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Welcome to the Fret Dojo podcast with Greg O'Rourke - where we interview master jazz guitar players from all around the world. Get the insider secrets for the mindsets, practice approaches and tools that have taken master jazz guitarists to the top of their field. Make sure you check out our website FretDojo.com for more awesome resources and practical tips on how to take your jazz guitar playing to the next level!

FretDojo Jazz Guitar Tips With Greg O'Rourke Greg O'Rourke: Professional Jazz Guitarist and Founder of Fret Dojo

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Welcome to the Fret Dojo podcast with Greg O'Rourke - where we interview master jazz guitar players from all around the world. Get the insider secrets for the mindsets, practice approaches and tools that have taken master jazz guitarists to the top of their field. Make sure you check out our website FretDojo.com for more awesome resources and practical tips on how to take your jazz guitar playing to the next level!

    Bruce Mathiske – The Athletics and Creativity of Jazz Guitar

    Bruce Mathiske – The Athletics and Creativity of Jazz Guitar

    On today's podcast, Carl Orr shares an insightful interview with one of Australia's stars on guitar, Bruce Mathiske!



    Bruce has been touring the world and composing for the guitar for the last thirty years. He has studied Classical and Jazz guitar and received his Diploma of Music in improvising, arranging and composing. He has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “The Authentic Guitar Virtuoso”.



    His use of the guitar to become its own orchestra, and his unique style of playing bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously has led to standing ovations and sell-out concerts all over the world.



    Bruce’s recording catalogue includes 25 predominately solo/original albums and he also composed the music score for the Australian Geographic documentary series “The best of Australia” as well as numerous television productions for ABCTV and various other documentaries.



    You are going to love this episode with Bruce. He shares some real gems such as his theory of athletics and pure creativity on guitar and also some great practical examples of solo guitar arrangements during the show.



    If you want to join my online jazz guitar academy with a complete pathway of step-by-step courses to improve your jazz playing, take a look by clicking here: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/



    Here's some ways you can develop your jazz guitar playing:



    For jazz guitar beginners: Check out my 30-Day Jazz Guitar Challenge: https://www.fretdojo.com/30-day-jazz-guitar-challenge/



    For my complete collection of courses for a low monthly fee, go to this link: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/

    • 40 min
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    Charlie Christian – Rose Room Lick

    Charlie Christian – Rose Room Lick

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    In this session I take a look at some of Charlie Christian’s vocabulary, and how you can easily use this to make a convincing jazz solo that still sounds fresh and relevant today!



    Video Sections:

    00:00 Intro

    00:48 Lick Demonstration - Full Tempo

    01:16 Lick Demonstration - Slow Tempo

    01:45 Lick Analysis

    05:21 Triad Example Ideas over Bb7

    07:36 Substitution Analysis

    09:07 Triads on Jazz Blues Exercise (with corresponding PDF)

    11:01 Exercise Example - Full Tempo

    12:30 Wrap Up



    This material will instantly spice up your jazz guitar improvisations to make them sound more authentic, and will help you open up the creative soloing possibilities on guitar.



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    Happy woodshedding!

    Crazy 4ths Guitar Tuning and More – Interview with Jazz Guitarist Ant Law

    Crazy 4ths Guitar Tuning and More – Interview with Jazz Guitarist Ant Law

    In this fantastic session, Ant shares some tips and inspiration for jazz guitar players of all levels and lets us in on his unique way of playing with his guitar tuned in 4ths!



    Ant’s been described as “An innovator" and “A gamechanger" by The Guardian. Based in the UK, Ant lives in London where he leads the Ant Law Quintet. 



    In 2013 their debut album 'Entanglement' was released to great acclaim, followed by 'Zero Sum World' (with Whirlwind Recordings) in 2015 and 'Life I Know' (withEdition Records) in 2018, receiving 5 star reviews and airplay across the UK, Europe, and Australia. 



    Ant plays in Tim Garland's band with Jason Rebello & Asaf Sirkis, featuring on various albums including 'ONE' which was shortlisted for a Grammy and won the Jazzwise Best Album award. He has worked with other notables Cory Henry, Thomas Gould and is featured from time to time in “Total Guitar", “Guitar Techniques" & “Guitarist” magazines. In the latter he recently made a list of “10 Astounding Virtuosos". Ant’s fourth album was just released this year on July 24th the sleeper wakes. 



