Testimonials

Testimonials

Advance Praise for FretDojo Courses Worldwide

FretDojo has helped thousands of jazz guitarists worldwide through it’s innovative online courses. Scroll down to see testimonials from guitar students from all around the world…

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“I struggled away without any clear direction, until I discovered Greg and Fret Dojo. The difference has been amazing!”

“I’ve spent 50 years playing basic chords to sing along rock, country, middle of the road stuff. Then about 2 and half years ago I got interested in jazz guitar, a totally new experience. For those 2 years I downloaded a mountain of stuff from the internet (free and purchased)… and I struggled away without any clear direction, until I discovered Greg and Fret Dojo. The difference has been amazing!

Greg has the ability to keep everyone motivated, he’s caring, clear thinking, very talented and most importantly – he’s completely dedicated to getting the best out of all the members – whether newbies like myself or guys that have been in jazz bands for years.

I can highly recommend Greg and the Fret Dojo. It’s outstanding – go for it!”

~ Alan Voss, Queensland, Australia

 

“I just literally finished Greg’s 30 Day Challenge and I gotta tell you – it was a wonderful experience and I heartily recommend it.”

“I did a little bit of jazz when I was in college, played with a jazz band. Just didn’t get what Greg is giving us so freely and I’m so appreciative of what he’s done.

If you’re looking to increase your vocabulary, feel and what it means to play as a jazz guitarist – I heartily recommend Greg, give it a start!”

~ Mike Banta, USA

 

“This course has exceeded my expectations.
It’s inspired me – and it’s
TRANSFORMED my playing.”

 

“I have to say that at first I was a little skeptical of Greg’s claims about the effectiveness of the course, but after having completed the course I would say that it is a remarkable undertaking he has accomplished. I would say that this course is a GAME CHANGER for an introduction to jazz guitar.

Greg is a master teacher, and it has been a pleasure to watch his videos and be encouraged by his gentle, encouraging style. Thumbs up Greg, thanks so much for such a fabulous course – it is such an achievement on your part.”

~ Josh Gordis, USA

“It’s kind of like when you first learn to play the guitar – and your progress is exponential.
It’s like that again.
I haven’t experienced that feeling for ages…”

 “This course is just absolutely brilliant in getting you to play and be musical. I can’t speak highly enough of this course. It’s changed my musical journey. I’m so excited with what I have now to build on over the next few years.

Greg himself is a fantastic teacher, by far the best music teacher I’ve ever had. And I have gone to music college for 2 years as well by the way – so I’m a good person to judge that!

What you learn more than anything is – ‘if it sounds good – Play it!’. Theory does have its place, but sounding good is the most important thing, and Greg gets you sounding good from day one.”

~ Paul Flynn, UK

“At the end of this course, I feel like I can say that I AM a jazz guitarist now…”

 “Prior to this course, I’ve been playing jazz guitar 2.5 years.

Before the course, I could noodle around the fretboard, used scales, but never learned jazz vocabulary and never even thought about it as a way to improve my improvisation skills on guitar.

I’ve learned so much vocabulary and so many skills to approaching soloing over a jazz standard. It was a really great community and a really great vibe, and I learned so much from this course.”

~ Angie O’Neill, Australian (living in Germany)

No matter what your insecurities are you can find support here as a player and you can grow!

 

“I’ve been playing guitar since I was twelve, i’m 60 now so i’ve been playing for a while. 

Jazz guitar is a journey and I found that this method of instruction is really cool in that you are going on this journey with a lot of different people. You will be able to meet people who love jazz guitar from all over the world which is really cool.

Working through the course material is always a pleasant surprise. I always learn something that I haven’t learnt before or would have never approached before!”

~ Graesson Berbano, USA

“This course is a model in how to effectively deliver visual, auditory and tactile e-learning content. I wish my Uni courses were like this!”

“I really liked Greg’s curriculum and how each lesson built on the previous one. Continuity and re-use were the strong points of Greg’s teaching style. Greg is a proper music teacher and not just some guy doing an info dump at a pace too advanced for the students. The use of the e-learning platform was excellent.

Also, Greg has a kind heart and it really shows in his commitment to his students. I feel privileged to have been part of the Jazz improvisation course at the Fret Dojo!“

~ Paul Platt, Australia

“I’ve participated in TWO 12 week courses with an internationally famous music university…I can safely say the investment in lessons with Greg has been worth more than 95% of all the other formal and informal education I’ve managed to derive for myself.”

 

“With a little bit of the right approach, one can achieve so much. 

