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Jody Fisher: Guestbook


January 26, 2008

I have to tell you that it has been a honor and a blessing to have enjoyed these decades of a personal friendship and shared professional experiences that still shape so many things about me even to this day. I am so shocked when I think about some of the memories of your workshops having been so long ago because they still seem like only a few years ago. Of course that could just be the alzhiemers kicking in:-)
Seriously, my friend, I am always happy to see your overwhelming resume continue to grow and grow. You are a true whirlwind in the industry and a true inspiration to many people

cesar almeida alves

January 20, 2008

Sorry,dont't speack inglish
I like for music fantastic

Callum Gibson

January 4, 2008

Hi there, just wanted to say thanks for your work. I've been working through your 'Total Jazz Guitarist' book and getting some pretty good results so far. The chord-melody of 'Over the Rainbow' in there is awesome, for one thing. Keep up the good work, and thank you.

Josh Camp

December 27, 2007

Dear Jody
Although I don't listen to alot of jazz, your guitar playing is unbelievable. I've only been playing guitar for two years, and i'm trying to improve everyday. Your music inspires me, keep it up.

Bryson Yamamoto

December 20, 2007

Wow I love your solo work, I bought your Jazz guitar Harmony and intermediate jazz guitar books and hope I can take something from your way of playing. Oh yeah I hope to see you play at Holly St. Bar and Grill on Saturday!

Alessandro Liccardo

November 30, 2007

Dear Mr Fisher,
My name's Alessandro Liccardo, I'm an italian guitar player. I just want to say thank you for your activity as teacher.I'm studying a your book about jazz guitar and I've found it really usefull.I havo no possibility to pay a real teacher in this moment, but with your work I'm learning a lot of basic elements to approach the jazz guitar.I have many different book but often they are impossible to understand without somebody that explain their contents;otherwise,your work is clear and progressive.So, nothing else, just thank you.I hope to see you "alive" one day.Alessandro Liccardo, Italy (

Chris Crider

November 22, 2007

Hey Jody,
While I haven't (knowingly) listened to your recorded material (Yet) I really have enjoyed your 4 book series on Jazz Guitar. Is it possiblt to get the Cd for Mastering Improvisation. I have the book and Cd for the other 3, but only the book for improv! Thanks for your consideration!!!

ariel gonzalez

November 20, 2007

EXCELENTE !! , soy guitarrista desde hace mas de 35 años toco jazz, blues bossa nova y pop , he tenido muchisimos libros , cd´s y dvd instruccionales, pero lo mejor que he visto es lo de JODY, felicidades and GOD BLESS YOU

Michael Christiansen

October 30, 2007

Hey I remember taking guitar lessons waaay back when at good ol' Caleb's from you! You showed me my first D chord! It's wild to see that you and Colgan Bryan are still so active!

marc zollinger

October 28, 2007

hi jody! i am a jazz guitar player from Brazil, but i live now in l.a. now. I'm a senior in high school and i would like to know what schools you recommend for jazz studies for a guitar player. Ideally, I want to be in a big city environment and have a large and wide network of school colleagues.
thanks man, and i love your playing!!!


Jay Tyner

October 13, 2007

Maestro, I can only give thanks for the beauty and the gift of knowledge that you share. I'm a bass player over the last year I've been enjoying a 1964 ventura that I had restored and the sound is! I recently purchased a giannini classical that gives such rich overtones that I, well, I haven't picked up the bass in months. I love your approach to the art and science of music. I am drawn to the samba and chacha. I will working as talent coordinator for the second annual breadstock jazzfest at holcomb farm in granby ct. Maestro, your name is at the top of the list. I will be in touch. Jay

lei wataro

September 12, 2007

hey!can you have yor concerts here in know ther are guitarists who knows you and told me that you are a good musician.

Chip Wilmot

September 3, 2007

Nice Websit and great playing, as always. As a NGW alum from a couple of years in the late '90's, I've always loved your playing and your wonderful teaching abilities. LOVE your Alfred/NGW books! Never tire of going through them.

Keep up the great work.

Paul Carman

August 10, 2007

Great site Jody
I am getting promo for the concert on Sept.7

Daryl Crowley

July 13, 2007


I've been a guitar slinger for 43 years and just recently getting back into recording in my home studio and having more fun with my guitars than ever.

I love your work, the photo page was great, especially the old photos, it reminds me of my old days.

You have some great melodies, and no shortage of touch. Thanks for the music.


