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February 22, 2009

Ben Monder Solo Exerpt

Ben Monder's solo playing is out of this world. His ability to play multiple lines at once, while maintaining line independence and his incredible right hand have all made him the envy of many a guitarist. Check out this video excerpt of his tune "Orbits", to hear the full track check out his album "Flux".

February 16, 2009

Jake Langley's Sweet Blues

Guitarist Jake Langley has developed a reputation as being one of the hardest swinging, modern beboper's on the scene today. In this video clip, taken from one of Jake's Mikes Masterclasses clinics, Jake lays down some serious blues and bop licks.

February 13, 2009

John McLaughlin on Johnny Carson

Yes folks, there was a time not so long ago when jazz was featured on the late night talk shows. In this classic clip, guitarist John McLaughlin shows off his chops on a very up-tempo version of Ray Noble's Cherokee.

February 11, 2009

Ed Bickert Trio

There aren't many jazz guitar players who possess the harmonic vocabulary and innate musical ability that Ed Bickert does. In this trio recording featuring Claude Ranger on drums and Don Thompson, Ed is at his very best. His chord melody and soloing are intricate and elegant at the same time, and his single lines are clean, clear and melodic.

This is Ed doing what he does best.

February 9, 2009

Ted Greene Masterclass

Check out this rare video of master guitarist Ted Greene. In the video Ted demonstrates how he applies Bach chorale techniques to the jazz standard "Autumn Leaves." What's even more remarkable is that Ted is making it up all on the spot.

February 8, 2009

Lenny Breau Masterclass

Lenny Breau was a master guitarist and teacher. Having helped to pioneer the 7-string guitar, using a high-A string, Lenny was also known for his mastery of two-hand harmonics, fingerstyle picking and pianistic comping.

In this rare teaching video, Lenny performs for the students, followed by a discussion on his guitar and approach to performing in the jazz guitar idiom.

February 7, 2009

Jack Zucker Brings Sheets of Sound to Youtube

Jack Zucker, author of the popular "Sheets of Sound for Guitar" series, has recently begun to post videos of him performing examples from the books. Check out his blinding technique in this video that demonstrates a 5/4 Michael Brecker type lick. Jack lays out the lick on it's own, and then gives a performance demonstration where he uses the lick over a tune.

February 4, 2009

Funny Guitar Player Plays Summertime [Video]

Here's a video of Fulvio Binetti, a multi-instrumentalist from Italy. He plays a very swinging version of Gershwin's Summertime. I love it when a guitarist can perform a standard in a swinging and entertaining way, just by himself, something that's not so easy. Remember this guy when aunt Phyllis asks you to "play something on your guitar" next Christmas...