Ronaldo Rodrigues

Vintage Expert Keyboardist

20 Reviews (18 Verified)
Ronaldo Rodrigues on SoundBetter

I'm an expert in vintage approaches of rock/pop (1960's and 1970's - hard/prog/psychedelic/fusion/jazz).

20 years of experience in music;12 official albums released (as session musician, including my own works with bands and solo). Member of two progressive rock bands - Caravela Escarlate and Arcpelago - and the hard/blues-rock band Blue Rumble. Some of my works were reviewed in specialized websites and magazines, such as PROG Magazine (UK), Empire Magazine (Germany), Progressive Music Planet (US), Poeira Zine (Brazil), among others. Arranger, composer, vocalist, and lyricist.

I can contribute with the arrangements to your song mainly if you desire a vintage-oriented sound. I can include a killer keyboard solo or sideral sound landscapes, using a large variety of organic tones.

Main influences: Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Thijs Van Leer (Focus), Dave Stewart (Hatfield and the North), Dave Sinclair (Caravan), Jon Lord, Jan Hammer, Patrick Moraz, Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep), Eddie Jobson, Brian Auger, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Ray Manzarek, Luis Paulo Simas (Módulo 1000), Elias Mizhrai (Veludo), Manito (Som Nosso de Cada Dia).

For further information visit my website: (available in English and Portuguese)

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.


AllMusic verified credits for Caravela Escarlate
  • Caravela Escarlate

20 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Wil Van Winkle

    Great job, got exactly what I envisioned and he went out of his way to make sure I got it quickly despite him being in the middle of moving. Great guy, great keyboard player! Highly recommended

  2. Review by Artist With Side Effects

    Ronaldo is a professional like no other! He went out of his way to make the project complete. Kind man, polite communication, incredible musician! Can't recommend enough! He did synth tracks for me which were right out of my mind in the first version itself!
    Thank you!

  3. Review by Alana C.

    It was a true pleasure working with Ronaldo. Very talented and creative, I had absolutely no problems during our collaboration, and we're both very proud of the final result. I highly recommend to everyone!

  4. Review by Tommy L.

    Ronaldo is amazingly responsive and full of skills player, with a deep knowledge of retro synths/organs. You can't go wrong working with him.

  5. Review by Hayden S.

    Ronaldo did an amazing job on the synth parts and delivered very fast!

  6. Review by Richard S.

    I've worked with Ronaldo several times now because he is a world-class keyboardist with amazing skill and taste - he's simply the best! Always gets and understands what it is a songs needs. A consummate professional, brilliant to work with and a super nice guy to boot. A+

  7. Review by Nasrul E.

    Ronaldo is highly professional and efficient. He provides such great vintage synth sounds. It was also a hassle free process; Ronaldo delivered what I was looking for. Thank you so much Ronaldo, looking forward to working more with you this upcoming year. More tracks coming up!

  8. Review by Kit C.

    Fantastic experience working with Ronaldo again!
    Always helpful and inspired. Thankyou for your time!

  9. Review by Jo R.

    Such a satisfaction to hear the end result. Absolutely amazing!

  10. Review by Kit C.

    It is an absolute pleasure working with Ronaldo. He is extremely professional a great keyboard player and a great guy. Thankyou!

  11. Review by Kit C.

    It is an absolute pleasure working with Ronaldo. He is truly a man of great skill! Great ideas and extremely professional. Thankyou!

  12. Review by Dimitris V.

    Ronaldo is pleasure to work with and excellent piano player, thanks again!!!

  13. Review by Mike P.

    Ronaldo is a world-class keyboardist with great taste; he completely understood what I was trying to do with my project. He's friendly, communicative, quick and provided me with plenty of stems to work with. I look forward to working with him again!

  14. Review by Jim

    Working with Ronaldo was a real treat! He was able to listen to my ideas and provide me with creative, professionally recorded tracks.

  15. Review by Andrew L.

    Ronaldo worked very hard to play the parts that I felt the song needed. Very professional and a nice guy.

  16. Review by Richard S.

    Ronaldo is da bomb! He is an amazing keyboardist/musician/artist. If you want killer retro keyboard sounds, style, and musicianship, Ronaldo’s your guy. He delivered what he promised and so much more. Without knowing it, Ronaldo has now become my keyboardist – he’s just that good.
    I will be returning to him with many more tracks. He is also a super nice guy to boot -- extremely humble and kind to work with. I couldn't be more pleased. Thank you, Ronaldo!

  17. Review by David G.

    Another great job done! Hired Ronaldo for another keyboard solo and it turned out absolutely fantastic. I will hire him again for sure.

  18. Review by David G.

    Great professional and really easy to work with. I Asked for a Jon Lord-ish type of Hammond solo for a song and the end result that was sent back to me was outstanding.

  19. Review by Mike P.

    Ronaldo is an accomplished keyboardist with great taste who totally understood the vibe I was going for with my track. He was friendly, quick, communicative and provided a number of takes for me to work with. I look forward to working with him again!

  20. Review by Richard S.

    Ronaldo is WORLD CLASS! This was my second time working with him, and he blew me away -- again! Working with him is like working with the masters of keyboard rock 'n' roll -- he just nails it every time. My advice, hire him while you still can because Ronaldo is going places; he's just that bloody good. Plus, he's an incredibly nice and helpful guy.