    Show notes: https://www.fretdojo.com/podcast019/



    If you want to join my online jazz guitar academy with a complete pathway of step-by-step courses to improve your jazz playing, take a look by going here: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/



    Here's some ways you can develop your jazz guitar playing:



    For jazz guitar beginners: Check out my 30-Day Jazz Guitar Challenge: https://www.fretdojo.com/30-day-jazz-guitar-challenge/



    Find out more about Ant Law here:

    FB live streams on FB artist page: https://www.facebook.com/AntLawGuitar/live

    NEW ALBUM: https://orcd.co/sleeperwakes

    Other albums, sheet music, backing tracks: https://antlaw.bandcamp.com/

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAy_Wjp5adEDQMsNVDyX8fQ

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/antlawguitar/

    • 42 min
    Nicolas Meier – The Road Less Travelled

    Nicolas Meier – The Road Less Travelled

    In today’s podcast, Carl Orr, FretDojo's current Artist in Residence, interviews one of the most fascinating and original guitarists on the planet today, Nicolas Meier.



    With his unique style that is a blend of Metheny-esque jazz and Turkish inspired world music, Nicolas has toured extensively around the world with his band the Meier Group. This wonderful band (featuring sax maestro Gilad Atzmon and Dave O’Higgins) won the overall prize for ‘best band’ at the Juan-les-Pins jazz festival!



    His recent album Kismet is a wonderful heady mixture of Flamenco, jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern music. His prodigious jazz talent is matched by his other great passion: playing heavy metal guitar in his scorching group ‘Seven7’.



    For the last three years, Nicolas was the guitarist in guitar supremo, Jeff Beck’s band, with whom he toured all over the world, performing at major venues and festivals. He has recently recorded a stunning album with the A-lister rhythm section of Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) and Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa etc).



    You'll really love this episode with Nicolas not only sharing his story but also talking about his compositions, how he wrote them and the compositions by other musicians who influenced him.



    If you want to join my online jazz guitar academy with a complete pathway of step-by-step courses to improve your jazz playing, take a look by clicking here: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/



    Here's some ways you can develop your jazz guitar playing:



    For jazz guitar beginners: Check out my 30-Day Jazz Guitar Challenge: https://www.fretdojo.com/30-day-jazz-guitar-challenge/



    For my complete collection of courses for a low monthly fee, go to this link: https://www.fretdojo.com/signup-offer/

    • 57 min
    Ian Date – A World Traveller with a Love of Jazz Tradition

    Ian Date – A World Traveller with a Love of Jazz Tradition

    In today’s podcast, Carl Orr, FretDojo's current Artist in Residence, introduces us to incredible guitarist, Ian Date.



    Ian is originally from Australia and has played on more than 70 albums either as a sideman or a leader. He has performed and recorded with people such as multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and legendary guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor. Ian has played at festivals and events all over the world, from the South Island of New Zealand to Iceland via Asia and South Africa.



    Firmly rooted in the jazz tradition and equally at home on the acoustic or electric guitar, critics have described his playing as, “endlessly inventive, lyrical and always swinging.”



    Ian currently lives in County Cork, Ireland where he continues his musical journey.



    You will really get to know Ian in this fantastic interview where he shares his humble self-taught beginnings on guitar, his well-rounded background in a wide range of musical genres and his unique perspective on jazz improvisation as an art form.



    Also during the show, Ian shares some of his most loved tracks 'You Don’t Know What Love Is', 'Bouncin’ with Bud' and 'Royal Garden Blues'.

    • 48 min
    Nigel Price – The Jazz Guitarist in High Demand

    Nigel Price – The Jazz Guitarist in High Demand

    In today’s podcast, I’m sharing with you a fantastic session where my good friend and current FretDojo Artist in Residence Carl Orr interviews Nigel Price, one of the hottest jazz guitarists in the UK scene.



    Nigel Price has a career spanning more than 25 years has become widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working musicians in the business.



    Starting his professional career after a spell in the British infantry in his early 20s, Nigel toured Europe with various reggae and funk bands before settling on a solo career and turning his attention to jazz. With early influences include Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nigel honed his craft by attending gigs and sitting in with the players of the time.



    Nigel has played on more than 50 albums including 7 as a leader, spent ten years with acid jazz outfit The Filthy Six, was a member of James Taylor’s band, JTQ, for 3 years and performed with the legendary David Axelrod.



    I think you’re really going to enjoy this interview, where Nigel shares some real nuggets of wisdom when it comes to not only improving your skills as a jazz guitarist, but also about being on the road as a working musician and some skilful ways to balance the demands of his musical career and family life.

    • 1 hr 7 min

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