April 2019

Articles by Jim Bastian

Being George Benson, Pt. 1

December 11, 2007
There has been only one player through modern pop and jazz history who consistently delivers amazing solos, regardless of the style: George Benson. Who but George could play on
Read More

It’s All Relative, Pt. II

November 9, 2007
Last month we discussed the differences between perfect pitch and relative pitch. Today, we are going to look at concrete things players can do to develop a sense of relative
Read More

Pitch - It’s All Perfectly Relative

October 10, 2007
As I sat down to write this column, my cell phone began beeping at the same pitch, over and over. Immediately I knew that the pitch was an interval
Read More

Everyone Raise Your Hands

September 10, 2007
How many of you have had trouble developing a right-hand, or left-hand, picking technique that you are happy and comfortable with? I have rarely met a student or player
Read More

Barney Kessel’s Lines

August 8, 2007
Jazz magic from a Godfather of jazz combos.
Read More

Gibson and Barney Kessel

July 11, 2007
Signature BK''s: Two Models for One Man
Read More

A Jazz Guitar Major: Pros and Cons

June 12, 2007
This is the time when many younger guitar players are finalizing plans for formal music study in the fall
Read More

Why We Collect

May 14, 2007
Many serious players put tonal characteristics before anything else
Read More

Vintage Jazz Guitar Market - Bullish, Bearish, or Biased?

April 12, 2007
Today’s Hardball topic deals with the vintage guitar market from a different point of view: the ever-so-slanted perspective of the jazz guitarist. We are all aware of the ongoing
Read More

Why Johnny Can’t Read

March 19, 2007
Any non-reading guitarist who has ever been asked to accompany someone via reading their music, been asked to learn a song from written notes or been asked to perform by sight-reading a piece of sheet music knows the awkwardness that always accompanies the reply, “I can’t read".
Read More

From The Heart, Pt. 2

March 16, 2007
As a player, how does one arrive at a style that is unique, recognizable, and intuitive?
Read More

From The Heart

March 15, 2007
For a modern, successful performer in our culture, what is the Holy Grail we seek?
Read More