[Creative Fridays] #27: Armen Movsesyan

The first time I watched a video of Armen on Facebook, I was blown away. This was back in 2016 and his picking technique and sheer fluidity blew my mind. Soon thereafter, I bought one of his etude transcriptions and then took a Skype guitar lesson with him. Since then, I’ve been following his work closely and have been studying his exercises, transcriptions and work. He has released transcriptions, video lessons on DC Music School, TAGA and Jazz Guitar Society. I’ve also been fascinated with his explorations in the cryptocurrency world,  his viral video friendly content translating vocal speech excerpts onto the guitar and most recently his mentorship program.

I kinda dread making that 5 hour drive from Houston to Denton. But I was still feeling gracious and made a quick lesson before I drive. Here's a neat way to navigate a basic ii – V progression with only minor and major tonalities :)🎸

Posted by Armen Movsesyan on Friday, August 10, 2018

Feeling ridiculously silly/bored today..So here's my Power Rangers cover 😂🎸Edit: Got to work on my tapping though, so that's good 😛

Posted by Armen Movsesyan on Saturday, July 28, 2018

Let’s learn more about Armen!

Armen-Gurgen Movsesyan was born in Sochi, Russia after his mother and father emigrated from Georgia during a war between Abkhazia. Raised in a musical Armenian family, Movsesyan was exposed at an early age to traditional folk music. Movsesyan decided to pick up the guitar later in his teens after over 10 years of classical piano education. Watching his father sing older popular standards from around the globe while playing the guitar inspired Movsesyan to start writing songs at 15. Later at the University of Southern California, Movsesyan got into jazz and hasn’t looked back. The music that Movsesyan writes now is a combination of jazz, metal and other fusion styles. Movsesyan graduated from the University of North Texas in 2018 and hopes to continue to make make awesome music.

And now to the interview:

1.What’s your latest project?
I’m planning on remastering and rereleasing my first EP from 2015, “Ararat.” This self-titled album is an example of my goal to combine traditional Armenian folk music with jazz elements.  Once that is done, my goal is to tour the music with an excellent band of Armenian musicians. Armenia just had the world’s first ever peaceful political revolution, and I feel like it’s time for my country to grow. I want to be part of that growth and evolution!

2. What inspires your music?
People inspire me. Every day I am awed by human feats and our thirst for challenges and the unknown. It can be easy to watch a typical news story and feel like there’s nothing but fear and evil, but the truth is, if you look past the noise, there is mostly beauty and magic and humanity.

 

3. What’s your 5 Desert Island Albums?
This is a tough one. Here are some that never get old to me.

  1. Peter Bernstein – Monk
  2. Radiohead – Kid A
  3. Queen – Greatest Hits
  4. Django Reinhardt et Ses Rythmes
  5. Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage

     

4. Who’s one artist/musician that you love but most people probably don’t know of?

Joe Cohn is an incredible jazz guitarist that is relatively unknown compared to some others. His work with Harry Allen is extraordinary, extremely melodic, and super swinging!

 

5. What’s an advice you wish someone told you when you started in the arts?
I wish someone had told me to just be patient and enjoy myself a little more. Would have saved me a lot of stress.

6. As a jazz guitarist, composer and educator, what has been your biggest challenge in your work? How did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge has been inspiring people to play and enjoy music the way I do. Explaining concepts is the easy part, truly inspiring your student to work hard and love it all at the same time is the tough part, but also most rewarding.

 

7. How do we reach you?
Here’s a few ways you can reach me

  1. https://www.instagram.com/armovmusic/
  2. http://youtube.com/armov
  3. http://armenmovsesyan.com
  4. https://www.facebook.com/Armen.Gurgen.Movsesyan

Thank you for your time Armen!

Thank you for reading this week’s instalment of #AzCreativeFridays. Please do check out the past interviews (27 so far, including this one) and come back next week for the next one with Sound Designer Gwen Guo! Stay tuned! 🙂

Read the recent [Creative Fridays] interview:
[Creative Fridays] #14 : Taylor Roberts
7-String Solo Guitarist

[Creative Fridays] #15: Dylan Lee
Cellist

[Creative Fridays] #16: Scott Murphy
Saxophonist and Composer

[Creative Fridays] #17: Nisa Addina
Violinist

[Creative Fridays] #18: Jake Shimabukuro
Ukulele Virtuoso

[Creative Fridays] #19: Jared Sims
Jazz Saxophonist

[Creative Fridays] #20: Gabriel Lynch
Singer-Songwriter

[Creative Fridays] #21: Rizal Tony
Jazz Guitarist and Educator

[Creative Fridays] #22: Raja Farouk
Multi-Instrumentalist and Sessionist

[Creative Fridays] #23: Kho Chia Wen Sharon
Sound Designer

[Creative Fridays] #24: Josh Maxey
Jazz Guitarist & Educator

[Creative Fridays] #25: Toru Watanabe
Jazz Drummer

[Creative Fridays] #26: Jordan Klemons
Jazz Guitarist & Music Educator

[Creative Fridays] #27: Armen Movsesyan
Jazz Guitarist & Music Educator

Next Friday:
[Creative Fridays] #28: Gwen Guo
Sound Designer
Coming up October 19 2018

[About Creative Fridays]

The original Creative Fridays was an interview series I did back in 2012. Published on my website, www.azsamad.com, it explored the musical influences of various musicians from all over the world. Relaunching this now in 2018, there are some cool add-ons. For a super obvious one, we’ve now added Spotify and YouTube links whenever possible for the Desert Island Albums list.

This to me is amazing because you can actually immediately listen to the recommended albums. Coming from a generation that used to make trips to the record store to check out new music, it still boggles my mind that we can immediately listen to the records that is recommended here. Imagine if you listened to the 5 suggested albums – how much could you learn from it?

Also, in addition to the original questions from the series, I’ve added a new question into the mix asking about the biggest challenge each individual has faced in their work. I’ve found that we all can benefit by learning from one another. Let’s share and grow together!

If you know a musician who you think could be a good fit to be featured in Creative Fridays, please contact me with your ideas. The focus is in diversity for music, cultural background, geography, age and experience. It doesn’t matter where you are around the world, if you’re a creative making interesting music on an interesting journey and have something to share, please reach out to me. Please do note, due to this being a weekly series, the interview may be featured later in the year depending scheduling.

Thank you! 🙂

[The Original Series]
Season 1: Every week for 13 weeks, published from Feb 2012 to April 2012.

[Creative Fridays] #1  : Kevin Broken Scar
(Melbourne Singer-Songwriter/Sound Engineer)

[Creative Fridays] #2  : Deborah Crooks
(SF Bay Area Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #3  : Dylan Kay
(UK/Auckland Jazz Guitarist)

[Creative Fridays] #4  : Azmyl Yunor
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/College Lecturer)

[Creative Fridays] #5  : Gustavo Assis-Brasil
(Boston Jazz Guitarist/Educator)

[Creative Fridays] #6  : TragiComedy
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #7  : Candelaria
(Oakland Cumbia-Dub Band)

[Creative Fridays] #8  : Pete Teo
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/Filmmaker)

[Creative Fridays] #9  : Lori McKinney
(West Virginia Bandleader/Festival Organizer)

[Creative Fridays] #10: Helen Sherrah-Davies
(UK/Boston Violinist-Composer & Berklee faculty)

[Creative Fridays] #11: Adam Everett
(SF Bay Area Drummer-Composer)

[Creative Fridays] #12: Julian Chan
(Malaysian Jazz Saxophonist)

[Creative Fridays] #13: Sharon Chong
(Malaysian Keyboardist and Vocalist]

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[Creative Fridays] #26: Jordan Klemons

On June 21 2016, I sent an e-mail to Jordan Klemons asking him advice on 4 things:

1) playing over changes smoothly flowingly with longer lines (2-5 bars of 8th notes at medium tempo) – clearly making the changes and sounding good, idiomatic
2) playing at up tempo swing or bop (180-220 and beyond) and sounding good
3) developing a strong improvisational jazz vocabulary

4) playing in time, swinging very strongly

I responded to his e-mail where he said:

Hit reply to this email and tell me, what would you like to learn? What are you struggling with? What questions would you have wanted to ask the masters?