I can wholly recommend that anybody who is really wanting to play jazz guitar and is struggling to get beyond “running scales” where I was, and instead start to really sound “jazzy” – this is the course for you.”

~ Gordon Hooper

Johannesburg, South Africa

Greg O’Rourke plays the guitar with a beautiful touch and tone. He effortlessly brings out and enhances harmonic movement and counter-lines in his playing, while keeping clear melodic lines in the forefront. Using his considerable fingerstyle technique he creates personal renditions of classic jazz standards. Definitely someone to watch and listen to closely!

Howard Alden

Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist, howardalden.com

“Let me tell you – this is an AMAZING course and I highly recommend it…”

 “Greg O’Rourke is an excellent teacher – a clear thinker, a really nice guy, encouraging and helpful. The course is designed in a way that brings REAL results for REAL people – using technology. I’d advise you that if you’re eligible and you’re up for the right requirements of this course – GO FOR IT!”

~ Alan Voss, Australia

 

“Greg is a dynamite player and I enjoyed his teaching style…”

 “Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation was a worthwhile investment of my time and money. Greg puts together a very good foundation of essential elements in manageable chunks. My ultimate goal was to play a few tunes with these new skill sets. These goals were met. With this foundation, I have more to improve and build upon after the course.”

~ Danny Yee, USA

 

“This material has definitely advanced my level of playing…”

 “Before doing the course, I had a lot of questions and issues with my jazz guitar improvisation. I was losing my place where I shouldn’t have been, and I was looking for something to close that gap. This course was really the right course to help with this. Greg does a wonderful job of teaching, he is very patient and very clear minded and clear with his lessons, they are very easy to follow.

I learned a tremendous amount and I got to see the others in the class also progressing at every level – whether beginner or advanced, we were all growing and getting something out of the course. It was a fantastic experience – it was well worth the effort and I’m glad I did it. I hope you have the opportunity to participate in it – I think you’ll enjoy it!”

~ Mark Bauer, USA

 

“Greg is one of the best teachers I’ve ever come across…”

 

“If you all have loads of books that make no sense that you never use, Greg breaks it down and makes it useable. This is unlike any course you’ve ever been involved with, mainly because Greg is so good at explaining things that I now understand that I didn’t understand before. It’s a fabulous course and I highly recommend it.”

~ Mike Bryant, UK

“Greg has put together a really clear, well-designed curriculum, that makes a whole lot of sense…”

 

“I wanted to say a couple of things about how great the course was. It is well laid out, the video examples are great, the handouts that are provided are really useful. His concepts of the four pillars of jazz guitar improvisation (technique, fretboard knowledge, vocabulary, and play) are well woven throughout the course so that it really gives you a good grounding in what you’re doing.

There’s definitely a whole lot more to be learned and a whole lot more to do, but this was a wonderful way to start and I think everyone should give it a try. Thanks!”

~ Chip Carvell, USA

 

“The Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation was just the course I was looking for…”

 

“I was looking for something to help fill in the gaps when it came time to perform a jazz guitar solo.

The course provided plenty of exercises to help me hone my skills, and gave me the opportunity to apply what I had learned on complete songs. I would highly recommend this course.”

~ Rodney Harris Jr., USA

“I’m really happy with any cent, and any minute I’ve spent on this course…”

 “Hi Greg, I must tell you I’m very happy with the course. The philosophy of it (that improvisation means to play with vocabulary) was really eye-widening for me. I now see that there are just a handful of ingredients to create a well sounding solo. The lessons dealing with guide tone lines are a real breakthrough for me…Thanks a lot Greg!”

~ Bernhard Laabs, Germany

 

“I truly recommend this for someone who really wants to break through in their improvisation skills and also improve their confidence level.”

 “This course has helped me to be more confident in my playing, and there is now something ‘under my belt’ that I can now confidently use.”

~ Eugene Tse, Canada

 

“I have acquired a greater jazz vocabulary and enhanced level of confidence and enjoyment in my playing.”

“Intensely studying, receiving individual feedback, and practicing the material presented in audio and visual form in Greg O’Rourke’s “Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation” course I have come to look at jazz in terms of this quote from Greg himself: “If you’re an artist, it’s good to have a paint set with quite a few colors in it!”

The primary colors are the sound licks Greg describes as ‘vocabulary’ over the 10 week course of study. From that revelation I now picture and practice playing jazz as laying out a palette of colors, which I mix in variable quantities to create additional colors and hues.

All the material PDF’s and videos of the course can be downloaded to your computer.”

~ Larry Peyser, USA

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“Greg has a wonderful way of presenting the material. It’s high energy, it’s infectious – he really enjoys what he does.”

