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George Benson

Wong Notes Episode 10: George Benson

August 5, 2020
The guitar legend opens up about collaborating with Gorillaz, knowing your theory, and the time Sinatra didn't take him at his word.
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Nili Brosh

Ear Training for the Shred Guitarist

August 5, 2020
The Berklee grad describes her approach to learning tunes and hearing changes—it might not be what you think.
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Nili Brosh

Auditioning 101 With Nili Brosh

August 3, 2020
In this week's first episode, Nili shares her auditioning secrets and tells the story of what it took to land the guitar slot in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: ONE.
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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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Bela Fleck

Wong Notes Episode 9: Béla Fleck

July 29, 2020
Béla Fleck is at the top of a very short list of world-renowned banjoists. Listen in as he talks about growing up in NYC, his love of collaboration, and his painstaking approach to live albums.
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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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Wong Notes

Wong Notes Episode 8: The Bacon Brothers

July 22, 2020
The dynamic duo of folk-rock jams chimes in about their latest album, 'The Way We Love,' copping the hippest loops from Logic, and how their creative partnership has flourished.
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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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Nir Felder

Nir Felder on How to Structure Your Practice Time

July 17, 2020
Nir details how he approaches his practice sessions and provides tips we can all use for fostering creative growth on guitar. He also reveals why he's played the same Fender Strat for more than two decades.
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Sean Hurley

Wong Notes Episode 7: Sean Hurley

July 15, 2020
The first-call session bassist (John Mayer, Morissey, Lana Del Rey) discusses gig prep, gear essentials, and how confidence improves tone.
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Nir Felder

The Jazz Musician's Guide to Touring With a Pop Artist

July 15, 2020
In this episode of Chasing Frets, Nir Felder explains what a jazz player can bring to other genres and offers advice to jazz musicians hoping to make the leap into rock concert halls and arenas.
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Nir Felder

Nir Felder's Improvised Fingerings

July 13, 2020
Nir describes his non-traditional approach to soloing over changes and how he works out phrases on the neck with in-depth playing examples to help you break free from standard fretboard dogma.
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Chasing Frets

Will Bernard and the Soul of New Orleans

July 10, 2020
He remembers his conversations with the late Dr. John and discusses his frequent collaborations with drummer Stanton Moore, today’s leading torchbearer for traditional New Orleans rhythm.
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Chasing Frets

Will Bernard: The Art of the Trio

July 8, 2020
Will Bernard has played in every format from big band to solo. Hear his thoughts on the unique challenges and pleasures of the trio format.
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Wong Notes

Wong Notes Episode 6: Yvette Young of Covet

July 8, 2020
Listen in as a bona fide math-rock superstar goes deep on altered tunings and shares secrets on how she covers all the bases in her trio.
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Will Bernard

Will Bernard on Music Reading

July 6, 2020
How important are music-reading skills? And are they essential for your musical process? In this episode, Will reflects on a common dilemma for advancing guitarists.
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Chasing Frets

Bryan Sutton on Building Bluegrass Chops

July 3, 2020
In this episode of Chasing Frets, the award-winning guitarist reveals his secrets for developing speed, tone, and clarity on an acoustic, and poses the question "What are we doing to get in our own way?"
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