In reply to my e-mail, he sent me a very cool blues etude and he told me he was inspired by old website, A Chord A Day where I shared pretty chord voicings. Since then, he’s been extremely kind to mention how that website inspired him to explore his own teaching and outreach online. We’re two people, him in New York City and at point, I was in Berkeley, California. Jordan also shared some great advice and thoughts he had on the subject. He also mentioned he was working on two books at that point too.

I’m a fan of Jordan’s immense dedication, artistry, honesty to himself and the craft and his sheer freaking hard work. This is a guy that you simply must follow if you dig jazz guitar & jazz guitar education. I personally wish I can make more time to check out his FB group and the great work he does there. Very, very inspiring stuff.

So let’s learn more about Jordan:

Lover of all things beautiful. Explorer of sound and meaning. Composer, soon-to-again-be performer, and avid music educator. Adjunct instructor and guest lecturer, international masterclass teacher and one-on-one lesson provider, and organizer of an amazing online study group. Student of life, beauty, and self… and John Scofield, Peter Bernstein, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Brad Shepik, and Stefon Harris as well.

And now to the interview:

1.What’s your latest project? 

My latest project, in reality, is an ongoing process of relearning the instrument. After moving to NYC and graduating from a masters program, I suffered some pretty intense medical issues that forced me to step away from the instrument for a couple years. I’m currently reacquainting myself with music and the guitar and putting a lot of focus on relearning the repertoire. I’m also using this experience as an excuse to begin focusing more on education, refining a solid practice method for myself and to offer to others through my online Melodic Triads Study Group that I run through my website https://www.NYCJazzGuitarMasterclasses.com

Besides that, my last real musical project was an album titled This City. It’s a concept album that can be listened to simply as music, but in its entirety is meant to be a non-verbal telling of the hero’s journey. Every track is a chapter of the story of “the hero” being called to action, leaving home, coming upon danger, engaging in different ways with the world around him. I hired a visual artist to help me create a unique piece of surrealistic artwork that accompanies each track to help bring the instrumental music to life by offering a visual component to that chapter. It’s almost like a story book with pictures, but instead of words it’s told with music.

I fortunately finished writing and recording the music before I got sick. However much of the album itself was created while I was sick. I couldn’t play music, so working on the other parts of it became a therapy for me. I would take pictures of my favorite parts of NYC on my way to and from the hospital and send them to my visual artist. And then he would take those photos, drop them into photoshop, and create these amazing surrealist collages to help pull the listener into a dream-like world with the hero.

You can check it out at https://jordanklemons.bandcamp.com

2. What inspires your music?

Everything. Life. Joy. Heartbreak. Suffering. Experiences. Falling in love. Having it ripped apart. Walking near rivers or in the woods. Looking at paintings in museums. The innate urge to offer something to the world and make it a more beautiful place. Getting sick and experiencing some very close calls at the edge of the cliff of my life and somehow finding my way back from there was huge. Perspective is an amazing motivator. Sometimes other music, but that’s less of an influence than other things for me.

3. What’s your 5 Desert Island Albums?

Chet Baker & Paul Bley – Diane

The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings

John Scofield – A Go Go

Kurt Rosenwinkel – The Remedy: Live at the Village Vanguard

Some type of classical music compilation spanning the centuries… including works from Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Dvorak, and other miscellaneous composers. I know this is a bit of a cheat answer. But classical is a favorite genre and tradition of mine, and I can’t pick one musician from that lineage. I need them all.

4. Who’s one artist/musician that you love but most people probably don’t know of?

Stefon Harris. Many people in the jazz world know of him. But not enough people. He’s just a mad scientist. He love how he approaches music first and foremost. Getting to study and play with him completely changed my life and my understanding of music, listening, and how to come at things I want to grow with. His unique method allows him to fit in in almost every situation and still sound like himself. He just knows how to sing with his vibraphone and has one of the deepest understandings of harmony of anyone out there.

 

5. What’s an advice you wish someone told you when you started in the arts?
Work your ass off. Hard. Constantly. Music gives you back what you give to it. If you don’t put everything into it, there will always be things missing in your playing. BUT… be patient, have fun, enjoy every step, and remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s about being human. Find your balance.

6. As a jazz guitarist, composer and educator, what has been your biggest challenge in your work? How did you overcome it?

Almost dying and having to relearn how to play. Having to go through the journey two times can be extremely disappointing and frustrating. I can’t comment on how I overcame it, because I’m still working through the journey at this moment. What helps me continue striving is remembering that none of it is about me anyways. It’s about the music. I feel compelled to make the world a better place by trying to be a vehicle for beautiful music to be here. The problems in my tiny little life ultimately mean nothing in the grand scheme of the universe. So I remain grateful to have a second chance to relearn and continue playing, and I approach it as an amazing opportunity (and struggle) to build my music from the ground up with the intention and control available to me as a 35 year old educated musician, and not as a 10 year old who had no idea what kind of fire he was playing with when he first picked up that guitar he found in a trash can on his way home from school.

7. How do we reach you?
Websites:
https://www.NYCJazzGuitarMasterclasses.com 
https://www.JordanKlemons.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/NYCJazzGuitarMasterclasses/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MelodicTriadsStudyGroup/

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/nycjazzguitarmasterclasses/
https://www.instagram.com/jordanklemons/

YouTube:
NYC Jazz Guitar Masterclasses https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpbYtPOzNWUP0kRUSsAJH9g
Personal https://www.youtube.com/user/jordanklemons

Twitter:
@nycjgm
personal @jordanklemons

Thank you for your time Jordan!

Thank you for reading this week’s instalment of #AzCreativeFridays. Please do check out the past interviews (26 so far, including this one) and come back next week for the next one… perhaps another jazz guitarist? Stay tuned! 🙂

Read the recent [Creative Fridays] interview:
[Creative Fridays] #14 : Taylor Roberts
7-String Solo Guitarist

[Creative Fridays] #15: Dylan Lee
Cellist

[Creative Fridays] #16: Scott Murphy
Saxophonist and Composer

[Creative Fridays] #17: Nisa Addina
Violinist

[Creative Fridays] #18: Jake Shimabukuro
Ukulele Virtuoso

[Creative Fridays] #19: Jared Sims
Jazz Saxophonist

[Creative Fridays] #20: Gabriel Lynch
Singer-Songwriter

[Creative Fridays] #21: Rizal Tony
Jazz Guitarist and Educator

[Creative Fridays] #22: Raja Farouk
Multi-Instrumentalist and Sessionist

[Creative Fridays] #23: Kho Chia Wen Sharon
Sound Designer

[Creative Fridays] #24: Josh Maxey
Jazz Guitarist & Educator

[Creative Fridays] #25: Toru Watanabe
Jazz Drummer

[Creative Fridays] #26: Jordan Klemons
Jazz Guitarist & Music Educator

Next Friday:
[Creative Fridays] #27: ???
???
Coming up October 5 2018

[About Creative Fridays]

The original Creative Fridays was an interview series I did back in 2012. Published on my website, www.azsamad.com, it explored the musical influences of various musicians from all over the world. Relaunching this now in 2018, there are some cool add-ons. For a super obvious one, we’ve now added Spotify and YouTube links whenever possible for the Desert Island Albums list.