Carlos Martinez

June 24, 2007

Jody,keep the info coming!I own a number
of your books and dvd's really enjoy the
lay-out of the material.The text is easy
to understand & the topics thoroughly
explained.Anyone with the desire to learn
will benefit from using your publications.

gabriel villuendas

June 22, 2007

gracias por su magnifica musica

los jets

June 22, 2007

greetings from music instrumental

Bob Cefala

June 17, 2007

2006 National Guitar Workshop in Chicago is a treasured memory.
Perhaps you'll teach there again some day.

rahul jain

June 16, 2007


hans kuijs

June 14, 2007

dear jody,

I started playing gitar age 64. before I was a sax and trombone player. I know how to study and since I follow your lessons it is sure a loth of practis. most people find it to theoretic but I love it and realy make progres. will never play like you do but I enjoy your teaching.

what could be for me a good jazz guitar? and does it make any since to buy a gretsch guitar as money in not the case.

kind regards,

hans. (66)

Paul Madore

June 6, 2007

Hi Jody!
How's Julie? I used to work with her - years ago. Do you remember me? I was looking up Baba Elefante and found your name in one of the google results. I am so excited to see your web site. You still have the touch. Hope all is well. Blessings!

Mark Bushbeck

June 6, 2007

Seattle sound engineer for NGW in 2006. You were (still are, surely) an amazing and inspirational performer. Thanks for sharing that with the world!


J.B. Mitchell

May 9, 2007

I recently learned about you from my
neighbor who teaches guitar full time. He
said I could benefit quite a bit by having
you as a teacher. J.B.


April 29, 2007

your fingerstyle techniques are great

Rodney Kelley

April 17, 2007

I have enjoyed listening to your work on you tube. I am a guitarist from Baltimore.

Piero Zucchelli

March 17, 2007

!after 20 years! i restarted playing guitar again, and I am really enjoying your books (ahah! this is how Jazz was!). Very clear and coincise, they contain the fundamentals and raise the curtain of fog surrounding great jazz music. Thanks.

Giovanni Battista Casula

March 7, 2007

Ciao Jody seguo con molta passione gli insegnamenti del tuo metodo e trovo che sia un ottimo arricchimento. Un saluto dalla Sardegna Italy


February 9, 2007

how are you
i am exited to find your site
i am one of your fans. my name is reza zare i am thirty and i am iranian and i play guitar.i am going to continue guitar with your jazz guitar book .
i look forward to hearing from you .
thanks a lot .good buy.

Doug Macovis

January 30, 2007

I enjoyed one of your advanced lessons I saw on a Google vidio doenload. I want to learn more jazz style guitar. I'm an amature player. I'm 66 years old but I guess a older dog can be taught a new trick or two. thanks Jody

Malcolm Winter

January 20, 2007

I'm 48 years old and about 3 years ago I rekindled an old interest in guitar playing. Now I'm buying guitars,amps and training material. Yesterday I purchased your 30 day guitar workout. I spent much of last night, seven to midnight, trying your exercises... I love them all, they all need work but they are great for strength and cordination. It's seven in the morning the next day and I'm back at them... I must be addicted? Anyway great stuff thanks!



January 14, 2007

Hi Jody, I took a class with you in Chicago a few years ago with NGW. I was the one with the nylon Godin (No I don't expect you to remember). I just wanted to say thanks and a quick hello. If you get time drop me an email. I'd love to chat some time.

Mike Higgins

January 8, 2007

Hello,I am writing to ask you if would tell me which standards the example songs in your book The Art of Solo Guitar Book 2 are based on.This would really help me to expand my knowledge of jazz standards.I own a couple of your other books,but this one is my favorite.Thank you for your time and sharing your vast knowledge of jazz guitar with me.I also enjoy your dvd with Tal Farlow very much.

Michael Arroyo

January 6, 2007

Whats up? You dont know me. Its wierd how I found you. I was just googling myself to see what I can find myself, and it brought me to your friend Mike Arroyo from Puerto Rico. And I read your BIO, and it says you went to the University of Redlands,thats so awesome. I live in Redlands, Im currently in Iraq serving our country as a Marine, but I always wanted to play the Guitar. Well I hope you the best. Your unknown friend Michael Arroyo. Godbless

Derek Dodsoon

December 31, 2006


Love then new look site. Hope you have a safe and happy New Year. See you this summer in Conn.

Scott Ickes

December 15, 2006

Just perousing the guest book and ran across the Keith Jarrett blurb. Too real. Catch you soon and have a great holiday!

