Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Walter Rodrigues Jr. was born into a family of musicians. His mother was a pianist, and his father a multi-talented minister. Growing up in his father's church, Walter was constantly exposed to music and started playing the guitar at a very young age.
Fascinated by the sounds of Joe Pass, Walter soon started to work on his own Jazz fingerstyle arrangements. In 1989 he moved to Hollywood, California, to attend the Musicians Institute (GIT) where he had the great fortune to study with Joe Diorio, Scott Henderson and Peter Sprague among others. Upon graduation, Walter relocated to Miami, FL, where he received a full scholarship to attend the Jazz Performance program at Florida International University. He later graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1996.
While in Miami, Walter gained valuable experience having performed with many notable musicians, including world renowned Arturo Sandoval among others. He has also participated in Jazz festivals both in the United States and abroad.
With rave reviews from Jazz musicians and publications such as Just Jazz Guitar magazine, Walter’s first instrumental album, Beyond Words (2003) earned him a respected place as a composer, producer, and instrumentalist in the professional music world. With his latest recording, Close to You, and his jazz fingerstyle arrangements being sold around the world, Walter has captivated a new audience. His ability to reinterpret familiar songs has garnered world-wide appreciation for his creative approach.
Walter has been featured in various jazz publications such as Fingerstyle360, JazzReview.com, FingerstyleGuitarists.com and Just Jazz Guitar magazine among others, and is also a regular contributor of the Fingerstyle Guitar Journal online publication.
Walter has become a highly respected Fingerstyle Jazz guitarist on YouTube, with over 18 million views and 100K subscribers, his channel has become a worldwide reference for solo Jazz guitar arrangements.
Besides composing, arranging and performing, Walter has worked as a music educator for the past 20 years and maintains an active teaching schedule.
Walter’s greatest joy and honor is to praise God with his music. He states: “There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing people being touched by God's love through the anointing of music!”