21 episodes

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!

    Jeremy Sawkins – The Harmonic Adventurer

    Jeremy Sawkins – The Harmonic Adventurer

    In today's episode, Carl Orr has the pleasure of interviewing Sydney-based guitarist, Jeremy Sawkins.



    Jeremy has been an active member of the Australian jazz community since the early 1980’s. As well as being a composer/bandleader, Jeremy has shared the stage and recording studios with many notable musicians. Having performed all around Australia, he has also performed in Europe and Asia. 



    After graduating from the N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music in 1984 (with an Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies), Jeremy joined his former teacher, Dr Roger Frampton (late) in the band ‘Intersection’. The band performed in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. They recorded one album, independently released by Frampton - ‘A breath of fresh air’. 



    Since then Jeremy has led many of his own groups, his current being ‘Jazz Organism’, the Jeremy Sawkins Trio and Quartet. All groups have had many performance opportunities in Sydney (and Ireland) since 2003.



    Jeremy has been with Miroslav Bukovsky’s (A.R.I.A. award winning jazz/world music) group ‘Wanderlust’ since 1996. He has toured Europe twice with the group (1997-98) performing at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival and the JVC Jazz Festival in Rome (to name a few). In 1999 the group toured China and Japan, performing at the Beijing and Shanghai International Jazz Festivals and the Sweet Basil Jazz Club in Tokyo. 



    You'll really get to know Jeremy and his love of music in this episode. He shares a couple of great tracks and demonstrates some great reharmonization and substitution techniques used in his music.



    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/

    • 50 min
    Damien Cooper – Pop/Rock Sideman with a Passion for Jazz Guitar

    Damien Cooper – Pop/Rock Sideman with a Passion for Jazz Guitar

    In this next podcast, Carl Orr interviews the very accomplished guitarist, Damien Cooper.



    Damien is a freelance London based guitarist who has held the Guitar 1 chair on Thriller live since 2009, and has been a member of Dr Hook from 2015.



    Originally from Australia and after 20 years of playing and touring around Australasia with acts covering styles from jazz to rock to cabaret, Damien relocated to London. Since then he has been an in demand player on both the London scene and abroad. Theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Scandinavian tour), Hedwig And The Angry Inch (London), Godspell, Dancing In The Streets (UK and European tour), Never Forget (London dep), Top Hat (London Dep), The Book of Morman (London Dep)Tina the Musical London Dep and various shows at the London Palldium including Bill Kenwright’s Dream On and Magic Fm's Christmas show.



    Damien has also toured, recorded and worked with a variety of different artists including Denise Pearson, Jimmy Somerville, Dr Hook, Kim Wilde, Beverley Knight, Lemar, Anastacia, The Shires, James Morrison, Ronan Keating, Andrea Triana, MC Mystro, Rick Astley, Gabrielle, Alfie Boe, Boyzone, Macy Grey, Peter Andre......and more.



    This episode highlights the importance and discipline of rhythm guitar, which is a huge strength of Damien's and a real tribute to his success as a working musician. There are also some great tips shared by both Carl and Damien about improvisation in a live performance setting.



    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/

    • 43 min
    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
    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

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