October 2020

 

Articles by Joe Gore

Kirk Fletcher

The Allan Holdsworth of Blues Guitar

October 16, 2020
Kirk Fletcher may not spin off a lot of 7-fret legato runs, but his outlook does owe a lot to the fusion master.
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Kirk Fletcher

Is There Such a Thing as Free Blues?

October 15, 2020
Kirk Fletcher weighs in on the influence of some of the genre’s most experimental practitioners.
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Kirk Fletcher

Should Bends Be Pushed or Pulled?

October 12, 2020
Extraordinary bluesman Kirk Fletcher devised an approach inspired by a lineage of string-wrangling legends.
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Daniel Donato

"There's Only Two Kinds of Songs"

October 2, 2020
Daniel Donato shows us why—and how—you should get complete control of the major and minor “domains.”
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Daniel Donato

CBD Gloves, Vitamins & Daily Recording

September 30, 2020
To stay on top of his game, jam/country virtuoso Daniel Donato has a regimen inspired by pro athletes.
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Daniel Donato

Johnny Cash + Grateful Dead = Cosmic Country

September 28, 2020
How Daniel Donato’s ethos continues to be shaped by the jam gods—and not just Garcia’s solos.
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Charlie Hunter

Charlie Hunter Plays Drums—And You Should Too

September 18, 2020
Drumming has much to do with Charlie's signature polyphonic sound. Listen in as he makes the case that all guitarists should devote time to practicing percussion instruments.
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Charlie Hunter

Charlie Hunter's Guide to Freeing Up Your Technique

September 14, 2020
Charlie Hunter explains how he developed his astonishing contrapuntal technique—and how you too can improvise simultaneous guitar parts and bass lines.
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Chasing Frets

Do You Really Need to Practice in All 12 Keys?

September 4, 2020
Adam Levy, a popular online instructor, considers the pros and cons of entering the chromatic wormhole. His observations may surprise you.
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Adam Levy

Self-Promo Without Pestering

September 2, 2020
Guitar guru Adam Levy shares tips on self-promotion for players with DIY careers. The key, he says, is to make your promotions valuable for the recipient.
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Adam Levy

Rolling the Dice on Practice

August 31, 2020
Guitar instruction guru Adam Levy uses a custom-made pair of dice to determine his practice routine each day. The dice don’t just select the day’s exercises—they also define them.
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Richard Fortus

Considering Keith

August 21, 2020
Richard Fortus is a lifelong Keith Richards fan. He has fascinating perspectives on Keith’s long legacy, and some damn good stories to go with them.
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Chasing Frets

Richard Fortus on Playing Vs. Producing

August 18, 2020
Richard Fortus has learned the craft via decades of studio work with some of the world’s finest producers. Hear how the roles of player and producer overlap—and how they don’t.
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Richard Fortus

Richard Fortus on Filling Big Shoes

August 17, 2020
Richard Fortus had the high-stress job of joining Guns N’ Roses, whose massive global fan base longed for the original lineup. But it wasn’t the first time he had to prove himself in an established band with specific audience expectations. Hear how he navigated those situations, honoring musical legacies while being true to himself.
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Miles Okazaki

Drum Rudiments for Guitarists

July 31, 2020
Jazz iconoclast Miles Okazaki talks about transforming these stick exercises into pick exercises, and how that process can improve technique while inspiring fresh rhythmic and melodic ideas.
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Miles Okazaki

Miles On Monk

July 29, 2020
Guitarist Miles Okazaki talks about the music of Thelonious Monk and how he created utterly original interpretations of so many familiar jazz standards.
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Miles Okazaki

Miles Okazaki's Approach to Melodic Patterns and Permutations

July 27, 2020
Miles definitely “does the math.” Yet there’s nothing cold-blooded about his thoughtful and passionate playing.
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Gretchen Menn

Gretchen Menn Thinks Big

July 24, 2020
Gretchen Menn’s album Abandon All Hope is an ambitious musical visualization of Dante’s Inferno. She discusses the challenges of creating a large-format project of such musical and conceptual and ambition.
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Gretchen Menn

Gretchen Menn’s Tribute to Jimmy Page

July 22, 2020
She plays the Jimmy Page role in Zepparella, one of today’s leading tribute bands. Listen to how she recounts her deep dive into a single player’s style and how it expanded her vocabulary.
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Gretchen Menn

Gretchen Menn on Fingerstyle Playing (and Other Classical Techniques)

July 20, 2020
Classical training is evident in all her playing, even when she’s shredding on electric. In this episode of Chasing Frets, Gretchen discusses how her years of nylon-string playing inform her style.
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