For whatever reasons, Dave Brubeck is often overlooked by purists when recounting the greatest artists of jazz. But his legacy is nearly as impactful as any artist of the last century, and his music easily as inspiring. I first encountered… Continue Reading
I can be really flighty. Sometimes I convince myself that the breaks I take from my work are for legitimate reasons, but at the end of the day I know I have wasted a good deal of time. Ego has… Continue Reading
I mentioned in a recent tweet that I just finished arranging a tune for my new group — “Sofa no. 1,” by Frank Zappa. Here is page one: I’ll keep posting updates so you can share in the process of… Continue Reading
I have been hard at work arranging material for my new project. In short, I envision an “anti-fusion” ensemble: jazz-trained artists behaving like hard rockers. I’m going to attempt to launch a Kickstarter project, and I’ll post updates to my… Continue Reading
After eight audio episodes and five video episodes, my podcast, Wired Guitar World, will no longer be updated. I have not yet decided whether to pull it from the iTunes store entirely. Existing episodes will remain on YouTube. I have… Continue Reading
Earl Scruggs, the father of bluegrass-style 5-string banjo, passed away a few hours ago. Mr. Scruggs single-handedly defined the rolling style of banjo playing usually heard in bluegrass music, and was most well-known among general audiences for his recordings of… Continue Reading
Bob Brookmeyer, an accomplished valve trombonist, composer, and arranger, passed away today. He was well-known among big band musicians for his striking, progressive arrangements. Here is one:
Guitarists: Episode 5 of my podcast, Wired Guitar World, is now available through iTunes. This episode’s topic is the famous “Cry Me a River” lick.
Wired Guitar World episode 3 is now on iTunes! In this latest installment I’ll describe how to form 6ths, so you can inject some country flavor in your solos.
My guitar lessons podcast, Wired Guitar World, has come back online after a long hiatus. I have abandoned the audio format for video, and brought the average length per episode way down into a range which makes it possible for… Continue Reading