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Jody Fisher: News

First George Benson Vids! - June 16, 2008

I just returned from Phoenix where George Benson and I recorded the first nineteen lessons for workshoplive.com. The lessons cover many aspects of George's style and also include his thoughts on various related topics. Each lesson consists of three or four different scenes. Over three year's we will produce 90 lessons in all.

Needless to say we really had fun during video shoots. The crew at Pure Touch Media was wonderful and did everything they could to make us feel comfortable.

You can subscribe to these lessons at www.workshoplive.com. Every two weeks you will receive two new George Benson lessons. This is due to begin in August 2008. We are all very excited about it.

You can view a couple of photos from the shoot here: http://www.jodyfisher.com/hostbaby/merge?stage=photos.

What Would You Ask George Benson? - May 23, 2008

Hi All,

Well it's been pretty busy around here with students, two book projects, and getting ready for my summer of workshops and traveling.

In about two and a half weeks I'll be in Phoenix AZ, recording instructional videos with Mr. George Benson. I'm very excited about this project.

Mr. Benson has agreed to do a very large number of instructional video sessions at WorkshopLive.com.

I will be creating the content for these sessions over the next three years. In the videos, we will play together, talk a little, and teach viewers many of George's techniques, and ideas about playing, and practicing jazz guitar. The vids will be uploaded to WorkshopLive.com in coming months.

What I want to know is this.....

What would you ask George Benson if you had the chance. I have many questions already, of course, but I want to make sure that I ask questions that most players and students would be interested in. Technique? Practicing? Equipment? Career? Other advice?
Anything goes---
Send your questions to jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com

For all those interested, here is my schedule of workshops this summer. For additional info, go to www.guitarworkshop.com, or call 1-800-234-6479.

June 28--June 3, 2008--
Seattle, WA.
The National Guitar Workshop presents, "Jazz Skills" with Jody Fisher.

July 5--10, 2008--
Nashville, TN.
The National Guitar Workshop presents, "The Art of Solo Guitar" with Jody Fisher.

July 12--17, 2008
Chicago, Il.
The National Guitar Workshop presents, "Jazz Skills" with Jody Fisher.

August 3--8
New Milford, CT
The National Guitar Workshop presents, "Letting Go" with Jody Fisher.

August 10--15
New Milford, CT
The National Guitar Workshop presents, "The Jazz Summit".
I'll be teaching Chord Melody and
accompaniment styles.

Hope meet a lot you this summer!

Instructional Material by the Page!!

If you click on "Buy" and scroll down to the bottom of the page you will find some new instructional material. Because of many requests, I've decided to start selling my individual handouts by the page. These are handouts I use for private students, workshops and seminars. This is different material than is found in my books.

I have literally thousands of pages that I am in the process of converting to PDF files--obviously this will take some time. There are several handouts listed already and more will be added as time allows.

Just click on the link--it will take you to Lulu.com where you can pay and immediately download the file. Most pages are $1.25.
Enjoy!

Have a great month, and don't forget to send me all the George Benson questions you want!

Jody

NAMM Show Vids..... - February 25, 2008

This is just a quick little update--The next update will have some pretty big news regarding my recordings and a new way to obtain some of my teaching materials--one page at a time. I'm really excited about
this--check back in just a few days....

Here are three short videos of me playing at the Carruthers Guitar booth during the 2008 NAMM Show.
It's a little noisy--hey, it's the NAMM Show!
John Carruther's guitars are great and I serious doubt if anyone else has more skill when it comes to building and repairing guitars.

Here is "Easy Living"--


Baubles--


Angel Eyes--


As always, I had a great time meeting up with all my friends there (this was my 29th NAMM Show).

Here's some Wes.... - November 26, 2007

Nica's Dream.....

Three More Local Performances - November 26, 2007

Hi All,

If you live in the Southern California area, you might want to catch the trio at Cafe Aroma three different times in December. Here are the details--

Thursday, December 6, 2007
6:00
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle
Idyllwild, CA 92549
www.cafearoma.org (951) 659-5212

Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass
Steve Dixon--drums


Sunday, December 9, 2007
1:00
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle
Idyllwild, CA 92549
www.cafearoma.org (951) 659-5212

Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass
Steve Dixon--drums

Monday, December 17, 2007
6:00
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle
Idyllwild, CA 92549
www.cafearoma.org (951) 659-5212

Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass
Steve Dixon--drums

Hope to see you there!

Jody

Hi All, - November 13, 2007

While most of my gigs are private this time of year, here are two that are open to the public:

Saturday, November 17th
6:00
Java Lounge
54245 North Circle Dr., B1
Idyllwild, CA 92549
USA
(951) 659-JAVA (5282)

Jody Fisher--solo guitar


Wednesday, November 21
6:00
The Farm Artisan Foods
22 E. State St.
Redlands, CA 92373
(909) 792-1162
www.farmartisanfoods.com
Jody Fisher-guitar
Baba Elefante-bass
James Nation-drums


Here are two of my free lessons uploaded by WorkshopLive.com--
Enjoy--

http://thepracticeroom.typepad.com/Licks11-9-07_4.pdf
http://thepracticeroom.typepad.com/TC11-09-07_4.pdf
Here is a video of Luis Bonfa playing on the old Perry Como show--enjoy.....



