Category: Songs From the Guitar Studio Archives - Jim Bowley

March 16, 2016

Songs From the Guitar Studio, Vol. 8

David Bowie songsWelcome to the latest installment of Songs From the Guitar Studio!

This series is dedicated to songs my students have played in guitar lessons. Sometimes we’ll pick a technique or concept and find a song to match it. At other times, we’ll pick a song first and see what we can learn from it.

Listed below are just a few of the songs we’ve jammed to over the last few weeks and months. I’ve tried to make the list diverse, featuring various concepts and techniques. As always, I’ve outlined a few of the main elements and takeaway points from each song.

Hopefully you’ll see something here to inspire you! (more…)

June 30, 2015

My Essential Blues Guitar Recordings

Essential Blues Guitar RecordingsI’ve been a lover of blues and blues-based music for as long as I can remember.

The recent passing of the legendary B.B. King – one of my greatest musical influences, by a long shot – inspired me to go back (“way down an alley” as B.B. liked to say in Live at the Regal) and revisit the blues recordings that shaped me as a guitarist.

To this day, some 30 years later, I quote licks and ideas that I learned while sitting at my record player and painstakingly transcribing what I could discern from that spinning vinyl. And I continue to teach them to my lead guitar students, so that, by extension, they will be shaped by this great material as well.

My essential blues recordings are listed in no particular order and I’ve added a few “quick takes” on each one – personal highlights, fun trivia, and a link for listening. Of course there are lots of great blues tracks that I’ve left out, so please feel free to add your faves in the comments section. (more…)

November 13, 2013

Songs From the Guitar Studio, Vol. 7

Welcome to the latest installment of Songs From the Guitar Studio!

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these bad boys, but they’re always fun and they always seem to get a good response!

As you might remember from earlier volumes, this series is dedicated to songs my students have played in guitar lessons. Sometimes we’ll pick a technique or concept and find a song to match it; at other times, we’ll pick a song first and see what we can learn from it.

Listed below are just a few of the songs we’ve jammed to over the last few weeks and months. I’ve tried to make the list diverse, featuring various concepts and techniques. As always, I’ve outlined a few of the main elements and takeaway points from each song. Hopefully you’ll see something here to inspire you! (more…)

November 1, 2012

Songs From the Guitar Studio, Vol. 6

Devo

Welcome to the latest installment of Songs From the Guitar Studio!

As you might remember from earlier volumes, this series is dedicated to songs my students have played in guitar lessons. Instead of picking a technique or concept and finding a song to match it, we’ll sometimes pick a song first and see what we can learn from it.

Listed below are just some of the songs we’ve jammed to over the last few months. It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these, so there’s no way I can touch on all the great tunes that have blasted through the studio walls over the last couple of months. However, I’ve hit on a dozen tunes below that, for one reason or another, stand out to me.

We’ve got hair metal, acoustic rock, classic solos, altered tunings, classical guitar…and of course, Devo. I’ve outlined a few of the main elements and takeaway points from each song. Hopefully you’ll see something here to inspire you!

Let’s check out some tunes… (more…)

October 4, 2012

10 “Must Know” Guitar Solos

SRV

In the 70’s – the Vinyl Era – we put the needle back and tried again. In the 80’s – the Cassette Era – we hit rewind and tried again. Later on it was the Compact Disc and now it’s an mp3 file.

No matter the era, guitarists have always learned other players’ solos, whether by ear using the methods above, from transcriptions in magazines and books, or from TAB or videos on the Internet.

It’s a time-honored tradition, and not only for guitarists; sax, trumpet, bass and piano players, as well as drummers, do it too.

You can learn a ton from mimicking the phrasing and note choices of your fave players. As a bonus, analyzing how and why they played their particular lines will do wonders for building your knowledge base and your vocabulary of licks and phrases.

In short, this is the fast track to soloing like a champ.

In my guitar studio, there are certain solos that are “go-to” material. I’ll list 10 of them below and share some thoughts on these classics. Let’s rawk! (more…)

April 2, 2012

Songs From the Guitar Studio, Vol. 5

AC/DC "Highway to Hell"

Welcome to Songs from the Guitar Studio, Volume 5!

As you might remember from earlier volumes, this series is dedicated to songs featured in my guitar lessons. Instead of picking a technique or concept and finding a song to match it, we’ll sometimes pick a song first and see what we can learn from it.

Listed below are just some of the songs my students have practiced over the last few months. It’s been a little while since the last installment, so we’ve got a healthy amount of songs here!

I’ve outlined a few of the main elements and takeaway points from each one. Hopefully you’ll see something here that may inspire you.

Let’s check out some tunes! (more…)

Jim Bowley is a professional guitarist, teacher and blogger. A native of Baltimore, he has over 30 years of playing experience and an advanced degree in Music Education from Towson University. Jim lives in Bel Air, MD where he maintains a thriving private lesson studio and performs with his band, Remains of Radio.

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