Artist Spotlight – Claudio Pietronik (JTC Guitar)

Claudio Pietronik

Italian native Claudio Pietronik is a Jam Track Central guitar player who plays solo and with the band Ancient Bards. They’ve released three albums: The Alliance of the Kings, Soulless Child and A New Dawn Ending under the German Label Limb Music, a worldwide distribution label. Claudio has toured Europe and Japan with Ancient Bards and has also played at major festivals including Wacken Open Air, Made Of Metal, FMVF Female Metal Voices Fest.  

How did you get started as a musician?
I started playing guitar at the age of 14, simply having fun with a random classical guitar that magically arrived at my house. After a few years, I started studying with a few teachers from my town and transcribing by ear everything I can.

Who were some of your influences as you progressed?
Van Halen first! And there are tons of other guitarists who have influenced me: Brian May, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Kiko Loureiro, John Petrucci, Greg Howe, Brett Garsed, and Guthrie Govan!

What was the first record you ever bought?
Muse – Origin of Symmetry.

What is the most memorable experience you’ve had in your music career?
I can’t say that there’s something in particular, I think there exists more than one, like playing with my band in front of many people, knowing my favorite guitar player ever Guthrie Govan, doing masterclasses…all beautiful things!

Tell us about some of your favorite gear you’re using?
I’m currently using a DV Mark Multi-amp and two signature instruments from Negrini Guitars: the Brea PK6 and Brea PK6 TTS.  I also use picks from Ninja Picks and my favorite strings ever are by Elixir. I used the Nanoweb and Optiweb.

What’s your top tip for playing live?
My top tip is to meditate!

What’s your top tip for a recording session?
Meditate again. And Coffee!

What projects and bands are you involved with at the moment?
I’m lead guitarist of the band Ancient Bards, I teach guitar at the Modern Music Institute (MMI) in Italy and I also play as a solo artist.

How did you become associated with Jam Track Central?
I created a few licks over a rock backing track and I sent it to JTC. Jonny from JTC guided me through creating others before sending everything back to me to revise.  I worked on them and he liked them! We waited for the final answer from the entire staff! And here we are!

Can you give any us any tips for up-and-coming artists?
Don’t forget to concentrate your energies on what you feel most comfortable with. Choose what you feel like you have natural talent – everyone is different – and then you can evolve from there.

How effective do you feel online tuition is with regards to improving your guitar playing?
Absolutely 100% effective. You have the ability to learn everything you want in the exact moment you want. It is a bit different from a live session but I’m sure every guitarist will be grateful for this kind of tuition which allows you to perfect your craft in your own time.

What’s your best advice for being a professional musician in the modern age?
I think that a being a musician today means that you need to be able to promote yourself first. Then try to collaborate with people who can help you by creating and bringing your creations to life: like photographers, video makers, players of different instruments.

Any last words?
Thank you so much, everyone, and for your time spent here with me!

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