About

Music

Travis Vela is a freelance musician who’s been playing guitar 20+ years and has found a home in San Antonio. He’s been hired to play and record with many bands and pit orchestras here in San Antonio. Recently he’s joined Nina Diaz’s solo record venture and have also joined Girl In A Coma for their live shows. 

While home from the road, Travis’s main focus has been writing and recording with Pochos Chidos, an instrumental psychedelic cumbia rock band, and finishing his first full length album Focus, a collection of songs he has written over the last few years. 

Everything Else

In addition to music, Travis enjoys creating graphics based on word play and painting. Examples of his work can be found here

Travis hopes to continue making music and art and especially looks forward to the next great adventure!

 Travis Vela Resumé
 

Current Projects

Portfolio

Road Less Traveled
Asleep In The Ocean
Abstraction
The Red One
Surreal
Pet Flies
Absurd
Chalupacabra
Digging Deeper | 5 More Licks Over A9

Digging Deeper | 5 More Licks Over A9

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx5y_suwR6M&feature=youtu.beDigging Deeper into the A9 chord. Like I said in the last lesson, the 9 chord is unique in that
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Blues Guitar Lesson | 4 Licks To Play Over A9

Blues Guitar Lesson | 4 Licks To Play Over A9

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A66ylKylVLwThe 9 chord is a common chord in blues, funk, soul and RnB. It's unique in that the blues, pentatonic
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How To Play Gypsy Jazz | 5 Licks To Play Over F6

How To Play Gypsy Jazz | 5 Licks To Play Over F6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zR-49yWixEThe major 6 chord is a very typical chord in gypsy jazz. Django would, more often than not, use the
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How To Play Gypsy Jazz | 5 Licks To Play Over G min 6

How To Play Gypsy Jazz | 5 Licks To Play Over G min 6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzGHC0Yt55s The minor 6 chord is one of the most important chords in gypsy jazz. In this lesson we will focus
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How to play 1930s Django style blues lesson

How to play 1930s Django style blues lesson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh2PmeB7PwM In this lesson we'll go through a simple 1930s blues progression in the style of Django Reinhardt. There are many
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How To Play Gypsy Swing Guitar Lesson

How To Play Gypsy Swing Guitar Lesson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfVd3gxfNfM In this lesson I am showing a popular gypsy swing guitar technique used by many jazz musicians today. I will
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Some Shows With Girl In A Coma

Some Shows With Girl In A Coma

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzJSeJFScHc&feature=youtu.be Once again I had the opportunity to play some shows with Girl In A Coma. I've been joining them for
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Pochos Chidos Recording

Pochos Chidos Recording

Doing some recording with Pochos Chidos. Most of these tunes were initially written for either other bands or some sort
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Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q3z_KvLUNIWhat a Day! Bucket list for sure. The whole experience is still buzzing around in my head. I never thought
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Focus

Focus

It's taken so much 'Focus' to finish writing these songs. Now that I'm in the recording process I feel so
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