Vlog: How I got into jazz guitar & Why I make videos – Jens Larsen

In this video, I will tell the story about how I got started playing jazz guitar and also about what I am trying to achieve with the videos I make (besides having fun talking about Jazz Music and Jazz Guitar..)

Hope you find it useful! It felt like I owed you guys an explanation as to why I make all these videos! I think that a big part of how to learn jazz is learning songs and I in part take that from my own journey! I also talk about starting late since I didn’t get into jazz at an early age.

6 thoughts on “Vlog: How I got into jazz guitar & Why I make videos – Jens Larsen

  1. Mike Clarke

    That was very interesting listening to your story, thank you for sharing.
    I had to laugh when you said you started late. I’m retired, 70 this year, and only started getting interested in Jazzz last year. Just been a basic acoustic guitar solo singer, folk/country for hobby/fun over the years.
    So I’m really starting late lol.

    Anyway, just to say I’m glad I’ve found you on Youtube, now subscribed to your newsletter.

    The more I check out your posts/info/youtubes etc, the more I feel happy that I’ve found a teacher/resource to have some fun learning Jazz guitar.

    I have an Ephiphone Sheraton electric guitar that I’ve had for years but never really played. I’ve put some flat wound strings on it and it sounds great.

    I’ve also purchased your Standard lesson ‘Take the A Train’ and looking forward to working on that as well as the scale/arpegio beginner exercises you sent me the links for.

    Thankyou and all the best for 2023. I’m looking forward to my Jazz guitar journey with you as my guide.

    All the best, Mike Clarke

  2. dwtrue

    Thank you, Jens, for sharing your story. I am inspired at how learning music is timeless and a constant hobby.

    I’ve been playing electric bass for 20+ years, self-taught mostly, took (taking!) plenty of opportunities to play out (community big band, rock garage bands, a jazz trio for the cocktail crowd). But I’ve always loved the sound of jazz guitar and wanted to make that sound for myself. So this past week I finally picked out a starter hollow-body guitar and started my journey. Age 60. Here we go.

    Hearing you tell us your own story makes this community come to life for me. I look forward to checking out your materials as I move forward with guitar and to continue embellishing how I play bass.

    Thank you,
    Maine, USA

  3. Rob Kandell

    Thank you for sharing your story. I remember coming up as a young rock musician (bass) in the late 80s in Detroit. You’d get done playing, load out, and drive home with sonic overload. Being right on the Canadian border, I’d put on CBC2 on the ride home, which would be playing the cool, “after hours” jazz. I loved it, but considered it unattainable. (I remember a keyboard teacher telling me in high school that jazz required perfect pitch.)

    Here I am, decades later, getting sober, and realizing that maybe I can play this. It’s certainly worth a shot. You almost make it sound attainable.

    Thank you,
    Rob K – Michigan

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