 “Hi Greg, I wanted to thank you for your fantastic course, the Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation. I enjoyed it very much and heartily I recommend it to anyone who is thinking about how to improvise in a jazz style over standard songs.”

~ Angelo J., USA

 

“It worked extremely well…you learn to improvise on a higher level.”

 

~ Jürgen Schwibs, Germany

“I would highly recommend Greg’s course and teaching to any guitar player who is looking to improve their soloing skills and is seriously interested in getting quality value for their time and money.”

“I really do believe that Greg’s course on the ‘Fundamentals of Jazz Guitar Improvisation’ helped me to further not only my playing skills in soloing but also to become a better performing musician on guitar in Jazz and other styles as well. Greg’s positive and informative approach to teaching is inspiring. His explanations are simple but are loaded with enough information to keep even the seasoned players building and adding to their skill set. His course is laid out in an easy to understand way that builds one concept on the other and gives his students a well-rounded understanding of navigating the fretboard and in speaking the language of Jazz through their playing.

I would highly recommend his course and teaching to any guitar player who is looking to improve their soloing skills and is seriously interested in getting quality value for their time and money. I look forward to studying with Greg again in the future in more of his amazing courses. I Hope to see you there!”

~ Bryon Thompson,

(BMus from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.)

Working Musician, and Music Teacher.

 

“I’m playing faster, but more importantly I’m playing with better articulation, clarity, and coordination…”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course and loved the lessons – each has clear purpose and moves your technique forward. I’m playing faster, but more importantly I’m playing with better articulation, clarity, and coordination… Even at slower tempos the lines I’m executing are tighter, and telling a better story. I would recommend this course for anyone. In fact, I wish I’d got this sort of training when I was more of a beginner player – I would have developed better technique right from the jump.”

~ Mark Bauer, USA

“We got the “Fast Track” to our new levels of playing facility, using your combined decades of experience…”

“Greg and Stu, I really enjoyed your Fast Lane: The Total Technique Roadmap for Jazz Guitar course. We were presented with a treasure trove of living examples of the common problems jazz guitarists face, and the ways to overcome them. We got the “Fast Track” to our new levels of playing facility, using your combined decades of experience. Thanks for a top course and please keep up the good work!”

~ Lou Farina, Australia 

“I really benefited from this course, and I think it is really worth the money I spent.”

“Before doing the course, I was aware that my technique wasn’t good enough – I lacked speed, unable to play higher than 90 BPM, which is not fast enough for jazz. The Fast Lane course is very comprehensive, systematic, and offers a a lot of opportunities to improve. I really benefited from this course, and I think it is really worth the money I spent.”

~ Thomas Maurer, Switzerland

“I took a chance with Fret Dojo and it turned out to be exactly what I needed.”

“Trying to establish a strong jazz foundation has been difficult for me. I was tired of cobbling together disjointed lessons from all over creation. There are so many different lessons and hacks out there, some good but mostly not. I was spinning my wheels trying to curate my own curriculum while trying to learn jazz at the same time. What I really needed was a long term structured course.

Greg designs this course so that you have clear guidance every step of the way. I also appreciate that he makes himself very accessible for questions and feedback. Everything I’ve learned from Fret Dojo is incredibly indispensable and it also consolidated my previously cobbled together nuggets of theory.”

~ Louis B., USA

“Since the beginning of the course you have had the personal touch to give individual feedback and that really makes a difference.”

“Thanks a lot Greg!! This course has been a revelation for me because I have been playing guitar for 34 years. A few years ago I became interested in jazz guitar. Tried many books and courses but could not really integrate that knowledge into a performance. The system of the course, being stepwise and adding knowledge and complexity with each step, helped me consolidate the knowledge. But for me the most important aspect was the assignments, because they pushed me to practice and present a complete piece, that I’ve never done before. Now I feel confident in my playing thanks to you. I look forward to further courses. Thanks again!”

~ Eduardo Viruet, Puerto Rico

“I would say to anybody that’s considering the course: jump in with both feet!”

“Greg is a funny and interesting guy that does a good job with the course. The course was fun and the materials were easy to understand. There were weeks that were tougher than others but all in all – I feel like I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I would say to anybody that’s considering the course: jump in with both feet! It’s an inexpensive way to enter into the realm of jazz and get a good basis for continuing education in jazz and developing jazz chops. Go for it!”

~ Jim Bean, USA

 

“I messed around with guitar now for long long time but never really understood how to improvise on the spot. If you’re wondering whether this course is for you, I suggest you go for it. I’m sure you’ll be glad that you did.”

