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Too Late to Learn? - April 13, 2005

Jose asked (in a guestbook entry) if 54 was too old to begin studying jazz. It's never too late to enjoy yourself. There is no age limit for the kind of intrigue and facination that studying music provides. Learning jazz is more about the journey than the destination. There is so much to learn that no one every really "finishes". Jump in with both feet. You may be surprised by how quickly some concepts can be learned. Some others, of course will be more difficult and take more time. Don't worry about "finishing". Each new thing you learn should bring you more and more satisfaction.
I've heard many students say, "Do you know how old I'll be by the time I get this together?" I always say, "The same age you'll be if you don't". So get started--and enjoy yourself!

Boatman/Summers Gig - March 20, 2005

I had the greatest time last night......

I played a concert in Claremont, California with bassist Jeff Stover. The atmosphere was quiet and intimate and the audience was there to listen. A perfect setup for a great jazz gig.

Dale Boatman and Bob Summers (both very talented guitarists in their own right) sponser and produce this monthly jazz event. Everyone in the Southern California area who cares about jazz should support these guys. They are doing good things and have plans to do much more.

You can visit them on the web at www.boatmansummers.com.
You can also find them on my links page under "Other Music Sites".

Thanks to Dale and Bob and to all who attended last night. It was a pleasure to play for you.

Confirming My Nashville Seminar - March 12, 2005

Those of you who recently received the new brochure from the National Guitar Workshop may have noticed that my seminar at the Nashville campus, "The Art of Solo Guitar" was accidentally left out.

I want to assure you that it IS going to happen--and the dates are:

July 10--July 15

The schedule for all of my NGW seminars this summer is as follows:

Seattle: "Jazz Skills"
June 25--June 30, 2005

Los Angeles: "Letting Go"
Julyl 2--July 7

Nashville: "The Art of Solo Guitar"
July 10--July 15

Chicago: "Jazz Skills"
July 16--July 21

New Milford, CT: The Jazz Summit, "Chord Melody and Accompaniment"
August 8--August 14

Call the National Guitar Workshop office for a brochure and application—
1-800-234-6479.

Response to a "guestbook" question..... - March 12, 2005

The following question appeared in my guestbook on 3/12/05:

Hi Jody
Your music and style inspires me. I am an old rocker from forty years ago. I have recently taken to playing the guitar again and want to develop a style like you. I have your teaching CDs but I think I need social contact. What would advise me to do? For example when looking for a teacher, what should I look for?
Keep on playing
Jim

OK, Jim.....

Studying with a good teacher will surely accelerate your progress. Spend some time shopping around for a teacher you feel you can relate to. In my opinion, this should be someone who plays in public regularly in addition to teaching.

A good teacher should be able to fill the gaps in your knowledge and give you lessons in the following areas (appropriate to your level):

1. Music Thory
2. Technique
3. Aesthetics
4. Harmony as applied to guitar
5. Improvisation
6. Repertoire

Be clear about your goals when talking to prospective teachers and be sure to ask what their expectations are in terms of practice time, payment, etc.

You'll probably end up taking lessons from several teachers over time. This is a good thing as it will help to expand your overall view of the guitar and music. Good Luck!

New Music Section Added! - March 12, 2005

Cuts from my CDs are now available on this site. Just click on "Music" in the main menu. Four complete tracks from the CD "Impromptu", and three tracks from "Old Songs, New Licks" can be downloaded in mp3 format. Enjoy.

Great Quotes - March 7, 2005

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture. - Thelonius Monk

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. - J. S. Bach

Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.' - Paul McCartney

'All music is folk music, I ain't never heard no horse sing a song.' - Louis Armstrong

Trouble? - March 6, 2005

If anyone has difficulty accessing the free lessons, please let me know.

Just checking......

There might have been a flood of visitors after these lessons were announced at rmmgj yesterday afternoon blocking access temporarily.

All my tests show that everything is working fine.

Free Lessons Uploaded! - March 5, 2005

The first free lessons have been uploaded-there are seven of them to start with.
To access them, all you have to do is copy and paste the URL near the top of the Home page (after the sentence that says, "All the free lessons are archived here") into your browser, and go!
I'll add a couple more each month.
This first batch should keep you pretty busy for a while, though.

The topics include:

Approach Chords
Building Altered Sounds From Tritones
Ascending Lines from Chord Tones
Diminished Solo Ideas
Day 25 Exercises
Altered Clusters
ii-V7-I Fingerings

Practice......Practice.....

More Pictures - March 5, 2005

I dug out several more pictures to post. It's hard to believe you guys actually wanted some of these--so here you go.....
Some of them are pretty funny.
You'll find them in the Photo Gallery.

Yes, there will be some more current pics uploaded in time.

