Reader Spotlight: Ricardo Ferrari

Ricardo Ferrari

Meet Ricardo Ferrari, a guitarist-turned-bassist who said was thanks to “the absence of one more lower octave on the standard guitar.”

Ricardo is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…


I began playing nylon guitar at 16. First, pop Brazilian music and then classical.

I graduated from Berklee in 1985. I took up bass guitar a year before.

In 1988, after playing in many bands, I formed with a friend, a pop Brazilian band (Banda Bel) which I later gave exclusivity. I performed all over Brazil, New York, and Tokyo, and made two albums.

In 1993 I started working with music production, a task I carried on until 2008. From this period I produced some few albums and composed many soundtracks for websites, short movies and theater.

In 2011 I began composing non-program music. From this period I wrote few pieces including two brass quintets and few solo pieces.

In 2016 I started the creation of “The Lone Bassist Project,” which comprises solo bass guitar compositions and arrangements.


Nova Friburgo/RJ/Brazil

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Information technology

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My bass is almost all handmade by a local luthier.

I have no amp for now.

Why I play the bass:

The absence of one more lower octave on the standard guitar.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

I know Jaco’s ultra-mega secret: he swang within his sixteen-notes.

My influences:

I think my playing can remind one about Jamil Joanes (a great Brazilian bassist). I hear some of Chis Squire too. And others.

Some day I will catch them all.

I took two private classes with Kai Eckhardt that gave me the confidence to switch to bass guitar.

Probably Jaco is the player that I most listened and studied. Second, Marcus Miller.

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