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K.I.S.S. . . . : A Methodology To Help You Get Your Groove On.

Below is an excellent video from sax player/keyboard player Jeff Schneider who has a You Tube channel with a lot of cool information on improvisation, saxophone technique, r&b keyboards and other topics of interests to my fellow music nerds. This

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“So You Wanna Play The Blues . .” : Cool Blues Guitar Instructional Videos Part IV – Standard Tuning Slide Guitar Edition

Continuing my series on cool blues guitar instructional videos, I want to focus on one of my favorite guitar techniques: slide guitar and in particular, slide guitar played in standard tuning. My older brother went to high school in the

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Posted in Blues, Guitar Logic, Improvisation

“So You Wanna Play The Blues . .” : Cool Blues Guitar Instructional Videos Part III

Continuing my little mini series on instructional blues guitar videos, I want to call to your attention a cool website called Learning Guitar Now w/ John W. Tuggle (http://www.learningguitarnow.com/). The site has dozens of free instructional videos on blues guitar.

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“So You Wanna Play The Blues . .” : Cool Blues Guitar Instructional Videos Part II – The Hendrix Edition

With September 18th marking the 46th anniversary of his accidental and tragic death, it seems like a a good time to mention Jimi Hendrix.  In addition Legacy Recordings has announced the release of the complete first set ever played by

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Posted in Blues, Classic Rock, Improvisation, Jam Band

“So You Wanna Play The Blues . .” : Cool Blues Guitar Instructional Videos Part I

Confession time. I don’t think I’m a particularly good straight blues guitarist. I’m o.k. but my style is more Grant Green than B.B. King. But I love B.B. and all the other Kings. I grew up listening and learning from

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Posted in Blues, Improvisation, Music Theory

Between Miles and Mahavishnu: John McLaughlin’s “Devotion”

John McLaughlin, guitarist extraordinaire, came to New York in 1969 at the behest of drummer Tony Williams to join his new group. He immediately found himself playing a record date with Williams’ former employer, Miles Davis on what was to

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Posted in Improvisation, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Follow Your Bliss – Guitar Shredding Edition: Santana/McLaughlin’s Love Devotion Surrender

A previous post discussed the work of Alice Coltrane, 2nd wife to jazz legend John Coltrane, as an  example of a specific strain of jazz in the late sixties/ early seventies that has been referred to as Spiritual Jazz. The

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