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Alex Brubaker at The Conewago Coffee House

Jul 29th, 2009 | By | Category: Entertainment, Events

Alex Brubaker, guitar

The last thing Alex Brubaker wants to be is “just another guitarist.” With that in mind, the 20-year old from Elizabethtown, PA is taking the road less traveled as he seeks to stand out and keep his guitar playing both fresh and challenging. Though he’s been playing since the age of 12, it’s only been in the past few years that he’s started to write his own music.

Then in the summer of 2007, Brubaker had a revelation that has opened up a whole new world of guitar playing for him. Brubaker discovered the finger style playing of Trace Bundy. Through the two handed tapping, percussive hits, and tapped harmonics, a light went on in his head. He realized that there were very few practitioners of this unique style, so he began to experiment, helping to pioneer the genre for the younger generation. These ideas along with his own result in an original and innovative sound that brings together elements of rock, jazz, and even classical guitar. While most of his work is influenced by finger style playing, Brubaker’s music also draws inspiration from a more diverse group of musicians, such as Dream Theater, Joe Satriani, mewithoutYou, The Mars Volta, and Built to Spill.

Brubaker, now a student at Messiah College in Grantham, PA, has developed a style all his own, performing his original works at area coffee houses. His performances are a showcase of his original works and often captivate audiences, leaving them speechless and wanting more. As he continues to create music that is both fresh and unique, he also plans to incorporate more percussive elements and even some live looping into his performances, allowing him to layer a variety of diverse elements and themes, mixing them into more complex compositions.

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