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Sep 1
MartinT

I've just spent four fantastic days at the Full Moon Resort, Big Indian, NY, holding my annual guitar retreat in the Catskill Mountains.

Robben Ford was also holding his Dojo Guitar Camp at the same venue, so it was great to catch up with Robben and his co-teacher Jeff McErlain.

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Aug 31
ArtistWorks

rock guitar tips

Want to learn rock guitar? Then you’ve come to the right place! In this blog we’re going to cover 10 absolutely essential techniques to ratchet your rock guitar playing up to the next level. Read on to learn more!

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Aug 29
ArtistWorks

beaumont rag bluegrass guitar

Are you ready for another Community Arrangement Project? This is the second tune Bryan has built a CAP around. You may recall the first one was on "Angelina Baker" -which can be found here (or in the Intermediate section of the curriculum). 

Next up it's the classic tune "Beaumont Rag". Bryan lays out the basic starting arrangement for the A section and the B section giving ideas and demonstration, explaining how to think about and approach the tune as you add to this group arrangment concept with your ideas. This lesson includes tablature and backing tracks in 5 different tempos to work with.

To help Bryan stay organized, please title your video as "CAP Beaumont Rag" and submit it the regular way from the lesson page. click here to check out the new CAP!

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Aug 26
ArtistWorks

playing posture for flatpicking

Before getting too far into the myriad techniques and challenges of flatpicking, it is essential to first establish a relaxed and stable posture.

Sitting upright on a chair or stool, take a few deep breaths into your lower abdomen, allowing your core to relax. Allow this relaxation to permeate outward, letting go of any tension in your arms, neck, and face - before you to pick up the guitar. This way you'll be able to create a flow of music with a relaxed core.

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Aug 23
MartinT

It is with a very heavy heart that I must pass on the sad news that the jazz guitar world has lost another guitar great John Abercrombie.

John Laird Abercrombie, a supremely eloquent and lyrical player whose career over the last four decades included seminal jazz fusion music and eminently refined ECM albums alike, died Tuesday of heart failure. He was 72.

John had had health problems in recent years, including a stroke earlier this year. John died peacefully after a long illness at Hudson Valley Hospital outside of Peekskill, N.Y., in the presence of his family.

Born in Port Chester in Westchester County, New York in 1944, Abercrombie did not begin playing guitar until he was 14. A few years later, in 1962, he attended the Berklee College of Music. His breakthrough album was the 1975 ECM disc Timeless, which featured him with drummer Jack De Johnette and keyboardist Jan Hammer. Abercrombie would record more than 30 records as a leader, the bulk of which were on ECM, including this year’s album Up and Coming, which featured him with his latest working band, which included pianist Marc Copland, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Joey Baron.

Pianist Copland, who played with Abercrombie off and on for almost 50 years, wrote me in an email Tuesday night: “To my mind John was his generation’s Jim Hall.

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