John Scofield was the headliner of the 2016 Festival Guitare Issoudun in France. The Guitar Channel did an intense lobbying in order to be able to organize with John a video interview using the Guitar in Hand format which works so well. In fact, with this formula the musician has his guitar plugged in and ready all the time so he can illustrate an answer with a couple of notes here and there. John sure did that and more during the close to 30min interview.

Nir Felder interview during the Montreal Jazz Festival

Nir Felder is a jazz guitarist that I met thanks to the official adviser on the subject for The Guitar Channel, namely Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert (a big thank you Bruno!).

Jens Larsen Jazz guitar player and youtuber

Jens Larsen is a Jazz musician discovered through his great YouTube channel which is full of lessons about this style of music and many guitar techniques.

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Gilad Hekselman interview guitar in hand

Gilad Hekselman is a Jazz guitar player discovered by The Guitar Channel thanks to Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert who is our official Jazz advisor.

Charlie Hunter interview during the 2016 Montreal Jazz festival

Discovered in the excellent podcast No Guitar Is Safe produced by Jude Gold, The Guitar Channel is very happy to present you with an interview with Charlie Hunter, a 7-string guitar player. This Guitar in Hand interview took place during the 2016 Montreal Jazz Festival before his concert. Charlie plays an electric guitar built by luthier John Traugott with 3 strings from a bass guitar and 4 string from a regular guitar.

This instrument allows Charlie to sounds like two musicians playing when there's only him.

Improvising with quarter notes only by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert

We are continuing our series on “Blues For Alice” with a little improvisation exercise. Yes, we are finally going to improvise freely! However, the one and only restriction is that we are going to use quarter notes only... The challenge is to generate a flowing, uninterrupted, sequence of quarter notes-- while still outlining the changes.

Now, before you start wondering why anyone would want to do that, let me explain that it is just an exercise.

Ana Popovic interview about her triple album Trilogy

Here's Ana Popovic interview done in Paris to talk about her triple album called Trilogy. You have to admit that it takes a lot of courage to release a triple album nowadays. Ana proposes three different moods in those three CDs: Blues, Funk and Jazz. It's the second time I meet Ana, last time was in 2013 in audio, this time we did it in video.

“Blues for Alice” by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert – Arpeggio study

We are continuing our series on “Blues For Alice” with an arpeggio study. All of the arpeggios played here are ascending. Note that we are not playing all of the arpeggios in this particular study: since there are so many ii-Vs in sequences, I chose to only play the 3rd of most Dominant 7 chords.
Blues for Alice (Part 5/6) - An arpeggio study

I wrote some diagrams above the music notation to indicate optional fingerings for some of the lines.
This study should give you some ideas for creating your own lines while improvising.

“Blues for Alice” by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert : 4-note groupings

We are continuing our series on “Blues For Alice” with the 4-note groupings. What we call 4-note groupings are simple patterns that are used to outline a chord progression.

“Blues for Alice” by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert – Comping study

Comping means “to accompany”.

“Blues for Alice” by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert – 3 note voicings

We are continuing our study of “Blues For Alice” with 2 simple comping studies.

“Blues for Alice” by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert – Introduction

“Blues For Alice” is a great Charlie Parker tune. It is a 12-bar Blues, but it moves through a lot of ii-V sequences. That modified version of the Blues is usually referred to as “Bird Blues” changes.
Blues for Alice (Part 1/6)

The lead sheet shows the fingerings I use. Keep in mind that those are only suggestions.

All 7 Diatonic Arpeggios in Major Key by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert

This exercise will have us play through all of the arpeggios of a same tonality.

Playing in and out of position (part 2/2) by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert

Here's the second part on the Playing In and Out of Position theme (part 1 is here).

Playing in and out of position (part 1/2) by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert

Here's the first video of a two part series on the Playing In and Out of Position theme. When we first learn our Major scales, we are generally told to practice them in position. We visualize certain shapes all over the fingerboard and that helps us play more efficiently, more smoothly.

Comping Study for Jazz Blues in F by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert

Comping means “to accompany”. In our case, it implies that those chords can be used when accompanying a soloist who is improvising over a Jazz Blues chord progression.
Comping Study for Jazz Blues in F

Each diagram represents a full measure, except when slashes are written above the chord—in which case those slashes represent the number of beats for that particular chord. The circled dots are optional replacement bass notes.

All of the chords have the root in the bass, except for the diminished 7th chord used as a substitution for the D7 chord.

Mike Moreno at 2016 Winter NAMM

Here's a Mike Moreno interview done during the 2016 Winter NAMM. It is thanks to my official Jazz advisor Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert that I contacted Mike.

This summer while I was covering the Montreal Jazz Festival I had the pleasure to meet again Gilad Hekselman for an in-depth interview about his latest album Homes which was just released this October.

