Sunday, October 22, 2006

Joe Pass - Jazz Lines

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Guitar Online Schools

Online Guitar Schools offer courses through several venues. Students can choose to learn various elements of guitar through online extension schools, institutes, colleges, and universities. Some online guitar education programs offer online video clinics demonstrating master techniques and advanced lessons in playing this instrument.

Colleges, universities, music schools, and institutes provide additional studies that may include music theory, sight reading, and much more, through online guitar training programs. Online guitar students can choose to earn degrees or certificates through online guitar programs, or to study simply for the pleasure of learning to play the guitar. Online Guitar School courses might include guitar scales, understanding amps, guitar chords and sound effects, recording, and producing.

Many Online Guitar Schools provide instructor-led courses that allow students to access instructors on preplanned schedules that provide the same curriculums as courses taught in traditional school settings, and that use incorporations of cutting-edge technologies in their instruction. Online Guitar School assignments can be uploaded via the Internet through processes using MP3 files for personalized review and criticism.

Online Guitar School programs may offer comprehensive backgrounds in various music genres, songwriting skills, and music production in addition to fundamental guitar techniques and skills. Certificate programs can be completed in one year from some Online Guitar Schools. More comprehensive programs can take as long as three years. Bachelor degree programs from college and university music departments will require additional courses, and possibly some on-campus coursework.

Graduates of Online Guitar Schools can apply their skills to teaching, producing, songwriting, and playing guitar, as education and degrees permit.

If you are interested in learning more about Online Guitar Schools and other types of schools, please search our site for more information and resources.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

The First Step And Most Important Thing In Learning Guitar

Most of the guitar lovers playing guitar for few years but still unsatisfied with their progress. They feel like still stand at the starting point and can't enjoy their playing.This mainly caused by most of them don't build up a strong foundation at the begining. I found that some of the guitar learners even just playing guitar for one or two years but are more better than so many that playing for over five years. This is the foundation problems. Me myself was an example when I started playing guitar long time ago.

The secrets of learning guitar are mostly base on foundation. To have a good foundation for future success,we need three important factors :-


Ear training is a MUST basic training that every guitar learners should have. But most of them avoid this as quite a boring and time-consuming job.Without a good listening,we are unable to move to higher level. To overcome this problem,I suggest that guitar learners may choose one of the well known Ear Training software on internet. I found that there are few really good software that train your listening step by step and really FUN. You feel like playing game when you learn.

2.DAILY practice :(Both fingers and ears)

Daily practice is another important thing we should do. (Ex.Fingers exercises,practice for basic acales) I suggest thatbeginners practice on PENTATONIC SCALES at the starting point because this scales is the most simple scale that only have five tones. Try to practice 20 to 30 minutes daily. Remember that even 20 minutes of RELAX and CONCERNTRATION DAILY practice is more effective than few hours of unconstant practice.

3.Look for a TEACHER :

You may find either private guitar teacher or guitar lessons on internet. For my opinions,learn guitar from internet may be better because of the convenience of time and much cheaper. There is just one question of learning from internet that what lessons to choose, what lessons are really work. Myself as a guitar lover have been playing guitar for 15 years and do the research on guitar lessons from internet over 5 years for myself and my groups. I've spent a lot of money for it. Recently I just built up my own little web page telling guitar lovers a few good guitar lessons that really work and would like to share with all of you.

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Don Lee - If you are interested to learn guitar,WELCOME to my website at : at look at it yourself.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Practicing The Guitar - Are You Kidding Yourself?

Practicing the guitar is no different than doing anything else to improve other aspects of you life. For example, if you're an athlete do you improve your endurance by driving you car? No, you do it by running or some other form of exercise that builds muscle and cardio vascular endurance.

So it is with the guitar. Be sure that when you sit down to practice that you practice. Avoid the temptation to kid yourself by saying that you were practicing by just holding your guitar of by just playing some familiar tune or chord.

If you really want to improve your level of skill, play some new, challenging selections. Or, use your time to work on some exercises your instructor has given you, even if its working on basic guitar scales and chords. This will truly build your skill when it's time to learn a new tune.

When practicing, avoid distractions such as TV, phone, food and friends. Select a place and time to practice when you won't be disturbed. Ask your family or friends to respect this time and to not disturb you until you have finished.

