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Join Me at My UK Guitar Camp!

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About the Camp: We speak about the importance of good warm up’s and Improvisation. Frank, Olli and Vinny will go over and demonstrate very important fingerboard studies which connect your ears to fingers while connecting them to songs. Jamming is an important part of Frank’s workshops so be prepared to play, play, play. Each student is provided in advance with 20 lead sheets so we are all prepared to play together. To learn more or book your place at this event place follow this link here Rhythm Guitar: Frank, Olli and Vinny will teach about Rhythm Guitar through jamming. He will go over two styles of rhythm, Gypsy Django style and the swing Freddie Green style of rhythm playing. These two styles were influenced by each other and very similar. Jam Session: Each Participant will receive 15 lead sheets in advance! There is no better teacher than jamming songs with [Click the title to read more…]

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New Downloadable Lessons Added Every Month!

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New Downloadable Video Lessons! NEW! It Had To Be You Chord Melody It Had To Be You is a popular song written by Isham jones in 1924. It has been covered by just about every jazz artist you can think of. Here is a chord melody arrangement that I hope you will enjoy. You get pdf manuscript with TAB and video demonstration. Instant Download – $4.95 NEW! 20 Blues Infused 2-5-1 Be Bop Licks Blues and Jazz go hand in hand. Without the Blues, there is no Jazz. These 20 licks focus on infusing the Blues into Be Bop. Essentially combining the two very distinctive styles. Play these licks at different tempos, in different keys and always look for other fingerings besides what’s written. Notice how the Tonic Blues Scale works so well against the Dominant V7 chord. It creates tension and then release when landing on the 1 chord. [Click the title to read more…]

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Frank Vignola And Vinny Raniolo On Mountain Stage

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Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of Ohio University in Athens. Technically gifted guitarists with considerable on-stage charisma, both men are respected and versatile jazz players. Growing up in the New York suburbs, Vignola studied guitar at the Cultural Arts Center of Long Island, worked as a sideman for artists like Leon Redbone and Madonna, and led his famed Hot Club of France tribute band in New York City in the late 1980s. His virtuosity has made him a guitarist of choice for many musicians, including Ringo Starr, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel and Mark O’ Connor. Still in his 20s, Raniolo has already performed alongside Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Trishka, Bucky Pizzarelli and David Grisman. Vignola and Raniolo have been touring together as a guitar duo for nearly four years, and have played hundreds of shows together. SET LIST “Carolina In [Click the title to read more…]

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New! 1-2-3 Jazz Chord Melody

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BUY NOW: Instant Download – $19 Disc + Download – $39 Chord melody may very well be the most daunting rite of passage for jazz guitarists. Learning how to comp, jazz up melody lines and improvise solos is challenging enough but doing all of that simultaneously is seemingly an impossible task. Especially if you’re a fan of jazz chord melody masters like Joe Pass, Barney Kessel and Bucky Pizzarelli. Meanwhile, you can’t pick up your jazz guitarist credentials without passing that chord melody class. So where do you start? How do you get up and running as quickly as possible? And who will guide you on this learning journey? All three answers can be found inside Frank Vignola’s 1-2-3 Jazz Chord Melody. Frank showed you the ropes with 1-2-3 Jazz and Next Steps Jazz, he jazzed up your blues lines with Jazz Up Your Blues, he stoked your improvisational prowess [Click the title to read more…]

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Review: “Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo Better Than Caffeine”

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Source “Frank Vignola is well-known as one of the most amazing guitarists on today’s jazz scene. Five years ago he hooked up with a young, extremely accomplished guitarist named VinnyRaniolo. Since then they’ve worked together in a number of different group configurations but they’re at their best when it’s just the two of them, each armed with an acoustic guitar and a great desire to have a good time. And that’s exactly what they do in this studio session with jazz host, Abe Beeson. They begin with a lovely arrangement of It Might As Well Be Spring. Then they up the ante with a mash-up of Tico-Tico and (of all things) a very souped-up version of the old rock ‘n roll classic, Apache. That was just for openers. After that, they served up a medley of Classical music and topped it all off with their barely controlled version of Flight [Click the title to read more…]

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