Questions asked during the interview

How does it feel to play the Montréal Jazz festival?
Is that the occasion to play with other musicians and to jam?
Last time we met it was in Paris last year, what's new since?
How come jazz musicians are able to sound good on the first note of the first tune at the soundcheck?
How do you approach soundcheck

Zane Carney masterclass in Paris - The Guitar Channel

Here's part 3 of the Zane Carney masterclass given in Paris on May 25th 2015.
What to expect in the masterclass

In-depth talk about music theory
What to play on the V chord
Several full pieces of music played
His approach to composition
How he practice with and without the guitar
His theory about relative pitch
The story about his upcoming Jazzica signature model with Hofner
A full demo of his travel pedal board

Zane travel pedal board

Until the next masterclass, keep on playing the guitar!

Pierre.

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Here's an unreleased audio interview with Oz Noy that I did back in 2013. There's no good reason why I waited so long to release it as I really dig the Twisted Blues Vol. 1 album so here it is now for your listening pleasure.

My attention was brought to Oz by a friend of mine who is also a pro guitar player, Jean-Michel Kajdan (merci Jean-Mi !).

Zane Carney masterclass in Paris - The Guitar Channel

Here's part 2 of the Zane Carney masterclass given in Paris on May 25th 2015.
What to expect in the masterclass

In-depth talk about music theory
What to play on the V chord
Several full pieces of music played
His approach to composition
How he practice with and without the guitar
His theory about relative pitch
The story about his upcoming Jazzica signature model with Hofner
A full demo of his travel pedal board

 

Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!

Pierre.

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Zane Carney masterclass in Paris - The Guitar Channel

Here's part 1 of the Zane Carney masterclass given in Paris on May 25th 2015.
What to expect in the full 2.5 hour masterclass

In-depth talk about music theory
What to play on the V chord
Several full pieces of music played
His approach to composition
How he practice with and without the guitar
His theory about relative pitch
The story about his upcoming Jazzica signature model with Hofner
A full demo of his travel pedal board

Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!

Pierre.

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I really enjoyed the Distance Traveled album from the David Becker Tribune so I decided to do a Skype interview with him to learn more about this awesome Jazz guitar player.

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Frank Gambale interview at the 2015 @Musikmesse

In 2014 at the Musikmesse I only had the opportunity to do a selfie with Frank, this year through the good people at DV Mark I was able to do a 30min full Frank Gambale interview with him that you can see below.
Frank Gambale interview

 
Subjects discussed in the Frank Gambale interview

His first guitar
The main turning points in his career
The invention of the sweeping
What remains to be said about this technique
How his gear has evolved throughout the years
The relationship with the Carvin team for his guitar
His next projects
His new online teaching website

Zane Carney interview about the 2015 NAMM show and more

On March 2nd 2015, we did a 35min Skype video call with Zane Carney to get all the latest news. The audio interview is available for free on the podcast feed.

Zane Carney interview about the 2015 NAMM show and more
Zane Carney interview about the 2015 NAMM show and more

Zane Carney interview full 35min video interview

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Subjects covered in the interview

Latest update from Zane
All the discoveries Zane did during the 2015 NAMM show
All the info about his collaboration with Hofner for a signature model
Demo of the Jazzica prototype guitar
What to be expected during his european tour
Upcoming news of news music to expect in 2015

Zane demoing his Hofner Jazzica

Can't wait to see Zane live in Paris, hopefully something will happen.

Jon Herington interview at the Olympia Hall in Paris, France

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I had the pleasure to do an audio interview with Jon Herington in 2011 for the release of his awesome solo album Shine, (Shine, Shine).

Here's an Adam Miller interview. Adam was in Paris for the promo tour of the Premier Builders Guild to demo the Baker guitars and the Tone King amps at Guitars Addicts (one of the best guitar shop we have in Paris, www.guitarsaddicts.com). It was the perfect opportunity to do an audio interview guitar in hand with a musician who is as awesome on acoustic as he is on electric.

Following the advice from Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert I added a couple of jazzmen to my radar in order to have more Jazz guitar players featured on the show. Gilad Hekselman was in Paris in July for one night at the Duc des Lombards, I took this opportunity to interview him before the concert.

Skype guitar lesson with Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert
First Skype guitar lesson with @brunopelbac: I loved it!

We see more and more offers of guitar lessons via Skype, I admit I was ​​one of the skeptics until I tried it with Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert. Bruno is a pro Jazz guitar player based in San Francisco. He is French but is fully bilingual. In fact he teaches in a music university.
My goal for this Skype guitar lesson
My personal taste is definitely Rock so my goal in taking a lesson with Bruno was not to make me a Jazz musician but to expand my musical vocabulary through Jazz.