This to me is amazing because you can actually immediately listen to the recommended albums. Coming from a generation that used to make trips to the record store to check out new music, it still boggles my mind that we can immediately listen to the records that is recommended here. Imagine if you listened to the 5 suggested albums – how much could you learn from it?

Also, in addition to the original questions from the series, I’ve added a new question into the mix asking about the biggest challenge each individual has faced in their work. I’ve found that we all can benefit by learning from one another. Let’s share and grow together!

If you know a musician who you think could be a good fit to be featured in Creative Fridays, please contact me with your ideas. The focus is in diversity for music, cultural background, geography, age and experience. It doesn’t matter where you are around the world, if you’re a creative making interesting music on an interesting journey and have something to share, please reach out to me. Please do note, due to this being a weekly series, the interview may be featured later in the year depending scheduling.

Thank you! 🙂

[The Original Series]
Season 1: Every week for 13 weeks, published from Feb 2012 to April 2012.

[Creative Fridays] #1  : Kevin Broken Scar
(Melbourne Singer-Songwriter/Sound Engineer)

[Creative Fridays] #2  : Deborah Crooks
(SF Bay Area Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #3  : Dylan Kay
(UK/Auckland Jazz Guitarist)

[Creative Fridays] #4  : Azmyl Yunor
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/College Lecturer)

[Creative Fridays] #5  : Gustavo Assis-Brasil
(Boston Jazz Guitarist/Educator)

[Creative Fridays] #6  : TragiComedy
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #7  : Candelaria
(Oakland Cumbia-Dub Band)

[Creative Fridays] #8  : Pete Teo
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/Filmmaker)

[Creative Fridays] #9  : Lori McKinney
(West Virginia Bandleader/Festival Organizer)

[Creative Fridays] #10: Helen Sherrah-Davies
(UK/Boston Violinist-Composer & Berklee faculty)

[Creative Fridays] #11: Adam Everett
(SF Bay Area Drummer-Composer)

[Creative Fridays] #12: Julian Chan
(Malaysian Jazz Saxophonist)

[Creative Fridays] #13: Sharon Chong
(Malaysian Keyboardist and Vocalist]

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Video Review: Badass Inside Picking by Ben Higgins

Badass Inside Picking by Ben Higgins is epic awesome!

The course demonstrates two technical points and two exercises. He shows his wrist technique and thumb technique for inside picking. All this is within 3 videos! It’s short (at 12 mins and 30 seconds) but even with that, Ben actually solves the problems I’ve encountered. For me, this makes this video worthwhile! I can review the content and practice it again even if I haven’t watched it in awhile.

In the past, I’ve bought longer videos that were hard to digest because of the duration. In this course, I don’t have this problem. Ben manages to simplify and help focus your practice sessions.

I know some people (including myself before buying my first Ben Higgins video), may feel reluctant to buy something with such little video content. But, let me reassure you that if you’re looking for a way to improve your inside picking, this video is worth considering. Thanks Ben!

Pros: Great focused, targeted material!
Cons: None.
TLDR: If you need to level up your inside picking skills, buy this and practice the exercises!

Get your copy of this here:
https://www.benhigginsofficial.com/badass-courses.php

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Course Review: Understanding & Applying the Chromatic Scale by Frank Vignola

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Book Review: Movable Shapes – Concepts for Reharmonizing ii-V-I’s by Sheryl Bailey

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Video Review: Accompanying A Vocalist by David Cook

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Book Review: Developing Bebop Lines by Jeff Ellwood

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Book Review: The Acoustic Jazz Guitarist by Sean McGowan

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Video Review: Essential Percussive Guitar Riffs with Jon Gomm

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Video Review: 8 Sets of Jazz Blues Changes by Randy Johnston

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Book Review: The Thesaurus of Scale Tone Chords by Alex Rogowski

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Book Review: Improvising Without Scales – The Intervallic Guitar System of Carl Verheyen

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I cannot guarantee a review for every submission & if I’m not too into it, I may opt not to review it. I mean, it’s better to get a good review that for me to write a bad review just because it’s not a match for the kind of stuff I dig right? :p

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12 Lessons on Arpeggios For Jazz Guitar & Jazz Blues Soloing

Do arpeggios confuse you?
Do you want to know how to use arpeggios in a musical way?
Check out these 12 videos to level up your arpeggio game!

1. How to Combine Arpeggios with Pentatonic Ideas in Blues Guitar

2. How to Add Jazzy Arpeggios in Jazz Blues Soloing

3. How to Solo Over a II V I Progression Using Arpeggios for Jazz Guitar

4. E Major 7 Lydian Lick using Arpeggios and Intervallic Ideas

5. How to Combine Harmonic Minor and Arpeggios for Acoustic Guitar Soloing

6. How to Learn Triad Arpeggios On Guitar

7. How to Sound Jazzy Over F7 (Altered Scale Arpeggio Sub)

8. How To Create A Bebop Sound on a D7 Chord

9. How To Solo On Autumn Leaves (Or Any Turnaround Section)

10. How to Create An Altered Dominant Sound Using Jazz Arpeggios

11. How to Get a Tal Farlow/Pat Martino inspired sound:

12. How to Get a Nice Major 7th sound:


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[Creative Fridays] #25: Toru Watanabe

Kuala Lumpur,Jan 20,2011. Toru Watanabe . Pix Mohd Izwan Mohd Nazam

Today’s #AzCreativeFridays is with the amazing Toru Watanabe. I remember my performing with him at No Black Tie with the awesome vocalist-guitarist Xiong and other shows with Brazilian musical maestro Valtinho Anastacio. Later on, I had the pleasure of performing regular gigs with Mr. Toru Watanabe at Star Cafe with various vocalists. He also invited me to play guitar on his album! I am grateful to have the opportunity to play so much music with him when he was in Kuala Lumpur.

But enough from my side, let’s learn more about him!

Toninho (Toru Watanabe), a drummer/ percussionist/ composer/ lyricist/ producer, was born in Tokyo. He started to play drums in a rock/pops band when he was a high school student.

When he entered Tokyo University he started to play jazz drums.

After his graduation from the university, he started working at an ad agency and meanwhile continued playing music.

Between 1990 and 1993 he stayed in New York, USA, learnt to play jazz piano and theories, then moved to São Paulo, Brazil and learnt Brazilian percussion.

He issued his first original CD titled “Wish” in 2000.

In 2008 he has moved to Kuala Lumpur, and for 10 years until he left KL in the end of 2017, he has been actively playing music there.

