This is Will’s second Student of the Month feature. His first time was three years ago, not long after he’d started lessons. Since then, we’ve studied Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr., Franz Ferdinand, Ratatat, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Weezer, The Black Keys, Neil Young, and Beethoven.
Six months ago, Will heard me casually strumming through some jazz blues chords and asked to learn that style of playing. So I showed him how to play some Freddie Green jazz chord voicings and how to adapt his blues soloing chops to a jazz context. He was immediately hooked, and he’s still running down that rabbit hole to this day. Now you can watch us jam on a real jazz tune, Charlie Parker’s catchy standard, “Now’s the Time”. Can’t wait to start digging into The Real Book together!