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For those with an interest in fingerstyle jazz guitar from Joe Pass, Bucky Pizzarelli, George VanEps to Howard Morgan, Eddie Lang, Ralph Towner, etc.

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Latest Activity: Apr 11, 2015

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Comment by Clive Davies on February 15, 2013 at 1:28pm

Hi Fingerstyle jazzers,

Please take a moment to view my new video, King of the Road...

I take it the song through some unusual changes...

Clive Davies

Comment by Fabien Degryse on February 16, 2012 at 10:29am

Hi, I just released a new CD of fingerstyle jazz :

I would be glad to have comments ! Enjoy !

Comment by Brandon Dyke on February 16, 2012 at 10:02am

New solo guitar EP, Timeless Moments, is on itunes and amazon for purchase here are the links! I hope you enjoy guys!  I would love it if you could rate and review as well.  Thanks!



Comment by Clive Davies on September 7, 2010 at 10:52am
Hi, my name is Clive Davies.
I've just joined the Fingerstyle Jazz group.
I write and play my own compositions:
Here's a link to my youtube site:
I'd enjoy your comments...
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Comment by Albert on August 22, 2009 at 4:36pm
I found something on YouTube by Dick Hyman, "Ragtime To Stride Lesson - Dick Hyman":

Dick has several other lessons there. He has analyzed each piano great, and offers east to understand examples of their styles. Check them out.
Comment by Albert on August 22, 2009 at 9:43am
John, you are so right. I encourage everyone to check out the following pianists on Youtube:

Fats Waller
Errol Garner
Bill Evans
Michel Petrucciani - Especially with Anthony Jackson & Steve Gadd
Keith Jarret w/ Vitous & Dejohnette
Dick Hyman - he demonstrates the styles of various piano giants...
Art Tatum, Bud Powell - don't know if they are are on Youtube.

There are lots of other great jazz pianists, but I don't know if they have a YouTube presence.

As guitarists, we can't _duplicate_ piano styles (nor would we want too), but we _can_ try to capture the _feel_ of a particular style. Garner is good to start with, because we can do four to the bar comping, under a melody...
Comment by Albert on August 22, 2009 at 9:23am
Jay, by all means start your son on piano. Good pianists need to start young, and almost all of the great jazz pianists were classically trained. (Errol Garner is an outstanding exception). Also, don't discourage him from trying other instruments. Bill Evans and Henry Mancini played flute. Most all great horn players (Coltrane, Desmond..) had some piano skills.

I'm waiting for someone to come along who reintroduces improvisation to classical music. I'll check out pianistaitaliano. Thanks...
Comment by Jay on August 22, 2009 at 1:42am
Yes, Albert, I can't believe Doug's skill and flawless technique along with his amazing improvisational skills. Plus his execution of his videos with transcriptions and astute commentaries on technique and music theory are exemplary.

I've been working intensely on creating solo jazz guitar transcriptions of jazz standards over the past year in particular. Doug's performances provide a wellspring of jazz techniques. I think to have a DVD with his transcriptions would be a great help to me. Incidentally, I'm working on my piano skills which are entirely self-taught, though I'm trying to get my young son into taking classical lessons on piano. So that DVD would work for me in myriad ways. Thanks for the review.

Another great pianist on YT is "pianistaitaliano", whose interpretations are very sensitive and beautiful. These two guys impress me no end.
Comment by Albert on August 21, 2009 at 12:35pm
Jay, I love that DVD. Most of the songs have PDFs of the piano part, as well as the video (WMV), and MIDI file. There is a separate folder for Michelle, the jazz singer, with Doug accompanying her. If you wanted to study just chord substitutions, you wouldn't need any other sources. Same for chord voicings.
For the price of one lesson, you get a years worth of study material. Additionally, it's good listening! I'm not affiliated with Doug in any way, except that I really enjoy his playing:) Good Luck!

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