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Jun 23

getting ready for a jam session

Online programs like this one provide a great opportunity to learn how to play an instrument without leaving your bedroom, but for a complete musical experience there’s just no substitute for playing with real, live musicians in front of an audience. If you don’t have a band to play with, the best opportunity to experience live performance is at a jam session.

Jams are usually hosted by bars or restaurants during otherwise quiet times like Sunday afternoons or Monday nights (Google “jam sessions” and your location to see what’s around). The common musical denominator is blues, so the rhythm styles and soloing techniques you learn here in the Blues Guitar program will give you a strong foothold. If you haven’t participated in a jam before, here are a few tips on what to expect and how to prepare:

Scope it Out

Jun 21

It is almost impossible to speak about music objectively. Different listeners prefer different styles, and this is also applies to jazz guitar. Some people like a hard-driving bop, while others prefer a more hip swing or guitar solo that soars over a classic jazz standard. Still, there are some musicians who seem to transcend the genre and rise above the rest, regardless of the era or style. Although it can be difficult to decide which are the greatest, here are 7 jazz guitar performances that definitely stand out.

Wes Montgomery, "No Blues"

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Jun 19

Here is a photo of my boy, Marlon, as he pulls my guitar across the floor. He likes me to play "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix while running around the room so we can chase each other. Other Marlon favorites are "Surfin' U.S.A.," "Can't Buy Me Love," "Rockaway Beach," and "Pinball Wizard." I'm making sure that he has lots of exposure to "Dad Rock." 

Happy Father's Day!


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Jun 16

Acoustic magazine's Summer 2016 Edition featuring interviews with Martin Taylor, Peter Frampton, Tommy Emmanuel, and Clive Carroll is now available.

You can order your copy by going to...

Jun 13

Google Hangout with Keith Wyatt, Scott Henderson, and Howard Levy

On Saturday, June 18, ArtistWorks will be hosting a special live stream on our YouTube channel with our blues guitar teacher Keith Wyatt. Also joining us on the panel will be guitarist Scott Henderson, and ArtistWorks harmonica teacher Howard Levy.

The live event will begin on Saturday, June 18 at 12:00 pm PST, you can watch it as it's happening at the YouTube page right here (or on the embedded player here).