“I’ve messed around with guitar now for long long time but never really understood how to improvise on the spot.
When Greg offered this course, I’ve grabbed it with both hands and I’ve been delighted. Greg is the rare combination of gifted musician and an excellent teacher.
I should know, I’ve been with the FretDojo Academy now for 2.5 years, and under his guidance I’ve produced a lot of music that I’m really proud of. If you’re wondering whether this course is for you, I suggest you go for it. I’m sure you’ll be glad that you did.

~ Alan Voss, Queensland, Australia

 

“The main thing I have gotten out of the Fret Dojo, is that it has given me the confidence to go out and find a piano player, and a bass player who plays jazz. And now, we’ve worked up a set list of 11 songs, including bebop and standards, and are about to start gigging… which I don’t think I would have done that without the help of this.”

– Mike Bryant, UK

“In the 30 Day Jazz Guitar Challenge Greg tooks us back to basics, and introduced us to simple and effective ways to play over jazz harmony. You realize you are making progress!”

 “I’d like to say a few words about Greg O’Rourke and FretDojo after participating in the 30 Day Jazz Guitar Challenge course. I suspect lots of guitar players are a bit like me, who have played in a few bands and can get by with different styles (rock, blues, country). We enjoy jazz and would like to play it, but we don’t really know how to. In the 30 Day Jazz Guitar Challenge Greg tooks us back to basics, he explained what makes jazz-blues different and introduced us to simple and effective ways to play over jazz harmony. You realize you are making progress and can hear more. 

Greg gives excellent advice on how to practice. Guitarists, if they’re like me, tend to noodle. Greg presents an organized system to learning jazz. With Greg’s direction, you won’t waste time and you will improve.

– P.J Clarke, Otago, New Zealand

“After 4 weeks of going through this course, I feel now that I truly understood what are the main principles I can use to improvise.”

“I’ve been struggling quite a bit how to improvise in jazz. I was going through a lot of materials like books and trying to understand how to improve my improvisation skills. I was really stuck.

Then I can across 30 Day Jazz Guitar Challenge course. After 4 weeks of going through this course, I feel now that I truly understood what are the main principles I can use to improvise. I can not stress enough how much I recommend this course to anyone that wants to improvise, regardless if you’re just starting out or got experience.

Just have a go and have a look, because you’re really going to improve your playing. Thank you Greg for putting all this together. It’s been a pleasure to learn with your friendly approach and you’re a fantastic teacher. Thank you for your help!”

– John Toulson, WA, Australia

“I recommend anyone who wants to improve their jazz playing they do this course – there are quite a few courses on the internet and this is by far the best one.

“I’ve been playing jazz a number of years but lots of gaps in my playing which this course has really managed to sort out.
 
It’s not overwhelming, you take each little nugget, one bit at a time and build on it. Also you can post and you get feedback from other members. It’s a very nice community spirit.
 
I recommend anyone who wants to improve their jazz playing they do this course – there are quite a few courses on the internet and this is by far the best one.

~ Pete Duncan, London UK

 

“The challenge I was facing is that I don’t know much about soloing. I’m mostly a chord player, comping – for me, this course has been perfect.”

“For me, this course has been perfect. A good start to get into jazz playing, because jazz and playing jazz guitar is a wonderful thing. For me this is a really good course and if you’re a beginner in jazz like me, don’t hesitate to do this course.

The course has helped me a lot, especially with soloing. I’ve been getting a nice foundation that I can start practicing, to build up and learn more in the future.”

~ Mats Brickman, Sweden

 

– Jonathan Kuttner, New Zealand

“Greg is well prepared, knowledgable and conveys his knowledge in a very practical way.”

 

“What appealed to me instantly was the very structure of the course, where all the modules were built around the same platform when it comes to tune or chord progression. I felt like it was a “safe haven” when learning new things because everything you could relate to the same platform.

He (Greg) is very well prepared, knowledgeable and he conveys his knowledge in a very practical way, so it’s easy to follow. He shows us how we can apply practical stuff in a creative way in our playing.

~ Jone Lunde, Norway

“There’s a wonderful clarity of explanation, detail, and theory together with friendly encouragement.”

 

“Although there’s no requirement to submit examples of your playing., nor get involved with the community aspect, you will definitely benefit if you do so!

~ John Russel, Australia

“It’s an absolute winner.”

~ Adam Voss, Australia

“This is a must see course for all you guys and gals out there that wanna elevate their playing to the next level.”

~ Charles Pierro, USA

“I would highly recommend that you look at this course.”

