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January 12, 2011

Scott Henderson Guitar Lessons

As I'm typing this, I'm on a plane on my way to Anaheim for the NAMM show, the huge music gear tradeshow where all the new cool gear will be presented. I will be reporting back DAILY on my blog, on my Facebook page and on my Twitter page, so keep an eye on any of those to find out what's new and uber-cool.

Some of the things I know I will be doing is attend some very interesting Line 6 product demonstrations, talk to some other companies' product managers regarding new iPhone apps and other software, and test some new amps and guitars of course.

The other thing I want to mention to you is that you can now get lessons from the one and only Scott Henderson. In fact, when I found out he was offering video lessons, I was the first to buy a lesson from him! Scott is, in my opinion, one of the most incredible guitar players on the planet. If you think I am good player, let me tell you that Scott is about 4000 light years ahead of me. I don't have even half a percent of his knowledge and skill, and that's the simple truth. I'm already planning to buy another lesson from him!

Let me tell you a short background story. When I started playing guitar, I played heavy metal and rock, but I got tired of it and became curious about jazz and fusion music. One of my big aha-moments was listening to Chick Corea Electric Band when I was a teenager. These guys sounded so wicked, but I couldn't quite understand what they were doing. That's how I got into jazz. Scott Henderson was the guitar player in this band for a while. Ever since (20+ years), he has been my strongest influence among guitar players. So much of what you hear in my playing, I learned from listening to him. I used to listen to his music so much, that I had to proceed with caution, or I was going to end sounding too much like him.

Anyway, he has a fantastic 2 DVD lesson product out too, which is probably the only guitar lesson product I ever learned anything from. Incredibly good learning material, but also quite advanced, just so you know.

So, you can imagine my excitement that I was able to ask for a specific lesson from him, and he made it come true. I was floored when I received it. I asked him to give me ideas for improvising and comping over a jazz blues, and boy, did he deliver! I got a 38 minute video with so much advanced material in it, that it will take me years to absorb it all.

The reason I am telling you all this is that I want you to know that you can also get lessons from him. I do think his material is quite advanced, so if you are an intermediate to advanced student, and you want to learn more about certain topics as listed below, contact him directly and and order a lesson or two. I am sure he can also provide lessons at different difficulty levels - just let him know what you are looking for and he will tell you if he can help your or not. The topics he has mentioned already are:

major and melodic minor scales and their modes
how to use diminished ideas
how to use augmented ideas
chord voicings
chord melody
rock and blues playing
jazz phrasing
dog training (not a good choice)
motific development
learning the fingerboard
making money in jazz (really bad choice)
playing outside
recording and tone
guitars and amps
how to set up a strat
how to use guitar polish (discounted price)

As you can see, Scott has a great sense of humor! I may be able to meet him at NAMM by the way, and I will try to do a mini-interview with him, if he agrees to such a thing.

Please, if you do contact him, I would be DELIGHTED if you could mention my name to him. I have told him I am going to spread the word about his lessons, not only because he is one of my main influences, but because he is a GREAT TEACHER and an AMAZING guitar player. I frankly view him and John Scofield as the best guitar players in existence. I would be very glad if he gets some more lesson inquiries as a result of me letting my subscribers know about him. If you could tell him you are contacting him because of my recommendation, that would really mean a lot to me.

I honestly think that very few people really know who Scott is, and what he sounds like. In short, he is a jazz player with a blues and rock background. He is somewhere in between, I guess, but he can play bebop and jazz standards with a jaw-dropping elegance and cool note choices and great feeling. He can also play straight ahead blues with a great tone and attitude that makes most guitar players wish they had an ounce of his talent.

You can email Scott directly at mango3@attglobal.net and he asks that you are specific - "jazz improvisation" is not specific enough. You can also visit his website at www.scotthenderson.net where you can also listen to some of his playing. Scott has his own youtube channel too, and I highly recommend you check out some the great live performances he has posted. This guy can PLAY! All this info is on Scott's website. Go check it out!

Talk to you soon,
Robert

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on January 12, 2011

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