My *second* biggest thrill from music

My *second* biggest thrill from music

  I have a confession to make. I've had a pretty long music career now (over 25 years), but do you know what the *second* biggest thrill I've gotten out of music has ever been? It's not playing to huge crowds at prestigious venues. It's not recording albums either....

Wake up Neo – the matrix has you

Wake up Neo – the matrix has you

  One of my favorite scenes from the movie "The Matrix" is where the hero's elusive guide Morpheus says: "Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize, just as I did, that there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." A cool line from a movie...

Free book and the final video

Free book and the final video

  Hold on to your horses folks - it's been pretty busy down at the ol' Fret Dojo. Reading your comments from Video #1 and Video #2 of my 3 part video series, The BIG Secrets of Jazz Guitar Improvisation has been fantastic - I've been really encouraged by all your...

3 reasons why for F – J – G – I

3 reasons why for F – J – G – I

  Today I want to spell out why it's worth enrolling in my upcoming Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation course (or FJGI for short). Here are three good reasons. Reason #1: Efficiency - The course gets straight to the point and tells you the exact vocabulary...

5 jazz standards to rule them all

5 jazz standards to rule them all

  Here's what I love about jazz: Once you know how to comp and solo over a few "key" jazz progressions and chord types, you can then play hundreds of jazz tunes. The reason: Over and over again, jazz standards use the same or very similar progressions. It's just a...

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...

New Stella By Starlight chord melody video

New Stella By Starlight chord melody video

  Here's a little something I've been working on lately - check it out on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myONyhZMAws It's a solo jazz guitar arrangement of Stella By Starlight. Part of the challenge with this tune on solo guitar is the frequent, long...

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