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Jazz Guitar School with Chuck Loeb,
Introduction to the Jazz Guitar School.
Hi, this is Chuck Loeb.
And welcome to
the ArtistWorks Online Jazz Guitar School.
This is a very exciting moment for me.
For a long time,
I've been trying to figure out just how
to take all I've learned by studying,
practicing, performing and recording
jazz guitar for over four decades.
And use it to really help
aspiring jazz guitar students.
And this amazing ArtistWorks
approach is the way.
I finally found it.
Working with ArtistWorks, I've tried to
create a definitive jazz guitar method
that covers all aspects
of learning jazz guitar.
There will be material for
all levels of guitarists.
From those just getting started,
who just view jazz guitar as a hobby,
kinda weekend warriors, to those
who've been doing it for a while and
wanna get better,
to the serious full-time players,
who wanna make a career out
of playing the jazz guitar.
It's really important to me to be able
to give some of this knowledge that I've
learned over the years back,
and, this is my chance.
Just to tell you a little
bit about myself.
I started like many guitarists
by teaching myself how to play.
My sister had asked, my parents for a
guitar, and she got a little folk guitar.
Started playing some, early folk music and
kinda lost interest and
left the guitar around the house.
And, I as the little brother,
saw my opportunity and
grabbed that guitar and,
kinda commandeered it.
And, I started learning a lot
of music just by listening to
what were vinyl records at the time,
45's and 33 rpm records.
And I destroyed many a record by repeating
over and over and trying to learn what
the chords were on a Bob Dylan or a
Beatles record or a Jimmy Hendrix record.
And a lot of the early stuff I
learned really wasn't jazz at all,
it was pop, rock, and R&B.
I was a big, Cream, Jimmy Hendrix,
Eric Clapton, I like blues, B.B.
King and Albert King, and I loved R&B,
Stevie Wonder, the Temptations
of Four Tops, Aretha Franklin.
So, I was, I was doing a lot of,
learning of different kinds of music.
But I remember, whenever I heard
something was a little jazzy,
it really, my ears picked up.
Then, at a certain point,
I heard an album called,
The Inner Mounting Flame, by John
McLaughlin and The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
And here was a guy that was playing,
with a kind of strong rock guitar sound.
But he was playing all these other notes.
And it kinda blew my mind I would say.
And I started thinking, well what is that?
And I read a little about, about John.
And, turns out his background
was in jazz a lot of it.
And, right around the same
time a neighbor of mine,
I grew up in the New York City area, and
a neighbor of mine was a professional
pianist and arranger,
a friend of my parents.
And he heard I was kind
of interested in jazz and
he gave me,
a record that changed my life completely.
That was the great Wes Montgomery,
Smoking at the Half Note.
What, what an amazing,
what an amazing moment in jazz and
what an amazing moment in my life.
From that point I realized I might need,
to take some lessons, so,
I started, looking for teachers and
actually in the New York area there
were quite a few really good teachers.
I got the opportunity
to study with Joe Puma,
a great jazz guitar player, Hi White,
who was a teacher in the city and
a local guitarist, whose name at
the time was Richey Holmberger.
He has recently changed it to Richey Hart,
now teaches at Berkeley.
And I,
I got some really good lessons from them.
And at a certain point, I even went
all the way to Philadelphia and
studied with, Dennis Sandole.
Who is a master guitar teacher,
he taught Pat Martino.
He even gave lessons to
John Coltrane at one point.
Kind of a Jazz improvising teacher.
And through him, I met someone who I
would consider a real mentor of mine.
When I was about 16 and a half years old,
Dennis introduced me to Jim Hall
because I was traveling to Philadelphia
every week, which was kind of difficult.
And Jim lived in New York.
And although I might not have been
quite ready when I was 16-and-a-half
to study with Jim,
he took me on as a student.
And that really opened,
the door wide open to me of jazz guitar.
I went to Berkley, spent two years there.
I did not finish but then I, I went.
I, I got an offer to go on the road and
went and
began my career as a working musician.
Played with many,
many jazz artists throughout my career.
My big break came with the chance to play
with Stan Getz, the legendary saxophonist.
And I toured with him for, a few years and
learned so much playing with him.
But jazz guitar has become
the center of my life.
And it informs everything else I do.
I've done a lot of studio work.
A lot of composition for TV and film.
And, and accompaniment of
great singers and artists.
But it all comes from jazz guitar for me.
That's the center of my learning.
And it's amazing that after four and
a half decades of playing the guitar,
still, if I'm walking into a store, and
there's a jazz guitar song playing, or
if I turn on the TV and
in the background at somebody's house,
there's a jazz guitar record,
it just grabs me.
It, it gets me the same way it
did when I was 15 years old.
So, I am really happy to have
this opportunity to work with you
in this format.
We'll be able to share information.
We'll have video exchanges.
A fantastic feature of ArtistWorks,
and the format.
And, to be associated with the other
great artists here is very exciting.
We're going to, as I said,
have a curriculum that has a wide range,
from part-time players
to full time jazzers.
There will be updates from time to time.
We're going to have a very long library
of my curriculum, as it's called.
With lessons on everything
from holding your guitar,
all the way to playing
through Giant Steps.
It's gonna be, and everything in between.
You know, blues and scales and
arpeggios and bebop licks and
chord solos and
just a whole bunch of stuff.
And I will be updating
the curriculum from time to time.
And, already, we have some guests.
I'll have guests on to play with me.
Already, I have one or two videos with
John Patitucci playing some songs, and
Nathan East came up to, help get me
introduced to the system up here.
So, in summation I would say,
welcome to the school.
Please be involved, and
send me your videos and questions and, and
examples of what you're
doing with the information.
I'd love to hear it,
love to respond to it.
And let's get started.
Let's take a great
journey into jazz guitar.
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