Nails and Harmonics - March 3, 2005

Hi All,

In a March 3rd, 2005 guestbook entry someone asked whether one could play artificial harmonics if they have long nails on their right hand--

I think it probably depends on what you mean by "long".
Mine are longish--if I extend my right arm straight out in front of me, fingers extended, looking directly at my palm, I can see my nails just peeking over the tops of my fingers. For me, any longer than that doesn't work. I have a really light touch and use pretty light strings and low action.
I believe setting the action a little higher might accomodate those with longer nails. This is a difficult thing to diagnose without seeing you play, but I hope this helps.

Good Luck!

A Few Announcements and Comments - March 3, 2005

Well, this new site has been up about three days, and I have to say the response has really been great. Thanks for all the emails--I've literally been answering emails non-stop--and thanks for the good vibes.

Two things have surprised me a little.

First Thing:
A lot of people remember my first site that I launched back in the mid '90s. Man, I really didn't know what I was doing (technically, that is), but the result was a pretty eclectic guitar site. There were tons of free lessons (excerpts from my books and clinic materials, mostly), many, many photos that went way back in time, and ALL sorts of links--some guitar and music related, and some not.
Also, when students would email questions to me, I would answer them and publish the whole thing on the site--changing the names, of course.

Second Thing:
People seem to like my writing much more when I write in the first person. Hmmmm......I found that pretty interesting.

So--

The free lessons are coming back.
You will probably start seeing them appear over the next few weeks. There will be an URL on the Homepage that you can copy and paste into your browser that will take you to the server where the lessons will be stored.

A lot of the old photos will be back (new ones, too). Again, they should start appearing in the Photo Gallery over the next couple of weeks (hey--I'm a busy guy!)

The "Links" page will contain "ALL sorts of links" again--not just the corporate stuff. I have friends all over the world and you will find them there. Believe it or not, I do have interests in other areas besides music and the guitar, so you will see links to quite a variety of sites. These will all be listed in random order. Enjoy.

And yes, I will start publishing student questions again. Yes, I will change your name, unless for some reason you don't want me to.

Obviously, I am writing in the first person again......

One more thing, when you order a CD, DVD, or book from this site, it is shipped the following day, unless I'm out of stock--which rarely happens. If I run out of something, I usually have it replenished in just a few days.

Watch this space for news (and maybe an occasional rant).......

Ordering Via Snail Mail - March 2, 2005

For those folks who prefer ordering my books or CDs via snail mail, simply write me a note listing the items you'd like. Mail it along with a check or money order (international money order where applicable) to:

Jody Fisher
PO Box1602
Redlands, CA 92373
USA

Please include postage:
USA: $5.00
Canada: $7.00
International: $18.00

Private Lessons - March 1, 2005

Private lessons are available for serious jazz guitar students living in or visiting the Southern California area.

Two-hour lessons are available by appointment. It is suggested that you book your lesson a week or two in advance. Study Chord Melody, Improvisation, Theory, Technique and Repertoire Development in a relaxed and unhurried setting. Generally, students schedule one lesson per month. Fee: $100.00.

2005 Summer Clinics - February 28, 2005

Summer clinics with the National Guitar Workshop include five-day sessions in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville, and New Milford, CT.

The seminar dates are:

Seattle: "Jazz Skills"
June 25--June 30, 2005

Los Angeles: "Letting Go"
Julyl 2--July 7

Nashville: "The Art of Solo Guitar"
July 10--July 15

Chicago: "Jazz Skills"
July 16--July 21

New Milford, CT: The Jazz Summit, "Chord Melody and Accompaniment"
August 8--August 14

Call the National Guitar Workshop office for a brochure and application—
1-800-234-6479.

--or--

Go to: http://www.guitarworkshop.com

New "30-Day Guitar Workout" DVD Now Available! - February 28, 2005

The new DVD, "30-Day Guitar Workout" was released at 2005 NAMM. Produced because of the high demand for the book sharing the same title. This 65 minute DVD is available by itself for $19.95, or as a companion to the book for only $23.95. Of course the book alone is still available. So far, the response has been excellent. Find it on the Buy page and click on "order".

Order Books From This Site! - February 28, 2005

Book sales are being handled by CCNow. You can feel safe and secure doing business with them.
For book orders, just click on "order" on the Buy page and use CCNow's shopping cart.

Order CDs From This Site! - February 28, 2005

CD sales are handled by CD Baby. Simply click on "Order" on the Buy page and you will be transported to CD Baby where you can listen to tunes from my CDs and purchase them as well.

Welcome to my New Home on the Web! - February 28, 2005

Those of you who have followed my activities through the years know that I've had many locations on the web. I'm proud to announce that this new site is being hosted by Hostbaby.com. So far it's been a wonderful experience. Great people, great support and a technology that lets me spend more time on content instead of troubleshooting. Thanks, you guys!
I also want to thank all the family, friends, fans, and students who have supported me through the years.
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