Beebs recovers from an inner ear infection (irony?). Dan dances in Denmark. Do amp modellers struggle at gig volume? And why does Beebs' wife have good ears?! Short but sweet this week!
With our beloved David Beebee away sick this week, Dan and Jake have a breif catch up and then answer your questions from the Guitar Hour Facebook Discussion Group. Questions include, sightreading, jazz studies, learning lots of songs, technique and more!
The guys are joined by recurring rogue, Jake Willson to drill deeper into solfeggio ear training and effective practise. Beebs reports on some breakthroughs and Jake has a new JTC masterclass out.
(We had some problems this week, both technical and logistical, so apologies for the lack of show notes and if the audio sync drifts at times! Back to normal next week! 🐝)
Dan gets brutal revenge on Beebs with a surprise test & Tom Quayle returns to give his thoughts on ear training.
The guys follow up on last week's show - probing the wax filled mess that is aural development in education.
00:00:00 - Remote Podcasting Gesticulation
00:01:57 - Haydock Guitar Show
00:10:09 - Familiar Faces
00:12:29 - Audience Escape Velocity
00:18:05 - Tom's Ear Training Experience
00:27:09 - Shifting Contexts & Keys
00:37:41 - Visual & Aural Intervalic Function - 2 Sides Of The Same Coin?
00:41:53 - Value Judgements Of Ideas
00:47:05 - Hearing What You Play Or Playing What You Hear?
00:55:29 - What Are We Doing This For?
01:12:57 - Dan's REVENGE!
01:21:45 - Before We Wrap Up
Functional Ear Trainer
The boys answer listener email - and in the process, start a new run of episodes exploring ear training, connecting the ear to the fretboard, improvisation and playing what you hear. They share their history and frustrations (mostly Beebs’ ranting) with formal ear training, ponder the nature behind vague instruction, the difficulty teaching ear training and start exploring what can be done.
Evil Beebs then springs a surprise listening test on Smith! Mwuhaha.
Definitely follow along in your podcast app artwork to see images of what is being talked about.
Functional Ear Trainer Links
Jeff Schneider’s Video Recommending Functional Ear Trainer
Functional Ear Trainer Desktop (Software by Alain Benbassat)
Functional Ear Trainer (iOS)
Functional Ear Trainer (Android)
Jeff Schneider Video On Ear Training (Part 1)
Articles Referenced Re: Perfect Pitch Prevalence In Tonal Language Speakers
This Week The boys are joined by friends of the show Bobby Harrison and Phil Short. Its Bobby's first time on the show and he tells us all about his current gig playing guitar for Cliff Richard as well as his previous experiences on big touring shows. Phil returns to the podcast for a second helping and fills us in on landing an arena tour with Westlife. We chat about getting the gig, the audition process, gear and what its like to be a guitarist for shows on such an enormous scale. A great insight from both guys this week. Enjoy!
The guys cross the streams and conjure one half of the #Guitarsoles podcast - Levi Clay back to the show. They discuss Levi’s recent video review of the Steve Vai book Vaideology, critiquing ideas and changing one's mind. They also crack open the mail sack answering listener email, and follow up with some suggestions on where to start with modal harmony.
TGHP Spotify Playlist
Berklee Book Of Jazz Harmony
Tom’s Modal Tutorial
Frank Gambale Books
Levi’s Vaideology Video
Tom Monda - Thank You Scientist
Levi’s Youtube Channel
The Guitarsoles Podcast
Beebs & Smith follow up on last week's Vaideology episode before discussing the latest big announcement from Fractal Audio.
This weeks deep dive chat is on ways to practise guitar effectively, and in particular, motivating the discipline for the hard things that make long lasting change in playing.
This week the boys are back with an emotionally charged and confusing discussion about a particular section in Steve Vai's long awaiting music theory book for guitar titled 'Vaideology'. They go back into the misty modal mines and talk modes and modal chord progressions as well as delving into some classic guitar magazines for the early 90s. This could get controversial...
YouTube are enforcing some pretty awful (and sketchy) copyright restrictions on big guitar and music channels. The guys chat this over, and muse on what a good thing it is that there’s no ‘YouTube’ for podcasts…..yet.
Deep dive topic this week is all about depping (subbing for our American friends). The culture, etiqutte, skillset, and various pro’s and cons.
00:00:00 - Just The 2 Of Us
00:01:12 - Podcast Birthday
00:04:12 - Catch Ups
00:09:04 - YouTube Guitar Copyright Madness
00:17:16 - Owning Your Own Content & Platforms
00:33:00 - Dep Or Sub Guitarists
01:22:36 - The Missing Ratings & Reviews Many Thanks!
With the boys still trying to put their mind holes back together after the last inspiring visit from Andy Wood, he returns and this time brings with his his good buddy and partner in crime 'Uncle' Ben Eller. After a rowdy catch up and a thorough southern hazing from both barrels of the wily Knoxvillians the two git slingers take us through Andy's most recent guitar instrumental album 'Junktown'. Strap in for a track by track walkthrough including insights into the writing, recording and production process as well as some deep chat on the creative journey as a whole.
Andy's Suhrs : https://www.suhr.com/instruments/andy-wood/
Dead And Lovely Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dead-and-lovely-horror-movie-podcast/id1225725051?mt=2
(Beware: This episode contains hardcore legato nerdery!)
Beebee and Tom Quayle are enroute to the Jonathan Kreisberg/Nelson Veras gig and turn on the mics to pass the time. They discuss guitar duos, legato technique, phrasing, seismic changes in technique, and also follow up on last week's episode, getting Tom’s thoughts on right hand technique influencing vocabulary.
Please excuse the car engine noise, it does reduce significantly about half way through!
