Mar 3

After the jazz explosion in the early 1900s, musicians were eager to transfer the new sounds emanating from New Orleans onto the guitar. Although initially conceived as a rhythm instrument, a slew of stellar six string geniuses quickly elevated the guitar to its current status. Guitarists like Eddie Lang, Tiny Grimes, Charlie Christian and Django Reinhart are some of the most influential early players who were using jazz guitar chords in their music. By the time electric guitars became popular, the floodgates were open and jazz guitar soon became its own genre.

jazz guitar lessons with chuck loeb So how did they do it? How did the early 20th century guitarists capture the jazz sound on their instruments and become pioneers of a new genre? To understand this better, let's closely examine how to create jazz guitar chords by using the number system from the Online Jazz Guitar School with Chuck Loeb.

Posted in chuck loeb, guitar, jazz
Feb 17

bluegrass roundup concert window

The first ever online bluegrass festival is taking place February 20-28th. Presented by Concert Window, they've put together a great lineup of bluegrass acts, which include two ArtistWorks instructors: Bryan Sutton is performing on Sunday, February 22; and Mike Marshall is doing a mandolin set with Caterina Lichtenberg on Thursday, February 26th. Click on the links below to purchase tickets for each set, 70% of the proceeds go directly to the artist. 

Click here for a full list of who's playing and when.

Feb 14

An F# note just feels better with one arm in the air.

Thank you to all who came to the Mr. Big shows in South America! We play our last show here in Chile tomorrow, and then fly back to the U.S.A.

Rock and Roll!


Posted in guitar, paul gilbert
Feb 9

jason vieaux grammy

Congratulations to Jason Vieaux on winning a 2015 GRAMMY! We are very proud to announce our classical guitar instructor has just won a GRAMMY for Best Classical Instrumental Solo category for his album Play. This a great recognition for the outstanding guitar arrangments on the album and marks Jason's first GRAMMY. Historically there has only been 5 other classical guitarists to win this prestigious award, and Jason now joins an elite group which include Andrés Segovia, Laurindo Almeida, Julian Bream, David Russell, and Sharon Isbin.  Click here for a full list of 2015 GRAMMY winners

Jan 28

blasters on tour

This February finds the Blasters on the road through the Southwest, starting on February 5 in Las Vegas and winding up in Long Beach on the 22nd after a long loop through Texas and back. Here’s the complete itinerary:

2.5    Las Vegas, NV - Backstage Bar

2.6    Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater

2.7    Albuquerque, NM - Low Spirits

2.11    San Antonio, TX - Sam's Burger Joint

2.12    Austin, TX - Continental Club

2.13     Austin, TX - Continental Club

2.14    Houston, TX - Continental Club

2.16    Denton, TX - Dan's Silverleaf

2.17    Dallas, TX - Tree's

2.18    Lubbock, TX - Backstage

2.20    Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room

2.22    Long Beach, CA - Federal Bar

On February 8, Blaster singer Phil Alvin will fly back to LA to attend the Grammy Awards, where he and his brother Dave have been nominated for their album “Common Ground,” a collection of Big Bill Broonzy songs. We’ll be hoping that he rejoins us on the 11th toting a little extra hardware…

Posted in guitar, keith wyatt