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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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Bryan Sutton on Session Life in Nashville

July 1, 2020
Ever wonder what it's like being a session ace in the hyper-competitive Nashville studio scene? It's a world Sutton knows intimately, and in this episode he tells us how he became a first-call player and what it takes to pick with the best.
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Bryan Sutton on the Art of Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

June 29, 2020
In this week's first episode, the champion flatpicker (he has won the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year award a staggering 10 times) explains how bluegrass rhythm guitar has developed over the years and describes specific techniques for developing your flatpick rhythm skills. As a bonus, he names a handful of classic albums that are required listening for anyone who loves flattop guitar.
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Blake Mills on Fingerstyle Playing

June 26, 2020
Blake discusses the evolution of his unique fingerstyle technique, which draws on sources ranging from Michael Hedges, West Africa, and Bob Brozman, Blake’s onetime teacher. 

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Blake Mills: The Guitarist Producer

June 24, 2020
Besides being a thrilling sideman and solo artist, Blake has been nominated twice for the Producer of Year Grammy. In this episode, he discusses playing guitar with a producer’s ear.
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Blake Mills Talks Slide Guitar

June 22, 2020
Blake is one of today’s most compelling slide players, with an expansive style that encompasses everything from Americana to microtonal music from Africa and the Middle East. Hear how he embraces the spaces between the frets in the latest episode of Chasing Frets.
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Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel on Longevity as a Solo Guitarist

June 19, 2020
The charismatic fingerpicker tours relentlessly and draws large, enthusiastic crowds to his solo concerts in the U.S., his native Australia, and around the world. Listen as he shares how he built his career and why naps are so important.
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How Tommy Emmanuel Met Chet Atkins

June 17, 2020
One of the most engaging and entertaining guitarists on the planet recalls the enduring creative relationship he shared with his mentor, Chet Atkins.
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Tommy Emmanuel on the Art of Solo Guitar

June 15, 2020
The debut episode of the Chasing Frets podcast features Emmanuel sharing his process and approach to solo guitar—while demonstrating his trickiest tunes.
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