Interested in Lesson? Contact me here first: go2jody@mac.com



Check out my sites at,

www.jodyfisher.com
and

myspace.com/jodyfisherguitar

Review..... - October 16, 2007

Here is a review of my newest book, "The Total Jazz Guitarist".......

Jody Fisher, The Total Jazz Guitarist
Book and CD, National Guitar Workshop/Alfred, www.alfred.com.
This instruction book is perfect for intermediate to early-advanced students who want to start playing jazz, and can be used as a supplement to lessons. Part 1 covers the chords, scales, and basic theory needed to get into jazz playing. In Part 2, a few well-known songs are taught in great detail, allowing readers to apply the concepts learned in Part 1.

The book starts small, teaching basics such as how to read notation, tab, and chord and scale diagrams. From there, it moves into the handful of open chords students need to know if they’re intent on playing jazz: major, minor, and sevenths. Next come the movable chord forms and fingerings for the pentatonic scales. In the rest of Part 1, students learn major, minor, diminished, and augmented triads, as well as inversions and extended chords. They also unlock the mysteries of the modes and altered scales. Finally, they learn the ii–V7–I progression and its paramount importance in jazz.

Part 2, titled Learning Tunes, is where it all comes together. Students learn three songs in depth: “I’m in the Mood for Love,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “Blue Moon.” Melodies are taught first, in tab and notation. Next, the author tackles the subject of chords for each song. He divides the fretboard into regions, and rather than offer a couple options for each chord, he provides numerous options for each chord type in each region of the fretboard. This treatment is very effective, and if students repeat the songs, selecting different chords each time, they should come away with a much greater understanding of how to choose and apply different chords in a jazz context.

The Total Jazz Guitarist does an excellent job of teaching jazz basics in a logical, methodical fashion. Students who work diligently from cover to cover will not only learn to play some jazz, they’ll have a true understanding of how jazz works.
—Jason Garoian
Guitar Teacher Magazine

Joe Henderson and Herbie Hancock - October 12, 2007

The two masters playing "Lush Life".
Doesn't get better than this.....

Check this out.... - October 9, 2007

My good friend Sharon Ray, bassist extraordinaire just sent me this...
Pretty cool.....


Here are the players:

Rodrigo Reichel - Violine
Stefan Pintev - Violine
Jan Larsen - Viola
Vytas Sondeckis - Cello
Frank Skriptschinski - Bass

Hi All, - October 5, 2007

I'm spending lots of time at home at the moment working on a new 2-book (with CD) series. There is no title yet, but if you have been working in my last book, "The Total Jazz Guitarist", you'll find these next two books a continuation. More standards and jazz tunes are torn apart and analyzed from all angles. Ideas for playing the melody, comping, improvising, and chord melody arranging are what these books are all about.

Inland Empire Performances!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
6:00 pm
The Farm Artisan Foods
22 E. State St.
Redlands, CA 92373
(909) 792-1162
www.farmartisanfoods.com
Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass
James Nation--drums

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
6:00 pm
The Farm Artisan Foods
22 E. State St.
Redlands, CA 92373
(909) 792-1162
www.farmartisanfoods.com
Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass
James Nation--drums

Monday, December 31, 2007
Time: TBA
The Farm Artisan Foods
22 E. State St.
Redlands, CA 92373
(909) 792-1162
www.farmartisanfoods.com
Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass
James Nation--drums

See you There!

Here"s a great Les Paul and Mary Ford video--enjoy!


Have a good month!

Jody

Back Home Again.... - September 5, 2007

Hi All,

Well, another summer clinic tour has ended and I find myself back home along with a lot of great memories of people, music, and wonderful experiences.

Since I've been home I've had quite a few gigs--thanks to Baba Elefante, Steve Dixon, Jeff Stover, Paul Carman, and Katarina New for co-creating some memorable music with me--dang, these folks play well.........

Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to spend a day at the "Jazz in the Pines" festival, here in Idyllwild. What a great event! Don't go another year without attending this event--info: http://www.idyllwildjazz.com/
I'm currently working on a two-book series. If you've been enjoying my last book, "The Total Jazz Guitarist", you'll probably want to look into these next two books.

Like the "Total Guitarist" this next series will look at numerous standards and jazz tunes and tear them apart harmonically, melodically, and rhythmically. With each song you'll find examples of chord melody, single line playing, comping arrangements, and tons of ideas for improvising. Many arranging ideas are included as well.

I'm entering the time of year when a lot of my gigs and performances are private affairs, but here is a list of some upcoming gigs are are open to the public--hope to see you at some of these........

Friday, September 7, 2007
Solo Jazz Guitar with Jody Fisher
Caine Learning Center
54385 Pine Crest Ave
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 859-0152
www.idyllwildconferenceroom.com/index.html
Wednesday September 19, 2007
Jazz Trio with:
Jody Fisher-guitar
Baba Elefante-bass
Scott Ickes-drums
Galli's
6620 Carnelian Ave
Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 91701
909-941-1100
http://www.gallis.net/
Wednesday, Sept 26, 2007
Jazz Trio with:
Jody Fisher-guitar
Baba Elefante-bass
James Nation-drums
The Farm Artisan Foods
22 E. State St.
Redlands, CA 92373
(909) 792-1100

All my engagements are listed on my sites:
www.jodyfisher.com www.myspace.com/jodyfisherguitar
Students are starting to sign up for September and October lessons. Contact me now for your time slot. Most students take one 2-hour lesson per month--if you are interested make first contact here: go2jody@mac.com, or jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com.