Hipo Bang

November 30, 2006

I bought "Beginning Jazz Guitar" 1 month ago from Amazon. The arrangement of the book is very good, but the scale fingerings is different from those in Taiwan. I am still get used to it now and hope to watch your show in Taiwan soon.

pablo verdoni

November 21, 2006

thanks a lot for your wonderful books!!! is amazing to see an excellent musician and an excellent teacher at same time. i enjoyed a lot with your job, jody.

Howard Hart

November 14, 2006

Jody - I sooo need to come and hear you play!... I've mentioned you to Melisa & Austin. I know it sounds so small by now - but that handful of lessons were SO much to me --- Listening to the tracks on your site... I'm enternally blown away... You are unbelievable.


Matt Jordan

November 10, 2006

Jill & I are going to try & see you at The Artisan Farm this Wednesday. Great website!

Take care- Matt Jordan

David Kuhlmann

November 9, 2006

Last night's show was fantastic! Great to get to hear you play.


November 9, 2006

Man I just love your music and the way you play... I want to play the same as you, but i can't get any tabs of your songs that would be correct. Could you please add some in your homepage??? Your just a god for me in music... your guitar play is like breathing for me... in and out... And no where with out your music...

I would fly if you would send me sam tabs or add them in the homepage...

don brumbaugh

November 7, 2006

Not since CHC in the late-1980's. Good to know you're still at it, up with it, etc.

Howard Hart

November 6, 2006


You will always be my '6 string guru'... Thanks for all you gave me. I'll never forget it.

Howard 3~*

Kenneth S. Luis

October 10, 2006

I met my friend Mike Arroyo and I told him that I'm interesting to learn some jazz's chords. And he gives me this information. If you can help me.

Joe Lombardo

September 28, 2006

Thank you.

R. Doussett

September 25, 2006

I have been playing guitar for a few years finger style (flamenco, Brazilian jazz) and i'm lousy. I am thinking of joining WL. I notice some of your demos you use a pick ( which I have never used) on some you don't. Do you cover both techniques in your lessons?

Craig Cameron

September 24, 2006

I saw you on a Tal Farlow dvd, since then seen your picture everywhere. I to am a jazz/classical guitar teacher at Draisen/ Edward's School of Music. I love your approach to comping.

be well,
c cameron greenville sc


September 6, 2006

i see you haven't slowed down, my friend! it's good to know that i can always rely on that.

frank darcy

September 5, 2006

Hello Jody......well here is the five month update from when i started your 30 day workout plan for guitarists. My right and left hand fingers feel like little hammers. They move around the fretboard with much more confidence and aplomb. One week per exercise the first time around was about right......thx for a method that yields practical results

Rocky Sproull

August 16, 2006

I enjoy the way you play. You make it look so easy. You flow on the Fret Board.

Jesse Rice

August 13, 2006

Hi Jody, I love your music & style. Have been listening to jazz for years. I'm a NEW guitar student at 54! (Can't let those dreams die!) I Found you on workshoplive. I love this instrument. Looking forward to your lessons. Thank You!!!

Dave Cupp

July 30, 2006

Your music is great and the clear way you communicate makes Jazz fun to listen to. Thanks for the music.


July 25, 2006

I love your music. I'mm looking for a book that teaches the way you chim on the guitar....Also when are going to be in Tahoe,Carson City, Reno?????
Thank you


Tom Anderson

July 22, 2006

Thanks for all your help with my son this past week at the NGW in Chicago

Danny Nicholson

June 3, 2006

Hey Jody,
Are you still using Guild WD40 strings?

Barry Villaverde

June 2, 2006


My dad turned me on to jazz a long time ago but I didn't start appreciating it until recently. I love the way you play. Keep putting out quality for us to hear. Thank you.


May 17, 2006

I love the guitar and would love to be able to play. I have lots of friends that can play and it would be awesome to be able to play aswell. Btw i have a pug called Denzal. Saw the pug on your photos, lol. x


May 16, 2006

Thanks Jody! Your books are wonderfull!!


April 26, 2006

i love to play guitor.and i hope i could play some day and that is my dream
please wish me luck
thank you very much


April 21, 2006

I was looking you up. Congratulations on all your success I'll be lookinf forward to seeing your shows in the future. George


April 19, 2006

My grandson who is 12 yrs.old wants to learn to play guitar but the dayjams school is to expensive. Whats a good beginners cord book to learn from ?

frank darcy

April 10, 2006

i'm studying with Lou Manzi's fingerstyle methods,but felt compelled to buy your 30 day Workout....watched the CD,loved your playing...tried a few exercises and i haven't a shadow of a doubt that you are not kidding when you call it a really is! Also, some exercises in the book have a CD logo beside them but are not included on the that intentional, or is my Cd short of instructional material? Thanks and will give progress report in several months.