~ Tom Livingston, USA

“Greg O’Rourke has a wonderful teaching style – it’s straightforward, sold, it makes sense.”

 

“I’ve been playing for so long by sound and feel, and I really needed a good, strong solid foundation for how to understand the fretboard and know where to navigate on the fretboard.

FretDojo has been super-helpful to me in getting that done.”

~ Mike Haas, USA

“This is a really good thing to be a part of. It’s a fantastic community of people – and all really supportive of one another.”

 “We’re all really enjoying it….so much enthusiasm is there from all the people from different parts of the world. You can just tell that we’re all delighted to be a part of it. We’re learning so much, every single month. It’s making me a better player, so a big thumbs up from me!

Greg himself is a fantastic teacher, by far the best music teacher I’ve ever had. And I have gone to music college for 2 years as well by the way – so I’m a good person to judge that!

What you learn more than anything is – ‘if it sounds good – Play it!’. Theory does have its place, but sounding good is the most important thing, and Greg gets you sounding good from day one.”

– Paul Flynn, UK

 

“Greg is one of the clearest teachers I’ve ever seen, he’s made really complicated things easy to understand.”

 “The main thing I have gotten out of the Fret Dojo, is that it has given me the confidence to go out and find a piano player, and a bass player who plays jazz. And now, we’ve worked up a set list of 11 songs, including bebop and standards, and are about to start gigging… which I don’t think I would have done that without the help of this.”

– Mike Bryant, UK

“I’m becoming a better jazz guitar player and that’s the bottom “jazz line”. 

“Years ago I studied classical guitar and some jazz but put my studies on the side for my career. I’ve been getting into playing again for the last two years and have used online sources to learn jazz guitar with some success. Learning how to embellish chords and learning some jazz lines and parts of solos was fun and engaging but now I have found, for me, the missing ingredient: “focus” (or just “learning a complete performance”.)

Greg is a true instructor. Yes, you get harmony, theory, a transcription of a solo chorus by Greg, but Greg also keeps things moving and provides incentives to post recordings of what you have learned. I have found this great for focus and actually completing a piece of music instead of just “parts of the puzzle” out of context. This is different than providing the music material and leaving the jazz student alone to figure it out. I’m becoming a better jazz guitar player and thats the bottom “jazz line”.

– Ken Niehoff, USA

– Travis English, USA

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Podcasts

Podcasts

Jeremy Sawkins – The Harmonic Adventurer

Jeremy Sawkins – The Harmonic Adventurer

In today’s episode, Carl Orr has the pleasure of interviewing Sydney-based guitarist, Jeremy Sawkins.

Jeremy has been an active member of the Australian jazz community since the early 1980’s. As well as being a composer/bandleader, Jeremy has shared the stage and recording studios with many notable musicians. Having performed all around Australia, he has also performed in Europe and Asia. 

After graduating from the N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music in 1984 (with an Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies), Jeremy joined his former teacher, Dr Roger Frampton (late) in the band ‘Intersection’. The band performed in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. They recorded one album, independently released by Frampton – ‘A breath of fresh air’. 

Since then Jeremy has led many of his own groups, his current being ‘Jazz Organism’, the Jeremy Sawkins Trio and Quartet. All groups have had many performance opportunities in Sydney (and Ireland) since 2003.

Jeremy has been with Miroslav Bukovsky’s (A.R.I.A. award winning jazz/world music) group ‘Wanderlust’ since 1996. He has toured Europe twice with the group (1997-98) performing at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival and the JVC Jazz Festival in Rome (to name a few). In 1999 the group toured China and Japan, performing at the Beijing and Shanghai International Jazz Festivals and the Sweet Basil Jazz Club in Tokyo. 

You’ll really get to know Jeremy and his love of music in this episode. He shares a couple of great tracks and demonstrates some great reharmonization and substitution techniques used in his music.

If you want to join my online jazz guitar academy with a complete pathway of step-by-step courses to improve your jazz playing, take a look by clicking here: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/

Here’s some ways you can develop your jazz guitar playing:

For jazz guitar beginners: Check out my 30-Day Jazz Guitar Challenge: https://www.fretdojo.com/30-day-jazz-guitar-challenge/

For my complete collection of courses for a low monthly fee, go to this link: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/

Damien Cooper – Pop/Rock Sideman with a Passion for Jazz Guitar

Damien Cooper – Pop/Rock Sideman with a Passion for Jazz Guitar

In this next podcast, Carl Orr interviews the very accomplished guitarist, Damien Cooper.

Damien is a freelance London based guitarist who has held the Guitar 1 chair on Thriller live since 2009, and has been a member of Dr Hook from 2015.