Here is a really cool video that shows how the first vinyl records were made. This video has some great Duke Ellington footage as well--enjoy.


Once again, thanks for all the support!

Jody

A Few Updates..... - June 25, 2007

Hi All,

Just a few comments and announcements before I hit the road this summer.

First, I'd like to thank Tony Palkovic for inviting me on his radio show on KSPC 88.7 in Claremont, CA.
He interviewed me for an hour and I did some live solo playing as well. The show airs on Tuesday, June 26 from
noon to 1:00 pm Pacific time. You can also hear it in streaming audio at www.kspc.org.
Check it out--

My decision to make my CDs available in plain paperboard sleeves, sans artwork has really paid off. I can now sell my CDs for just $5.00. Needless to say I'm receiving orders every day--thanks to you all. Watch for new CDs coming out often starting in the fall when I get back from all my summer traveling.

Don't forget to check out my new MySpace page at www.myspace.com/jodyfisherguitar. You can listen to, or even buy individual tracks there as well as view a few videos--and hey, let's be friends......

Here are some new gigs coming up in August:

Wednesday, August 15, 2007
6:00
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Drive
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(951) 659-5212
www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher-guitar
Baba Elefante-bass
Steve Dixon-drums


Monday, August 20, 2007
6:00
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Drive
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(951) 659-5212
www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher-guitar
Baba Elefante-bass
Steve Dixon-drums


Sunday, August 26, 2007
Last night of the Jazz in the Pines Festival
6:00
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Drive
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(951) 659-5212
www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher-guitar
Paul Carman-sax
Baba Elefante-bass
Steve Dixon-drums


Thursday, August 30, 2007
6:00
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Drive
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(951) 659-5212
www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher-guitar
Baba Elefante-bass
Steve Dixon-drums

There are quite a few new links at my website: www.jodyfisher.com--
Ok--now, dig this...
Three of my favorite musicians--
state of the art...really,


I'll try to do a few updates from the road this summer--thanks again for all your support!

Jody
www.jodyfisher.com www.myspace.com/jodyfisherguitar

CD Prices, My Space, and More...... - May 18, 2007

I have a new page at MySpace--
www.myspace.com/jodyfisherguitar
Check it out! The My Spacepage is an informal overview of my activities. This site (www.jodyfisher.com) is where you'll find the details....

New CD Prices!

From this point on, all of my CDs will sell for $5.00....

There are two main reasons for this.

1. I want to run my business a little "greener". So, if I eliminate the plastic (jewel cases and shrink wrap), and all the extra paper products, I can let the actual music sell for five bucks. Isn't that what we all really want anyway?

2. Most people buy their music online and then dump it all on their mp3 players. Those folks that do buy CDs are storing their tunes on PCs and mp3 players too (and if they're not doing that now, they will be soon...).
So I think it's time for all the unnecessary packaging to go........

If you buy my music from www.jodyfisher.com, it's five bucks.
If you buy my music from CD Baby, it's five bucks.
If you buy my music from me at gigs, it's five bucks.

I like to keep it simple

Now, if you want to download songs from this site simply click on "buy" on the menu to the left (all the other books and CDs are still there--just scroll down), or go to my new MySpace page:

myspace.com/jodyfisherguitar.

All songs are 99 cents per download. The cool part of this is that I'll be uploading new music as quickly as I can write it. So check back often--you'll often find new things to listen to. Since this store feature is new, there are only a few tracks available--but not for long.

Of course, a lot of my recordings are available from iTunes and about 50 other download sites if you prefer, but you'll find the newest material right here.

2007 Summer Workshop and Seminar Schedule--

June 30--July 5, 2007
The Art of Solo Guitar
Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA

July 7--12, 2007
Jazz Skills
Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA

July 14--19, 2007
The Art of Solo Guitar
Belmont College
San Francisco, CA

July 22--27, 2007
Jazz Skills
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

July 29--August 3, 2007
Letting Go
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

August 5--10, 2007
NGW Jazz Summit
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

If you have received a 2007 NGW brochure already, you will find that my Art of Solo Guitar seminar in San Francisco is not list--let me assure you that it IS definitely happpening.

You can get more info about these seminars by calling 1-800-234-6479 or going to www.guitarworkshop.com.

Gigs--

Here are some "open to the public" gigs coming up......

Sunday, May 27, 2007
Blue Fin Sushi
2:00-5:00
665 E. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA. 91711
(909) 482-0300

Jody Fisher-Guitar
Baba Elefante-Bass
Scott Ickes-Drums

Friday, June 1, 2007
6:00-9:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher-Guitar
Bill Saitta-Bass
Steve Dixon-Drums

Monday, June 4, 2007
6:00-9:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jazz Duo
Jody Fisher-Guitar
Bill Saitta-Bass

Friday, June 15, 2007
6:00-9:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher-Guitar
Bill Saitta-Bass
Steve Dixon-Drums

Come by and support live jazz!

Jody

Hi All..... - April 16, 2007

I just wanted to say that I had a great time playing at Galli's (www.gallis.net) in Rancho Cucamonga last Wednesday. The crowd was terrific and stayed all night--great place, and a great place to hear some live jazz!