Jay Dyson

April 3, 2006

I just order the beginning jazz book and I am looking forward to using it. I will contact you in a couple of months to give you a progress report. J

David Fisher

March 30, 2006

well, I now have a favorite jazz Guitar player, Great work Jody, really beautiful playing, I live in Nashville and will hope to see you at the Jazz workshop there if I am free from other committments.
my website is

Greg Darling

March 27, 2006

Do you still give private lessons? I live in Tracy, CA. If you still do give lessons, how do you work it with students who live a distance from you? I would appreciate it if you could send me the info on taking lessons with you.
Greg Darling

Harry Jacobson

March 11, 2006

Jody is one of the most dynamic and musical players I know.

Not just "world class", but just plain class!



March 10, 2006


Don Price

March 6, 2006

Hi Jody!

Nice web site and congratulations on your many teaching sucesses. I recall helping you with your first web site and chatting with you about your first book! Look me up if you are up this direction.

All the Best!

Don Price


March 4, 2006

Am studying your jazz guitar books now and very thankful for the great lessons. i believe your a gifted teacher and guitarist, thank God for you Jody. God bless you sir!

Jerry Fisher

January 24, 2006

Hey Jody, I wanted to tell you what a big fan I am of your playing....I heard your CD and to say the least I was speechless....

Your playing speaks for itself...and I wish you the very and always

your Cousin


January 15, 2006

Hello Jody,
I enjoyed your music this morning at Copley's. I'm the one who made the "Secret Service" comment pursuant to your fine black suit and sunglasses! I was inspired listening to you and just wanted to say thanks. I hope we meet again. Cheers!

Ed Howell

December 31, 2005

New to guitar age 63. Your 30day guitar workout is the best I have found thus far. This far exceeds any other package I have purchased. Thank you...Ed

David Flint

December 28, 2005

I took lessons years ago when you were at Calibs in Redlands. Just wanted to say hello.

justin miller

December 3, 2005

hey dude its justin miller from your last 2 nashville guitar workshop sessions. sorry i didnt show up the last day, i forgot to tell everyone i had to leave early. thanks for your help with that warm up routine, its killer. i've learned all the arpeggios to 7th, maj7th, min7, and half diminished in every position all over the neck and i've been developing an economy picking style to play them more fluidly. i remember al di meola saying not to do economy picking and alternate pick everything, but i can't possibly see how that is a better way to go about these arpeggios. do you think the economy style would be the better way in the long run?

Josh Fisher

November 19, 2005

Hey pops nice page. Keep jamming

Andy Conway UofR 87

October 9, 2005

Hi Jody -

I studied with you in the 80s and just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration...I've been a pro bass player for a while now, but still go back to our lessons for inspiration - cheers

Ef Genovese

October 6, 2005

Jody Your such a gas (:
I always wish you well pal.
Take care and keep in touch
what a beam of light you are

Warmest regards.Ed Genovese


October 3, 2005

very enriching music!

Laurie A Whelan

August 21, 2005

Just wanted to say hi and sorry I didn't get to see you before I retired. May 31st 2005. Hope to stay in touch. Hi to Julie and Josh.

Kenn Smith

August 4, 2005

Hey Jody! it's Kenn Smith. Just wanted to say I had a blast performing and hanging with you at NGW. I look forward to next year to do the same. God Bless!!

Ginny Kincaid

July 22, 2005

Jody! I am so thankful that I took your class in Chicago. I just finished organizing my many pages of notes and will dive into the new material ASAP (of course allowing some rest time for my brain to recover from the 5 days of intensive class). I am very excited to begin exploring the new possibilties you presented.
Wishing you the best,


David L Bergsma

July 8, 2005

LA "Letting Go" was great. Just finished my exercises. Thanks.


Elizabeth White

July 7, 2005

Hi Ho Jody! found your site from Mike Michalkow's and thought I'd drop you a line. Like the site - wish mine looked as neat.

