Stop and Smell the Roses” is a blend of fast-paced blues/rock intertwined with melodic adagio sections. His most popular piece to date is “Meteor Shower”, which is a fast-paced aural utopia of sweet open tuning themes in triple meter. Adam has also written popular guitar arrangements of songs by other artists ranging from “Ants Marching” by Dave Matthews Band to “Let it Snow” to themes from Nintendo games.

Follow Adam’s music on YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter or visit his website http://www.adamcantormusic.com/

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