Wanted to share a resource with you, in case anybody’s interested.
Some of you will be aware that I had spinal surgery a couple of years ago, and that the recuperation has been less-than spectacular, which has seriously impacted my singing. I’m very, very slowly getting to the point where I feel like I can open the taps in anger, but I’m also fairly aware that I’ll never be as good as I was, simply because I’m fairly constantly in pain and, while the pain isn’t a problem in general terms, my autonomic responses while singing cause me some problems.
In that light, I decided it was possibly time to start taking the guitar a bit more seriously. I’ve played since I was about three years old, but have never really bothered seeing it as anything other than a way of accompanying myself while singing, and indeed I only ever bothered learning to play a bit of lead for professional reasons, so never worked very hard at it, I simply learned pieces, and gathered a few bits of trick bag stuff for improv on stage.
For the last four years, I’ve been producing for a jazz outfit fronted by a virtuoso saxophonist, but I’ve pretty much just leaned on my ear, which has been sufficient.
Now, though, and coupled with the fact that I’ve decided to take the guitar more seriously, I’ve started learning jazz, and I’ve come across a tutor who’s absolutely brilliant. I’m learning most of the theory from the sax player I’m working with, but this guy has lots of good stuff that really opens up the instrument, regardless of whether what you’re interested in playing is jazz.
Anyhoo, I thought somebody might be interested. His name is Marc, and his website can be found at Jazz Guitar Lessons.
He also has a Youtube channel at, funnily enough, Youtube.
If anybody’s interested, it has my recommendation.