Alberto "Bear" Whitmer is a guitarist and teacher from Metro Detroit. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's fingerstyle guitar performance program under John Stropes. As an instrumental fingerstyle acoustic player, Bear plays music that draws from British and American folk, Celtic, blues, classical, jazz, pop, and percussive fingerstyle. He expands the sonic palette of a 6 or 12 string acoustic guitar by synthesizing melody lines, bass, and harmony on a single instrument while also incorporating percussive tapping techniques, expressive effects, and alternate tunings. Bear has opened for Stefano Barone, Robert Jones & Matt Watroba, and James Keelaghan as well as being the special guest of Blackthorn. Around town, he performs regularly at open mics and farmers' markets as well as busking when the weather cooperates.
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