The Guitar Hour Podcast is a weekly, long-form discussion hosted by David Beebee, Tom Quayle, Dan Smith & Jake Willson. Together, and in conversation with today’s top players, they explore different approaches for improvising, theory, technique, practising, teaching and share the humorous ups and downs of being professional guitarists in the modern age.
Guitar Heroes In 2020 & Our Personal Mt. Rockmore
Jack Gardiner returns to the show and the guys pick up on the guitar hero theme Dan laid out last episode. Each rogue shares their own personal ‘mt. rockmore’ before discussing what it even means to be a ‘guitar hero’ in 2020.
This week's longer patreon edit features an additional 30 minute argument about John Mayer, plus all the usual NSFW banter.
Remembering Eddie Van Halen, Tom Quayle's New Youtube Lessons
EVH :( Pour one out dear listeners. TGHP doesn’t often ‘do a news’, but we can not do an episode without acknowledging, remembering and celebrating a genuine goat. Eddie Van Halen. We kick off however with a dissection of the youtube lesson landscape and Tom launches new youtube lessons - the first is a killer video on Lazy First Finger Syndrome - the enemy of your legato technique!
Time Feel, Soloing On Dim 7th Chords, Ibanez Giveaway
After a brief covid catch up Beebee crashes the pod bus into a harmony hole - soloing over diminished 7th chords using the harmonic major scale! Back on ‘main topic’ the guys discuss the concept of Time Feel. What it is, what it isn’t and possible ways of working on it.
Red Light Syndrome, Bending Technique & Pick Type
We’re back, and weekly podcasts are resuming! This week the team chat about the ‘red light recording syndrome', screwing up takes, plectrum material and debate various bending techniques/practice. In the Patreon after show edit there’s more bending chat, ear training follow ups, pitching notes without a reference tone and plenty more bants.
Defending 3 Note Per String? 4ths Tuning, Musical Identity (With Special Guest Ant Law)
Ant Law joins Tom, Beebs and Jake. They discuss Ant’s recent adventures before delving into 4ths tuning (Ant tunes in 4ths, but not the same as TQ), juggling multiple musical identities, and a passionate re-evaluation of the “3 note per string” approach, yields surprising conclusions. In the Patreon aftershow the guys chew the fat and briefly review Petrucci’s new album, Terminal Velocity. Ant has also very kindly given us charts and backing tracks to his latest album for you guys to download.
Fretboard Navigation & Melodic Minor
Beebee, Jake and Dan delve deep into the bowels of melodic minor harmony, exploring the challenges it can pose on the guitar fretboard. Other news: Jake celebrates the release of his new JTC course ‘Fretboard Navigation’ & Beebee acquires a new iMac and...a Rooster. In the Patreon aftershow the guys play more examples on guitar and Jake makes a discovery.