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He started playing guitar at the age of 12 and published his first blues method “My Acoustic Blues Guitar” in 1986.
He has collaborated as a journalist for Guitar Club, Chitarre, and Acoustic Guitar magazines.
He is the author of CDs, books and videos based on his compositions, on traditional Italian music as well as blues, Jazz and Celtic music.
In the United States he received the GPJ Folk Awards for independent music for the Cd Italian Fingerstyle Guitar as best album in the solo guitar category.
Concerts and Guitar Courses
He performs in Europe, the United States, and Japan. For about 30 years he has been teaching and organizing fingerstyle guitar seminars. In Italy, in the Marche region, he has opened an educational space with Raffaella Luna, the Acoustic Guitar Workshops.
He shared the stage with artists like John Renbourn, Leo Kottke, Tim Sparks, Alex De Grassi, and many others. He performs as a soloist, or in a duo with the singer Raffaella Luna with whom he proposes a personal reinterpretation of traditional Italian songs and a repertoire of original songs.
His repertoire has solid foundations in blues, jazz, Celtic music, and Italian folk, languages assimilated in the course of continued research and mastered with absolute competence with a personal and recognizable sound.
MBG Ariola, Carisch, Bèrben, Acoustic Music Records, Acoustic Music Books, are the labels and publishers that have released his works. At present he is producing with his own label Acoustic Guitar Workshops.
All-Star Guitar Night-Nashville–USA
Franco…once on stage gives us a simply superb concert, fresh, inspired and intense enough to make the audience skin their hands…… do not miss Franco Morone if with his magic guitar happened one day in your area: you will not regret it, I assure you.
Franco is one of those artists who, in Italy, have made the history of the acoustic guitar. Refined musician, excellent arranger, careful connoisseur of the Italian folk heritage as well as the European one, he has written pages of music on which the last generations of guitarists have worn out their fingers.
Franco Morone reveals his talents as a composer and guitarist….In him it is the compositional idea that conveys the style just like Villa Lobos or John Renbourn.
When Franco Morone is playing, you can feel a deep intensity. Mostly his eyes closed, the artist is 100% within his music. He is a master at work, here it is, where the magic happens. Each note he plays is necessary, in each note, there´s a feeling of Italianità of Mediterranean lightness and poetry garnished with precious ornaments. Franco is a wanderer between musical styles – Celtic sounds, jazz, blues & much more – which he masters entirely and perfectly
“Franco Morone is, without doubt, a genius of the acoustic guitar and hands down one of our favorite players. His playing is always a miracle of solid grooves, great melodies, and tone to die for. His repertoire is versatile, full of interest, and delicious surprises”.
“Et dans tous les cas, le résultat est tout à fait convaincant, preuve si besoin était que Franco Morone compte parmi les plus grands finger-stylistes du moment. Bref, un excellent album, élégant, chaleureux, coloré…A déguster sans modération.”
“Morone has one of most identifiable sounds of anyone playing fingerstyle guitar today.”
Back To My Best a dream of an album accomplished: A sensitively vibrant flurry of notes of incomparable luminous tenderness and enchantment, a rush of Mediterranean morning and Celtic evening breezes whose lyrical beauty undoubtedly reaches even those listeners who can’t even guess what a technical feat it is to really make each and every one of tens of thousands of notes blossom in such impeccably relaxed timing.
“Franco Morone captures the listener in a wide variety of styles and excels in creating fantastic rich moods in his modern approach to fingerstyle guitar.”
Without detracting from your past works, which, as you know, I really appreciated, I believe that “Italian Fingerstyle Guitar” is your most successful and stimulating project, obviously also thanks to the chosen repertoire that shows an uncommon sensitivity and musical sensitivity. I have literally devoured this CD, in the sense that I have listened to it over and over again – something that happens to me very rarely – and at every opportunity I have managed to find new suggestions and impressions. In addition to having passed on many songs from “Italian Fingerstyle Guitar”, I also chose it as Album of the Week.