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Guitar Tip #8-- - April 11, 2011

Guitar Tip #8--add a 4th note to the major and minor triads you found yesterday to build M6,m6,M7,m7,dom7,7#5,1/2dim, and full dim chords.

Guitar Tip #7-- - April 10, 2011

Find all major, minor, diminished and augmented triads on these stringsets: 654, 543,432, 321. All inversions, all keys......

Guitar Tip #6-- - April 8, 2011

Playing around Melodic Minor chord shapes will give you all the altered sounds you want--cooler than just running the scale.

Guitar Tip #5-- - April 8, 2011

Be able to recite all 12 major triads, in circle of 4ths order, in 12 seconds.....(really, do this...many benefits....).

Guitar Tip #4-- - April 6, 2011

Memorizing chord changes to tunes? Always think in the "universal key" of Roman Numerals. After awhile, this makes playing in all keys easy.

Guitar Tip #3-- - April 4, 2011

Memorizing Flat Five Subs? On the circle of 5ths, the notes ACROSS from each other are a b5 apart....

Guitar Tip #2-- - April 4, 2011

Memorizing ii-V7-I progressions? Moving counter-clockwise, thru the circle of 5ths, every 3 notes are the roots of a ii-V7-I....

Guitar Tip #1-- - April 3, 2011

Be able to name all the notes ACROSS the strings (from low to high) at any fret..hint: think 4ths--3rds between G and B.

New Los Angeles Music Academy Website is Launched - April 1, 2011

Los Angeles Music Academy Press Release - April 1, 2011

LA Music Academy’s Jody Fisher to Co-Chair Guitar Department

Joins Tariqh Akoni as Co-Chair of Internationally Recognized Guitar Program

Pasadena, CA – April 4, 2011 – Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music ( today announced jazz guitarist Jody Fisher’s promotion to co-chair the college’s guitar department, effective immediately. Since 2007, Fisher has taught multiple classes at the school including various Jazz courses, Fingerstyle (technique), Chord Melody and private lessons. Fisher has published over 25 instructional books, is a regular contributor to respected music industry magazines and has performed live and recorded with hundreds of artists – his latest record Impromptu received critical acclaim.

“I was so flattered when the school approached me about the position - the decision was a no-brainer. Becoming co-chair is a great way for me to deepen my commitment to the school and have an even greater impact on the students,” says Fisher. One of the most interesting aspects of the school he says “is that the student body is so internationally diverse. The contributions to the music world from our students and alumni have international impact.”

Fisher, who was born in South Bend, IN, studied at age 11 with his uncle, jazz guitarist Sid Fisher, who spent many years as an RCA recording artist. After moving to Los Angeles as a teenager, he continued to take lessons from top players in the area including Herb Ellis, John Collins and Louis Speigner. Prior to joining LA Music Academy, Fisher has held positions as Professor of Jazz and Studio Guitar at University of Redlands, the University of La Verne and Idyllwild Shool of Music and Arts. Fisher has also served as Associate Director of the National Guitar Workshop. He continues to conduct seminars and clinics across the country. He is a “quick tip” video contributor to LA Music Academy’s YouTube channel and is expected to post within the school’s new music-centric blog, Get to the Music, which launches in March 2011.

For more information about Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music, including the guitar department, please visit, call 626-568-8850 or e-mail LA Music Academy is located at 370 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. Facebook: Follow the school on Twitter: @LAmusicacademy. LA Music Academy is on YouTube:

About Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music
LA Music Academy College of Music in Pasadena, a suburb of Los Angeles, CA, is regarded as one of the premiere music schools in the world, for students who desire an intimate and friendly, yet serious and rigorous contemporary music education. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the school offers A.A. degrees and diplomas in music production (music producer major or composing for visual media major) and music performance (drums, bass, guitar or vocals). Founded in 1996, the Academy has provided a solid musical foundation for more than 1,500 international and domestic students. The Academy offers a significant number of real world playing situations with professional musicians, not just peers, setting the school apart from other prestigious music institutions. LA Music Academy gives its students the skills necessary to apply their learning in a wide variety of professional situations in the music industry.

Media Contact:
LA Music Academy College of Music
Dan Grody, Tellem Worldwide
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Here is my summer workshop schedule for 2011-- - March 20, 2011

July 17--22--The Art of Solo Guitar--Jewish University--Los Angeles, CA

July 24--29--The Total Jazz Guitarist--The Canterbury School--New Milford, CT

July 31--Aug 5--The NGW Jazz Summit--The Canterbury School--New Milford, CT

August 28--Sept. 4--Advanced Jazz Guitar--Flathead Lake Lodge--Big Fork, MT

For more info go to or
Hope to see you there….