Speaking of live jazz.....
Be sure to check out www.Lajazz.com when you want to find out where all the live jazz is happening in Southern California. It's an amazing site and a great resource for players and listeners alike.

Here are some my upcoming "open to the public" gigs:

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
6:00-9:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass
Steve Dixon--drums


Thursday, May 3, 2007
6:00-9:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher/Baba Elefante Duo
Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--Bass

Friday, May 11, 2007
6:00-9:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher--guitar
Bill Saitta--bass
Steve Dixon-drums


Sunday, May 13, 2007
1:00-4:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass
Steve Dixon--drums

Sunday, May 27, 2007
Blue Fin Sushi
2:00-5:00
665 E. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA. 91711
(909) 482-0300

Jody Fisher-Guitar
Baba Elefante-Bass
Scott Ickes-Drums

Friday, June 1, 2007
6:00-9:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher-Guitar
Bill Saitta-Bass
Steve Dixon-Drums

Monday, June 4, 2007
6:00-9:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jazz Duo
Jody Fisher-Guitar
Bill Saitta-Bass

Friday, June 15, 2007
6:00-9:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher-Guitar
Bill Saitta-Bass
Steve Dixon-Drums

Come by and support live jazz!

Jody

News for April - April 2, 2007

Hi All,

Well, here we are in April, and while quite a few of my gigs are private affairs over the next few months, there are several dates that are "open to the public".
(note: please read the blurb at the end concerning email--thanks)

I hope you can swing by and say "hi". These are some very cool venues......

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
6:00-9:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass
Steve Dixon--drums


Thursday, May 3, 2007
6:00-9:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass


Sunday, May 13, 2007
1:00-4:00 pm
Cafe Aroma
54750 North Circle Dr.
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
(951) 659-5212
Http://www.cafearoma.org
Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass
Steve Dixon--drums

Cafe Aroma has GREAT food and atmosphere, along with a wonderful art gallery as well. Be sure to check out their website listed above.

If you've never been to Idyllwild before, you are in for a treat. Idyllwild is a beautiful little town situated in the San Jacinto Mountains, over looking Palm Springs, CA. I call this place home.
Check it out here: http://www.idyllwild.com/
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Rancho Las Palmas Resort
Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA
5:00--8:00
Spa Under the Stars
Come for a Spa treatment and listen to some solo jazz guitar

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Galli's
8:00
6620 Carnelian St
Rancho Cucamonga CA 91701
United States
(909) 941-1100

Jody Fisher--Guitar
Baba Elefante--Bass
Scott Ickes--Drums

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Rancho Las Palmas Resort
Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA
5:00--8:00
Spa Under the Stars
Come for a Spa treatment and listen to some solo jazz guitar

Thursday, April 26, 2007
9:00
The Press
129 Harvard
Claremont CA 91711
United States
(909) 625-4808
Jazz Trio
Jody Fisher-=Guitar
Baba Elefante--Bass
Scott ickes--Drums


My newest book, "The Total Jazz Guitarist" (Alfred Publishing/Workshop Arts) is now available directly through my site, www.jodyfisher.com.

The publisher's blurb:
This unique and wide-ranging method features exciting lessons for players at all levels of ability. You will find tons of chords, scales and other improvisational devices to use. This book will teach you how to create great sounding chord melodies, cool improvised solos, and other creative jazz techniques using actual standards and jazz tunes, such as I'm in the Mood for Love, Over the Rainbow, and Blue Moon. Standard notation and TAB. Book and CD..........$19.95

In my last newsletter I mentioned that I had just returned from Vancouver where I had a very cool studio date....
Well, it seems like everythings ends up on YouTube--these links will take you to video of our recording session--
The musicians are,
Mike Michalkow--Drums
Baba Elefante--Bass
Tilden Webb--Piano
Moi--Guitar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53psHyxFY-g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fg5uUU-HGM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=pVV79WMxoto
Here is an additional video of some solo guitar work uploaded by http://www.workshoplive.com:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=476vNb6thyM

Anyone interested in private lessons should make first contact here:

go2jody@mac.com

Once again here are the dates for the summer seminars I'll be doing for the National Guitar Workshop this summer.

If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, you can receive info and an application by calling 1-800-234-6479, or by going to guitarworkshop.com.

If you have any questions about the classes themselves, you can find descriptions here on my site--just go to the bio page page and scroll down......
Of course you can always email me with questions as well.

June 30--July 5, 2007
The Art of Solo Guitar
Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA

July 7--12, 2007
Jazz Skills
Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA

July 14--19, 2007
The Art of Solo Guitar
Belmont College
San Francisco, CA

July 22--27, 2007
Jazz Skills
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

July 29--August 3, 2007
Letting Go
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

August 5--10, 2007
NGW Jazz Summit
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

If you have received a 2007 NGW brochure already, you will find that my Art of Solo Guitar seminar in San Francisco is not list--let me assure you that it IS definitely happpening.

Note concerning email--

I have always tried to return all email, and believe me, I get quite a lot! Many of you are writing to comment on my books, videos, and recordings. I really appreciate hearing from all of you, and I mean it sincerely. You folks support me and I know who my friends are....

Lately, however, for some reason my website has been receiving 2000 to 4000 hits per day! This has generated an ENORMOUS amount of email. Try as I might, I just cannot guarantee an answer to everyone (hey, I need time to practice y'know....)
I don't feel great about this, but email has taken over my life at this point.
I will try to answer the emails I can....I hope you all understand......thanks.

