When copyright infringement leads to a musical epiphany
I got cranky the other day.
I noticed that someone had used a track from a classical guitar album I recorded years ago – without asking me for permission first.
Tut tut…not happy Jan.
As I was watching this video, fuming that someone had used my precious recording ‘fallen-off-the-back-of-a-truck’, I had an interesting realization.
Listening to this old track of mine that was on the video, it reminded me of how I’m actually now (ironically) more secure in my classical playing following my years of experience with jazz guitar, as opposed to way back when I was only studying classical on it’s own.
Don’t get me wrong:
I learned wonderful things about music by studying classical guitar.
There’s no denying there are aspects of the classical style create a lot of hurdles:
– You learn a bunch of ‘moves’ on the guitar for each tune – but don’t understand how the fretboard is laid out in a way that makes sense.
– You are constantly on edge, worried about making the slightest error that deviates from the musical score.
– Although expression and phrasing are king in classical, rhythmic energy and drive often plays second fiddle.
Jazz guitar helps you overcome all these issues. Studying jazz helps you relate your ears to the fretboard in a way that no other style, for me anyway, has ever come close.
The best part?
When learning jazz, you even learn how to turn mistakes into valid musical statements when improvising (something I call ‘falling with style’).
So the question is, where can you turn to learn the treasured secrets of jazz guitar, so you can build your skills step-by-step? Does such a place exist?
Well, my apprentice, some good news for you:
My online jazz guitar learning community, the FretDojo Academy Club, is just the ticket.
I’m currently recording the lessons for next month and I’m getting dang excited about it y’all.
Sign up to get on board here:
Founder, Fret Dojo
World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education