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Dominic Miller, is an Argentinian-born guitarist, songwriter and producer, raised in Wisconsin and London, who has devoted a great part of his career as the sideman for Sting. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London, then returned to the U.S attending Berklee College of Music. He was not all for his studies, but in large he learned more from his live experiences, as an already then sought after guitarist in the London music world. In the 1980s, Miller toured with King Swamp and World Party, and worked and recorded as a session musician for several artists including: Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Level 42, The Pretenders, and Paul Young. In 1991, he met Sting, with whom he has recorded and toured with ever since. The hit song ”Shape of My Heart”, which he wrote with Sting, released on the album Ten Summoner’s Tales, and ”La Belle Dame Sans Regrets”, from Chris Botti’s When I Fall In Love, are classic examples of his harmonies, sound, and style. In 1995, he released First Touch, his debut solo album, which was followed by a whole series of strong albums including: Second Nature, Third World, Fourth Wall, November, 5th House, and the latest Silent Light. He also released Shapes in 2003, which is an album with his own interpretations of Bach, Beethoven, Edward Elgar, and Tomaso Albinoni.
Dominic Miller sits down with Chris in Los Angeles, and shares: how his sister taught him how to play the guitar at the age of 9, growing up in Argentina, influenced by Hendrix aged 11 or 12, motivation, inspiration, influences, learning how to play, musical education, scales, harmonies, talent and practice, the philosophy behind his sound, writing, telling the truth, live experiences, his instruments, how to work out the sound on an electric guitar, most important memory and personal experience, crossing styles, solo albums, touring, motto, Sting, improving, his most important decade, importance of silence, state of modern music, and more.
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Shape of my Heart
What You Didn't Say
Johann Sebastian Bach Presto no.1
Forming a band regardless of time and fashion
John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jeff Beck and improving