Billy Bauer (1915-2005)

Billy Bauer was a key guitarist in jazz history, considered to be one of the fathers of modern jazz guitar. He had extraordinarily varied stylistic ability, ranging from traditional swing guitar to 'cool' jazz and even free jazz. Bauer played...

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Jazz Guitar Toolbox 3.1 - Basic Jazz Arpeggios

Welcome back to Jazz Guitar Toolbox, where we cover essential skills that every jazz guitarist should know. This lesson is all about a crucial tool for improvisation: arpeggios! In jazz guitar, an arpeggio is when you play the tones of a chord in...

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John Pisano (1931-)

John Pisano is an influential jazz guitarist and studio musician, known for his mastery as an accompanist. He can be heard on recordings with artists including Joe Pass, Herb Alpert, and Chico Hamilton, and live at his weekly Guitar Night in Los...

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Ralph Towner (1940-)

Ralph Towner is a guitarist and composer known for his organic fusion of jazz and classical music. He performs primarily on classical and 12 string guitars, and is also an accomplished pianist. Towner established himself as a mainstay of the ECM...

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Tips For Overcoming Stage Fright

Nothing feels more natural than spending the evening alone with your guitar. When you find yourself in front of a crowd, however, the nerves start to kick in. Whether it be a crowd of four or 400, performing for an audience can be unnerving. For...

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Bucky Pizzarelli (1926-2020)

Bucky Pizzarelli was an influential jazz guitarist and studio musician. He enjoyed a prolific studio career, playing with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, and Benny Goodman. Pizzarelli was known for his rhythm guitar...

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