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October 2, 2013

Unsung Guitar Hero: Nile Rodgers

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Nile Rodgers

If you’ve been alive and breathing this past summer, you’ve likely heard the guitar work of our newest Unsung Guitar Hero. Indeed, the funky Stratocaster chops on Daft Punk’s hit single, “Get Lucky”, belong to none other than the great Nile Rodgers.

The success of “Get Lucky” has created a bit of a “revival of Nile”, especially among guitar players. I’m happy to say that Mr. Rodgers’ influence has been with me from the beginning (my formative years in music just happened to coincide with his initial success in the iconic 70’s disco band, Chic), but for many guitarists, Daft Punk is their introduction to his special brand of awesome. (more…)

September 24, 2012

Unsung Guitar Hero: Paul Jackson Jr.

Paul Jackson Jr

Paul Jackson Jr. is a phenomenal guitarist that you likely do not know by name. However you have surely heard his guitar work hundreds, if not thousands, of times.

Currently guitarist for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and American Idol, PJJ is one of the most in-demand guitarists in Los Angeles. He has also done stints in other TV show bands, such as Don’t Forget the Lyrics, America’s Got Talent, and Grease: You’re the One That I Want, but where Paul Jackson Jr. really made his mark was as one of the top session guitarists in LA during the session scene heyday of the 1980’s.

A top LA studio musician (and colleague of Steve Lukather) with over 1000 credits, PJJ is a fantastic all-around guitarist who can play in virtually any style and has been in constant demand since the early 80’s.

But although he can solo like a beast (witness his work with the Tonight Show band and this video of him playing “All Along the Watchtower” at the PRS Experience), PJJ is mainly known as a world-class rhythm player. Basically, he brings the funk like nobody’s business. (more…)

July 2, 2011

Gettin’ Groovy, Part 2: The Bo Diddley Beat

Bo Diddley
It’s time to get groovy once again! In our last installment, I’m Bringing Groovy Back, we talked about the three essential elements to making your strumming as groovy-licious as possible. Those elements were:

    1. Follow JB’s Golden Rule of Strumming and never stop your hand.
    2. Tap your foot to the quarter note pulse of the song to fully connect with the rhythm.
    3. Keep a loose wrist, as if you were flicking water from your hand.

Let’s go ahead and put these elements to work by playing one of the all-time classic rhythms in rock music history: the Bo Diddley beat. (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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