Originally from Australia and after 20 years of playing and touring around Australasia with acts covering styles from jazz to rock to cabaret, Damien relocated to London. Since then he has been an in demand player on both the London scene and abroad. Theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Scandinavian tour), Hedwig And The Angry Inch (London), Godspell, Dancing In The Streets (UK and European tour), Never Forget (London dep), Top Hat (London Dep), The Book of Morman (London Dep)Tina the Musical London Dep and various shows at the London Palldium including Bill Kenwright’s Dream On and Magic Fm’s Christmas show.

Damien has also toured, recorded and worked with a variety of different artists including Denise Pearson, Jimmy Somerville, Dr Hook, Kim Wilde, Beverley Knight, Lemar, Anastacia, The Shires, James Morrison, Ronan Keating, Andrea Triana, MC Mystro, Rick Astley, Gabrielle, Alfie Boe, Boyzone, Macy Grey, Peter Andre……and more.

This episode highlights the importance and discipline of rhythm guitar, which is a huge strength of Damien’s and a real tribute to his success as a working musician. There are also some great tips shared by both Carl and Damien about improvisation in a live performance setting.

If you want to join my online jazz guitar academy with a complete pathway of step-by-step courses to improve your jazz playing, take a look by clicking here: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/

Here’s some ways you can develop your jazz guitar playing:

For jazz guitar beginners: Check out my 30-Day Jazz Guitar Challenge: https://www.fretdojo.com/30-day-jazz-guitar-challenge/

For my complete collection of courses for a low monthly fee, go to this link: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/

Bruce Mathiske – The Athletics and Creativity of Jazz Guitar

Bruce Mathiske – The Athletics and Creativity of Jazz Guitar

On today’s podcast, Carl Orr shares an insightful interview with one of Australia’s stars on guitar, Bruce Mathiske!

Bruce has been touring the world and composing for the guitar for the last thirty years. He has studied Classical and Jazz guitar and received his Diploma of Music in improvising, arranging and composing. He has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “The Authentic Guitar Virtuoso”.

His use of the guitar to become its own orchestra, and his unique style of playing bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously has led to standing ovations and sell-out concerts all over the world.

Bruce’s recording catalogue includes 25 predominately solo/original albums and he also composed the music score for the Australian Geographic documentary series “The best of Australia” as well as numerous television productions for ABCTV and various other documentaries.

You are going to love this episode with Bruce. He shares some real gems such as his theory of athletics and pure creativity on guitar and also some great practical examples of solo guitar arrangements during the show.

If you want to join my online jazz guitar academy with a complete pathway of step-by-step courses to improve your jazz playing, take a look by clicking here: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/

Here’s some ways you can develop your jazz guitar playing:

For jazz guitar beginners: Check out my 30-Day Jazz Guitar Challenge: https://www.fretdojo.com/30-day-jazz-guitar-challenge/

For my complete collection of courses for a low monthly fee, go to this link: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/

Crazy 4ths Guitar Tuning and More – Interview with Jazz Guitarist Ant Law

Crazy 4ths Guitar Tuning and More – Interview with Jazz Guitarist Ant Law

In this fantastic session, Ant shares some tips and inspiration for jazz guitar players of all levels and lets us in on his unique way of playing with his guitar tuned in 4ths!

Ant’s been described as “An innovator” and “A gamechanger” by The Guardian. Based in the UK, Ant lives in London where he leads the Ant Law Quintet. 

In 2013 their debut album ’Entanglement’ was released to great acclaim, followed by ‘Zero Sum World’ (with Whirlwind Recordings) in 2015 and ‘Life I Know’ (withEdition Records) in 2018, receiving 5 star reviews and airplay across the UK, Europe, and Australia. 

Ant plays in Tim Garland’s band with Jason Rebello & Asaf Sirkis, featuring on various albums including ‘ONE’ which was shortlisted for a Grammy and won the Jazzwise Best Album award. He has worked with other notables Cory Henry, Thomas Gould and is featured from time to time in “Total Guitar”, “Guitar Techniques” & “Guitarist” magazines. In the latter he recently made a list of “10 Astounding Virtuosos”. Ant’s fourth album was just released this year on July 24th the sleeper wakes. 

