What the Funk? Make it Do What?

A tour de force of funk and hip hop grooves “Make It Do What It Do” was produced by Gemini Jay with Mark Campayno adding smouldering lead and rhythm guitars. Check out the insane runs and legato playing 1:58.

The irresitible groove and infectious vocalizations (my favorite being “turnaround” right before the bridge at 2:40) make for a listening experience that will have you jamming in your seat. I should tell you that this is not candy music. It’s real, fun, uplifting, motivating, not made for or by poser musicians looking to turn three or four rotating chords into easy money. This is music that speaks from the street. The streets of life, hard life, tough and sometimes brutal relationships that burn inside a musician that when released turn into music that grips the soul and fires the senses.

The track starts out with a syn/bass riff that serves notice that these dudes mean business! When Gemini hits the verse things begin to explode with guitar and organ riffs blazing that are reminiscent of something new on the horizon. Could it be? These men are bringing fun back to music? Real groove returning to a groove-starved population. Maybe the beginning of a new funk? Maybe Bruno was right? Uptown Funk is for real? It surely is on this track.

There is no doubt that this pair have a magic all their own when they get together to make music. Gemini produces the track, Mark listens, rips and returns the music to Gemini. Simple right? Yes, for them. But they understand each other. They don’t really tell each other what to do. They just do it. That’s what you call real music.

Both musicians are located in Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia areas respectively. After this release they will surely continue in this vein producing more of their urban insanity. By the way they are both available for tours and gigs.

Check out their other work on SoundCloud and elsewhere. But for your safety I’d stand up for this one! It is the hit!


Allan Inspires – How to Create a Young Mozart in Your Home

Allan Inspires – How to Create a Young Mozart in Your Home

Produced and conceived by Mark Jeffery Campayno

The Story:
This is a very brief look into the musical life of a young student. Allan started playing guitar at a very young age and since that time he has moved on to at least 19 other instruments. If that weren’t enough he studies performance and guitar at my studio https://www.musicians-inc.com, for his high school, and for the Loudoun Youth Orchestra http://loudounsymphony.org/education-programs/youth-orchestra/.

Allan is one of those musicians who was gifted with the innate knowledge of how to transfer musical systems from one instrument to the next. It’s an intuitive gift that most musicians would die for. But, at its core, Allan is benefitted greatly by incredible parental support and encouragement. This, in my opinion, is one of the strongest indicators of future musical mastery.

Parents, if you have a child who is currently studying an instrument you are part of the process. To let a young musician on his own for all but one hour of a week to deal with the complex physical and mental aspects of musical training is to cut the success rate down to under 20%. Please realize the power you have over your young students future. It’s not an option. You must take at least 30 minutes out of your day to patiently sit and work with your child.

I hear ya…it doesn’t matter that you know nothing about music! Shut off the television, turn off the video games (yes, some of you adults are as bad as the kids), and discover the incredible accomplishment that your child can feel through musical performance.

What is the alternative? Your child hanging out on the street with “friends”, or sitting in front of a computer screen for hours becoming the best video game player in the neighborhood? I ask that your take a moment a realize just how important musical involvement is and how enriching it can be to life. Not only that, you may just find yourself wanting to become a part of it:)

Thank you for your support!

What? After all this? “YOU WANT MY GROOVE TOO?”

Time To Call in the Reinforcements. The GROOVE is on! You are Dr. Groovenstein I presume? 

Is there anything more important in music than groove? Think of all the great songs that have been written over the years. In all genres and styles, there can be no doubt that the underlyiing feel, or beat in probably the most important element in each of them.

From Beethoven’s Firth, to AC/DC’s Back in Black, the rhythmic pulse augmented by clever instrumentation, is the key to the work’s longevity and further it’s popularity across cultures, age groups, and genders.

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“Tears from Above” Ambient Guitar Instrumental.

The state of the world and the creator looking down on it.

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Original Classical Guitar Composition

“The Temptation of Paradise” – Classical Guitar
Written and performed by Mark Jeffery Campayno


This work is by far my favorite in terms of it’s sound and it’s construction. I don’t remember consciously doing this but it has a logical rhythmic flow to it. The music starts out with a statement of the melody in between some very dense arpeggiated chords. I overdubbed harmonics during the work as a decorative effect. I hope you will forgive my preference such additions!

As the piece develops it gets much more dramatic and intense reachesing its peak at :45. Then at 1:06 it breaks away and the music takes a collective breath. As it begins its second climb back towards a peak in volume and dynamics I moved the sound to the middle of the spectrum for effect. Then at around 1:40 I go a little left of center to complete the cycle.

As the piece progresses I begin to use more slurring techniques to push the energy even more. These are slurring riffs that I’ve developed over the years. Many times they come out randomly and are basically done on the fly. Think of them as being “on call”.They are not easy and the slight string noise I like as it is idiomatic of acoustic guitar music.

The piece ends with the harmonics that appeared originally at the beginning. A typical writing technique that tends to tie the piece together.


Anatomy of Improvised Guitar “Inner Life”

How does one begin to explain the emotions contained within such a piece of music? It’s not possible with mere words. If it were there would be no music. To this day, this song weighs heavy on my heart. Basically, the music was birthed on a Sunday afternoon with my son. Looking back, that day was telling. In a way, the power of God was present that day and it now seems that a message was being sent to me. After dropping my son off (the most painful moments of my life) I drove the usual three hours back home. I had no intention of recording anything as it was late and I was tired. Looking around the room I saw my old Aria acoustic guitar. I picked it up and the music began to flow. It was as if a force outside of myself compelled me to do so. I played a few minutes and then decided to record a little of it. The result will always be one of my most memorable acoustic pieces. The pain, regret, longing, and yes, remorse are evident in the music. Do I hear any ray of hope in it? Well, I’m looking still…