167 episodes

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.

The Guitar Hour Podcast David Beebee, Tom Quayle, Dan Smith & Jake Willson

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    • 4.7 • 43 Ratings

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.

    Vibrato, Tone Production & Ibanez AZES

    Vibrato, Tone Production & Ibanez AZES

    Beebee is awol (jetlag, covid, excuses, excuses), so the Quayle, Smith, Willson power trio hold the pod fort. There’s some discussion of the new Ibanez AZES models before a big ass deep dive into vibrato and tone production. Patreon Extra minutes: Dan might be bored with his own playing, and are you not playing what you’re hearing?

    • 1 hr 16 min
    String Things! Our strategies & preferences

    String Things! Our strategies & preferences

    Beebs is away in Portland working on Solo and acquiring a new (old) guitar, so this week we dig into the lost episode archive and the lads tackle a listener email: all about strings. Gauge, coatings, tone, feel? Do you change them often, or when they’re growing potatoes? What’s the crack?

    • 53 min
    Minimalist Practise Space, Head Space & Ear Hygiene

    Minimalist Practise Space, Head Space & Ear Hygiene

    We finally get the band back together with full catch ups, housekeeping and a refreshed Patreon. 
    The guys discuss hearing and ear hygiene, minimalist practise spaces, headspace & recognising one's progress.
    Jake also does a wonderful impression of Richard Madley and Beebs apparently has a throbbing hollow body?

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Nail the Neck - Note Names vs Intervals

    Nail the Neck - Note Names vs Intervals

    We’re back! Life conspired to send the show into an unplanned hiatus. But Tom, Beebee and Dr Willson return, refreshed and ready to rumble.

    Brief catch ups give way to a detailed discussion on thinking note names vs intervals when improvising harmony on guitar.

    Dan will be back next week, as will the regular format and some new stuff. Thanks for sticking with us and coming back to listen!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Metric Modulation & Prog Groove Madness

    Metric Modulation & Prog Groove Madness

    The guys chat with Joseph Anidjar and Joshua De La Victoria about their prog-tastic collaboration “Traveller”. They discuss writing grooves of Skype, feeling odd time signatures and metric modulation, mixing modern guitar modern tones and lush videography!


    The extended Patreon edition of this episode includes a deeper chat on guitar tone crafting, production techniques and the progression of the progressive genre, following on from the Tosin Abasi Episode. And the usual off-colour bants.

    • 49 min
    Tosin Abasi - Selective Picking, Harmony & Shaping Prog

    Tosin Abasi - Selective Picking, Harmony & Shaping Prog

    TGHP returns, with special guest Tosin Abasi!

    The boys chat to Tosin about his innovative technical approaches, love of modern jazz, inspiration, thoughts on his legacy, guitar hero status, and shaping the progressive landscape.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Cam9762 ,

These guys have truly enhanced my playing and my life.

I’m really writing this as a thank you. I’ve been on the lookout for an audio-based method for learning practical intermediate-to-advanced guitar skills, which is surprisingly hard to come by. This is exactly what I needed. These guys are funny, engaging and they’re experts with a sense of humility. Also helps that they are fellow Sam Harris devotees. Cheers guys! Thanks for all you do.

Personal note: Beebs, episode 52 was one of the most personally meaningful podcasts I’ve ever heard. I’m 38, and having graduated from an American university 15 years ago with an “education” in jazz guitar, I have been in a very similar space for years. Your story literally brought tears to my eyes and gave me hope that as a terminally intermediate player I can still bounce back from equally terminal imposter syndrome to get out there and progress the way I’ve always wanted to, despite what I consider a failed education. Sincerely, thank you for sharing your story.

J Godsun ,

Incredible musicians and content!

I have been following these guys since the beginning and just wanted to give a huge thank you to them. The content is always top notch and whether you are new to the guitar or have been at it forever there’s something to learn for everyone. Even after 40+ years with the guitar my playing has enormously improved so it appears “old dogs” do learn new tricks. So again I must say Thank You!
- Jon

powerfulmattress ,

Insightful, funny, reliably fascinating content.

I’ve listened to The guitar Hour for a while now and it’s become one of my favorite weekly podcasts, not only are Dan Beebs and Tom amazing insightful players but they’re amazing insightful people. Not only will this podcast help you become a better guitarist, but it will help you realize the value that guitar and music bring to your life in any genre and at any experience level. I get tremendous value from this podcast, and the perspectives shared by these monster players will only serve to broaden your musical horizons by opening doors into new ways of thinking about guitars and music in general. Thanks for making the podcast guys!!

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