Juliana: Juliana fist picked up a guitar in September
of 2004 at the age of 14. She was interested in playing
songs and was taught simple chording for Wish You Were Here
and House of the Rising Sun. She went into the family music
room and played these simple songs on an old acoustic. She
found one of her dads old songbooks featuring heavy
metal songs from the 80s such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica
and others. She was particularly drawn to the introduction
for the song Crazy Train.
Juliana learned the song before she actually heard the recording
and wanted to know who the guitar player was.
Julianas primary influence is the late Randy Rhoads,
the fabulously talented guitarist on early releases by Quiet
Riot and later with Ozzy Osbourne.
she heard Crazy Train and several others from Osbournes
albums Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman
she became enamored with Randy Rhoads style and sound. She
found his music and tragic story compelling and made up
her mind to honor Randy by someday hoping to be able to
play his songs. Her abilities grew amazingly fast and it
was not long before it was realized that she is a very gifted
musician. Within a month, she was able to play the songs
and the solos, note for note without any further instruction.
The family of the late Randy Rhoads was impressed by her
connection with Randy and wanted to meet her. Since that
time, Juliana has become very close to the Rhoads family
and keeps in constant communication with Delores and Kelle.
Rhoads family also authorized the manufacture of a custom
Jackson Randy Rhoads guitar for Juliana. After about a year
of playing and learning on her own, she began lessons with
Ry Kihn who was a student of Joe Satriani among others.
Again, her prowess on the guitar was evident as she quickly
learned complex scales and solos and grew quickly into a
near master of the fretboard. Julianas passion for
music of all kinds and her determination and discipline
are testaments to her skill.
In the meantime, Juliana formed a group named Crimes of
Passion and started playing covers and originals at live
venues such as the Britannia Arms, Kingshead Pub and the
Avalon Nightclub. Because of her drive and talent it is
difficult to find musicians in her age group with the skills
and dedication required to support her. She has maintained
a performing band while replacing all of the members. Her
playing on classics like Crazy Train and I Dont Know
is incredibly fast and clean. The voicing and use of effects
is natural and fluid and her fingerboard work, both in chording
and soloing, is tonally pure and precise. The originals
show her skills in a unique way, with scale progressions
and the use of tapping techniques that are difficult at
best. She has also improvised several other unique two-handed
techniques that she integrates into her performances.
Juliana led Crimes of Passion to two top-four finalist spots
on 98.5 KFOX Last Band Standing open radio battle-of-the
bands and placed second in the Highway Organizations
open battle-of-the bands (The Gig) for 2006. She has performed
at many locations throughout the Bay Area including the
Santa Clara County Fair and the KFOX Kihncert on the
Green in San Jose, which sold 9,000 tickets. She has
been asked to sit-in with numerous top performers at shows
around the Bay Area and is highlighted on local radio and
Her musical interests range from classic rock and metal
to punk, classical, rockabilly as well as todays newest
artists. She is continually adding new tools to her playing
arsenal and can also play keyboards, bass and drums. In
addition to her music skills, she is a figure skating coach
and judge and is very active in the local ice-skating community
and is an excellent graphic and freehand artist.
Juliana is currently performing with Crimes of Passion and
working on original material while jamming with local talent.
See the attached list of past and upcoming shows. Her soloing
capability is magical and the sound she creates is truly
unique. She hopes to major in music at UCLA or Berkeley
School of Music in Boston. At only 16 years of age, she
is poised to become a significant force in the guitar arts
over the coming years.
You can hear an audio interview of Juliana with American
Made Guitars by going to Americanmadeguitars.com