To all my students.... - March 10, 2011

Here is the go practice.....

I'm back on Twitter.....Follow me.... - March 7, 2011

Quick Video Lesson...... - March 6, 2011

We made this video in my classroom at Los Angeles Music Academy a couple of weeks ago.....

New Gig! - February 22, 2011

I have accepted a new position--Co-Chairman of the guitar department at Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA), along with Tariqh Akoni, who is currently touring with Josh Groban. I'm looking forward to the challenge--check this place out!! Great program, great teachers, great students, very cool vibe......

News! - February 20, 2011

Just a few items--

I just started a new facebook fan page--go here to see what's going on:
I am currently teaching at Los Angeles Music Academy, Riverside Community College (Riverside and Moreno Valley campuses), National Guitar Workshop, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation--and numerous independent projects.

This summer I'll be teaching for the National Guitar Workshop for three weeks--one week in Los Angeles, and two weeks in Connecticut--Check back for exact dates.
The dates for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation class are August 28-September 4, 2011. More info here:

Here's a sample lesson from - January 23, 2010

Books at Amazon...... - January 19, 2010

If you don't feel like scrolling through my "buy" page, you can find most of my books at:
Just type my name in the search box....

Thanks for all your support....


2010 Summer Clinic Schedule - January 19, 2010

Hi All,

Here is the schedule for the various clinics I'll be conducting next Summer.......
For more info contact the National Guitar Workshop at 800-234-6479, or go to
National Guitar Workshop presents:

"The Real Book--Learn the Tunes!" with Jody Fisher
July 11-16, 2010
Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA

"The Art of Solo Guitar" with Jody Fisher
July 18-23, 2010
Concordia University
Austin, TX

"The Total Jazz Guitarist" with Jody Fisher
July 25-30, 2010
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

"The Jazz Summit"
August 1-6, 2010
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

The "Real Book" class is a brand new concept. If you think you are lacking tunes, this is the class for you! In addition to learning songs, you will learn HOW to learn tunes, improvise over them, and transpose them to any'll be a real workout!

More News

Keep your eye on this page. Soon I'll be uploading weekly guitar tips. These 2-3 minute videos will cover a vast array of chord melody, technique, and improvising ideas.....more to come soon........

To all the people I hooked up with at this year's NAMM show, I'd just like to say that I value your friendship and musical influence--here's to an artful, and prosperous 2010.


Still another Vid.... - December 6, 2009

Baubles, Bangles, and Beads......

Yet another vid.... - December 6, 2009

Good Morning Heartache......

Another vid... - December 6, 2009

Surfer Girl.....

YouTube..... - December 4, 2009

For anyone interested, I've started a YouTube channel--I've just uploaded the first vid--I'm still playing around with sound, light, etc--

Anyway, here I am messing around in my office--excuse the mess--my dog gives me a "walking ovation" toward the end.....



New Live Video - July 19, 2009

Here is a video shot by a friend of the National Guitar Workshop--it's of Baba Elefante and I playing a couple of tunes during a sound check. The last couple of songs were shot during that evening's concert--I hope you enjoy it...

All Kinds of News.... - February 22, 2009

This is the first update in quite a while--it's been so busy.....

Lot's of educational news........

I am currently teaching at Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) located in Pasadena, California where I am teaching the jazz guitar, chord melody, and finger style classes, in addition to seeing a few weekly private students. It's an absolute pleasure to be working with these students who come from all over the world.
I have also taken a position at Riverside Community College in Riverside, California where I am teaching guitar classes and seeing quite a few private students. This, also, is a very cool environment.
I feel fortunate to be able to contribute to both of these wonderful institutions.

This summer I'll be conducting seminars for the the National Guitar Workshop--here is the schedule:

National Guitar Workshop presents:
"The Total Jazz Guitarist"
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
July 5-10,2009

National Guitar Workshop presents:
"The Jazz Summit"
I'll be teaching the alumni class this year...
State University New York at Purchase, NY
July26-31, 2009

National Guitar Workshop presents:
"The Art of Solo Guitar"
State University New York at Purchase, NY
August 2-7,2009
I am also waiting to hear if I'll teaching a couple of classes in Tel Aviv, Israel toward the beginning of summer, 2009--I'll keep you posted on that one...

One of my newest books, "The Total Jazz Guitarist" is now going into a second printing--

Thank you all for all the support....
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