Teacher, Performer, Composer
About Sal DiFusco
Sal has extensive experience in writing, recording, producing and performing with many world class artists. He has toured the world performing original music with favorable reviews by top national entertainment magazines. Sal has recorded three solo records, "NEVERTHESLESS", "GREAT EXPLOITS" AND "VANISHING MIST" and has performed his original music in countries including Russia, France, Hungary, Italy, Taiwan, Albania and China. He has toured extensively in the U.S in cities that include Boston, New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Sal makes his home in Boston and holds the position of Professor at the famed Berklee College of Music where he has taught since 1998. He is known by his students there as an inspirational teacher with great technique and with command of a very diverse list of styles including rock, jazz, blues, funk and latin. Sal describes his sound as "Jazz-Rock Fusion."
Throughout his extensive musical career, Sal has shared the stage with some of the best musicians out there. He currently manages an in-demand R&B group called "Radiance" that performs throughout the New England area in addition to maintaining an active performance schedule with his own group, "The Sal DiFusco Project".
Sal has developed himself through rigorous studies with masters of music education including Jon Damian, Jerry Bergonzi and the late Charlie Banacos. He also obtained a 4 year Professional Diploma in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music.
Performed & recorded with various Rock & Jazz groups and artists including:
“Speech” from Grammy award winning group “Arrested Development”
Susan Tedeski (Grammy Award winner)
Peter Erskine (Weather Report)
Gary Burton (Multi Grammy winning Jazz Artist)
Terry Lynn Carrington (Her original music) at 1993 Boston Music Awards
Mike Mangini (Drummer for Steve Vai, Dream Theater)
Steve Hunt (Keyboardist with Alan Holdsworth)
George Garzone (Jazz Artist)
Myanna (Award winning Smooth Jazz Artist)
Heart & Fire, (Latin Jazz Group featuring Wayne Naus)
The Radicals, all original R&B / Soul group
Simon Phillips (Legendary Drummer currently with “Toto”)
“The Italian Job” Lello Molinari, Marcello Pellettieri, Dino Govoni
“Henjosal” with Henrique DeAlmeida and Joe Santerre
Kevin Harris (Jazz Artist)
Mike Mangini Drummer for "Dream Theater"
"Sal has a full range of musicianship and control on the guitar, and as a songwriter. His exposure to and usage of musical styles from jazz to heavy metal surface on both CD's. The versatility in these areas made recording with him a lot of fun for me."
Professor, Berklee College of Music
Author of the book "Beyond Functional Harmony" Leader of the band "Moksha"
I’ve had the privilege of working with Sal in numerous musical projects over the years. His musicality, energy, enthusiasm and positive personality is truly unique. There are few guitar players that can take the music to the high’s he can!"
Chair - Guitar Department
Berklee College of Music
"Sal is a very valuable teacher in Berklee's guitar department. He is a great player who can teach his students to be great players."
Study with Sal DiFusco
Now offering Zoom Lessons
One of my greatest joys in life is imparting whatever knowledge and experience I has acquired over my 40-year music career to students of the guitar. My teaching technique was developed from a musical synthesis stemming from my exposure to Traditional Italian music, my personal training in Jazz and my passion for Rock music.
I enjoy preparing my students for the real world of the music industry. With my extensive musical training alongside my experience in teaching at the Berklee College of Music since 1998, I have acquired and developed an extensive library of techniques and materials to make the learning experience a thought-provoking and inspiring one. Integrating scales, arpeggios, chords, rhythm studies, music theory, reading, composition, ear training and harmony, my goal is to develop well-rounded and versatile guitarists ready to handle any musical situation. I really do appreciate the incredible responses of gratitude I have received from many of my students through the years for my influence on them as a musician and guitarist through kind words, letters and the student evaluations.