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Meet Ron Fingers Tropiano

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ron Fingers Tropiano.

Ron Tropiano or “Fingers” as some of his peers call him, is a powerful bassist with a commanding humility onstage. He is comfortable in a wide variety of musical styles from Jazz, Swing, Blues, Rock, Country, Funk, Motown and R&B to Reggae and all popular music.

The list continues on thru songs of Worship and Prayer and a deep appreciation for Classical as well. He is a bass player’s “bassist” with years of tenacious technique and the true heart desire to master his instrument. Ron plays four, five and six-string electric basses and the upright double bass.

His career has taken him all over the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia and continues to receive international offers. He has played in ensembles ranging from solo to horn-driven big bands complete with string orchestra. Ron has toured, performed and recorded with many giants of the industry. He has performed on commercials, jingles, live broadcasts on radio stations, albums, television, awards, and charities.

Some of the charities include the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon, American Heart Foundation, Camp Good Days and Special Times for children with cancer and Hurricane Relief just to name a few. Ron has a large catalog of original material and is a member of the Songwriters Guild of America (SGA). He is also a well-known educator and instructor. Contents © 2009 Ron Tropiano. All rights reserved.

I started playing bass around 15yrs old. My brothers and I bought some guitars and drums, and that’s where it all began. I went on to play professionally. I spent 20 years playing the east coast from Maine to Florida. Relocated to Arizona playing the west coast and Europe.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Well, there are always setbacks in life in general. That along with being a self-employed musician can cause a lot of struggle… Traveling and relocating, etc. You have to think big never get stuck in a local scene. One day at a time, stay focused.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a freelance bassist. I have been performing since I was a teenager. All those years playing with all those bands in all genres has enabled me to work consistently for decades. I play all styles of music and composer.

How do you define success?
Success is in the heart, not the bank.

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