We had the good fortune of connecting with Carole Pellatt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carole, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Practicing my instrument all my life has been one of the habits that has helped me succeed. That works in sync with seeking more knowledge and continuously leaving myself open to knowledge of other styles of music, learning from other musicians, and constantly perfecting my practicing techniques. In business, I am all business. I draw up my own contracts, communicate concisely with clients to make sure I understand exactly what they need, and they understand exactly how I will deliver. All details are discussed well in advance and agreed upon. I am in constant contact with my clients, and always send them thank you notes after a performance. My work habits are: be ready for anything and everything. Show up on time (which, in my book, means early.) Make sure the clients feel comfortable and ultimately end up happy and proud to have made the good choice to hire me. My goal is to leave my clients and their guests feeling wonderful about engaging live music for their occasion. In private instruction, my student’s needs, and manner in which they learn are responsibilities I take deeply to heart. I want their musical experience of learning an instrument, as tough as it is, to be personally satisfying for them. I am constantly congnizant of how they are feeling about their progress and try to make each encounter fun, even though they are doing something difficult. I love sharing what I have learned that has allowed me to make a living as a freelance guitarist.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art of music has been with me since I was a child. Loving it, figuring out music by ear when I was very young was a start. Music and the knowledge that you can create vibrations that extend your humanity, express moods, healing, and joy to people is exciting to me every day. What I think sets me apart from some other musicians is that I play all styles of music from lead guitar, to fingerstyle acoustic, from classical to blues, rock to jazz. I might play a Broadway show gig, and my next gig might be as a lead guitarist in a classic rock band. Then I may play a cocktail set or private party on acoustic solo instrumental guitar. I play in bands, big bands, solo, duo, trio, etc. Because of the years of experiencing that I have in recording studios, I produce other artists and help them to fulfill their recording dreams. I coach bands – both hobbyists and professional to help them become more efficient in their approach to performance and practice. I also teach improvisation to groups and individuals, helping them dig deep into their own creativity and self expression. I learn lessons every day, with every encounter with my instrument, with every encounter with listeners, and every encounter with students and fellow musicians.My greatest joy as a player is to share the love that music encompasses and my greatest joy with my students is watching them grow into creative individuals-and that’s at any age.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is a difficult question during the pandemic. But pandemic aside……I would have them to my home, which is like a giant music box. There are instruments everywhere, and a garden filled with flowers and life giving plants. I would make them a delicious meal cooked mainly from food from the garden and we would sit and play instruments by the fountains in the yard. Afterwards, we’d go to see a live performance in town. Hiking around Phoenix would be the most important part of the itinerary. I live for natural spaces and those experiences are most special to me. Driving to different areas of the state on day trips provide such a varied geographical backdrop that day trips to special places would be on the agenda. Everything is punctuated by music performance and specially cooked meals for my friends.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are too many people to mention on this long journey. My mentors Joe Diorio and Keith Wyatt really helped prepare me in my early days for this journey. So many musicians, clients, students, and fans have inspired me and helped along the way. Freddie Duran has been a great musical partner for many the projects I have been involved in. My husband Dom Moio’s musicianship and excellent teaching style is a constant inspiration.
Most of these are self portraits. The rest were taken by audience members, so I’m sorry I don’t have names, as people send me photos from gigs.