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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/

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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
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/antlawguitar/

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.

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/

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

To get instant access to a structured online curriculum for learning jazz guitar that features courses by Carl and other top guitar instructors, go here: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/

*For more jazz guitar lessons, tips and free stuff, visit https://www.fretdojo.com

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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To get instant access to a structured online curriculum for learning jazz guitar that features courses by Carl and other top guitar instructors, go here: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/
Podcast episode URL: https://www.fretdojo.com/podcast013/
*For more jazz guitar lessons, tips and free stuff, visit https://www.fretdojo.com

Big News – Carl Orr To Be Artist In Residence For FretDojo!

Big News – Carl Orr To Be Artist In Residence For FretDojo!

Exciting news today: Carl Orr is going to be the official Artist In Residence at FretDojo for the next few months!
Which means Carl is going to be collaborating with me on courses for the FretDojo Academy membership, as well as bringing on fantastic guests artists for the podcast, recording Youtube videos and more.
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.
In this special podcast, I introduce Carl to FretDojo so you can get to know about his incredible career – and he also gives some great tips out of the gate that you can instantly apply to your own guitar practice.
To get instant access to a structured online curriculum for learning jazz guitar that features courses by Carl and other top guitar instructors, go here: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/
Podcast episode URL: https://www.fretdojo.com/podcast012/
*For more jazz guitar lessons, tips and free stuff, visit https://www.fretdojo.com

The 5 Minute Miracle – Guitar Practice Efficiency Secrets

The 5 Minute Miracle – Guitar Practice Efficiency Secrets

Here’s a simple but incredibly effective strategy that I’ve used over the years when I have been busy, but I still need to make time for my music.
Check out the podcast below where I share it with you:
To get instant access to a structured online curriculum for learning jazz guitar, go here: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/
Podcast episode URL: https://www.fretdojo.com/podcast011/
*For more jazz guitar lessons, tips and free stuff, visit https://www.fretdojo.com

How Hard Is It To Learn Jazz Guitar?

How Hard Is It To Learn Jazz Guitar?

In today’s topic, I want to talk about something important.
How hard is it, really, to learn jazz?
Check out the podcast below where I answer this question:
To get instant access to a structured online curriculum for learning jazz guitar, go here: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/
Podcast episode URL: https://www.fretdojo.com/podcast010/
*For more jazz guitar lessons, tips and free stuff, visit https://www.fretdojo.com

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