Have a great month,

Jody

News and Stuff - March 16, 2007

Hi All,

My newest book, "The Total Jazz Guitarist" (Alfred Publishing/Workshop Arts) is now available directly through my site, www.jodyfisher.com.

The publisher's blurb:
This unique and wide-ranging method features exciting lessons for players at all levels of ability. You will find tons of chords, scales and other improvisational devices to use. This book will teach you how to create great sounding chord melodies, cool improvised solos, and other creative jazz techniques using actual standards and jazz tunes, such as I'm in the Mood for Love, Over the Rainbow, and Blue Moon. Standard notation and TAB. Book and CD..........$19.95

I've been pretty busy playing a lot of private affairs lately but here are some of my upcoming "open-to-the-public" gigs--I hope to see you at some of them!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The Farm Artisan Foods
22 E. State St.
Redlands, CA. 92373
(909) 792-1162
www.farmartisanfoods.com 6:00-9:00

Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass
James Nation--drums

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Galli's
6620 Carnelian St.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 91701
(909) 941-1100
www.gallis.net 8:00

Jody Fisher--guitar
Baba Elefante--bass
Scott Ickes

I just returned home from Vancouver where I was recording an instructional drum video for amazing drummer Mike Michalkow--we had a great time for three days in an outstanding studio--
Check it out here: http://www.rockbeachrecording.com/
Be sure to click on the "gallery".

Once again here are the dates for the summer seminars I'll be doing for the National Guitar Workshop this summer.

If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, you can receive info and an application by calling 1-800-234-6479, or by going to guitarworkshop.com.

If you have any questions about the classes themselves, you can find descriptions here on my site--just go to the bio page page and scroll down......
Of course you can always email me with questions as well.

June 30--July 5, 2007
The Art of Solo Guitar
Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA

July 7--12, 2007
Jazz Skills
Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA

July 14--19, 2007
The Art of Solo Guitar
Belmont College
San Francisco, CA

July 22--27, 2007
Jazz Skills
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

July 29--August 3, 2007
Letting Go
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

August 5--10, 2007
NGW Jazz Summit
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

If you have received a 2007 NGW brochure already, you will find that my Art of Solo Guitar seminar in San Francisco is not list--let me assure you that it IS definitely happpening.

Also, if you areinterested in private lessons with me, contact can be made here:

jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com

Thanks for the support!

Jody

News and Events..... - January 29, 2007

Hi All,

Here are some upcoming events you may find interesting.....

Wednesday night, February 7, at the Farm Artisan Foods in Redlands, CA.

Jody Fisher--Guitar
Baba Elefante--Bass
James Nation--Drums

6:00-9:00 pm
The Farm Artisan Foods
22 E. State St
Redlands, CA. 92373
www.farmartisanfoods.com (909) 792-1162

See you there.....

2007 Summer Clinic Schedule:

All of these clinics are sponsored by the National Guitar Workshop. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, you can receive info and an application by calling 1-800-234-6479, or by going to guitarworkshop.com.

If you have any questions about the classes themselves, you can find descriptions here on my site--just go to the bio page page and scroll down......
Of course you can always email me with questions as well.

June 30--July 5, 2007
The Art of Solo Guitar
Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA

July 7--12, 2007
Jazz Skills
Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA

July 14--19, 2007
The Art of Solo Guitar
Belmont College
San Francisco, CA

July 22--27, 2007
Jazz Skills
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

July 29--August 3, 2007
Letting Go
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

August 5--10, 2007
NGW Jazz Summit
The Canterbury School
New Milford, CT

Newest Book!
My new book "The Total Jazz Guitarist" has just been released at the Winter NAMM show. It is available now through all music stores and will be available from my website in a few weeks.
This book works through several standard songs showing examples of chord melody playing, inprovisation, and comping.

I have two more books coming out in 2008 that will be FULL of standards and jazz tunes. All the songs are analyzed completely and should give you lots of ideas for your own arrangements and improvised solos.

Once again I had a great time at the 2007 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. As always I reconnected with old friends and made several new ones as well.
Some of my time was spent playing at John Carruther's (Carruthers Guitars) booth. Many people sat in and I think we all had a good time. Special thanks to bassist Baba Elefante for playing with me two of the days.

If you are interested in lessons contact me at:
go2jody@mac.com

Once again, thanks for the all the support!

Jody Fisher

Workshop Live TV and Workshop Live Radio - November 16, 2006

As many of you know, I am quite involved with WorkshopLive.com--a wonderful music education site that you really have to explore.

Here are a couple of new features that you may want to check out.

Workshop Live TV:
Various programs including a partial interview with moi...

http://thepracticeroom.typepad.com/WLTV_PODCAST1_MASTER_LO.mp4
Workshop Live Radio:
Listen to entire recordings by Tom Dempsey, Amanda Monico, Mark Dzuiba, and myself.

http://thepracticeroom.typepad.com/Radio_EP4_Jazz.mp3
Enjoy!

Jody

Great Gig at the Farm Artisan Foods! - November 16, 2006

Last night's gig at the Farm Artisan Foods was really enjoyable on many levels.
As always, it was a pleasure working with bassist Baba Elefante and drummer James Nation. The place was filled with both familiar, and new faces who were obviously digging the sounds.