Be sure that what you are working on is correct. If you have an instructor, ask him or her to critique your practice techniques. If you don't use an instructor, be sure to read any reference materials you have to be sure that what you are practicing is being done right. Practice may make perfect, but perfect practice definitely makes perfect.

Before each practice session, spend a few minutes to decide what you want and need to work on. If you have a plan and work your plan, you stand a much better chance of improving your skills quickly. Just sitting down and making some sounds because you're not sure what to do is just a waste of time.

Remember, you want to learn to play the guitar. So, work on the things that will get you to that point quickly. And, even if you are an accomplished guitar player, you can still improve. That improvement can only come by using good practicing techniques.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

10 Top Jazz Guitarists

Some of the most influential and innovative guitarists have emerged from the world of Jazz - often with breathtakingly fast technique and intricate phrasing - Jazz maestro's can match anything that rock and roll can produce - indeed the Jazz genre has been popular for almost 100 years and from trad jazz to new world fusion pioneers they are a diverse breed producing a wide spectrum of sound.

So what makes a great Jazz guitarist? Flamboyance - technique and a dash of magic - our top 10 list features guitarists who have their own unique styles and sound - often mimicked but never matched. Want to get into Jazz guitar? Well check out these ten great players.

1. Joe Pass

With a career that spanned 50 years, including time spent with Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Herb Ellis - Pass became renowned for his solo style that utilized complex finger picking technique coupled with a deft left hand phrasing. With an Epiphone signature guitar released in his honor - Pass is a true great

2. Pat Metheny

Part of the modern Jazz set - Metheny is a real innovator on guitar - mixing a broad palette of musical influences from rock to folk, orchestral and traditional Jazz. Hard to pin down with a specific technique but with influences from Joe Pass to Wes Montgomery he's has a career that spans 30 years and remains highly regarded.

3. Les Paul

One of histories most important guitarists. Central in the development of the modern guitar and recording techniques. It was however as a Jazz Guitarist that he became famous - with a fast fluid style reminiscent of the great Django Reinheardt but with a distinctive country twang he's blazed a trail throughout his career - the fact that Les Paul still played to audiences in his 90's is testament to how important this man is.

4. Wes Montgomery

Montgomery played with a distinctive style - discarding the use of a pick he played with mostly with his thumb resting his fingers on the guitar's body. With intricate phrasing including use of Octaves - Montgomery sound is easily distinguishable - despite a career that was cut short at the tender age of 43 - Montgomery still had time to record a string of hit Jazz albums and influence a wealth or artists.

5. Charlie Christian

Hugely influencial in the Jazz genre and one of first mainstream Electric Guitarists but with a frustratingly brief career (dying at the age of 25) - renowned for his playing with the Benny Goodman orchestra in the 30's and 40's

6. John Mclaughlin

Incredible Jazz Fusion artist - part of the Mahavishnu Orchestra fusion group in the 70's. With a blinding fast technique and influenced by world music sound - McLaughlin is a unique voice in the world of Jazz.

7. Herb Ellis

Reaching the Jazz audience with his stint with the Oscar Peterson trio in the '50's Ellis has continued to record and play with a range of artists - with a fast - fluid but still melodic style - Ellis has a distinctive voice in the world of jazz guitar and inspiring tecfhnique.

8. Charlie Byrd

Grammy award winning and with a career that spanned 40 years - classically trained Byrd was heavily influenced by the South American bossa nova sound made his name playing with Stan Getz during the 1960's -

9. Kenny Burrell

With a style that marries a soulful technique with a love of bebop, Burrell has played with a bucket load of greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Benny Goodman - with a treasure of over 40 albums and career spanning over 50 years Burrell is a true Jazz master

10. Django Reinhardt

No list of Jazz guitarists would be complete without mentioning Django - with a Gypsy upbringing and musical influence he had a fascinating technique which involved picking close to the bridge and one string solo's - influenced by few but influencing many - he remains perhaps the most important Jazz Guitarist of all time.

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Tommy Emmanuel - Boom Chick 2

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Kotaro Oshio - Hard Rain

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Kotaro Oshio shows how to play Hard Rain

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Kotaro Oshio - Mr. Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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Kotaro Oshio shows how to play Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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Mr. Christmas Mr. Lawrence tab/sheet music


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