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Tomo Fujita: Guitar wisdom meets inspiration

MAY 26, 2023 | by Paul Scott


Bad Cat Amplifiers is delighted to announce its collaboration with the esteemed guitar instructor, Tomo Fujita.

With a distinguished career spanning over three decades as a professional guitarist, Tomo Fujita has solidified his position as a prominent figure in the music industry. Since 1993, he has also served as a faculty member at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

At the core of Tomo’s teaching philosophy lies the belief that music extends far beyond technical proficiency; it is a medium for emotional expression. He imparts upon his students the importance of infusing every musical phrase, regardless of genre—be it blues, jazz, funk,
or rock—with genuine sentiment.

While Tomo has resided in the United States for the past thirty years, he maintains a strong connection to his native Japan, constantly engaging with fellow musicians and the thriving music scene.

His visits back home for brief tours occur two to three times annually, where his instructional books and videos, published in the Japanese language, have garnered an impressive readership, with over 160,000 copies sold to Japanese guitar enthusiasts.

Tomo Fujita’s exceptional talent has led him to collaborate with renowned musicians such as Will Lee, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Steve Jordan, Susan Tedeschi, Phil Collins, John Mayer, James Gadson, Travis Carlton, James Genus, Kenwood Dennard, Darryl Jones, Lemar Carter, Paul
Jackson, and Janek Gwizdala. Beyond his solo performances, Tomo also enjoys joining forces with other notable artists, including Ronnie Earl, Coco Montoya, Eric Gales, Josh Smith, Kirk Fletcher, and Matt Schofield.

Over the years, Tomo has nurtured numerous exceptional players through his role as an instructor. Among his most notable former students is the renowned musician John Mayer, with whom he maintains a close relationship to this day.

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Additionally, Tomo has imparted his expertise to Eric Krasno of “Soulive,” Adam (“Shmeeans”) Smirnoff of “Lettuce” at Berklee, as well as Tyler Larson, an impressive guitar virtuoso who has become an influential teacher of guitar and music theory.

Noteworthy moments in Tomo Fujita’s career include his captivating solo rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” performed on the guitar, which took place on October 2, 2009, at Fenway Park upon the invitation of the Boston Red Sox.

Moreover, he has graced the stages of numerous jazz and music festivals, captivating audiences with his remarkable talent.

For further insights into Tomo Fujita’s musical journey, interested individuals are encouraged to follow him on Instagram @tomojustfunky or visit his website. Exciting Bad Cat content featuring this esteemed instructor is forthcoming, so stay tuned for more updates.

Bad Cat Amplifiers is a leading boutique guitar amplifier manufacturer, renowned for tonal quality, innovative design, and commitment to craftsmanship. The manufacturer is based in Costa Mesa, California. 

Paul Scott Bad Cat Amplifiers
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