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Hosted by Premier Guitar's Jason Shadrick, along with famed guitar journalists Andy Ellis and Joe Gore, Chasing Frets is a weekly look at the craft of guitar playing.

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    • 4.9, 13 Ratings

Hosted by Premier Guitar's Jason Shadrick, along with famed guitar journalists Andy Ellis and Joe Gore, Chasing Frets is a weekly look at the craft of guitar playing.

    Bryan Sutton on Building Bluegrass Chops

    Bryan Sutton on Building Bluegrass Chops

    Hearing Sutton spin lightning-fast phrases on his Bourgeois and Martin dreadnoughts, it’s hard to imagine anyone picking a flattop with more power and finesse. In this episode of Chasing Frets, the award-winning guitarist reveals his secrets for developing speed, tone, and clarity on an acoustic, and poses the question "What are we doing to get in our own way?"


    For more information about Bryan Sutton visit https://www.bryansutton.com


    Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com


    Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com


    Special thanks to Rode and Audio-Technica

    • 24 min
    Bryan Sutton on Session Life in Nashville

    Bryan Sutton on Session Life in Nashville

    Ever wonder what it's like being a session ace in the hyper-competitive Nashville studio scene? It's a world Sutton knows intimately, and in this episode he tells us how he became a first-call player and what it takes to pick with the best.


    For more information about Bryan Sutton visit https://www.bryansutton.com


    Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com


    Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com


    Special thanks to Rode and Audio-Technica

    • 21 min
    Bryan Sutton on the Art of Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

    Bryan Sutton on the Art of Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

    In this week's first episode, the champion flatpicker (he has won the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year award a staggering 10 times) explains how bluegrass rhythm guitar has developed over the years and describes specific techniques for developing your flatpick rhythm skills. As a bonus, he names a handful of classic albums that are required listening for anyone who loves flattop guitar.


    For more information about Bryan Sutton visit https://www.bryansutton.com (https://www.bryansutton.com)


    Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com (http://premierguitar.com)


    Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com (mailto:chasingfrets@premierguitar.com)


    Special thanks to Rode and Audio-Technica

    • 23 min
    Blake Mills on Fingerstyle Playing

    Blake Mills on Fingerstyle Playing

    Blake discusses the evolution of his unique fingerstyle technique, which draws on sources ranging from Michael Hedges, West Africa, and Bob Brozman, Blake’s onetime teacher. 



    Blake’s playing is steeped in traditional folk, blues, and ethnic music, but it’s seldom retro. He inevitably twists his influences into startling new configurations that feel simultaneously old and new, often employing slide and fretless guitar to stretch the boundaries of intonation and groove. His latest solo album is Mutable Set, released just a few weeks ago.


    For more information about Blake Mills visit https://www.blakemillsonline.com (https://www.blakemillsonline.com)


    Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com (http://premierguitar.com)


    Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com (mailto:chasingfrets@premierguitar.com)


    Special thanks to Rode and Audio-Technica

    • 17 min
    Blake Mills: The Guitarist Producer

    Blake Mills: The Guitarist Producer

    Besides being a thrilling sideman and solo artist, Blake has been nominated twice for the Producer of Year Grammy. In this episode, he discusses playing guitar with a producer’s ear. 


    Blake’s playing is steeped in traditional folk, blues, and ethnic music, but it’s seldom retro. He inevitably twists his influences into startling new configurations that feel simultaneously old and new, often employing slide and fretless guitar to stretch the boundaries of intonation and groove. His latest solo album is Mutable Set, released just a few weeks ago.


    For more information about Blake Mills visit https://www.blakemillsonline.com (https://www.blakemillsonline.com)


    Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com (http://premierguitar.com)


    Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com (mailto:chasingfrets@premierguitar.com)


    Special thanks to Rode and Audio-Technica

    • 45 min
    Blake Mills Talks Slide Guitar

    Blake Mills Talks Slide Guitar

    Blake Mills, 31, is one of the most innovative and talked-about guitarists of his generations—a true player’s player. His career is unfolding on three fronts: As a session and touring guitarist, he’s worked with Billy Gibbons, Lucinda Williams, Fiona Apple, John Legend, Randy Newman, Lana Del Ray, the Avett Brothers, Vulfpeck, Carlene Carter, and Norah Jones. He’s also received two Grammy nominations for Producer of the Year, first for overseeing Alabama Shakes’ breakthroughs album Sound and Color in 2015, and again in 2017 for Perfume Genius’s No Shape album. He’s also created four acclaimed solo albums.


    Blake’s playing is steeped in traditional folk, blues, and ethnic music, but it’s seldom retro. He inevitably twists his influences into startling new configurations that feel simultaneously old and new, often employing slide and fretless guitar to stretch the boundaries of intonation and groove. His latest solo album is Mutable Set, released just a few weeks ago.


    For more information about Blake Mills visit https://www.blakemillsonline.com (https://www.blakemillsonline.com)


    Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com (http://premierguitar.com)


    Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com (mailto:chasingfrets@premierguitar.com)


    Special thanks to Rode and Audio-Technica

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

ArtNinja2000 ,

GREAT podcast

I'm a semi-pro/intermediate guitar player and always enjoyed Andy Ellis' lessons in various guitar magazines. Andy always gave you the WHY as well as the HOW in guitar instruction.
His writing was engaging and his prose inviting making you WANT to play guitar. . .

TMcKay1956 ,

Great

Shows the amazing depth of the true professional. Thanks

Muso nerd ,

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