Roberto, the owner and chef is truly a culinary artist. He is commited to have having live music in his establishment on Wednesday nights. He wants the musicians to "do their thing" freely and creatively which makes this gig one of my favorites.


Here are some future dates when I'll be performing at the Farm Artisan Foods:

Wednesday, November 29
6:00--10:00

Wednesday, December 27
6:00--10:00

Sunday, December 31, (if you're looking for a more mellow New Years Eve....)

The address is:
22 E. State St.
Redlands, CA 92373
(909) 792-1162
www.farmartisanfoods.com
As always, CDs will be available at the gig.

Jody

Thanks to All! - November 15, 2006

I just wanted to say thanks to all the people who made last week's gig at the "The Performance Loft" in Redlands, CA. such a great success. I really had a great time. The "Loft" has a really great vibe--and it was a pleasure playing there. Thanks to Dr. Dan Murphy for the booking, the wonderful folks who run the place, and all the listeners who came out and supported us.
A very special thanks goes out to Dave kuhlmann for the great photos he took--what a great artist!
As always, thanks to drummer Steve Dixon and Bassist Bill Saitta for the
excepionally fine playing that night.

Be sure to check the calender for upcoming performance dates....

Jody

Gigs, and an essay..... - October 31, 2006

Hi All,

I have a few gigs in the Redlands, CA area coming up I want you to
know about--please click on "Calender" in the menu to find out when, where, and who....

I also want to pass this along--

Here is an essay written my one of my favorite players, Keith Jarrett.
I think he says some things that many people need to hear--

Here goes......

