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Chord Substitutions Workshop – Replay Now Available Nov 24, 2020

In the 1950s, Lou Donaldson was a ferocious bebop alto saxophonist, a Charlie Parker disciple who later explained his devotion in just seven words:...

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Swiss Army Knives at La Cabane De Frou Frou Nov 19, 2020

I spent the last couple days as a hired gun. An old New York pal of mine was working an ad job, and asked me to not only record some lap steel, but...

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Chord Substitutions Workshop, Or, How To Sound Cool Nov 13, 2020

I'm sure I'll hear about it if I open with the phrase, "I was eating barbecue once in Connecticut," but – I was eating barbecue once in...

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Love For Sale Nov 12, 2020

It took a long time for me to back into the point and significance of the Great American Songbook. To some extent, this has to do with where I...

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Two New Courses! Nov 10, 2020

A couple of months ago, I mentioned I was working on making a downloadable version of my Youtube series, Six Steps To Playing Fingerstyle Blues In...

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Hello, Herbie Nov 05, 2020

We had a few cold days in Austin last week. Cold enough for me to realize that yes, as I feared, 20 years in Texas has thinned my blood. The cold,...

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"Or I Could Leave It Hang-innnng..." Oct 29, 2020

I had a friend in New York named John who worked as a dialect coach. One night he was explaining how he gave every client a mnemonic, a short...

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Deep Space Oct 22, 2020

When I was learning to improvise, there was one thing in particular I heard over and over again: leave space. It's the musical equivalent of "if...

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