December 2016

Jazz

Interview: Duane Denison - Jazz-Punk's "Evil Andy Summers"

January 9, 2013
Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison talks about the reunion of supergroup Tomahawk, his aluminum electrical guitar company Axes, and why he hates sustain.
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Fretboard Workshop: Recycling Pentatonics

September 5, 2012
Delve into the world of the dominant pentatonic scale.
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Album Review: Pat Metheny - "Unity Band"

July 9, 2012
Pat Metheny Unity Band Nonesuch Records Over the course of a 30-plus year career, Pat Metheny has experimented with every possible combination of instruments you could think of. With his
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Digging Deeper: Polyrhythmic Fundamentals

July 9, 2012
Chops: Advanced Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Develop basic polyrhythmic techniques. • Learn how to superimpose different rhythms to make a “4-against-3” feel. • Understand how accents can imply
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Fretboard Workshop: The 12-Tone Shuffle

July 9, 2012
Chops: Advanced Theory: Advanced Lesson Overview: • Understand how to create and use 12-tone rows. • Develop musical motifs by altering tone rows. • Combine string skipping and octave
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Interview: Wayne Krantz - Inside the Beat

June 27, 2012
The jazz-fusion guru discusses his new star-studded album Howie 61.
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Digging Deeper: The Diving-Board Effect

May 11, 2012
Learn how to relieve tension in both your picking and fretting hands.
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Style Guide: Soul Jazz

May 8, 2012
We will focus on various comping and improvisational concepts—guide tone voicings, the “Charleston” rhythm, three-note repetitive patterns, organ-like double-stop licks, Grant Green-style “turns,” and octave/block chord call-and-response
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Fingerstyle Workout: New Orleans Guitar

April 6, 2012
Understand the basics of the New Orleans piano tradition.
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Album Review: Will Bernard - "Outdoor Living"

March 9, 2012
Will Bernard Outdoor Living Dreck to Disk Records It’s hard to describe guitarist Will Bernard’s latest album, Outdoor Living, without using at least a few hyphens. Is it jazz-funk
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Digging Deeper: Creative Chord Construction

March 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn to generate new voicings. • Experience harmony''s gravitational force. • Explore octave displacement. Click here to download the accompanying mp3 audio
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Album Review: Wes Montgomery - "Echoes of Indiana Avenue"

February 10, 2012
Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue Resonance Records The recordings on Echoes of Indiana Avenue show an artist still developing a musical voice while on the verge of taking the
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Digging Deeper: One Scale to Rule Them All

February 10, 2012
The jazz melodic minor scale is a very important improvisational tool.
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Album Review: Sean McGowan - "Sphere"

January 10, 2012
It takes a lot of brass to tackle the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk, and when the musician attempting this feat is a solo guitarist, well, that makes the challenge even more daunting.
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Digging Deeper: Let Your Line Shine

January 10, 2012
Today I want to explore ways to approach improvising long, fluid, rhythmically dynamic lines.
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Orange Guitar: Freddie Green Rhythm

January 3, 2012
I’ve employed this chord sequence as a musical and versatile approach to embellishing the potentially mundane sound of a one-chord vamp.
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George Benson: Still the Coolest of Cats

December 20, 2011
Jazz legend George Benson talks about his upcoming signature Fender amp, dissects his incredible picking technique, and explains the thought process behind Guitar Man— his long-awaited return to ripping 6-string work.
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Album/DVD Review: Anthony Wilson - Seasons, Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

December 20, 2011
or the CD/DVD package Seasons, Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he performs as part of a guitar quartet where the instruments are as heralded as the musicians.
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Oz Noy: Wizard of Weird

December 20, 2011
What do legends like Eric Johnson, Steve Lukather, Will Lee, and Vinnie Colaiuta have in common? They''re all blown away by Oz Noy''s quirky, stompbox-abusing blend of funk, blues, jazz, and rock. Here he talks about his latest Tour De Force, Twisted Blues, Vol. 1.
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Album Review: Andy Reiss, Ranger Doug, and Bobby Durham - "The Art of the Archtop"

November 15, 2011
If you’re a fan of classic archtop guitar, you’ll be delighted with this beautifully recorded and relentlessly swinging set of tunes celebrating the f-hole sound.
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