When did jazz become a theory - a thing, not a process; a package, not an experience? When did the players begin to love their image so much that they forgot it was supposed to be about the validity of their own ongoing personal expression? Real jazz is never generic; it can only thrive on individuality and independence.
Jazz is nothing without the players. It's not jazz on paper, only in the air. Jazz is not a commodity, it's a process of self-discovery and revelation. It's about ecstasy, not greed; heart, not attitude; musical validity, not race; inclusion, not regression; struggle, not coasting; content, not virtuosity; practice, not theory; risk, not safety; motion, not stagnation; original voices, not mimicry.
In the early '60s, when I was a teenager, the following jazz players (in no particular order) were all actively creative and all completely different from each other: Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Wynton Kelly, Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, Sun Ra, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, Phil Woods, Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Jaki Byard, Charles Mingus, Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, Don Cherry, Percy Heath, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Giuffre, Stan Getz, Pete LaRoca, Max Roach, Paul Motian, Art Pepper, Chet Baker, Lennie Tristano, George Russell, Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor, Ahmad Jamal, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis, Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Randy Weston, Jimmy Garrison, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Cecil McBee, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Dollar Brand, Roswell Rudd, Beaver Harris, Art Farmer, Jim Hall, Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow, Hampton Hawes, Sunny Murray, Warne Marsh, Dave Izenson, Bud Powell, John Lewis, J.J. Johnson, Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Andrew Hill, Eric Dolphy, Sam Rivers, Sam Brown, Milford Graves, Lowell Davidson, Milt Jackson, Joe Chambers, Pepper Adams, Reggie Johnson, Jimmy Knepper, Johnny Coles, Blue Mitchell, Booker Little, Herb Pomeroy, Henry Grimes, Red Mitchell, Carla Bley, Jim Pepper, Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Ran Blake, Jimmy Lyons, Alan Shorter, Ralph Towner, Glen Moore, Dave Holland, Louis Hayes, Vernell Fournier, Connie Kay, Billy Higgins, Horace Silver, Kenny Dorham, Eddie Gomez, Jimmie Woods, Shelley Manne, Israel Crosby, Hank Mobley, Red Garland, Gene Stone, Bobby Timmons, Albert Stinson, Eddie Marshall, Victor Feldman, Roy Haynes, Harold Land, Giuseppe Logan, Billy Hart, Leroy Vinegar, Mal Waldron, Philly Joe Jones, Paul Desmond, Steve Lacy and many more.
I would guess that about 30 of these names could have claimed ascendancy to the jazz throne more legitimately than Wynton Marsalis.
The incredible breadth of musical styles represented by these names means that jazz was what it was supposed to be: a melting pot of truly original voices. Of course, in an age of insane fascination with technical achievement (never mind to what goal), elevating a mere technician to godhead is, finally, possible and, hey, why not? But don't call it genius.
What would the corporate media/marketplace do with any of these guys today? (After all, they were just guys, not schools.) Mass advertising needs predictability and conformity, but this was democracy, not monopoly.
When I heard these players, I was influenced most by their individuality, not their virtuosity or even their competence. They each showed me something of the potential that jazz is. This is important. They weren't scared of not being accepted, and they hadn't sold out. (By contrast, today's Young Lions can stand in for each other because they've chosen the rules and they are doing the same basic imitations.)
Now were told it's a new jazz age by the same blind media industries who, along with a bunch of opportunistic critics, lackeys, panderers, cronies, hangers-on, bought the Young Lions in the first place. It's easy to handle them because they're ultra-conservative, not risk takers and easy to track. But jazz is about risking everything to your personal muse and accepting the consequences. Otherwise you don't get to sing your song. The young and old players in the '60's were singing their own songs. But today we have the Lions' Club, and the media seems to have no room or interest in anything else, even though real jazz is always alive somewhere.
I'm supposed to have something constructive to say about what to do now if what I said is true. It's really not about doing something. It's about how much we would risk to get the right something. If you're a young player, my advice is: Don't buy a ticket to the club. You don't want to be another prisoner in the lion cage; you want to be free.
If you're a consumer, stop consuming what you see in the pictures and listen to the music first. It should move you (or disturb you) if it comes from the heart, assuming your heart is intact. It shouldn't move you from A to - A; it should place you in a more intensely real world. But in the age of virtual reality there are bound to be virtual artists and virtual educators. And they will be most visible.
There's an old Bulgarian proverb: "If you wish to drown, don't torture yourself with shallow water."
Jazz is about ecstasy, and ecstasy depends on connectedness, and connectedness depends on sensitivity, and sensitivity depends on life and life depends on heart, and this heart is a gift and this gift can be used wisely or foolishly, too soon or too late, half-heartedly or whole-heartedly. All of our great jazz musicians did not question how much to use and to what purpose. Technically competent and virtuoso players of today (genius or otherwise) beware: These waters run deep.
The state of jazz is, as it always has been, dependent on the guts of the players to choose the real discipline, not the virtual one. But it seems it must have been better understood in the past, when more of the world we see and hear every day was real.
Nowadays, if legitimacy is conferred only by the media and not by peers, we can claim to live in a set-piece created by corporate power, where it is unnecessary to corrupt sensibilities because they have already been tampered with. In this scenario there is no jazz.
Back in the early '60s there was a melting pot of individual voices, a democracy. There was no single expert on jazz. Jazz was the music then, not the image; the ideas, not the ads; the content, not the hype; and jazz soared in those days whether the media wanted it to or not because there were listeners, each equipped with a pair of real (non-virtual) ears and a real hunger for the real thing.
So who will jazz players of the future be able to use as a beacon from this age of mimicry? There was a comic book series called Plastic Man, back when I was a kid, and in the last issue there appeared an exactly identical but fraudulent imitation of Plastic Man who could do everything the original could do: stretch his arms for miles, take the form of any person or object, etc. In this issue there was a dialogue between them that went something like this:
"I am the real Plastic Man." "No, I am the real Plastic Man." "No, you're an imitation." "But plastic is already an imitation." "Yes, but I am really Plastic Man." "How do you know?" "Because you are the imitation Plastic Man." "No, you are!" "But…plastic is already an imitation, and we're identical in every way, so I'm as real as you!"
I have two sons who are both musicians, one already a working musician. It is my hope that they can hear great jazz musicians of their day-live, if possible. But if the media becomes the Mafia and Plastic Man keeps selling, those great musicians will be harder to find.
The hostile takeover of jazz within the media (or the "infotainment telesector," as Benjamin R. Barber calls it in his book Jihad vs. McWorld) has happened. Let's hope there will be young players who see this as a new set of prison bars, meant only to be flown through. If you are ready to fly, you don't put on a suit and join a club. You talk to the birds.
Jazz is probably the only art form whose existence depends on resistance to theories (whether those theories are by blacks or whites). Unlike other kinds of music (and most professions, corporate or otherwise), jazz asks that we speak from our being, not about our expertise in the field. If someone is an expert on jazz, you can be pretty sure he/she is not a vital jazz musician. Where a young player today can have a long enough apprenticeship (so the being-work can get started before Mr. Sony or Mr. Columbia eats him over a two-martini lunch) is a question I can't answer in the age of McWorld. But it's up to the players to know when to say no. There is no way to demystify jazz except by playing convincingly. It is a mysterious occupation.
And the reason no musicologist, critic, virtual educator or brand-name can get a handle on it is this: Jazz is about closeness to the material, a personal dance with the material, not the material itself. And this personal dance is validated not by the media, not only by other dancers. A virtual dance doesn't count in the real world of jazz.
If the phrase "whatever is the most personal is the most universal" is true, it goes far towards explaining why the true jazz giants up to the present time are who they are: They danced up a storm.

--Keith Jarrett

Yup....

Jody

Up Coming Concert--November 8, 2006 - October 22, 2006

On November 8th, 2006, I'll be performing at the Loft, located in the historic Mitten Building in Downtown Redlands at 345-A N. 5th Street, Redlands, CA.
The show starts at 7:15 and tickets are $10.00 at the door.
I'll be playing with my trio and also performing solo as well. I hope to see a lot of you there.
Of course, CDs and books will be available.

Speaking of books, watch for my newest one entitled, "The Total Jazz Guitarist" which will be released at Winter NAMM, 2007.
In this book you will find a lot of information crucial to good, solid Jazz performance. The book examines improvisation, comping, and chord melody arrangements of standard tunes that you know.
In 2008, two more 128 page books will be released using the same format. Being able to publish songs in an educational format is an exciting new direction for me in my books. I hope you find them useful.....

When these books are released, you will find them on the "Buy" page of this site.

All summer I conducted clinics for the National Guitar Workshop nation-wide. As always, I had a geat time thanks to all the great teachers and students I got to hang with. I always come home inspired and hungry to practice. Thanks, everyone....

