marc ribot

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Dig into the style of a bona fide downtown-jazz legend who can meld rock, blues, and Cuban music without ever breaking a sweat.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Understand how to incorporate “outside” notes in your solos.
• Learn about Ribot’s deft use of dissonance.
• Create melodic phrases based around intervallic patterns. Click here to download a\t\t\t\t\t\t\tprintable PDF of this lesson's notation.

It’s a common trope to say that a masterful musician has an instantly recognizable sound. This easily applies to Marc Ribot, but his playing goes a step further and insists on being recognized. Often using a spiky tone and playing with a feel that, no matter how laid back the musical scenario might be, sounds as though it could erupt at any moment, Ribot has been keeping listeners on the edge of their figurative seats since he began his recording career in the 1980s, cementing his reputation as an improvisational iconoclast.

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Guitars heroes don’t just play guitar. They live it, breathe it, and love it. And their lifelong fandom extends not only to the instrument but to the players they share it with. We asked 17 of today’s most interesting, inventive guitarists in a wide span of genres about their favorite peers. Their answers are thoughtful, heartfelt, and fascinating—providing insight into not only who they admire but the qualities in their heroes’ playing that inspire them, which in turn reveals much about what they love about guitar. So, plug in and read on!

Buddy Miller on Marc Ribot

Marc Ribot is my guy. I find him fearless, and he knows so much, but it’s not like he applies everything he knows to everything he plays. He can do anything, and it all goes through the filter of Marc, so he doesn’t try to stay in the idiom he’s recording. There’s something subversive about his playing, and him as a person. He’s an agitator. That’s what I love about him. He’ll turn over the applecart, but in a beautiful way. And when I play with him, he challenges me, and makes me play better, and makes me think … but not too much. You don’t wanna think too much, so what’s in you just comes out. And he can balance that. He’s got that brain on/brain off thing.
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Scott Henderson, Marc Ribot, Greg Koch, and Pat Donohue are among the headliners for the 2013 Lowertown Guitar Festival.

St. Paul, MN (July 29 00, 2013) -- McNally Smith College of Music is honored to host the first-ever Lowertown Guitar Festival — a free day of live music happening Saturday, August 10th 2013 in Mears Park, downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. As a proud partner in many other major music events (Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Lowertown Roots Music Festival, Concrete and Grass), McNally Smith is excited to bring the new Lowertown Guitar Festival to the diverse summer programming taking place in the heart of Saint Paul’s vibrant arts district.

Support for the Lowertown Guitar Festival 2013 comes from St. Paul Cultural STAR, the Lowertown Future Fund of the St. Paul Foundation, McNally Smith College of Music, MN Guitar Society, Willie’s American Guitars, Electro-Voice, Fender Musical Instruments, Martin Guitars, Real-Phonic Radio Hour, Capitol Guitars and Summit Brewing.

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