Elizabeth White

Nikos Planas

June 21, 2005

Hi Jody!I am a classical guitarist from Greece.I get in the Jazz world after finishing my studings in classical music.Your books "Jazz Guitar" helped me and I whould like to thank you for righting this wounderfull books.As a classical guitarist player i like to play the compositions of the French guitarist/composer Roland Dyens.I have listen that the way that he is writting music is that he improvise and then he writte to the paper his improvisations.I whould like to ask you if you know a book that it can teach my how i can improvise in this way.Thank's a lot! :) (sorry for my bud writting!!!)

tam reilly

June 20, 2005

do you think it's important to be a good sight reader or
do you think it depends on what sort of guitarist's you are ie. session player ,joe bloggs who likes to strum away in the house.I never started reading to about 7 years ago still find it a bit alien at times. Sometimes i feel i should abandon everything else till i've nailed it.
btw had a wee listen to your mp3's sound excellent ,i must
invest in some of your cd's

Tam Reilly

Jerry Herring

June 19, 2005

Hello Jody, I have recently become disabled.October 2002. I use to play a little Guitar when I was younger but have not picked up a guitar for 20 years. Since my back won't let me sit or stand for more than an hour or so per day. I was getting very boared. I picked up my son's guitar,bought your two art of solo Guitar books. They may be alittle advanced for me, but they are great.I will lay down and spend an entire day lost in these books. I think I will purchase your other books to. Thanks Jody


June 17, 2005

I LOVE YOUR BOOKS and practice them in iran. many thanks /soheil

Diep Huynh

May 26, 2005

I love your books very much Jody. I've got the whole set of Jazz Guitar. It helped to improve my technics all the way. Thank's a lot. :)

Jeff Stover

May 18, 2005

The site really looks good Jody. I also check you out regularly at CD baby .com I had a great time at the Little Fisher Man In Redlands and hope we play there again soon.

Jamil Alvi

May 17, 2005

The new site looks great Jody. I'm sorry I missed you at the Little Fisherman last week - will you be playing there again soon? Your playing is a great inspiration to me. Keep on jammin'!
- Jamil

Tom Jeffers

April 30, 2005

I hope questions are all right here. I couldn't find any other place to leave a question. I have books 1 and 2 - the Beginning and Intermediat Jazz Guitar. Book 1 has major scales. I can't find where minor scales are presented. Are we just supposed to derive them from the six major scales presented? If so, should we think of them as paralell minor with the same starting notes or relative minor that starts on the relative minor degree of the major scale? Thank you for any help you can give me on this.
PS. If this is not the proper place for questions, please tell me how to access the place for questions.

Jock Clark

April 29, 2005

Hi Jody - I was in your fantastic Jazz Skills Clinic at NGW in Tenn last summer. Have been working dilligently on all the great material ever since. Love your generous site! Hope to see you this summer at one of the Workshops.

Best - Jock

Freddy Haeck

April 28, 2005

Dear Jody,

I’m a collector of autographs of politicians, sportsmen, artists, and authors from around the world (I have more than 1.200 authentic autographs).

By using this email, I would ask you, if you would be so kind to send me an autograph of you.
I will be very delighted to own your signature in my personal collection of autographs.

Anyway, thank you very much, and may God bless you and your family.

With warm greetings from Belgium, and of course I wish you all the best in your career.

Freddy Haeck
Oostmolenstraat 153
9880 Aalter

Sorry that my English is not so well.

Jeff Spencer

April 27, 2005

Fantastic site. I'm an older giutarist hoping to learn your style from the beginning Jazz Guitar DVD. Too old? we will have to see?
Thanks heaps Jody

Mike Calvaneso

April 21, 2005

Hi jody,
I'm new to palm springs and am interested in studying privatly with you. I'm ready whenever you are. Look forward to hearing from you!!

Tim Sherwood

April 16, 2005

Hello Mr. Fisher:
played with you (and Scarano) as a bass player way back at early seminar in the SanBdo mtns (I think that's me in the KISS tour t-shirt from camp in your photo page - argh!). Anyhow, I have fond memories of hanging out with you guys (I still have Joe Di's handprinted business card somewhere...) It was a great experience. Glad to see you're keeping busy.
God Bless.


Tim Sherwood

José weinzierl

April 12, 2005

Hi Jody,
I´m a 54 old Jazz Guitar student. I'm very impressed of your work. ..belong your "Beginning Jazz Guitar Book + DVD".great!
My question now, in your opinion, is it that possible for a 54 year old man to learn Jazz Guitar from scratch?!

Many thanks, José, Germany

Dale Boatman

March 27, 2005

Jody, I just want to tell you once again what a great job you did at Boatman/Summers Presents last week. A sensational performance! I hope we can get together again soon. Thanks!

Brian Richardson

March 27, 2005

Hey Jody, I was a student of yours at Caleb's Guitar store in Redlands in the mid 80's. Glad to see your website. I'm enjoying all of your books. Thanks for all your good work!
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