Haydn Vitera is one of the amazing Artist Mentors on our Electrify Your Strings team. Formerly a member of Grammy-winning Asleep at the Wheel, Haydn is a multi-talented instrumentalist who plays guitar, keys, and most notably, electric violin on his 6-string fretted Viper, introduced by Vitera for the first time into the Latin genre.
Haydn fuses old-school American rock with Latin grooves and instrumentation as a backdrop for pop rock lyrics in Spanish, English, and Spanglish. This Austin-based artist brings an unmistakable Texas edge to Rock Latino, blending congas and horns with slide guitar one minute and orchestral strings with fiery rock violin the next. In addition, Vitera is an extremely versatile vocalist who can growl like David Coverdale or sound as smooth as Luis Miguel.
The first of its kind, the Rock Latino electric violin instrumental “La Vibora” (“The Viper”) was licensed by the City of San Antonio for use in its worldwide promotional video which debuted at the Shanghai Business Expo. EYS creator Mark Wood loved the song so much that he arranged the work for string orchestra and performs it regularly in the EYS repertoire.
Haydn received his training and education at UT Austin, studying violin performance with Dr. Eugene Gratovich, as well as theory and composition. He also studied with Dr. Tim Muffitt for 3 years with the UT Symphony.
Haydn has been a professional touring and studio musician since 1997 in a wide variety of genres but primarily country and rock. His most notable performances have been with Stevie Wonder, George Strait, Asleep at the Wheel, Delbert McClinton, Rick Trevino, Los Lonely Boys, and Itzhak Perlman (with the UT Symphony).
What to expect in Haydn’s classes:
- Exploring the Nashville Number System, a great way to learn about chord progressions and how to improvise and play over them.
- Band Etiquette: How to Play Nice With Others (aka “I love what you didn’t just play there.”)
- Recording yourself and making your best presentation