He played Brazilian music with Xiong, played standard jazz with “MJQ” and “Yagi-Fuse Quartet” and Japanese pops with “J.J.B.”.

Meanwhile he issued his 2nd original CD “Multilingual” in 2010, and has just released his 3rd CD “MY Kawan MY Music” in 2018.

Now he stays in Tokyo, Japan.

Now let’s find out what he’s been up to!

1. What’s your latest project? 

Just released my 3rd CD, titled “MY Kawan MY Music”, featuring singers and musicians with whom I have played in recent years, such as Az Samad, Xiong, Kirana Kay, Mazlina A Manan, Sharon Chong, Tay Cher Siang, Julian Chan, Aina Abdul, etc.

With participation of rich lineup of talented musicians, I think that the I could have created a fun album.

BTW, at the end of last year I have moved back to Tokyo.

Now I am starting to find opportunities of performing and creating music in Japan. Even though this is my home country/town, after 10 years of my stay in Malaysia, every day I feel fresh and enjoy my life in Tokyo!

2. What inspires your music?

I have been living in 5 countries (USA, Brazil, China, Malaysia & Japan) and travelled to many cities/countries. Knowing new places with different culture, language, people, and of course music, always makes me stimulated and gives me inspirations.

For example, before living in Brazil, I knew only a few names of rhythms of Brazilian music, such as samba and bossa nova. Actually exists thousands of different rhythms there. Knowing such things was every time eye-opening experience for me.

3. What’s your 5 Desert Island Albums?

– Sergio Mendes: Brasileiro

– Simone: Biana Da Gema

– Michael Franks: Sleeping Gypsy

– Leila Pinheiro: Isso É Bossa Nova

– Toko Furuuchi: Strength

Available here: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/strength/1030262820

4. Who’s one artist/musician that you love but most people probably don’t know of?

– Ms. Yurie Kokubu. She is a Japanese pop/R&B/gospel singer with approx. 30 years of carrier and more than 10 CD albums. Although she has a incredible talent and technique, she normally performs only in the church and seldom plays with a full set of the band. Last month (June 2018) luckily I could see her show at “Blues Alley Japan” which she made only once a year, and her performance was really great! I think that she should expose herself much more, for more people (not only in Japan but also in other countries such as Malaysia) could know her!

Ref: Yurie Kokubu/Relief 72 hours

5. What’s an advice you wish someone told you when you started in the arts?

Believe in yourself and keep on creating.

6. As a jazz drummer and percussionist, what has been your biggest challenge in your work? How did you overcome it?

When I moved from China to Malaysia (in 2008), I tried to find out opportunities to play music, yet I knew nobody, nor nobody knew me… It was a biggest challenge for me to find somebody to play with me. I started going to music places such as No Black Tie and “Bangkok Jazz” (where every Thursday jam session was held at that time), etc. Fortunately I could have made many friends soon! Then I could have great opportunities to play music. One of the unforgettable projects was a collaboration with Az Samad at “Star Café”. Playing with Az was very exciting and, every time I could have played with amazing guest singer, whom Az invited, such as Sharon Chong, Cass Chong, Irena Taib, Cheryl Tan, etc. The project continued for almost one year, meanwhile I have enjoyed a lot.

7. How do we reach you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toruwjapan
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toruwjapan/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmSG46qriMJm_y4L6h83o_A?view_as=subscriber
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/toru-watanabe-12

Thank you for your time maestro!

Thank you for reading this week’s instalment of #AzCreativeFridays. Please do check out the past interviews (25 so far, including this one) and come back next week for the next one with jazz guitarist Jordan Klemons. Till next time! 🙂

Read the recent [Creative Fridays] interview:
[Creative Fridays] #14 : Taylor Roberts
7-String Solo Guitarist

[Creative Fridays] #15: Dylan Lee
Cellist

[Creative Fridays] #16: Scott Murphy
Saxophonist and Composer

[Creative Fridays] #17: Nisa Addina
Violinist

[Creative Fridays] #18: Jake Shimabukuro
Ukulele Virtuoso

[Creative Fridays] #19: Jared Sims
Jazz Saxophonist

[Creative Fridays] #20: Gabriel Lynch
Singer-Songwriter

[Creative Fridays] #21: Rizal Tony
Jazz Guitarist and Educator

[Creative Fridays] #22: Raja Farouk
Multi-Instrumentalist and Sessionist

[Creative Fridays] #23: Kho Chia Wen Sharon
Sound Designer

[Creative Fridays] #24: Josh Maxey
Jazz Guitarist & Educator

[Creative Fridays] #25: Toru Watanabe
Jazz Drummer

Next Friday:
[Creative Fridays] #26: Jordan Klemons
Jazz Guitarist & Music Educator
Coming up September 28 2018

[About Creative Fridays]

The original Creative Fridays was an interview series I did back in 2012. Published on my website, www.azsamad.com, it explored the musical influences of various musicians from all over the world. Relaunching this now in 2018, there are some cool add-ons. For a super obvious one, we’ve now added Spotify and YouTube links whenever possible for the Desert Island Albums list.

This to me is amazing because you can actually immediately listen to the recommended albums. Coming from a generation that used to make trips to the record store to check out new music, it still boggles my mind that we can immediately listen to the records that is recommended here. Imagine if you listened to the 5 suggested albums – how much could you learn from it?

Also, in addition to the original questions from the series, I’ve added a new question into the mix asking about the biggest challenge each individual has faced in their work. I’ve found that we all can benefit by learning from one another. Let’s share and grow together!

If you know a musician who you think could be a good fit to be featured in Creative Fridays, please contact me with your ideas. The focus is in diversity for music, cultural background, geography, age and experience. It doesn’t matter where you are around the world, if you’re a creative making interesting music on an interesting journey and have something to share, please reach out to me. Please do note, due to this being a weekly series, the interview may be featured later in the year depending scheduling.

Thank you! 🙂

[The Original Series]
Season 1: Every week for 13 weeks, published from Feb 2012 to April 2012.

[Creative Fridays] #1  : Kevin Broken Scar
(Melbourne Singer-Songwriter/Sound Engineer)

[Creative Fridays] #2  : Deborah Crooks
(SF Bay Area Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #3  : Dylan Kay
(UK/Auckland Jazz Guitarist)

[Creative Fridays] #4  : Azmyl Yunor
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/College Lecturer)

[Creative Fridays] #5  : Gustavo Assis-Brasil
(Boston Jazz Guitarist/Educator)

[Creative Fridays] #6  : TragiComedy
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #7  : Candelaria
(Oakland Cumbia-Dub Band)

[Creative Fridays] #8  : Pete Teo
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/Filmmaker)

[Creative Fridays] #9  : Lori McKinney
(West Virginia Bandleader/Festival Organizer)

[Creative Fridays] #10: Helen Sherrah-Davies
(UK/Boston Violinist-Composer & Berklee faculty)

[Creative Fridays] #11: Adam Everett
(SF Bay Area Drummer-Composer)

[Creative Fridays] #12: Julian Chan
(Malaysian Jazz Saxophonist)

[Creative Fridays] #13: Sharon Chong
(Malaysian Keyboardist and Vocalist]

[More about Az Samad]

Become a patron on my Patreon page:
https://www.patreon.com/azsamad

Get my New Cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police“ out now!
iTunes :
https://itunes.apple.com/my/album/karma-police-single/1305517964

Get my e-book “Jazz Improvisation Uncovered” here:
http://www.azsamad.com/book

Get my e-book “Jazz Guitar Licks and Etudes” here:
http://www.azsamad.com/book2

Get lesson packs here:
http://www.azsamad.com/lessonpacks

Spotify : (Follow me on spotify!)
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8 Blues Jams with 12 Amazing Guitarists: Blues & Jazz Blues Licks Galore!

