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Marcel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1994

Learn from someone who's a musician working at the highest level. I can give you insight on what it takes to work with some of the world's highest profile artists, on big Hollywood film and TV shows or in the studio with legendary musicians.

My "custom" approach to teaching is to first learn about the student's interests and then shape my lessons around those. If a student wants to learn Funk guitar for example we can use that as the starting point to talk about rhythm, ear training, right hand technique, we can talk about how to read and write the music they are learning and get into the history of that music. If a student is better suited to learn from books there are different methods I follow depending on the student, I'm happy to structure lessons that way as well.

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Experience

Guitarist, Background Vocalist
Feb 2011 - Present
Michael Bublé

I'm currently working with Michael Bublé and have been for the last seven years. In that time I've played on every TV and film performance of his, nationally and internationally, and every live performance of his, public and private. We have toured the world together a few times playing 10,000-20,000 seat venues and collaborated with artists like Van Morrison, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Mary J Blige - to name a few.

My main job in this group is playing the primary guitar role which covers a wide range of styles, from Pop to Rock and Roll to singer-songwriter type songs to straight ahead Jazz/Big Band playing. I also sing backgrounds on the Pop material, play occasional percussion parts and I have covered auxiliary keyboard parts of a couple of our runs.

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Guest Lecturer
Mar 2008 - Present
University of California, Los Angeles

I've been invited to come in as a guest lecturer many times and I still am presently. Years ago I used to come in to lecture about a specific subject (like Brazilian music or my experience playing with a specific artist) at a guitar class led by Brandon Mayer, currently I am invited by Mike Shapiro to lecture at his Studio Recording class.

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Guitarist
Sep 1999 - Present
Marcel Camargo

Prior to joining Michael Bublé I did some touring with Macy Gray, Missy Higgins, Inara George, The Watson Twins and a number of other artists. I'm currently the musical director for singer Gretchen Parlato.

I also work a lot in the studio, I'm the featured guitar player on the TV show Dexter, the movie Rio 2, I also played on the show Supernatural and the movie Pitch Perfect 3. I'm now working on Sergio Mendes' forthcoming record, I worked with him on his record "Magic" as well, I play on Herb Alpert's "Come Fly With Me" and Van Morrison's duet with Michel Bublé "Real Real Gone."

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Guitar Instructor, Ensemble Instructor
Aug 2008 - Sep 2010
Shepherd University, Los Angeles

As a guitar instructor I taught a number of students in a private lesson setting, on campus at the University. Every student had different needs so our lessons varied greatly from person to person, my job was to make sure all of the students had a level of musicianship - and proficiency on the guitar in particular - that would allow them an opportunity to work as guitarists in the real world.

As the ensemble teacher I led a group class comprised of different instrumentalists and singers, we would choose a musical style and learn material as a group culminating in the student concert recital at the end of the given semester. This would change every class, I tried my best to keep the material in line with the students' interests. On one semester we focused on Brazilian music, on another the class was built around the music of Stevie Wonder, etc.

Shepherd University, Los Angeles is, to my knowledge, not existent anymore. It was a Korean-run institution offering college-level education, largely attended by Korean students studying abroad (though not exclusively).

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Guitar Instructor
Aug 2004 - Jul 2008
South Pasadena Music Center

I taught private guitar lessons on campus at the school. The students we mostly children ages 6 through 16, some were adults ranging from their 20's through their 60's. I had many students here, at my busiest time I was teaching about 30 people each week.

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Education

Ethnomusicology
Sep 1995 - Jun 1999
University of California, Los Angeles
High School
Aug 1993 - Jun 1995
Lynbrook High School

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
french
Limited Proficiency
portuguese
Fluent / Native Proficiency
spanish
Professional Proficiency

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Aug 2012

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Here's one of the Michael Bublé Christmas specials I was lucky to participate in. It has a "very unplugged" moment right at the beginning.
Here's a little solo feature I got to do during a Michael Bublé show in my hometown of São Paulo, Brazil.
This one is from a musically adventurous live show I did as a duet with my good friend and fantastic singer Jessica Vautor.
I got to play 7-string guitars and cavaquinho on the film Rio 2, this clip here has the guitars more upfront so you can really hear me.
Photo by Marcel C.

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2 Reviews

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John Jan 19, 2018
Guitar · In home

Marcel is an excellent teacher. He explains things very clearly and is patient. We worked on everything from Beatles songs, jazz standards and some Brazilian tunes. He knows his music theory inside out and which was great when we worked on improvising. I highly recommend him.

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Joe Jan 18, 2018
Guitar · In home

Marcel is adept with all musical styles. He is able to navigate the students interest and translate into concepts that are easy to understand.

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