December 13, 2005

Interview With Jazz Guitarist Chris Bergson

I published an interview with NY based jazz guitar player Chris Bergson today:

Keep an eye on that page, more interviews will follow soon.

December 4, 2005

Excellent Jazz Guitar Course: Play What Your Hear (Chris Standring)

I hear a lot of guitar players say they 'play by their ears'. Using your ears and playing what you hear is certainly the right approach in my opinion, but I believe that a lot of players who claim to play by ear, actually follow their fingers' routine. Many improvisers get stuck in a system of playing, repeating the same patterns and using the same approach to improvising over and over again.

The 'Play What Your Hear' jazz guitar course can help you conquer this problem. The eBook teaches you to hear melodic phrases in relation to an harmonic background, instead of having to rely on patterns.

The course is divide in 4 parts: the first section talks about melody, the second about harmony, part three is about playing changes and part four is about phrasing.

The course comes in two formats: a downloadable eBook or CD Rom version.

Click for more information: Play What You Hear

Highly recommended!

February 15, 2005

New Pat Metheny CD

There's a new Pat Metheny CD!

It's called 'The Way Up'.

Listen to some samples here.

February 10, 2005

Organist Jimmy Smith Died.

Sad news: organist Jimmy Smith died the 8th of February at the age of 79.

Jazz guitarists will know him from his excellent collaborations with Wes Montgomery.

God bless!

January 24, 2005

The basic Jazz Guitar Chord eBook

New at The Basic Jazz Guitar Chord Book

This free ebook starts with a tutorial on how to construct guitar chords. It talks about triads, seventh chords, avoid notes, tensions and more.
The rear end of the book contains guitar chord charts of the basic jazz guitar chords that are essential knowledge for any jazz guitar player.

Check it out!

January 22, 2005

All About Chords

The latest 3 lessons on are all about chords and chord progressions:

-Jazz guitar chord inversions: basic chord voicings that simplify memorizing chord inversions.

-Blues chord progressions and variations: variations on the 12 bar blues.

-Jazz Chord Progressions: the most popular jazz chord progressions, standards that use them and the guitarists who played them..

January 21, 2005

Jazz guitarist Grassel is making his way back from near death

Jazz Guitarist Jack Grassel nearly died from a rare staph infection.
Luckily he's recovering and he is making his way back.

"Basically, I had to relearn the guitar," he said. "I had lost a lot of dexterity for playing guitar, and worse, I had forgotten much of the material I knew. Some of it gradually came back on its own, but a lot of my technique and material I play required lots of work and concentration."


January 20, 2005

Big news for all the Cubase users amongst us: Yamaha acquires all common stock of Steinberg.