Show notes: https://www.fretdojo.com/podcast019/

If you want to join my online jazz guitar academy with a complete pathway of step-by-step courses to improve your jazz playing, take a look by going here: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/

Here’s some ways you can develop your jazz guitar playing:

For jazz guitar beginners: Check out my 30-Day Jazz Guitar Challenge: https://www.fretdojo.com/30-day-jazz-guitar-challenge/

Find out more about Ant Law here:
FB live streams on FB artist page: https://www.facebook.com/AntLawGuitar/live
NEW ALBUM: https://orcd.co/sleeperwakes
Other albums, sheet music, backing tracks: https://antlaw.bandcamp.com/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAy_Wjp5adEDQMsNVDyX8fQ
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Nicolas Meier – The Road Less Travelled

Nicolas Meier – The Road Less Travelled

In today’s podcast, Carl Orr, FretDojo’s current Artist in Residence, interviews one of the most fascinating and original guitarists on the planet today, Nicolas Meier.

With his unique style that is a blend of Metheny-esque jazz and Turkish inspired world music, Nicolas has toured extensively around the world with his band the Meier Group. This wonderful band (featuring sax maestro Gilad Atzmon and Dave O’Higgins) won the overall prize for ‘best band’ at the Juan-les-Pins jazz festival!

His recent album Kismet is a wonderful heady mixture of Flamenco, jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern music. His prodigious jazz talent is matched by his other great passion: playing heavy metal guitar in his scorching group ‘Seven7’.

For the last three years, Nicolas was the guitarist in guitar supremo, Jeff Beck’s band, with whom he toured all over the world, performing at major venues and festivals. He has recently recorded a stunning album with the A-lister rhythm section of Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) and Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa etc).

You’ll really love this episode with Nicolas not only sharing his story but also talking about his compositions, how he wrote them and the compositions by other musicians who influenced him.

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Ian Date – A World Traveller with a Love of Jazz Tradition

Ian Date – A World Traveller with a Love of Jazz Tradition

In today’s podcast, Carl Orr, FretDojo’s current Artist in Residence, introduces us to incredible guitarist, Ian Date.

Ian is originally from Australia and has played on more than 70 albums either as a sideman or a leader. He has performed and recorded with people such as multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and legendary guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor. Ian has played at festivals and events all over the world, from the South Island of New Zealand to Iceland via Asia and South Africa.

Firmly rooted in the jazz tradition and equally at home on the acoustic or electric guitar, critics have described his playing as, “endlessly inventive, lyrical and always swinging.”

Ian currently lives in County Cork, Ireland where he continues his musical journey.

You will really get to know Ian in this fantastic interview where he shares his humble self-taught beginnings on guitar, his well-rounded background in a wide range of musical genres and his unique perspective on jazz improvisation as an art form.

Also during the show, Ian shares some of his most loved tracks ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’, ‘Bouncin’ with Bud’ and ‘Royal Garden Blues’.

Nigel Price – The Jazz Guitarist in High Demand

Nigel Price – The Jazz Guitarist in High Demand

In today’s podcast, I’m sharing with you a fantastic session where my good friend and current FretDojo Artist in Residence Carl Orr interviews Nigel Price, one of the hottest jazz guitarists in the UK scene.

Nigel Price has a career spanning more than 25 years has become widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working musicians in the business.

Starting his professional career after a spell in the British infantry in his early 20s, Nigel toured Europe with various reggae and funk bands before settling on a solo career and turning his attention to jazz. With early influences include Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nigel honed his craft by attending gigs and sitting in with the players of the time.

Nigel has played on more than 50 albums including 7 as a leader, spent ten years with acid jazz outfit The Filthy Six, was a member of James Taylor’s band, JTQ, for 3 years and performed with the legendary David Axelrod.

I think you’re really going to enjoy this interview, where Nigel shares some real nuggets of wisdom when it comes to not only improving your skills as a jazz guitarist, but also about being on the road as a working musician and some skilful ways to balance the demands of his musical career and family life.

Podcast: Star On The Rise – Conversations With Jazz Guitar Virtuoso Rob Luft

Podcast: Star On The Rise – Conversations With Jazz Guitar Virtuoso Rob Luft

On today’s podcast, Carl Orr gets us behind the scenes with one of jazz guitar’s hottest young players, Rob Luft.

Rob is an award-winning 26-year-old jazz guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Praised by The Times for performances with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2015, who said he was destined ‘to achieve great things in the future’. Rob was subsequently the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from The Royal Academy of Music in association with Edition Records, and he also received the 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

His debut album, “Riser”, was released on Edition Records in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a
“very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”.

On the back of the success of his first album, Rob was nominated for a string of awards – Breakthrough Act in the 2018 Jazz FM Awards, Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards & Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2019 Jazz FM Awards.

