This past weekend Vickie and I went to Hollywood California to attend the 35 year class reunion of my old music school, Guitar Institute of Technology also known as G.I.T, now called, Musicians Institute. This was the MOST FUN I have had at a musical event in 30 years!
A Part of My Soul Got Fed at this Reunion That I Didn’t Even Realize was Starving!!! (I wonder if something else is starving inside of me that I am not even aware of still? Hmmm.)
Back in 1980, just after high school, I attended Guitar Institute of Technology. At that time most of my training was focused on classical guitar however, I could play a few rock tunes. G.I.T opened up my vision of Fushion, Funk, and JAZZ guitar.
Prior to attending G.I.T., I had never heard of Jazz Guitar Greats as Pat Martino, Joe Pass, Lenny Breau, Joe Diorio, Howard Alden, Les Wise or Ron Eschete. Then there is guitarist Larry Carlton of Steely Dan. Blues, Fusion and Rock Specialist Don Mock, Danny Gilbert and Keith Wyatt. Read more
NAMM 2011 is crazy as ever! There are new musical gadgets as usual. I met up with one of my teachers from GIT, from 1980! Les Wise is his name. It was cool to see him. He’s got a new book coming soon which I will be interviewing him on..
I just heard Roland has come out with the new GR- 55 for guitar and bass. I owned the GR-20, and GR – 33. Can’t wait to see and play on the new GR – 55 at NAMM 2011!
I’ll keep you posted…
NAMM 2011 is finally here. I’ll be going on Saturday and Sunday. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, including one of my old teachers from GIT, Les Wise…
Be on the lookout for some photos and video clips from the NAMM 2011 floor!
http://guitarhour.s3.amazonaws.com/video/PassItOn2Seq256K_Stream001.flvThis is a video I created for class I took at CCSN film School in 2005. I wrote and recorded this song “Pass It On” in 2003. It is about the events on September 11, 2001. This song was also featured in the documentary “Where Were You on 911?”
Here you go…
Your first guitar lesson..http://guitarhour.s3.amazonaws.com/video/GH_Lesson1.flv
Andres Segovia, was one of the most influential Classical Guitartist
of the 20th century. He really opened the door to developing
the classical guitar repertoire and he did that by commisioning
compsers and making his own transcriptions. This is one of my
favorite arrangements of Bach’s Prelude from the 1st Cello Suite.
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If you are serious about getting better as a musician and specifically a guitarist you’ve got to practice every day. Read more