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Bill Frisell – How He Plays Surprising & Beautiful Things

Bill Frisell can be described as the gentle genius of jazz guitar. He has a strong command of the style but really goes for his own voice which is a beautiful mix of elements from essential parts of American music culture: Jazz, Country, Bluegrass and Rock. 

Bill Frisell Guitar solos can start a line with a bebop lick or a reharmonization and end in a triadic bluegrass idea or go the other way and throw a open-string cluster voicing in there. The examples in this video cover both of these. 

Another thing that Bill Frisell also has pioneered is trying to really play polyphonic ideas in your solos. You will hear this from time to time with others like John Scofield, but Frisell is using it very often and is a true master. Possibly also where Julian Lage got the idea?

Paul Motian  -Bill Frisell - On Broadway

This solo on How Deep Is The Ocean is from one of the Paul Motian On Broadway albums. A great series of albums with some Jazz Giants playing some really great renditions of jazz standards.

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Scary Vibrato! – Using Neck Vibrato

I have a lot of people ask if I am ruining my guitar when I play live because of this technique. For me It is also a great addition to add life to sustained chords that everybody should be aware of.

I have never had issues with the neck of my guitars and I have also never heard of anybody having issues, and since it is such a nice chorus effect to add to the music when you feel like it then I thought I’d make a video on it.

This is not a technique that I invented. I picked it up from Bill Frisell and Scofield, but you’ll also see Ted Greene do it often.

For this topic there isn’t much point in making a long article describing how to do this. You are better of just checking out the video!

I hope you can use the lesson to get started using this vibrato technique. It’s a very lush effect that works so well to add some life to the sustained chords in a chord melody like I do in the intro of the video.

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