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Jul 18

Get ready for another exciting episode of "ArtistWorks Live"! On Saturday, July 23 at 12:00 pm PST, we'll be talking bluegrass with the latest addition of the ArtistWorks Music Faculty: Mr. Michael Daves. Also joining us on the panel will be two of his talented bluegrass friends: Jen Larson and Don Rigsby.

This is a great opportunity to hear their insights on playing and singing bluegrass, and anyone tuning in live can ask them questions in the chat window while it's happening. 

Jul 13

selecting jazz guitar strings

When selecting strings for playing jazz guitar, there's no one set that will work well for everyone. Since within jazz guitar there are people who prefer different sounds, you need to find what works best for you. Some things to consider are your experience level, your fingers, your instrument, and your style. Think about what your needs are, and then find for the strings that best suits what you're looking for.

Posted in guitar, jazz
Jul 7

Transcribing is the process of transferring recorded music onto your guitar and/or the written page by means of listening. If you have ever thought, “I wish I could play like…”, then transcribing is the next best thing to taking a private lesson with that player, but it’s not just about copying licks - transcribing is how you learn style, how musical patterns work, and how experienced musicians think.

In an era of pervasive on-line tabs and tutorials, transcribing may seem like a task ripe for outsourcing, but the fact is that blues has always been and remains an “ear thing.” Notes are only the beginning - blues is built on deep qualities like touch and swing, and your ears are the only means for accessing them. Learning to transcribe is one of the best investments that you can make in your musical development - to paraphrase the old adage, “learn to fish and you’ll eat for a lifetime.”

There are no real secrets to transcribing, but if you’re new to the process here are some tips to help you get started and overcome common hurdles.

Posted in Blues, guitar, keith wyatt
Jun 29

jazz guitar chuck loeb

If you're in the market for a jazz guitar, how do you know which one is the best one for you? While it ultimately comes down to personal preference, some of the more popular models are made by Gibson, Ibanez, Fender, and Epiphone. Here are 5 classic jazz guitar models to consider:

Posted in chuck loeb, guitar, jazz
Jun 24

Dan Balmer Rocks! Look at that arm, lifted above the guitar, in order to strike a mighty chord! I had the great pleasure of interviewing and jamming with Dan recently, and I captured it all for you to watch, right here at the Rock Online Guitar School. 

If you're a current student and already logged in, just click here (if not, this link won't work):

I should mention that Dan is known as the the premier jazz guitarist (performer and teacher) of the Pacific Northwest (where I just moved.) So Dan has lots of great insights about those great jazz notes, grooves, and perilous chord changes.

Since it is a 13-part interview, I encourage everyone to leave comments as you watch. This will help guide future watchers about the contents of each section. 

And if you're in the mood for more interviews, I've done quite a few in the past. You can find them in the +MUSIC section (upper right button) on the site.

Thank you,


Posted in guitar, jazz, paul gilbert, rock