The Blues is an amazing and rich tradition. Especially for guitarists, this is an essential part of developing our skills. For most improvising guitarists, you gotta have those blues licks in order to play and jam with anyone. So many times, the blues is what enabled me to play with musicians from different countries from USA, Europe, Britain, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia. If you want to be able to TALK and JAM, you gotta have the blues. To learn the blues language, nothing beats learning it directly by ear, any licks that you LOVE and you LIKE.

Here are 8 jams I did with 12 amazing guitarists. Check them out and steal any guitar licks that catches your ear. Enjoy!

BONUS: Here’s something non-guitar from the Penang Island Jazz Festival, jamming with jazz saxophonist Nicole Johänntgen!

Wanna learn jazz licks including jazz blues licks?

Get my new book: Jazz Guitar Licks and Etudes 2 now! 

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Book Review: Leveraged Learning by Danny Iny

I finished this book in one sitting, experiencing it via the official website. The hardback is slated for a October 2nd release date but at the moment, Danny Iny is offering readers a chance to real the entire book via their website at https://leveragedlearningbook.com.

As a music educator and strong advocate for lifelong learning, I was really curious about Danny’s new book. Danny is the founder and CEO of Mirasee and best-selling author of nine published books. Previously, I was familiar with Danny’s work from his earlier work when the company was called Firepole Marketing.

Danny’s book is a really amazing work that distills a lot of current research and viewpoints on the failure of the modern education system. The biggest issue that I’ve really resonated with is how getting a degree doesn’t really guarantee a secure job. Danny goes through many different angles and perspectives to help the general reader gain a better take of the entire issue. The cool thing about the various chapters are the suggested books that allow serious readers to learn even more about each issue. The self assessments that close each chapter also blur the line between a book that is just read and a course. I could definitely see how Danny includes elements from his company’s work teaching course development.

My favorite parts of the book include the discussions on the changing landscape of learning. I really like the idea of transitioning to lifelong learning instead of the degree or college education as the endpoint. This was also the first time I learned about Foundational education, “Last mile” education and Continuing education as terms to describe different kinds of education. The idea of transformation instead of just information also resonated with me since that is a huge part of my own work as an educator.

In the end, I feel that it’s pretty cool what Danny and Mirasee have done by making this book available for free online via the website. Of course, for those interested to dive deeper, you can check out different ways to work & learn from Danny’s online courses that look awesome. I wouldn’t mind having a chance to study, experience and review those too if I got a chance!

Danny & Mirasee are you reading this? 🙂

Pros: A lot of material, ideas and distilled concepts from other books & thinkers collected in one book. This is a good starting point for anyone curious about the state of modern education.
Cons: None.
TLDR: It’s a good book that is easy to read through and worth getting as a reference for further study.

Read Leveraged Learning online & get your hardback copy here:
https://leveragedlearningbook.com

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Book Review: 21 Insights for 21st Century Creatives by Mark McGuinness

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Video Review: Simplifying Jazz Guitar by Randy Johnston

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Book Review: Triad Pairs – The First Step by Tony Greaves

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Book Review: Four Etudes for the Right Hand by Gyan Riley

Review #24

Book Review: Beyond Chord Melody by Martin Taylor MBE

Review #23

Book Review: Daniel Donato – The New Master Of The Telecaster: Pathways To Dynamic Solos

Review #22

Course Review: Understanding & Applying the Chromatic Scale by Frank Vignola

Review #21

Book Review: Movable Shapes – Concepts for Reharmonizing ii-V-I’s by Sheryl Bailey

Review #20

Video Review: Accompanying A Vocalist by David Cook

Review #19

Book Review: Developing Bebop Lines by Jeff Ellwood

Review #18

Book Review: The Acoustic Jazz Guitarist by Sean McGowan

Review #17

Video Review: Essential Percussive Guitar Riffs with Jon Gomm

Review #16

Video Review: Minor Line Concepts by Jay Umble

Review #15

Video Review: 8 Sets of Jazz Blues Changes by Randy Johnston

Review #14

Book Review: The Thesaurus of Scale Tone Chords by Alex Rogowski

Review #13

Video Review: Bebop Flow – Connecting Harmonic Concepts with the Family of 4 by Sheryl Bailey

Review #12

Book Review: Improvising Without Scales – The Intervallic Guitar System of Carl Verheyen

Review #11

Course Review: Liquid Fire Legato by Nick Layton

Review #10

Video Review: Dave Hill – Motif Development (Jazz Guitar Society)

Review #09

Book Review: A Guide to Developing a Chromatic Approach to Improvisation by Tony Greaves

Review #08

Course Review: Fundamentals of Picking by Fretboard Anatomy

Review #07

Book Review: Principles of Music by Bryan Baker

Review #06

Book Review: The Tao of Badass Guitar by Ben Higgins

Review #05

Book Review: Bach Scales by Jon De Lucia

Review #04

Book Review: Extended Scale Playing for Guitar by Joe Puma

Review #03

Book Review: Between the Voicings by Hristo Vitchev

Review #02

Book Review: Voicing Modes – A Chord Voicing Approach to Hearing and Practicing Modes by Noel Johnston

Review #01

Book Review: The Outside Sounds and Substitutions of Modern Saxophonists for Jazz Guitar by Kevin Miller

[Submissions for Review Consideration]

  • Are you an author who wrote a jazz, guitar or music book?
  • Have you created a DVD or an online video course or subscription based website?
  • Would you like me to review your book/course?

Please send me a message at azsamad2 at gmail.com with:

For courses: a link to the course/video/product + access info etc.
For books: a link to the book (Dropbox) or PDF attachment (if it’s small) for review consideration.

Depending on whether I dig the book/course, I’ll let you know if I do plan to review it!

I cannot guarantee a review for every submission & if I’m not too into it, I may opt not to review it. I mean, it’s better to get a good review that for me to write a bad review just because it’s not a match for the kind of stuff I dig right? :p

NOTE: All reviews reflect my honest personal opinion so be aware that I will point out both cool Pros and Cons that I see in the work. You dig? 🙂

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[Creative Fridays] #24: Josh Maxey

Facebook was probably where I first discovered the amazing artistry of Josh Maxey. A prolific creative musician, I kept seeing his posts on various Facebook jazz groups. I slowly learned more about his music over time and grew to admire his immense discipline and dedication to music.

One of the projects that Josh spearheaded was a cool 6-part video series where he compiled mini jazz guitar lesson from educators from all over the world who were part of the FB group, Jazz Guitar Addiction:

Let’s learn more about Josh!

Josh Maxey is a musician and guitar teacher based in New York City. Josh’s music has been played all around the world on jazz radio and has received dozens of critical reviews. Josh has made a series of albums which began with a six album series recorded over twelve months. It documented 50 original composition recordings with 20+ musicians. Celebration of Soul was the 10th album in that series and the first to be released on Miles High Records. The album received wide radio play and critical attention. Josh has taught private guitar lessons since 2003, as well as at many of the largest guitar schools in New York City, NY and Denver, Colorado. Josh has worked with hundreds of students helping them develop fluency on the guitar. Josh does in person lesson in NYC as well as Skype and video lessons. In addition to teaching full-time Josh can be seen playing in New York City and Denver Colorado. He is often a featured musical artist on the Periscope streaming app.

