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Apr 25
ArtistWorks

Making their debut performance at the Blue Note Napa, we're proud to introduce the ArtistWorks Jazz Allstars! Featuring Eric Marienthal on sax, George Whitty on keys, Nathan East on bass, and Peter Erskine on drums. This was an incredibly rare lineup of ArtistWorks teachers and we were honored to film it for our students here!

As an ArtistWorks Exclusive, we've just added a special 2-part segment we recorded before the show about their ideas and methods on improvisation. 

jazz panel discussion on improvisation

Also available:

  • "Northern Cross" by Peter Erskine from the album First Steps Ahead and recently rearranged for his Dr.Um album.
  • "Sir Duke", the Stevie Wonder hit re-imagined by Nathan East for this version that appeared on his debut solo album.
  • "101 Eastbound", written by Nathan East
  • "Baby Cakes", written by Eric Marienthal & Jeff Lorber
  • "Hipnotherapy", written by Peter Erskine
  • "Goodbye Flash Superboy", written by George Whitty
  • "Renaissance Man", written by George Whitty
  • "Puentes", written by Chuck Loeb & Eric Marienthal
  • "Hawaii Bathing Suite", written by Peter Erskine
  • "Last Minute Blues", written by Chuck Loeb & Eric Marienthal
  • Plus "How to Prepare for a Gig" and more! 

It's all available in the Learn Area, here's how to find it: From anywhere within your school, click on the Learn icon on the left, then choose the +Music tab, and in there you’ll see it labled as "ArtistWorks Jazz Allstars - Live at the Blue Note in Napa". 

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Apr 24
ArtistWorks

classical guitar vibrato 1

Jason Vieaux aptly describes vibrato as a classical guitarist to make the guitar sing. It's a key component of adding a lyrical element to a piece of music, so let's discuss some different ways to improve your technique. Soon your vibrato will have your guitar singing like a star. 

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Apr 19
ArtistWorks

Have you been looping lately?

Looping is a powerful feature on our video player you may not even be aware of until this moment. On all the videos in the Learn area you’ll see an icon that looks like the letter “i” in a circle (it’s next to button for tagging). Click on it to initiate your Looping Control Panel:

looping

Let’s say you’re watching a video and your teacher plays something interesting, but moves on before you have chance to figure out what it was. Just Loop it up! 

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Apr 18
MartinT

I'm sad to report the death of the English guitar genius Allan Holdsworth. Allan was one of the most influentail electric guitarists of all time.

He rose to prominence with the prog band 'Igginbottom, who released their sole album, 'Igginbottom's Wrench in 1969. After stints with early prog bands Nucleus and Tempest he later would work with Soft Machine, Tony Williams' Lifetime, Gong, Jean-Luc Ponty and Bill Bruford. He was an original member of the prog band U.K. alongside Bruford, John Wetton and Eddie Jobson, but left following their 1978 debut album.

Although Velvet Darkness was released in 1976, Holdsworth did not recognise it as an official release, so 1982's I.O.U. was what he viewed as his debut solo outing. His solo work has recently been the subject of a box set, The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever, and a compilation CD Eidolon: The Allan Holdsworth Collection, both released on manifesto Records.

As a guitarist he was cited by the likes of Eddie Van Hlaen, Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson and John Petrucci as a major influence, while Mahavishnu Orchestra guitarist John McLaughlin once said of him: "I'd steal everything Allan was doing, if only I could figure out what the heck it was that he was doing."

Holdsworth was working on a new solo album at the time of his death.

Condolences to Allan's family, Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori.

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Apr 14
MartinT

I've been in the studio today rehearsing with my daughter-in-law for our upcoming shows celebrating the music of Ella Fitzgerald.

We're going to perform a lot of the the duets that Ella recorded with Joe Pass, and we're really enjoying playing these classic songs.

We've got quite a few shows confirmed this year, and more are to yet be confirmed. Here's how it's all looking so far...

04 May - UK - Newcastle, Staffordshire - New Vic Theatre

07 May - UK - York - National Centre for Early Music

13 May - UK - Kendal - Kendal Brewery Arts Centre

17 May - UK - Perth - Perth Festival - The Loft

18 May - UK - London - King's Place

01 June - UK - Bath - Bath Fringe Festival

14 Oct - UK - Goostrey - Goosfest

31 Oct - UK - Banchory - Woodend Barn

01 Nov - UK - Inchyre - Arts Club

02 Nov - UK - Peebles - Eastgate Theatre

07 Nov - UK - Calstock - Calstock Arts

08 Nov - UK - Cheltenham - Pittville Pump Room

09 Nov - UK - Sale - Waterside Arts Centre

10 Nov - UK - Morecambe - The Platform

12 Nov - UK - Colchester - Colchester Arts Centre

14 Nov - UK - Bradford - Saltaire, Saltaire Live

17 Nov - USA - Berkeley, California - Freight & Salvage

More dates will be added as they are confirmed on martintaylor.com

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