Interview with Ronaldo Rodrigues

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: The second album of my band Caravela Escarlate. It was referred two times in PROG Magazine, including a full-page article.

  3. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  4. A: I will do my best to understand clearly what my clients want and to translate their thoughts into music.

  5. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  6. A: Well, the most frequent question is how to reach a specific kind of vibe or feel in a song. My most common answer is always positive but demands time and effort, requiring some tests with different tones and arrangements.

  7. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  8. A: To imagine that it is possible to obtain a completely different result in a song adding only one instrument.

  9. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  10. A: My second solo album, the third album of my band Caravela Escarlate, and the first album of Blue Rumble

  11. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  12. A: Yes. My band mate Elcio Cáfaro. He is an outstanding drummer.

  13. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  14. A: Digital sounding like analog. The best combination.

  15. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  16. A: The opportunity to play and to work with high-level musicians and composers all over the world.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: References of tones and overall vibe of the song.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: The customer may expect good communication; the customer may expect someone to understand his music deeply.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: I will prefer to take some gadgets to listen to good music.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I started at 11, playing in the Catholic Church. 25 years playing; since 2010, I have played professionally. I started as a band member and progressively I began to compose and make arrangements. Now I'm a session musician and a bandleader.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: 1970s kind of sound. Organic and warm sound.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Stevie Wonder; Herbie Hancock; Jimmy Page; Carl Palmer - because they are genius.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: To be a good musician, it is necessary to be a good music listener.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Rock - progressive rock; psychedelic rock; hard rock; folk rock; alternative; heavy metal; prog metal Jazz - jazz rock; fusion Pop Electronic Music

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: The obtaining of vintage keyboards tone and an approach similar to the greatest keyboardists of golden ages of rock/pop.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: A unique approach to music, considering my background as a keyboardist, composer, arranger, records collector, and an enthusiast of vintage music.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: The first step is conceptual - I listen to the song many times, thinking about the melodies, chords, and tones that will fit better, considering the customers' inputs (references, ideas, etc.). After that, I make the first trials in the keyboards to understand the song's key, rhythm pattern, and overall vibe of the song. I record the first samples (one or two different takes) to show it to the customer, collecting their impressions. This step is repeated if required until the obtaining of an excellent result.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Recording: M-Audio M-Track 8x4. M-Audio Fast Track II. Reaper XXX. Microphone Samson YYY (for acoustic captions) Keyboards: Tokai TX-5 (organ). Roland A-800 Pro. Behringer UMX 610. Pedals: Neo Ventilator II. Boss Octave. Boss Phaser. Full Tone Clyde Wah-Wah.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Keyboard players: Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Thijs Van Leer (Focus), Dave Stewart (Hatfield and the North), Dave Sinclair (Caravan), Jon Lord, Jan Hammer, Patrick Moraz, Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep), Eddie Jobson, Brian Auger, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Ray Manzarek, Luis Paulo Simas, Elias Mizhrai, Manito. Others musicians: Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Carl Palmer, Jon Hiseman, Lenny White, Alphonse Mouzon, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Jack Bruce, Greg Lake, Ron Carter, Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I provide melodies, textures, and solos for songs using my expertise related to the music from the 1960s and 1970s. I also can make creative arrangements for songs. This approach gives a vintage feel to the songs - this is my true passion and what I can do best.

A meddley of songs that I played with Blind Horse, Caravela Escarlate, Arcpelago, and Bamos Q Bânia.

I was the keyboardist and arranger in this production

Terms Of Service

It is reasonable to request some revisions (2 or 3) or alternative takes. All terms can be adjusted in the chat. I aim to offer a high-level result to my customers.

GenresSounds Like
  • Jon Lord
  • Ken Hensley
  • Tony Banks
Gear Highlights
  • M-Audio M-Track 8x4M. Neo Ventilator II Pedal (the best Leslie speakers emulator pedal).
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SoundBetter Deal

Special prices for i) arrangements of 60's and 70's rock-oriented songs; ii) recording of full-length albums that will be released in CD or LP formats.

  • English version - My websiteJul 01, 2021

    Hi folks,

    My website is now available in English version - please check out: 


    Ronaldo Rodrigues

  • June newsJun 07, 2021

    One of my clients here on Soundbetter recently released a single - "Gaslight", from Nasrul Ekram. A great song that was sung by Michal Towbar (Emmy laurate), with my contribution on synths. Check on Youtube! 

    Gaslight - Nasrul Ekram  

  • New tracks on SoundcloudFeb 20, 2021

    Hi folks,

    You can now check some new samples of my music on Soundcloud. I uploaded tracks that I have recorded entirely as improvisations (frequently in the first take) using different tones on different styles.

    I hope you like it!



  • My websiteFeb 04, 2021

    It is now active and updated -  

    You can check further information about my musical works, my biography, my musical writing activities, and reviews of the albums that I recorded. 

    A full version in English will be available in the next weeks. 

    Feedbacks are welcome! 

  • January newsJan 18, 2021

    Great new music is on the way: I'm now composing and arranging the songs for my new solo album (Vol. II), recording the keyboards for Blue Rumble's first full-length album (that will be released in the first semester of 2021 on LP and CD) and defining the arrangements for the Caravela Escarlate's 3rd album, that will be released by Karisma Records in 2nd half of 2021.