Now, let’s see what he’s been up to.

1. What’s your latest project?

My family just moved back to NYC. I’ve been focused on teaching since the move. It’s going well! I keep a busy teaching schedule with in person as well as weekly Skype/FB Video lessons.

I have recorded and released a lot of music in the past few years. (JoshMaxey.com) I have 3 new albums either completed or nearly so that I’d like to release in the next year. I’m deciding what the best way to do it is.

I enjoy playing on the streaming app Periscope (@JoshuaMaxey) a few nights a week. Recently the app has featured me in the “Discover Your Next Favorite Musician” section and the broadcasts have ten thousand or more viewers. That’s a lot of fun and I get to play through new music ideas and answer guitar questions.

2. What inspires your music? 

My favorite music inspires me. For me, music has its own worlds with places and views and meaning. The people closest to me are always a source of inspiration. They make every minute better.

3. What’s your 5 Desert Island Albums?

Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

Rodney Jones, The X Field
Available here:
https://www.amazon.com/X-Field-Rodney-Jones/dp/B000000FPY

The Grateful Dead One From the Vault

Phish, The Clifford Ball

Jessica Martinez Maxey, Ancient Memory
Available here:
https://jessicamartinezmaxey.bandcamp.com/album/ancient-memory

4. Who’s one artist/musician that you love but most people probably don’t know of?

Nathen Page has had a huge influence on my playing. His intervalic playing was way before its time (might still be?). I love it!

5. What’s an advice you wish someone told you when you started in the arts? 

I feel like I had pretty great advice early on and through the years. I saw what careers in music looked like as I was learning. I can’t think of anything that wasn’t really said. I can share something that was said that I find more and more true, though. Which is, “It _IS_worth it.” Keep going. Being a musician, creative, an artist, all deal with the beauty and core elements of life and it’s well worth dedicating a lifetime to.

6. As a jazz guitarist, composer and educator, what has been your biggest challenge in your work? How did you overcome it?

That’s a deep one! I don’t think have overcome them.

7. How do we reach you?
Website: JoshMaxey.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/JoshuaMaxey
Instagram: @joshuamaxey
YouTube: YouTube.com/JoshuaMaxey
Twitter & Periscope: @joshuamaxey & @joshuamaxey
Other Website(s): https://joshuamaxey.bandcamp.com

Thank you for your time Josh!

Thank you for reading this week’s instalment of #AzCreativeFridays. Please do check out the past interviews (24 so far, including this one) and come back next week for the next one with jazz drummer Toru Watanabe. Till next time! 🙂

Read the recent [Creative Fridays] interview:
[Creative Fridays] #14 : Taylor Roberts
7-String Solo Guitarist

[Creative Fridays] #15: Dylan Lee
Cellist

[Creative Fridays] #16: Scott Murphy
Saxophonist and Composer

[Creative Fridays] #17: Nisa Addina
Violinist

[Creative Fridays] #18: Jake Shimabukuro
Ukulele Virtuoso

[Creative Fridays] #19: Jared Sims
Jazz Saxophonist

[Creative Fridays] #20: Gabriel Lynch
Singer-Songwriter

[Creative Fridays] #21: Rizal Tony
Jazz Guitarist and Educator

[Creative Fridays] #22: Raja Farouk
Multi-Instrumentalist and Sessionist

[Creative Fridays] #23: Kho Chia Wen Sharon
Sound Designer

[Creative Fridays] #24: Josh Maxey
Jazz Guitarist & Educator

Next Friday:
[Creative Fridays] #25: Toru Watanabe
Jazz Drummer
Coming up September 21 2018

[About Creative Fridays]

The original Creative Fridays was an interview series I did back in 2012. Published on my website, www.azsamad.com, it explored the musical influences of various musicians from all over the world. Relaunching this now in 2018, there are some cool add-ons. For a super obvious one, we’ve now added Spotify and YouTube links whenever possible for the Desert Island Albums list.

This to me is amazing because you can actually immediately listen to the recommended albums. Coming from a generation that used to make trips to the record store to check out new music, it still boggles my mind that we can immediately listen to the records that is recommended here. Imagine if you listened to the 5 suggested albums – how much could you learn from it?

Also, in addition to the original questions from the series, I’ve added a new question into the mix asking about the biggest challenge each individual has faced in their work. I’ve found that we all can benefit by learning from one another. Let’s share and grow together!

If you know a musician who you think could be a good fit to be featured in Creative Fridays, please contact me with your ideas. The focus is in diversity for music, cultural background, geography, age and experience. It doesn’t matter where you are around the world, if you’re a creative making interesting music on an interesting journey and have something to share, please reach out to me. Please do note, due to this being a weekly series, the interview may be featured later in the year depending scheduling.

Thank you! 🙂

[The Original Series]
Season 1: Every week for 13 weeks, published from Feb 2012 to April 2012.

[Creative Fridays] #1  : Kevin Broken Scar
(Melbourne Singer-Songwriter/Sound Engineer)

[Creative Fridays] #2  : Deborah Crooks
(SF Bay Area Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #3  : Dylan Kay
(UK/Auckland Jazz Guitarist)

[Creative Fridays] #4  : Azmyl Yunor
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/College Lecturer)

[Creative Fridays] #5  : Gustavo Assis-Brasil
(Boston Jazz Guitarist/Educator)

[Creative Fridays] #6  : TragiComedy
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #7  : Candelaria
(Oakland Cumbia-Dub Band)

[Creative Fridays] #8  : Pete Teo
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/Filmmaker)

[Creative Fridays] #9  : Lori McKinney
(West Virginia Bandleader/Festival Organizer)

[Creative Fridays] #10: Helen Sherrah-Davies
(UK/Boston Violinist-Composer & Berklee faculty)

[Creative Fridays] #11: Adam Everett
(SF Bay Area Drummer-Composer)

[Creative Fridays] #12: Julian Chan
(Malaysian Jazz Saxophonist)

[Creative Fridays] #13: Sharon Chong
(Malaysian Keyboardist and Vocalist]

[More about Az Samad]

Become a patron on my Patreon page:
https://www.patreon.com/azsamad

Get my New Cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police“ out now!
iTunes :
https://itunes.apple.com/my/album/karma-police-single/1305517964

Get my e-book “Jazz Improvisation Uncovered” here:
http://www.azsamad.com/book

Get my e-book “Jazz Guitar Licks and Etudes” here:
http://www.azsamad.com/book2

Get lesson packs here:
http://www.azsamad.com/lessonpacks

Spotify : (Follow me on spotify!)
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And for all my albums:
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New Book: Jazz Guitar Licks & Etudes 2

Jazz Guitar Licks and Etudes 2 E-Book


“This book will be a great tool for you whether you’re an aspiring jazz musician or a professionals musician. It’s truly a great introduction to the concepts and theory behind the language of jazz. The very “real-life” examples in the book reminds me of what should be/can be practiced and also inspire lots of ideas to be explored and add to my own arsenal!”