00:00:00 - What Are We Doing?
00:02:30 - Guitar Duos
00:07:42 - Tom’s Upcoming Asian Tour
00:11:35 - Tom’s Guilt Driven Practise Session
00:12:58 - Legato Nerd Technique Discussion
00:21:46 - Right Hand Hybrid Ponderings
00:24:34 - Technique Influencing Vocabulary Follow Up
00:41:10 - Changing Technique, Can’t Go Back?
00:50:06 - 3-1-3 vs 2-1-2 Revelations
00:55:06 - The Relative Nature Of Wanting To Be Better
00:56:34 - Posh Dinky Sausages
This week the guys are joined by Australian guitarist Greg Stoff. They discuss how the role of the in-person guitar teacher has changed during the online/YouTube age and how picking technique can influence, help or hinder vocabulary and line development.
00:00:00 - Intro
00:01:22 - Greg Stott
00:12:22 - How The Role Of ‘Guitar Teacher’Has Changed'
00:31:10 - Watching Every Single YouTube Guitar Video Ever In Order
00:40:35 - Personal Trainer & Guided Practise Sessions
00:44:33 - Skype Lessons & Frequency
00:52:41 - How Does Picking Technique Influece Our Vocabulary & Phrasing
01:19:41 - Greg’s Music
01:25:03 - The Big 3
01:37:08 - Wrapping Up
Beebee, Smith and Tom Quayle catch up with the phenomenal modern blues player Josh Smith during his 2019 UK tour.
This week the guys catch up with Keven Eknes to talk about Berklee, LIPA, Instagram, social media, Strandberg and the Nashville scene for guitarists.
00:00:00 - Intro
00:01:58 - Keven
00:03:34 - Noway to Nashville via Liverpool
00:05:32 - Berklee scholarships
00:09:36 - Berklee experiences
00:19:51 - Guitar persona/being a rock guitarist in Nashville
00:28:00 - Nashville Number Charts
00:38:00 - Social media and work ethic
00:51:00 - Instagram to YouTube
00:54:13 - Listener Q&A
01:02:28 - The Big 3
01:08:09 - Future Projects
In their final leg of the trip Smith and Beebs catch up with Gabriel Wareing. They talk about his recent move to NY, studying jazz at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland, cruise ship guitar work and his involvement with Sky TV’s Guitar Star competition.
This should be the last of the dodgy audio quality episodes for a while as we resume normal podcast service and start to roll out big updates to the show. As always, thanks for listening!
00:00 - Intro
03:30 - Earning That Ship Money
08:38 - Early Influences, Learning Rock By Ear
17:16 - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Jazz & Music College Experiences
22:48 - Fretboard Visualisation
25:03 - Miles Okazaki - Fundamentals of Guitar
28:18 - Mick Goodrick - The Advancing Guitarist
29:22 - Sky Arts 'Guitar Star' TV Show
38:14 - New York Jazz & Theater Scene
43:18 - The 3 Questions
47:50 - Wrapping Up, Off to Tourist
Beebee & Smith sit down in an empty (yet noisy!) NY coffee shop with the legendary Wayne Krantz to dig into practise, improvisation, artistry, ears and more. They discuss the background to Wayne's book 'An Improviser's OS', it's legacy and the upcoming 2nd edition/revision.
Apologies for some background noise and a few jump cuts, the location based recording wasn't quite as clean as hoped! Hope you enjoy :)
00:00 - Intro
00:06 - Freezing Fingers
01:46 - Upcoming Projects
02:33 - 55 Bar - Feels Like Home, Amp Buzzzz
10:26 - Loose Pedals
11:28 - Background to ‘An Improvisers OS’
20:30 - The Beach, Ocean & Pier (Ears & Theory)
26:18 - The Goal To Not Visualise?
31:58 - An Improviser’s OS (Upcoming Revision)
35:06 - Future Touring & The Reality Of Niche Music
40:26 - A Composed Direction
44:38 - Wrappin’ Up
A casual check in from sub-zero New York City. It’s post namm, pre-Fibenare clinic and Beebs, Smith and Jake huddle together on a sofa (for platonic body warmth) to chat through the namm show and the upcoming Rudy’s Music event. As ever they accidentally stumble into some meaty musical areas such as time feel and counting in difficult performance environments, rhythmic subdivisions with legato and right hand picking technique.
Part 1 of our New York series. We have some seriously cool stuff coming over the next few episodes!
00:00 - I’m Waarrkkin’ Here!
01:37 - Namm Follow Ups
05:49 - Minus 14 Degrees in New York
08:11 - Namm Nuggets
08:29 - Sim 1 Pedal
14:21 - White Whale Baritone Guitar
15:41 - Elements of Sound Gig
21:25 - Dan Is Basically Kevin McCallister
23:48 - Pre-Rudy’s Fibenare Clinic Thoughts
27:21 - Feeling Time In Difficult Performance Environments
32:45 - Consistent Subdivisions & Legato / Accenting
40:37 - Mike Moreno My Music Masterclass
42:51 - Cold Weather Kills Batteries
Happy New Year!
A groggy start to the new year as life quickly kicks off again after the holiday season. The boys give you a little history of how the podcast came to life, as well as looking back over the past year and discussing favourite moments as well as lessons learned along the way. They also get on board with the new year, new you mantra and dicuss their non year resolutions and goals for the coming year, both personal and podcast related. Enjoy!
00:00 - Intro
02:39 - Value of music / New Years Eve gigs
06:47 - New year, new you
07:22 - A brief history
16:43 - Personal highlights
23:08 - Future threads
25:58 - Guitar New Years Resolutions
45:17 - Beebs’ Resolution
54:35 - Outro