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Great Guitarists: Charlie Christian

Charlie played with Benny Goodman for a brief period in the late 1930s before his untimely death.. He was one of the first to play the electric guitar. He has influenced every major jazz guitarist that has come afterwards. In my opinion, Charlie Christian  and Django Reinhardt are the most influential of all jazz guitarists. My favorite songs of his are Flying Home, Till Tom Special, and Seven Come Eleven. They are on the Benny Goodman Sextet recordings.

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The History of Jazz Guitar part 1

Great Guitarists: Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt was a jazz guitarist who became one of the first important soloists in the genre.

Watch the video and do some research. Then, during your next lesson, tell me something about Django. Or, better yet, post your comments below if you like.

For example:
1. Where was he born?
2. Where did he perform?
3. What kind of guitar did he use?
4. What obstacles or handicaps did he overcome?
5. Who were his influences? Chords
6. Who did he influence?
7. What songs did he perform?
8. What is your favorite song by

Great Guitarists is a series of posts on my blog, Guitar Talk.  It is my intention to present influential guitarists in chronological order giving the student a historical  perspective of the musicians that made history. Five guitarists from each decade, beginning in 1930, and ending with our contemporaries, will be discussed. Please feel free to post comments.


Brian Turner

Django Reinhardt New York City Festival – Dark Eyes

Tommy Emmanuel live Guitar Boogie Amazing Grace

Dear Student,

Watch this video and tell me sometghing about Tommy Emmanuel during your next lesson. Or, better yet, post it in the comments below to share with others.

Essential listening: Steve Hackett (Genesis Revisited World Tour 2013)

Essential Listening: Yes – Yours is no disgrace live 1972 (Yes songs)

Workshop on Lead, Melody, and Improvisation

The essence of lead, melody, and improvisation can be reduced to three elements: the major scale, the arpeggio, and the blues scale. Within these three elements, we find countless variations. The other essential scales can be found within them. When learning these elements, not only will you be playing great sounding riffs but also we will be examining what is occurring theoretically, exploring such concepts as scale and chord construction, intervals, and other essential elements for mastering the guitar.

What do I need? A guitar and a pick. BE IN TUNE before class. if you do not know how to tune, ask someone to help you before the class begins.

What do I need to know? You should know a few chords at least. If you are a total beginner you are welcome to watch.

How long is the class? One hour.

What is provided? The material will be pages from the instructors book. You are not required to buy the book. He will provide a web page where you can access the materials for free. However, the book will be available if you want to purchase it. For workshop students, the discount price is $15. The regular price is $25.

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