The Internet – a Double Edged Sword

The Internet – a Double Edged Sword

  There's loads (loads!) of information on jazz guitar on the internet. You could download something new every day for the rest of your life, and there would still be enough to sift through 10 times over. But: Information alone is not enough to help you progress....

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What most jazz guitarists get wrong

What most jazz guitarists get wrong

  Many jazz guitar teachers mislead students when it comes to learning improvisation. Too much emphasis is placed on scales, modes, arpeggios, and theory. ‘Use a Dorian mode for a iim7 chord’. “Use a Dmaj7 arpeggio to highlight chord tones”. “Apply a melodic minor...

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The Stella explosion

The Stella explosion

  Today I want to share a recording I've been listening to a lot lately: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLliS0wf8x8 This is the Cuban band Irakere's unorthodox rendition of Stella By Starlight. It has a funny story too: Irakere seemingly got the name of Stella By...

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Video: Fast Blues Solo

Video: Fast Blues Solo

  Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQy_eHcQHdI This is something I've been working on lately in the FretDojo Academy Club, my monthly online jazz standard learning group. I've been looking in detail at the soloing approaches of Grant Green, the "hidden...

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Enter the Jazz Guitar Dragon

Enter the Jazz Guitar Dragon

  I've been ruminating today on this quote by Bruce Lee: “Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever...

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