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An engaging podcast for the modern musician, with topics ranging from effective practicing to studio recording, live performing, understanding musical language, and developing musical skills. Join hosts Aaron Sefchick and Joe McMurray, as their weekly talks not only entertain but delve into deep aspects of every musicians’ practice.

Fret Buzz The Podcast Aaron Sefchick and Joe McMurray

    • Music Interviews
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

An engaging podcast for the modern musician, with topics ranging from effective practicing to studio recording, live performing, understanding musical language, and developing musical skills. Join hosts Aaron Sefchick and Joe McMurray, as their weekly talks not only entertain but delve into deep aspects of every musicians’ practice.

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    • 11 min
    Wampler Pedals (with Brian Wampler) Ep072

    Wampler Pedals (with Brian Wampler) Ep072

    Brian Wampler is the founder and CEO of Wampler Pedals. Brian joins Aaron Sefchick, Joe McMurray, and Miles Harshman to discuss the world’s largest pedalboard, his favorite guitar effects pedals, how he spends his work-days and approaches design, and guitar amplifiers.



    Recently, Brian participated in breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest guitar pedalboard (with Rob Scallon and several other effects pedals companies). He tells the guys about his experience and about meeting Alex Lifeson (the guitarist of Rush).



    Brian tells the guys about his favorite pedals from Wampler Pedals. The guys want to know how he spends his workdays: from breadboarding to building plug-ins to creating content for social media.



    Brian gives insight into the guitar amps that he uses to test his effects pedals during the design stage. The guys also talk about the merits of running a pedal through a clean amp vs. a naturally dirty/overdriven amp.  They also talk about the virtues of amp simulators.  Brian tells the guys about his own Wampler Bravado amplifier.













    Find out more about Brian Wampler and Wampler Pedals at https://www.wamplerpedals.com or https://m.youtube.com/user/wampcat.



























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    • 58 min
    Jazz Guitar and Online Success Part 2 of 2 (with Jens Larsen) Ep071

    Jazz Guitar and Online Success Part 2 of 2 (with Jens Larsen) Ep071

    Jens Larsen is a Danish jazz guitarist who has become an internet celebrity for his YouTube lessons.  Aside from his incredible jazz guitar chops, he has posted over 700 YouTube videos, has acquired almost 150,000 YouTube subscribers, and recently released two books.  Joe McMurray and Aaron Sefchick sit down with Jens to talk about his journey, how to approach jazz as a player and as a teacher, musical gear, online success, practicing, composition, and recording.

     

    Jens has become famous through his YouTube lessons on how to play jazz guitar.  In Part 2/2, he says that he originally started posting transcriptions of jazz solos, then began writing blogs for UltimateGuitar.com, and finally started posting videos on YouTube.  Recently he released two books, Modern Jazz Guitar Concepts and Advanced Jazz Guitar Concepts.

     

    Aaron asks Jens how he approaches his practice sessions, and Jens provides an in-depth look into his practice routine.  He warms up by playing chromatically across the guitar neck in all 12 keys, he practices 7th arpeggio patterns, triads, and open-voiced triads over the entire neck, and he creates simple melodies by ear and transposes them to all 12 keys.  Then he practices his triad ideas over the chord changes of jazz tunes.  Jens practices with his metronome set on beats 2 and 4, but also experiments playing with the metronome set on unusual beats to spur rhythmic creativity.

     

    Jens tells of some of his most meaningful performances as well as his dream show.  He talks about his band (Traeben), how he/they compose songs, and the differences among his three albums.

     

    Finally, Jens gives us a few inside looks at his other hobbies and interests outside of music!













    Find out more about Jens Larsen at https://jenslarsen.nl/



    YouTube: YouTube.com/c/JensLarsen

    Band Website: Traeben.com





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    • 52 min
    Jazz Guitar and Online Success Part 1 of 2 (with Jens Larsen) Ep070

    Jazz Guitar and Online Success Part 1 of 2 (with Jens Larsen) Ep070

    Jens Larsen is a Danish jazz guitarist who has become an internet celebrity for his YouTube lessons.  Aside from his incredible jazz guitar chops, he has posted over 700 YouTube videos, has acquired almost 150,000 YouTube subscribers, and recently released two books.  Joe McMurray and Aaron Sefchick sit down with Jens to talk about his journey, how to approach jazz as a player and as a teacher, musical gear, online success, practicing, composition, and recording.



    In Part 1 of 2, Jens tells of his years playing on the streets of Copenhagen, followed by his studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (in the Netherlands).  The guys discuss how to learn, review, and perform new jazz tunes.  Then they discuss the merits of preserving traditional musical styles vs. pursuing progressive musical styles.  Jens tells Joe and Aaron how he would approach teaching a new jazz guitar student, providing some very useful information for both teachers and players!



    Next the guys move on to a look at guitar gear.  Jens talks about his guitars (notably an Ibanez AS2630), amps, and effects.





    Find out more about Jens Larsen at https://jenslarsen.nl/ or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqepSCHTyWj4BzHxEEUNvlg.











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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Songwriting and Composition Part 2 of 2 (with Paul Barsom) Ep069

    Songwriting and Composition Part 2 of 2 (with Paul Barsom) Ep069

    In this episode, Aaron sits down with composer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Barsom of The Weed Garden to discuss his project’s latest release, Boy Interrupted.



    Paul’s career as a composer and teacher of musical composition spans over 30 years and has influenced numbers of composition students and musical educators, including Fret Buzz The Podcast alumnus Tony Scaltz.



    As a result, Tony makes a guest return to the show to join Aaron and Paul on the mic and discuss the genesis and recording of Boy Interrupted and the various styles and musical idioms the album invokes. In addition, the guys explore how composers approach creativity, musical invention, various career paths, adaptation to digital audio environments, and so much more.



    Be on the lookout for Tony’s new line of skin care products, Prodigal Sun, which hits beaches across the country next summer.



    Find more about Paul here:



    http://paulbarsom.com/

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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

JustAChordPounder ,

Very Informative - Fingerstyle Guitar with Dustin Furlow Part 1

I have been a fan of Dustin Furlow's playing and music since I first heard him play "A Summer Song" at an open mic at Bayside Inn. He has done amazing things with his guitar playing and song writing since then. This interview illustrates why Dustin has done so well. His meticulous attention to every detail of the music, the sound of the guitar, the mixing, the pickups, etc. comes out in his live shows and his truly wonderful recordings. This is was very good and interesting interview and I can't wait to hear part 2.

driftingalong ,

Insightful

Just listened to 007 It’s a Musical Life. I really enjoyed this one. Well thought out ideas. Interesting to hear the different perspectives from people who have lived through a variety of musical lifestyles. Will definitely check out more episodes!

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