Varano is an Italian-American engineer and veteran living
in Italy writing, composing and performing all types of
music for guitar.
in New York on 21 February 1971, Frank has an unusual
path which led him to perform and write music. He began
playing guitar at 15, greatly influenced by Led Zeppelin's
Jimmy Page, as well as Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles. At
16 he began listening heavily to jazz and fusion. At age
17 he discovered the power and beauty of classical music,
in particular Bach. As a result of his eclectic listening
habits, his musical style has always combined elements
of the classical, jazz and rock realms. In addition to
playing 4 hours a day and performing extensively in the
New York area, he also taught guitar lessons for several
years beginning in 1987.
high school he received a scholarship to study engineering
near Philadelphia. Unfortunately, due to an excessively
demanding schedule little musical progress was made in
college. After graduating with honors in 1993, he was
commissioned as an officer in the US Navy.
moving eight times in six years and travelling to 23 countries,
it was during this period that his musical compositions started
naturally developing, and he began building his private studio.
He also used his engineering skills to begin designing guitars.
he had released two solo acoustic instrumental CDs (Season's
Gift and Voyages and Return), selling several thousand
copies within months of their release despite the lack of a
supporting record company or distributor. In 1998 he moved to
the mountains of northern Italy, where the space and solitude
provided the perfect atmosphere for writing and recording music.
It was here that he also developed an innovative website, www.teachyourselfguitar.com,
which offers a complete 30 lesson interactive guitar course
he released his first CD with his Italian rock band - PNR -
entitled Prova Un'Altra Volta ("Try Again").
After only seven gigs, in August 2003 PNR made it to the finalist
selection of a national music contest held in Ferrara.
obligations with PNR, work and family life (he became a father
in November 2003), Frank continued to compose and record music
for his third solo CD. On November 26, 2003 - the day his daughter
Sara was born - Dream Again was released. Featuring the
most creative acoustic instrumental compositions, you can hear
samples by clicking here.
also recorded on L.A. Project's Eye of the Needle (released
January 2004) and on Dante Citton's debut CD, Bepi e Altre
Storie (released March 2003).
feature many intertwining instruments without becoming overbearing.
They make you WANT to listen. His motto is "calculated
passion." Coupled with a vivid and energetic live performance,
it is safe to say that there are few modern guitarists or composers