Sep 22

chuck loeb jazz improvisation

My trajectory towards jazz improvisation began roughly when I was about fifteen years old.

Before then I was steeped in the world of rock, blues, pop and folk music. I would teach myself guitar by listening and copying songs and licks from my favorite artists. I ruined my fair share of vinyl records this way - dragging the needle over the same spot until I got a particular phrase or chord progression under my fingers. I also took an occasional guitar lesson from local teachers, and annoyed my older sister's guitar playing friends until they would show me their licks.

But then one day I heard some music playing in the local record store. The music had the sound of a rock band, but with these other-worldly rhythms, and an amazing array of new notes!

"What is this?!?" I asked the owner of the shop. He told me it was a new record, Inner Mounting Flame by a group called The Mahavishnu Orchestra, led by the amazing guitarist John McLaughlin. I went home with a copy under my arm. 

Posted in chuck loeb, guitar, jazz
Sep 20

paul gilbert pink guitar

Some guitars are so eye-catching, that the guitar player doesn't even need to be in the photo.

Long Live 1987!


Posted in guitar, paul gilbert
Sep 19

Hey Everybody,

Here I sit in what will be a significant part and representation of my "home" this fall, a hotel room. This is a nice hotel room, though. It's also connected to a fun show. Hot Rize will play A Prairie Home Companion this weekend. This is a live radio show I listened to just about as long as I've listened to the Grand Ole Opry!  We're headed to rehearse in abut 45 minutes.  

prairie home companion

Hot Rize will tour a good bit this fall. I'll do more and more VEs from hotel rooms like the one I'm in as the tour progresses. I'm really glad I can do these with my iPad. I'll try to update everybody from time to time with various blog posts or videos. I hope to see some of you out on the trail as well. We most always make our way out front after shows to meet and greet.

I feel very fortunate to be part of this band so I'm basically looking forward to the tour. I don't tour like this all that often, but it seems like every few years, some neat opportunity comes up and this is one of them. I'm one of the lucky professional musicians who don't have to spend all their time on the road.  HINT - It's really not glamorous... it's a lot of 4 am wake up calls after hitting the pillow at 2 am.  You can check out our tour dates at or  A funny thing that really happens is I forget my room number sometimes.  After you stay in hotel rooms a certain number of times in a row, they all look the same, and I really can't remember if it's 145, or 311, or maybe 222... wait, that was last night!  

Posted in bryan sutton, guitar
Sep 14

paul gilbert and son

My boy, Marlon, is three weeks old now, and that means it's time to start introducing him to The Beatles. He seemed to like "Here Comes the Sun," "All I've Got to Do," "If I Fell," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." He complained a bit about "Day Tripper" and "I Should Have Known Better," but I think that is probably because I didn't sing them well enough. 

I've got a lot of music to play for this boy. I can't wait to get to "2112" by Rush. But that may take a few years.

Rock and Roll,


Sep 14

Hey all,

Just got back to Sweden after a fun writing camp in Palma, Mallorca with great producers and friends.

The very talented transcriber Josh Bennier from Australia, just sent me a new transcription of one of my solos. Some of you might already have checked out his work, since I posted his "My Romance" - transcription. This one is another solo from the same album that I'm featured on with the Marian Petrescu Quartet, "Thrivin’ Live At The Jazz Standard". It's my solo over the Oscar Peterson tune "Cakewalk". There are some quite fast lines in there, Josh did a great job gettin' it all down on paper. Also very nice of him to be willing to share it with the rest of us. Enjoy! 

Best Regards Andreas
Posted in Andreas Oberg, guitar