Welcome to my website. It is a celebration of the music that I grew up with, love, and play with all my soul. It’s a combination of classical, Blues, rock, jazz and folk. Some people call it flamenco neuvo, nouveau flamenco, or just new flamenco. There are probably other musical genres influencing my style, like those played by my friends and associates. I concentrate my limited time playing the classical guitar and Fender electric basses. Although, I do have a couple of electric guitars hanging (literally) around the house.

On my electric-classical guitars, I play classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, folk, and light rock music. All this music has influenced my playing style, from Laurindo Almeida to Andre Segovia to Lenny Breau to Gordon Lightfoot and Tommy Emmanuel, and so many more. There is so much pleasure in playing and listening to this music. I wish I had more time to study it and further develop my technique.

My favourite classical guitar is a Takamine TC132SC. This guitar has a traditional Spanish design but it has a cutaway and the excellent piezo pickup and CoolTube pre-amp. I have also added a Takamine soundboard transducer to it. The transducer plugs into the auxiliary port of the pre-amp, so I can blend its output directly with the piezo saddle pickup. I usually have the pre-amp blend knob set to 12 o’clock for an even balance of piezo pickup and soundboard transducer.

Playing a set at the Open Mic at the Millstream Serious Coffee.

On bass, I play in a Classic Rock / Blues band called Analog. You can check out our website at analogmusic.ca. I also play at jam sessions and backing up other musicians at open mics. I prefer Fender basses with Ash bodies and rosewood fret boards. My main working bass at this time is a 1976 Fender Precision. I am slowly modifying a 1999 Fender Jazz bass, getting it ready for gigging. I have just added a pickup blender circuit to it. More about my basses under Gear.

Analog (I’m on the far right) playing at “The Loft”.

I also regularly host open mic events and set up and run sound systems. It keeps me out of trouble – most of the time. Check out my gigs, both hosting and playing, under Gigs.

Enjoy my site and feel free to drop me an email.


Derek Wakefield