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Mar 31
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Last week, a video of a little girl shredding on guitar received a lot of attention from some big websites like Guitar World, Huffington Post, Daily Motion, and many others. The guitarist, 8-year-old Li-Sa X from Japan, is shown nailing the lead guitar part that Paul Gilbert wrote for the tune "Scarified," which came out in 1987 on Racer X's second studio album Second Heat.

They weren't the only ones impressed by young Lisa though... 

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Mar 26
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One of the most important things in Jazz Guitar is being able to improvise. To pull off a good solo, you need to know which key and scales work with the backing chords. What can be confusing when learning jazz guitar is that there are a variety of patterns and locations to play the same scale. It's important to know the most efficient way of finding the right notes for the desired key from anywhere on the neck as you move around.

The way to do this is to learn the geography of the fretboard and understand how the notes relate to each other - which brings us to what Chuck Loeb refers to throughout his jazz guitar lessons as "The 6 Positions."

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Mar 19
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nathan east solo album

We are proud of all our artists who have dedicated their time teaching students online via our online learning platform, and always happy when they find time to record new albums. Within the past 12 months, 10 out of our 25 online teaching artists are either releasing, or have already released new albums. This recent surge is more evidence that our online learning model is working - passionate students are able to access these talented musical geniuses, and the artists are able to balance teaching with recording new musicHere's what's new:

  • Tony Trischka (banjo lessons) - Great Big World released on February, 2014 (Rounder)
  • Mike Marshall and the Turtle Island Quartet - collaborative self-titled album released March 2014  (Adventure Music)
  • Darol Anger (fiddle lessons) - album with E-and'a released March, 2014 (Adventure Music)
  • Nathan East (bass lessons) - self-titled debut solo album coming March, 2014 (Yamaha Entertainment Group)
  • Scott Law (free acoustic guitar lessons) -  Black Mountain released October 2013 (Volcano Underground)
  • Martin Taylor (fingerstyle guitar lessons) - The Colonel and the Governor with Tommy Emmanuel released March, 2013 (Mesa Blue Moon)
  • Bryan Sutton (bluegrass guitar lessons) - Into My Own coming April, 2014 (Sugar Hill)
  • Jason Vieaux (classical guitar lessons) - Play released January 2014 (Azica)
  • DJ Qbert (skratch lessons) - long awaited Extraterrestria album coming soon (TBA)
  • Chuck Loeb (jazz guitar lessons) - Silhouette released September 2013 (Shanachie)

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Mar 19
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Visit chuckloebguitar.com for more info!

Big News:  Online Jazz Guitar Lessons with Chuck Loeb Launch this Spring

Click here to sign up for early VIP notification and incentives!

Jazz improvisation is often seen as an elusive and intimidating pursuit among guitarists. Without a background in music theory, the average guitarist often has trouble wading through all scales, modes, and other knowledge that's required for playing jazz guitar. Without access to a good teacher, trying to learn jazz guitar can be an overwhelming and unfulfilling experience. 

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Mar 14
PaulGilbert

I'm starting to plan for my trip to Chile and Brazil next month, and that means making a suitcase-sized pedalboard. Here is my first attempt (above.) I tested it out with some jamming, and everything sounded great... and looked good too. I didn't plan on this particular color combination, but somehow it reminds me of a bowl of "Spree" candy.

And don't worry, I'll remember to change my power supply to 230v before I go.

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