A Conversation with Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor is a multi award winning guitarist and composer who has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician. His inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing.

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InterviewBill Piburn
Workshop - Can You Do The Boogaloo?

…or bugalú? The “latin boogaloo” seems to have emerged in the 1960’s out of the Puerto Rican barrios of New York City. These young Puerto Rican-Americans were represented in the classic musical and film West Side Story. If you remember, there is a scene where the Puerto Rican and New York kids are all together at a high school dance and they all break into a latin dance (composed by Leonard Bernstein) and they all yell “mambo!” So these young people are all listening to latin rhythms, rhythm and blues and the early rock ‘n’ roll of the day. The boogaloo was apparently born out of this cultural atmosphere.

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WorkshopsRoger Hudson
Workshop - Pork Belly Futures

I’ve been playing Pork Belly Futures for a long time. I wrote it back in 1988 while coming home in a snowstorm from a gig in Green Bay, WI. The announcer on the radio show took a break to give the news and the pork belly futures report. I was new to the Midwest and had never heard of such a thing. Whatever it was, I thought it probably wasn’t good news for the pig. I also thought the pork industry might like the idea of a theme song to go along with “the other white meat” slogan it had just introduced!

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WorkshopsEric Lugosch
An Interview with Jon Gomm

Jon Gomm is from Blackpoll, England but he currently lives in Leeds. He is a singer/songwriter as well as a virtuoso guitarist who has defied the odds. Jon has rejected the mainstream music industry in favor of his independence, artistic control, and a deep commitment to self-expression.

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InterviewBill Piburn
Workshop - Eclectic Electric Systematic Inversions Part 2

Welcome to Eclectic Electric. This time we’ll be continuing our discussion of Systematic Inversions.

The basic premise is that we’re going to use systematic inversions to create four voicings of each chord quality and then we’re going to use the upper diatonic neighbor of the top voice to create a scale that melodically connects the four inversions.

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WorkshopsTim Lerch
Play It and Pass It On - An Interview with John Knowles

The sound of a church choir, the buttons on an accordion and the plucking of the strings on a plastic ukulele were John’s first tactile and aural experience with music. Then at the age of thirteen he discovered the guitar and the music of Chet Atkins. This had a profound impact on John. Though he didn’t know it, the course of his future was taking shape.

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InterviewBill Piburn