Benny Rietveld
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Benny Rietveld

Benny R.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I start with ascertaining the student’s level of playing ability and what the student wants to accomplish. I then tailor lessons to the individual needs of each student.  So the mix of focus on the "Four T's" - Technique, Theory, Tone and Time - will vary with each student. There may be a bit of “homework” at times, but not to worry - I promise to keep it soulful and fun above all else!

About Benny R.

I am currently the Musical Director and Bass Player for Carlos Santana, and have been doing so for almost 30 years. I've won 8 Grammies™ and 3 Latin Grammies™ for my work on various albums.

I believe Music is for everyone. It doesn't matter what you want to accomplish or where you want to go, every dream, big or small, is worth pursuing!

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Education

Composition
Sep 1978 - Jun 1981

University Of Hawaii

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Pidgin (Hawaii)

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals-"The Game of Love" (Santana feat. Michelle Branch)
Feb 2003

Grammy

Mejor Interpretación Vocal Rock Duo O Grupo-"Corazón Espinado" (Santana y Mana)
Sep 2000

Latin Grammy

Mejor Interpretación Instrumental Pop-"El Farol" (Santana)
Sep 2000

Latin Grammy

Grabación Del Año-"Corazón Espinado" (Santana y Mana)
Sep 2000

Latin Grammy

Best Pop Instrumental Performance-"El Farol" (Santana)
Feb 2000

Grammy

Album Of The Year-"Supernatural" (Santana)
Feb 2000

Grammy

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal-"Put Your Lights On" (Santana feat. Everlast)
Feb 2000

Grammy

Record Of The Year-"Smooth" (Santana feat. Rob Thomas)
Feb 2000

Grammy

Best Pop CollaborationWith Vocals-"Smooth" (Santana feat. Rob Thomas)
Feb 2000

Grammy

Best Rock Instrumental Performance-"The Calling" (Santana feat. Eric Clapton)
Feb 2000

Grammy

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal-"Maria Maria" (Santana)
Feb 2000

Grammy

Best Rock Album-"Supernatural" (Santana)
Feb 2000

Grammy

Affiliations

SAG-AFTRA
Jan 1990
SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.
BMI
Apr 1980
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
American Federation of Musicians
Jun 1975
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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