--Jody

At Long Last.... - October 22, 2006

I'ts been a long time since the last update. With traveling , moving, new projects, etc. there's just been so little time for the the site.
Once again, let me say thanks for all the support.
I've received a lot of email over the past several weeks from players asking about books and many other topics. I will be getting back to everyone as soon as I can. The email backs up pretty fast lately. I really appreciate the correspondence so please be patient regarding replies. I'm doing my best...

A plug for John Carruthers.....

For those who live in the Southern California area, John Carruthers and his staff are the ultimate resource for players who need top-notch guitar repair and setup work.
I've been going to John for a few years now. He has worked on quite a variety of guitars for me over that time and I must say that his work is simply the best. He is fast, meticulous and professional, and after working with a variety of other guitar techs through the years, I know that I have found the best.
As some of you might know, I have been playing Klein guitars almost exclusively for a number of years. Whenever I've needed adjustments or repairs, all I would have to do is send the instrument back to the Klein shop and everything the guitar needed would be done and then returned to me.
Now that Klein Electric Guitars are temporarily "unavailable", I had John work on the Klein a few weeks ago. He did a complete refret along with some machine work on the hardware and many other adjustments here and there. I'm happy to say the gutiar is as good as new. And I'm a happy guy. Thanks to John and Rick at Carruthers Guitars. You can reach them at:
www.carruthersguitars.com.
346 Sunset Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-3919

Another Great Guitar Resource:
Beau's Guitars

For those living in the lower desert area of Southern California, check out Beau's Guitars in Palm Desert. Beau has a great guitar shop and does excellent setups as well.
Bassist Carole Kaye will be doing a clinic at his shop on Nov. 1, 2006.
For more info:
Beau's Guitars
73-700 Hwy 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260
www.beausguitars.com (760) 776-1203


No Idle Frets...

Once again I'd like to say thanks to Nick Carver who played a tune from of my latest CD, "Wistful Thinking" this last week, on his "No Idle Frets" podcast.
Check it out here:
http://noidlefrets.blogspot.com/
Subscribe to Nick's podcast--he plays a variety of interesting jazz guitar recordings in each show.

--Jody

Cool workshop Live News! - September 18, 2006

I'm sitting in an airport at the moment (coming home from the East coast...) and I just received this press release.

WorkshopLive Reaches Online Music Lesson Milestone
With Portfolio of 1,000 Guitar, Bass and Keyboard Lessons


PITTSFIELD, Mass., Sept. 2006 – Less than a year after launching its revolutionary online learning service, WorkshopLive today announced completion of its 1,000th music lesson. Thousands of subscribers worldwide can now access online guitar, bass and keyboard lessons, any time of day or night, in the comfort of your own home, 24/7.

The one-thousandth lesson was “The Modes of the Harmonic Minor Scale” from Jody Fisher<http://www.workshoplive.com/teachers/jody-fisher.html>, a southern California jazz artist who has played virtually every style of music professionally. He has performed at many important venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Universal Amphitheater, and has recently worked all over the United States, Canada, England and Germany.

David Smolover, founder and CEO of WorkshopLive, said, “Our faculty has created a remarkable array of lessons, in every style and for every level, from the absolute beginner to the most advanced. Jody now has more than 80 guitar lessons<http://www.workshoplive.com/music-lessons/guitar-lesson.html> available that have been utilized by more than 600 players from all over the world, and that’s just one teacher. We’re very proud of reaching this milestone, and even more proud of being associated with such an enthusiastic and talented group of music teachers.”

Besides Fisher, who is author of The Complete Jazz Guitar Method and other instructional books, WorkshopLive’s faculty includes author Susan Mazer [Guitar for the Absolute Beginner]; guitarist/singer-songwriter Matt Smith [Matt Smith Chop Shop for Guitar]; keyboardist Amy Rosser [Max Keyboard], and guitarist/author Lou Manzi [Beginning Fingerstyle].

Formally launched in December 2005, WorkshopLive has attracted thousands of customers for online music lessons from the United States, England, Denmark, Vietnam, the Caribbean, and many other areas of the world. WorkshopLive has dozens of the world’s top music instructors providing online guitar lessons, as well as other music lessons, which range from beginner to advanced. The music lessons are offered in a wide variety of styles (acoustic, rock, jazz, classical, etc.). Players learn at their own pace, whenever and wherever they want, day or night, in the comfort of their own home or wherever they have access to a high-speed Internet connection.


About WorkshopLive
WorkshopLive produces the most dynamic and engaging music instruction content on the Web today. WorkshopLive incorporates more than 20 years of music education curricula to create thousands of lessons for specific styles of music and a variety of instruments. Other divisions include National Guitar Workshop Publications and summer learning camps operated at 33 locations around the country, the National Guitar Workshop and DayJams. The privately funded company is based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Additional information is available at 413-358-9606, and http://www.workshoplive.com.

As some of you know, I recently moved and haven't had much time to update the site. I'm almost settled in now so updates will become much more frequent.

Jody

I've Moved! - August 31, 2006

Actually, I'm in the middle of moving to a small town high up in the San Jacinto/Santa Rosa mountains in Southern California.
This mountian range overlooks the Palms Springs area of the Sonoran Desert. The natural beauty here is amazing........

Continuing, or new students should contact me via email(jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com) to get my new phone numbers and directions to the house.

New Snail Mail:
PO Box 4155
Idyllwild, CA 92549
USA

I just came back from my summer clinic tour and have much to report which I will do once I unpack all these boxes........

Jody
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