Here’s the second part of the video from Larry Coryell demonstrating some advanced rhythm guitar techniques. From the DVD “Larry Coryell’s Jazz Guitar Volume 3.” More info at http://www.guitarvideos.com/products/guitar-workshop-instructional-dvds/larry…

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Why not buy someone special a truly special gift? Ashdown Guitar Lessons offers Gift Vouchers in a range of values:

  • Single lesson – £30
  • Two lessons – £60
  • Three lessons – £90
  • Four lessons – £120
  • Five lessons – £150
  • Ten lessons – £300

Or you can mix and match to any value of your choice. You can receive your Gift Voucher by email ready for you to print out or as a pre-printed hard copy.

They come as an A4 sheet: fold twice and you have your voucher.

Whatever the value, every Gift Voucher has a space for you to fill in any special details and your personalised message. Once your recipient has the voucher they simply call or email to schedule their first lesson (later lessons can be booked at the same time or at the first lesson).

To order Gift Vouchers or to find out more just get in touch:

Renowned fusion guitarist and Musicians Institute guitar instructor Scott Henderson sits down with Jude Gold to share compelling and clever ways to use the pentatonic scale. Filmed in the concert hall at Musicians Institute. For more information on GIT, the Guitar Program at Musicians Institute, click to http://www.mi.edu.

Clever stuff, and some great demonstrations of how to lift phrases rhythmically.

Jazz great Larry Coryell demonstrates some advanced rhythm guitar techniques. From the DVD “Larry Coryell’s Jazz Guitar Volume 3.” More info at http://www.guitarvideos.com/products/guitar-workshop-instructional-dvds/larry…

Joe Pass: Misty

I’m a big Joe Pass fan. Joe was the first mainstream jazz guitarist I really listened to, especially through his amazing duet recordings with Ella Fitzgerald.

If you haven’t listened to their first duet album, Take Love Easy, give yourself a treat and do so. Lush Life, Billy Strayhorn’s great standard, is particularly outstanding and is one of my all-time favourite tracks.

Joe was a master of pretty much everything, but it’s his brilliant chord solo work that always blows me away.

Keep an eye out for Joe Pass transcriptions coming soon to this website!

Meanwhile here’s a great video of Joe playing solo on the Errol Garner‘s song Misty.

Kenny Burrell interview

There’s a great interview with Kenny Burrell in the Guitar Player Vaults.

Kenny talks about his early development, his influences, how he got into professional playing, his artistic philosophy and his equipment.

If, like me, you think Kenny Burrell is one of the really significant figures in jazz guitar then click on the link and enjoy the read.

The edition also features a classic Guitar Player interview with James Honeyman-Scott, lessons with Mike Stern and Leslie West, three FREE full-song transcriptions, and much more.

Ashdown Guitar Lessons is delighted to make available to everyone who wants it a set of charts giving fretboard patterns for Major scales and their associated Major 7th arpeggios.

Major scales snapshot

If you didn’t know, it all starts here. From these scales you can derive all the other modes/scales and their arpeggios. We’ll be making other sets available over time that spell out exactly how to do this and how to put all this good theory to work in your improvisation.

The approach is based on that of Jimmy Bruno, Jody Fisher and others – if you haven’t checked out their work you’re doing yourself a disservice.

This is foundation stuff on which everything else is built and it’s essential for any improvising guitarist. These scales and arpeggios should be practiced in all keys every day until you can play them in your sleep. Then play them in your sleep as well!

Check out the page here.

This video takes you through the easy steps of tuning your PA system with a graphic equaliser – also known as “ringing out” the PA. It  shows you how to set up your live PA system quickly to:

  • avoid feedback
  • get a better, more balanced sound

Ringing out isn’t just about killing feedback. Feedback is fuelled by resonances in the room that also affect the sound, making it wooly, boxy, harsh etc. The resonances are different for every room you play, and they depend on where you place front of house speakers, on-stage monitors and mics.

This is a very practical tutorial given by live sound expert Buck Moore.

Key message: a live gig is not a plug ‘n’ play event – spend some time tuning the PA to get a great sound!

joe satriani

Joe Satriani, one of rock music’s most respected and celebrated electric guitar players, will undertake a 10-date 2013 UK tour starting Saturday 8th June at the Manchester Apollo. This will be Satriani’s first UK tour since 2010’s Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards tour . Very special guest is blues guitarist Matt Schofield.

Tickets go on sale Friday 2nd November and you can book them online from www.ticketline.co.uk (tel: 0844 888 9991) or direct from the venue. The tour coincides with Satriani’s new solo album released by Sony worldwide in May 2013, followed by a career retrospective box set in the spring.

Earlier this year, Satriani performed a sold out concert with Chickenfoot at the London Brixton Academy in support of the band’s second album III.

He also embarked on multiple G3 tours in Australia, Europe and South America, had his music sampled in Nicki Minaj‘ hit single Right Thru Me, and appeared as himself in Brad Pitt’s Oscar-nominated baseball film Moneyball.


June 8, 2012   O2 Apollo  Manchester
June 9, 2012   Royal Concert Hall  Glasgow
June 10, 2012   City Hall  Newcastle
June 11, 2012   Philharmonic Hall  Liverpool
June 12, 2012   Colston Hall  Bristol
June 13, 2012   Civic Hall  Wolverhampton
June 15, 2012   City Hall  Sheffield
June 16, 2012   Guildhall  Portsmouth
June 17, 2012   O2 Shepherds Bush Empire  London
June 18, 2012   indogO2  London

A radical solution to the guitarist’s problem of strings breaking – courtesy of Tom and Jerry.