OutsideGuitar.com was founded in 2015 by guitarist Aram Bajakian. Having spent more than a decade as an active member of NYC's scene, and performing with a diverse range of artists (Lou Reed, John Zorn, Diana Krall, Malcolm Mooney from Can) Bajakian wanted to find a way to give back some of what he had learned to the music community. Thus, the online guitar masterclass, OutsideGuitar.com was born.
The OutsideGuitar.com podcast allows subscribers to ask questions to guitarists that play outside the norms of "conventional" guitar playing (Marc Ribot, Paul Rigby of Neko Case). Each conversation is unique and filled with insights. The podcasts contain about half of each lesson. To hear the full lesson, and to ask questions to future featured guitarists, subscribe at www.outsideguitar.com. By subscribing you'll not only gain access to the lessons on OutsideGuitar, you'll also be supporting the musicians in the podcast: each of them is paid for their time.
Episode 3: Bill Frisell
In this podcast guitarist and OutsideGuitar.com founder Aram Bajakian (Lou Reed, John Zorn, Malcolm Mooney of CAN) talks to Bill Frisell. What can be said about Bill except that everyone who has ever heard him has wondered how he's able to make the guitar sound so beautiful. During the course of his career, Bill has worked with John Zorn, Paul Motian, Marianne Faithful, Jeff Buckley, Joe Henry, Hal Willner, Allen Toussaint and Richard Hell, just to name a few. His own albums take listeners into another plane, where time is stretched and the sounds emanating from his guitar are the other-worldly soundtrack. In this interview, Bill and Aram talk about guitars, particularly all the connections that emanate from one guitar shop in Manhattan, Carmine Street Guitars, where master luthier Rick Kelly makes his telecasters and stratocasters. They also discuss Jim Jarmusch, Voidoids and Lou Reed guitarist Robert Quine, the art of practicing and pedals, in addition to other questions asked by outsideguitar.com subscribers. Half the episode is here. Get the other half by subscribing at www.outsideguitar.com.
Episode 2: Marc Ribot
In this podcast guitarist and OutsideGuitar.com founder Aram Bajakian (and guitarist for Lou Reed, Diana Krall, John Zorn) talks to Marc Ribot.
During the course of his career, Ribot has worked as a sideman with an impressive lineup of artists, most notably as the sound smith behind many of Tom Waits' classic recordings. In addition to the dozens of albums he's played on on John Zorn's Tzadik label, he's also worked with Elvis Costello, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Marianne Faithful, Mike Patton, The Lounge Lizards and Diana Krall.
His own groups are equally as diverse, from a project that plays the compositions of Cuban composer Arsenio Rodriquez (Marc Ribot y los Cubanos Postizos) to his noise-rock group Ceramic Dog with drummer Ches Smith and bassist Shahzad Ismaily. Ribot's solo records, Saints and Silent Movies, are easily some of the most beautiful out there.
In this episode Aram asks Marc questions from outsideguitar.com subscribers, which lead to discussions of how to break away from blues cliches when improvising, to Ornette Coleman, to how to keep your cool when performing in front of large (or small) audiences, as well as many other subjects.
Half the episode is here. Get the other half by subscribing at www.outsideguitar.com.
Episode 1: Paul Rigby (Guitarist for Neko Case)
The guitar tones of Paul Rigby can be heard all over Neko Case's haunting albums. What makes them so great is that they sound weird, and yet still manage to work with the song. In this interview, guitarist and OutsideGuitar.com founder Aram Bajakian (and guitarist for Lou Reed, Diana Krall, John Zorn) asks Paul questions gleaned from OutsideGuitar.com members. The results are just like Paul's playing: totally unique and compelling.
You gotta hear this!
Taking guitar lessons from Aram Bajakian (who has played with Lou Reed, John Zorn, and Diana Krall) was already cool enough, but having my questions answered by Marc Ribot and Paul Rigby blew my mind completely. I can't stress how much Outside Guitar has improved my guitar-playing and my musicianship in general. I hope Aram will ask Paul and Marc to come back sometime. Looking forward to more podcasts in this series!
Great podcast by a great guitarist with other great guitarists!