Yeah! I haven’t exactly been lighting up the blogging universe with posts. I think the last one was in Fall of 2017. Whatever…I got old, I slowed down…way down. I’m not really doing anything very interesting musical anymore but I think there is going to be a big rush of stuff coming. So stay tuned for that you 20-30 people a day (maybe) who still visit here. I have been taking a lot of pictures and cooking a whole bunch of different food. I was thinking of putting some of that on here too…so there might not be as much Guitar in The Guitar Cave anymore…that will probably be ok.
The other thing is: If I were a young guy I would get a YouTube channel and do something that way because for music, art, graphics, cooking or really most of the stuff I like, a YouTube presentation really is the way to go. A blog can still work for political analysis/social commentary-type stuff where most people, especially older people, would rather read than watch… and where the commentariat plays a big role in how the blog/site functions and how popular it is. I think everybody has these preferences…some would rather watch this or read this, etc., etc.
I started this blog in 2011 and these types of channels hadn’t materialized yet. For that matter, when I started playing Gypsy Jazz, online instructional material on jazz guitar was pretty hard to come by unless you were already a player. YouTube has really become what television always should have been — entertaining and instructional, whether it’s for guitar, music, art, food, whatever. One can enjoy watching a channel spotlighting a skill, even something as humanly basic as cooking, and (if one is capable of following instructions) prepare that dish or those dishes for an evening meal. And it’s all driven by audience choice…dial up whatever you want and I’m sure you will find exactly that and not something that a group of people who own a station or a media company decided you should watch at a certain time. It’s soooo cool to be alive to see this and I make use of it ALL THE TIME.
Speaking of photos, here is a close-up on the plaque of the Charlie Parker residence in the East Village, New York City. Follow the link in “residence” for property info. Charlie lived here from 1950 to 1954 and besides the land-marked townhouse that is worth whatever millions people with too much money are willing to pay, there is an annual Charlie Parker Festival in the park across the street. It is one of a few good concerts one can see in the summertime.
Last week I started rebuilding the guitar instruction list with a couple of great jazz players / instructors. This post will focus on a few players / instructors who are more from the rock/pop world, although one guy certainly does “go there” when in comes to jazz instruction.
Carl Brown from GuitarLessons365.com is a great player and a very easy-to-follow instructor. He shows you how to play a whole lot of great songs the right way! That’s why his channel has over 400,000 subscribers! He also delves into a lot of technique and theory topics and it will definitely make you a better player! If you want to know more about Carl, here is an online interview with him.
Another channel I like a lot, especially the acoustic tutorials, is Shut Up and Play. The song selections are pretty cool, and in some cases, offbeat, and the instruction is top-notch. I (re-learned) how to play ELP’s From the Beginning by watching the above video. Great stuff and they(?) have a Facebook page here.
Finally, here is a guy who is a total pioneer in YouTube guitar instruction: Justin Sandercoe. His videos cover pretty much every guitar topic and there is a massive amount of information on his website too. Perfect for people of any skill level and all of the instruction is delivered with a really upbeat can-do attitude.
During the big revamp of The Guitar Cave, the long list of links I had amassed was lost. I’m not really sure how I managed to do that but it’s a bummer because there were many great playing, lesson and instruction sites, and I don’t remember them all. No matter though — It will live again! Starting with this post and the beginnings of a list again in the right column.
Two online instructors who I think totally rock are Morten Faerestrand and Jens Larsen. They both have the key requirements for what I think qualifies as great YouTube instructor cred: 1) Killer guitar skills; 2) Wide variety of topics, including theory and gear; 3) Great technical presentation quality; 4) Great ideas for lessons and licks and, finally; 5) a teaching method that is clear and focused. While they are both primarily jazz players, many of their ideas for licks and tricks and explanation of theory is stuff that can be used by any player…of any style.
I feel that I’m at a point in my life where I understand and can execute many things that I want to do with the guitar, but still, it’s always nice to hear fresh perspectives. Also, I do like watching both of these guys play guitar and they always have quick ideas for licks or ways of thinking that is interesting and inspiring. Morten’s channel is here; Jens’ is here.
I’ve seen a lot of different people doing guitar instruction on Da ‘Tube and some of it is really annoying. Sorry, there is no other word for it. Not only are there a lot of people who aren’t teaching right, but they also don’t put any thought into what they are doing. Who has the patience to wade through a 25-minute video that needs bread crumbs to find it’s way home? Not me that’s for sure! This is what I like about Morten and Jens: They talk, they demonstrate, and they’re done! There are other people who I think are likewise, very good, and I will get to them soon.
It’s the same blog, but with a new attitude! I’ve learned a whole lot since I began back in 2011, and some of the old was just not working anymore. This new look is cleaner, clearer and the blog is much easier to navigate. The search field in the header works really well and the display by category function in the right sidebar or the tag cloud also bring up a comprehensive list of related subjects. All of the disc reviews and series articles I did throughout the year are up in the header menu. The blog is also responsive now, which means it looks the same from desktop to tablet to phone. I’ve gone over everything I’ve posted here since the beginning and have tried to organize, delete, and retrofit. I took a few things down because they may be part of an upcoming print project. If not, I’ll put them back up later. I’ll still be tweaking off and on, but the site will be able to stay up all of the time. All the heavy, hard work has been done.
Thanks to all of you who come to the site! Especially those of you who have been around for awhile or those of you who have subscribed. Really! I do appreciate it and I look forward to another year of blogging.