– Sean Lew, Guitarist for SeaTravel

The 4th E-book by Az Samad, Jazz Guitar Licks and Etudes 2 is the continuation of the previous title (that had the same name minus that number 2).

This volume contains 14 Exercises, 25 jazz guitar licks and 3 etudes designed to help you develop your jazz guitar skills.

You will learn licks that incorporate classic Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Pat Martino bluesy and bebop sounds to more modern intervallic phrases inspired by the playing of Julian Lage, Tim Miller and John Stowell.

You will receive a 29 page E-book (PDF File) containing:

14 EXERCISES

  • 4 Warmup Exercises
  • 5 Alternate Picking Exercises
  • 5 Sweep Picking Exercises

25 LICKS

  • 5 Bb7 Jazz Blues Licks
  • 5 Major Pentatonic Licks
  • 5 Jazz Funk Chromatic MinorLicks
  • 5 Lydian b7 Licks
  • 5 Whole Tone Licks

3 ETUDES

  • Jazz Blues Etude #3
  • Blue Monk (Solo Etude #2)
  • Recordame (Solo Etude #3)

USD$10

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Are you in Malaysia? You can also pay via Maybank2u transfer.

For #1 : Jazz with Az BUNDLE
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Then, e-mail me the receipt (PDF, photo or scan) for the transfer at azsamad2 at gmail dot com & I’ll send the e-book to you via e-mail. Thanks!

“Cikgu Az, I went through the book already. All I can say that it is a superb book! Now I have the key to listen to jazz by playing some of the etudes in the book (ok, I tried, but it doesn’t work for my ears). All the licks are helpful as you put all the common licks from alternate picking to sweep picking exercise.

Conclusion? This book is a must have for every practicing musician for all level especially myself who is not a professional musician but still want to practice and improve myself when I have the time. I now can practice some etudes rather than scale while watching tv just incase I really don’t have time.

Thank you for coming up with this book, it solved a bit of “how to play jazz” for a non jazz player like me. At least there is something to show and talk about when someone asked me about jazz. Keep up the good work!

Btw…..I honestly think that this book must be in the pocket of every musician! Now we can play a bit of jazz without having the real and fake book!”
-Rezza, Rock guitarist from the bands Vega & Xs Denied


“A simple & detailed guide book for those who are looking for ideas on exercises, jazz improvisations. This book contains many ideas that will open up your mind on guitar playing.”
– Vai Leong, Pop/Rock Guitarist


REVIEWS AND QUOTES FOR PAST BOOKS:

JAZZ GUITAR LICKS AND ETUDES

“Such a compact book of practical materials for every serious jazz musician,
which helps to craft one’s musicality as well as creativity.”
– MARS SIU-HONG LEE, PRESIDENT OF MACAU JAZZ PROMOTION ASSOCIATION

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“It’s precise, concise and straight to the point. It would really help those who are trying to get new ideas for their jazz improvisation or those who are trying to learn jazz (newbies).”
– ELMER HO (elmerdraco), COMPOSER

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“A simple yet effective book from a virtuoso. Az’s musical wisdoms written concisely; and accurately defining jazz in all forms.”
– RAY CHEONG – MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, GUITARIST & PRODUCER

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“Definitely something new and unique! A huge pool of riffs, licks, and ideas for you to experiment with. For myself, it helped me discover some unpredictable melodic styles and some different fingering approaches. It also made me think about different ways to approach the same lick and branch out from it to create my own ideas. Super handy if you’re stuck or not sure how to get started because you can just start off with any lick and go off on your own personal tangent after that. All in all, a great little book for anyone looking for more insight into some of the stylistic components of jazz and improvisation as well. Oh! And such beautiful etudes too!”

– LI YING – MUSICIAN, ARTIST & AVID LEARNER

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“Az Samad’s delightful collection of exercises and etudes is a fantastic resource for anybody hoping to develop increased dexterity and character as a guitarist and improviser. Each of these is cleverly and purposefully devised to improve skills across a range of disciplines including finger-work, musical vocabulary, as well as understanding of both fundamental and complex harmony. Playing and studying these masterful compositions also highlights and reveals the author’s truly immense knowledge and love of both his instrument and his craft.”

– GABRIEL LYNCH, SINGER-SONGWRITER

 

[What People Have Been Saying About Jazz Improvisation Uncovered]

Am touched by the kind words from Julian Lage on my first book, “Jazz Improvisation Uncovered”. Julian has been a major influence to my music, guitar playing and career for many years and I am humbled by him taking time to read my book & write this. Thank you Julian!

“A beautiful meditation on the craft and life of a practicing musician, this book is filled with insights from a master player.”

Julian Lage, Jazz Guitarist & Composer

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It’s really a magical feeling to get such wonderful feedback from amazing musicians that I admire!
Thank you for the kind words on my first book, Professor Abigail Zocher! 🙂
“This book drew me in right away with it’s beautifully articulated truths, bringing to mind Mick Goodrick’s “Advancing Guitarist”. As I read I found things, one after the other, that I wanted to share with students and spend much time with myself. The book gives you a sound and whole overview of the world of jazz improvisation study and performance, and allows you to zoom in on each landscape.”
Abigail Zocher, Professor, Berklee College of Music

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Just received some kind words from Berklee College of Music Associate Professor Ben Sher about my new book, “Jazz Improvisation Uncovered”. Ben taught me so much about jazz, Brazilian guitar styles and improvisation during my time at Berklee.

Thank you Ben! 🙂

“A very nice collection of ideas to explore. Not so much about the specifics of any one subject, more of a sort of stream of conscious potpourri of different concepts and ideas for an aspiring musician to look into on their own. If you’re looking for something new to practice, this book won’t tell you specifically what to work on but will give you a lot of different approaches, and then leaves it up to you to pursue whatever interests you.”
Ben Sher, Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music
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My new book, “Jazz Improvisation Uncovered” just received great feedback from Italian Fingerstyle Guitarist Paolo Sereno (someone who Don Ross described as “Italy’s grooviest guitar player!)

“A book full of wise things bravo and thank you again!”

Paolo Sereno, Italian Fingerstyle Guitarist 

Thank you Paolo for the kind words!
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“Wow! I can’t say I’ve ever come across a book of this size packed with so much useful information. Az minces no words, and his breadth of experience and understanding is immediately evident. It’s all laid out in a clear and concise manner. I would recommend this to anyone, at any level, on any instrument.” 
Taylor Roberts, 7-String Jazz Guitarist & Benedetto Artist
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“This e-book has great insights, thoughts on the discipline that’s needed for a guitarist who wishes to explore and expand his/her knowledge in thinking musically, especially improvisation.
I enjoyed reading Az’s writing because somehow I felt it adds a different depth in how I would approach practicing. I would recommend this e-book for anyone who is looking for a new or perhaps a different way of practicing and playing the guitar.”Nazrin, Composer & Session Guitarist, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Reading Az Samad’s ‘Jazz Improvisation Uncovered’ gives great insight by pinpointing some of the simple mistakes very often done during improvisation and practise routine. In this e-book, Az Samad emphasises on following a systematic approach on becoming an effective jazz player and also to understand the jazz methodology in general. Recommended, no matter what instrument you play.”

Malcom Lapok, Pianist
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“An excellent book for anyone searching to improve their jazz improvisation skill, and also abilities to play by ears. Lots of insightful information!”

