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Essential Listening: Charlie Christian

Whether you are an artist, poet, writer, architect, or a musician it is essential to study the masters and classics to gain knowledge in your chosen field. Listening and watching great musicians inspires the guitar student to practice more and work harder to achieve his goals. Part of being a good musician is finding good music to listen to. Creating a library of music is very important for the guitar student. To do so, we need  to dig much deeper than the local radio stations. Go to the roots of the tree. Find out who your favorite guitarists listened to. The sources for research are unlimited with today’s technology.

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, he is 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.

Essential Listening: Django Reinhardt

Whether you are an artist, poet, writer, architect, or a musician it is essential to study the masters and classics to gain knowledge in your chosen field. Listening and watching great musicians inspires the guitar student to practice more and work harder to achieve his goals. Part of being a good musician is finding good music to listen to. Creating a library of music is very important for the guitar student. To do so, we need  to dig much deeper than the local radio stations. Go to the roots of the tree. Find out who your favorite guitarists listened to. The sources for research are unlimited with today’s technology.

Django is the man! He is the father of jazz guitar. Books have been written about the gypsy jazz guitarist. His left hand was terribly maimed in a fire in the wagon of his gypsy caravan. He overcame the handicap to become the most influential jazz guitarist of all time. He unknowingly created a school of virtuoso disciples. Visit Hot Club Radio  and you’ll see what I mean. (Django made his mark playing in the Quintette of the  Hot Club of France. Anytime you see the two words ‘Hot Club’ in conjunction with jazz and swing it is music in the style of Django and Stephane Grappelli). A few of my favorites songs are Lime House Blues, Tears, Swing 42, Oriental Shuffle and Nuages.

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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.

Thanks,

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)