In May 2019, Rob was selected as BBC New Generation Jazz Artist 2019-2021, an accolade granted to “some of the world’s most exceptional young musicians”.
“Guitar virtuoso makes enticingly vivacious debut” THE GUARDIAN (UK)

In this relaxed yet captivating interview, Rob shares his beginnings, the importance of versatility and what it’s like playing with some of the world’s best! During the show, Rob shares a couple of his latest tracks from his new album, Life Is The Dancer. I think you’re going to love this one!

Podcast episode URL: https://www.fretdojo.com/podcast015/

Check out Rob’s newest album ‘Life Is The Dancer’ here: https://robluft.bandcamp.com/

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Podcast: Les Davidson – Carving Out The Rocky Road To Jazz

Podcast: Les Davidson – Carving Out The Rocky Road To Jazz

Les Davidson has been in the music business for over 30 years. He’s worked extensively in studios across the world and has been on countless world tours.

He’s been a member of both East of Eden and Sniff ’n’ the Tears, and has also worked as a session player/sideman for Rumer, Laura Mvula, Joan Armatrading, Mick Taylor, Donovan, Pete Townsend, Leo Sayer, Tina Turner and Bill Wyman, to name but a few. Les has worked in West End shows, written music for TV, radio and viral media, and currently runs a commercial studio in Hoxton, London.

Today, Carl Orr, FretDojo’s current Artist In Residence, shares a generous interview with world-touring guitarist Les Davidson, where they share deep insights on the process of developing your skills in jazz – and some critical ingredients that are at the forefront of a rock guitarist’s mind but often overlooked by jazz players.

Check out the podcast and listen to Les Davidson’s story and incredible guitar journey.

Podcast episode URL: https://www.fretdojo.com/podcast014/

Check out Les’s newest acoustic album ‘Jump’ with his band Sniff ‘n’ The Tears here https://www.sniffnthetears.com/jump

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Podcast: The Magic Of Solo Guitar

Podcast: The Magic Of Solo Guitar

On today’s Podcast, Carl Orr, FretDojo’s current Artist In Residence, shares his insights into the magic of chord melody and the power that comes from tapping into the strength of guitar as a solo instrument.
Check out the podcast here and listen to Carl’s story, as well as some very moving chord melodies he plays throughout the show…

About Carl Orr:
Carl has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians on the planet including Billy Cobham, George Duke, Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Gary Husband and Bennie Maupin.
He is a regular at London’s legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in his own band and as a member of drummer Mark Fletcher’s supergroup “Fletch’s Brew”.
Carl has taught guitar at The Australian Institute of Music, Brunel University, Middlesex University, London Centre Of Contemporary Music and The Academy of Contemporary Music.
A prolific composer, Carl has recorded eight albums as a leader and is featured on albums by Billy Cobham, Fletch’s Brew, Geoff Eales and Nathan Haines.

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Performance Videos

Video: After You’ve Gone

Video: After You’ve Gone

  I thought it would be nice to play you a chord melody arrangement of After You've Gone, a beautiful jazz standard that works really well for solo guitar.Now the exciting bit: If you're keen to have a structured, step-by-step approach to learning jazz guitar, it...

Video: Stella By Starlight Chord Melody

Video: Stella By Starlight Chord Melody

  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,...

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...

FretDojo student shows how it’s done

FretDojo student shows how it’s done

  I just wrapped up the latest challenge in the FretDojo Academy, and I thought I could share with you one of the member's efforts. Here's Steffen Böhm with a tasty rendition of Beautiful Love that he submitted for the challenge:...

Video: Beautiful Love

Video: Beautiful Love

  I thought it would be cool today to show you something I've been working on lately: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp5J8z_V0bM Here's a rendition of Beautiful Love, one of my favorite tunes to play. I've tried to go out of my comfort zone on this video and...

Video: Stompin’ At The Savoy

Video: Stompin’ At The Savoy

  I recorded a new Youtube video, check it out here: https://youtu.be/2_Fro_2eKJA This video is a chord melody rendition of Stompin' At The Savoy. It's the exact version you're going to learn for this month's featured tune in my new jazz standard learning group,...

Video: All The Things You Are Easy Chord Melody

Video: All The Things You Are Easy Chord Melody

  Here's a little video I recorded recently of a chord melody version of All The Things You Are. Check it out (it only goes for a minute or two): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Blgq2XeNblM Now that you've watched it, let me ask you a question. Does this...

Video: I Fall in Love Too Easily

Video: I Fall in Love Too Easily

In this post I will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how I put together the jazz guitar solo arrangement you can see in the video above. I’ve been listening to a lot of Chet Baker recently, in particular his classic album, ‘Chet Baker Sings’. This well-known album...

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