Seng Jinn, Singapore
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“Az Samad’s first book is a comprehensive theoretical framework for every musician’s mind. A bite sized piece of secret wisdom produced by a knowledged and hardened professional.

Every topic discussed was produced and mastered like a vinyl album, with each song addressing every dissonant question with a harmonious answer.

On a personal note.
Post consumption of these materials written, breaks and spaces within my mind as a musician had been filled in with knowledgeable riffs and passages.

Now my disembodied phrases and melodies have a flow and continuity, like how a proper musician should learn to think, express and improvise.”

Don Renkai, Malacca, Malaysia

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“Nice book Az, this is exactly what I wanted to read when I started learning Jazz, I wish I could read this book earlier. I love those answers, I love those quotes, super inspiring! Congrats, Az!”

Leo Quyuan, China


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[Creative Fridays] #23: Kho Chia Wen Sharon


Sharon is our very first Creative Fridays feature from the video games industry. She works as a composer and sound designer in Singapore. I first met Sharon at last year’s amazing Level Up conference in Kuala Lumpur. It was inspiring to hear her talk and discover more about her experiences creating music and sound design for video games. Along with her colleague Gwen, I was guided into the behind the scenes working of an industry that I have been fascinated with. Let’s learn more about her:

Sharon is one of the co-founders of IMBA Interactive along with two other partners who share the vision of bringing about positive change in the industry. These days, aside from creating original music compositions and customised sound design for games, she finds herself travelling around the region, championing and sharing about the importance of audio in games to developers and students. Of the many games she’s involved in, some have gotten awards in Indie Game Festival China 2013, Tokyo Game show Indie Prize 2015 and the Silver Award and the Best Music and Sound Effect Award at Bahamut ACG 2016.

Now let’s see what she’s been up to!

1. What’s your latest project?
I am currently working on No Straight Roads along with my colleague Gwen. It’s a project by the awesome team Metronomik. Really exciting stuff ahead of us!


2. What inspires your music? 

Everyone gets inspired differently, for me I need to get in the zone. If I am relaxed and at a good place in my heart It’s a lot easier to express something I want. Sometimes, I play a tune and build on that first tone of inspiration. What helps me to be motivated to want to compose beautiful music is when I play and sing to God freely, it’s very personal but when I do that all my stress or anxieties are released. My creative juices gets filled up at the same time.

3. What’s your 5 Desert Island Albums? 

Moments: Mighty Sound by Bethel Music

Without words: Synesthesia by Bethel Music

Song of the sea (original motion picture soundtrack)

OO by Zion.T

Justice

4. Who’s one artist/musician that you love but most people probably don’t know of?
Kim Walker is one of the artist that I admire. One of the songs that touched me deeply when I first discovered her songs is “I need you more”. It helps me surrender to what I can’t control in today’s world, it reminds me that there’s hope and there’s something bigger than me outside of what I know.

5. What’s an advice you wish someone told you when you started in the arts?
You are going to be fine, you have a great future ahead of you. Don’t worry too much about what you should do. Don’t compare, it’s an endless pit hole.


6. As a audio professional in the video game industry, what has been your biggest challenge in your work? How did you overcome it?

Sometimes I feel that I am never going to good or recognised enough in my industry. But after reflecting my work, I realised that actually the work or however excellent I do doesn’t define me too, if you strip off everything there’s still this character in me that no one can take away and all the experiences that has made me. I should value myself more than what I can gain on the outside.

My biggest hurdle is my own mindset and what recite in my mind or speak. I notice that that’s what will become of who I am. So I try my best to meditate on scripture, words that build me up and not bring me down.

7. How do we reach you?
Website: imbainteractive.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bluecoffe3
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bluecoffe3/
Twitter: bluecoffe3

Thank you for your time Sharon!

Thank you for reading this week’s instalment of #AzCreativeFridays. Please do check out the past interviews (23 so far, including this one) and come back next week for the next one with Jazz Guitarist & Educator, Josh Maxey. Till next time! 🙂

Read the recent [Creative Fridays] interview:
[Creative Fridays] #14 : Taylor Roberts
7-String Solo Guitarist

[Creative Fridays] #15: Dylan Lee
Cellist

[Creative Fridays] #16: Scott Murphy
Saxophonist and Composer

[Creative Fridays] #17: Nisa Addina
Violinist

[Creative Fridays] #18: Jake Shimabukuro
Ukulele Virtuoso

[Creative Fridays] #19: Jared Sims
Jazz Saxophonist

[Creative Fridays] #20: Gabriel Lynch
Singer-Songwriter

[Creative Fridays] #21: Rizal Tony
Jazz Guitarist and Educator

[Creative Fridays] #22: Raja Farouk
Multi-Instrumentalist and Sessionist

[Creative Fridays] #23: Kho Chia Wen Sharon
Sound Designer

Next Friday:
[Creative Fridays] #24: Josh Maxey
Jazz Guitarist & Educator
Coming up September 14 2018

[About Creative Fridays]

The original Creative Fridays was an interview series I did back in 2012. Published on my website, www.azsamad.com, it explored the musical influences of various musicians from all over the world. Relaunching this now in 2018, there are some cool add-ons. For a super obvious one, we’ve now added Spotify and YouTube links whenever possible for the Desert Island Albums list.

This to me is amazing because you can actually immediately listen to the recommended albums. Coming from a generation that used to make trips to the record store to check out new music, it still boggles my mind that we can immediately listen to the records that is recommended here. Imagine if you listened to the 5 suggested albums – how much could you learn from it?

Also, in addition to the original questions from the series, I’ve added a new question into the mix asking about the biggest challenge each individual has faced in their work. I’ve found that we all can benefit by learning from one another. Let’s share and grow together!

If you know a musician who you think could be a good fit to be featured in Creative Fridays, please contact me with your ideas. The focus is in diversity for music, cultural background, geography, age and experience. It doesn’t matter where you are around the world, if you’re a creative making interesting music on an interesting journey and have something to share, please reach out to me. Please do note, due to this being a weekly series, the interview may be featured later in the year depending scheduling.

Thank you! 🙂

[The Original Series]
Season 1: Every week for 13 weeks, published from Feb 2012 to April 2012.

[Creative Fridays] #1  : Kevin Broken Scar
(Melbourne Singer-Songwriter/Sound Engineer)

[Creative Fridays] #2  : Deborah Crooks
(SF Bay Area Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #3  : Dylan Kay
(UK/Auckland Jazz Guitarist)

[Creative Fridays] #4  : Azmyl Yunor
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/College Lecturer)

[Creative Fridays] #5  : Gustavo Assis-Brasil
(Boston Jazz Guitarist/Educator)

[Creative Fridays] #6  : TragiComedy
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter)

[Creative Fridays] #7  : Candelaria
(Oakland Cumbia-Dub Band)

[Creative Fridays] #8  : Pete Teo
(Malaysian Singer-Songwriter/Filmmaker)

[Creative Fridays] #9  : Lori McKinney
(West Virginia Bandleader/Festival Organizer)

[Creative Fridays] #10: Helen Sherrah-Davies
(UK/Boston Violinist-Composer & Berklee faculty)

[Creative Fridays] #11: Adam Everett
(SF Bay Area Drummer-Composer)

[Creative Fridays] #12: Julian Chan
(Malaysian Jazz Saxophonist)

[Creative Fridays] #13: Sharon Chong
(Malaysian Keyboardist and Vocalist]

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