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Some Older Recordings of Mine.... - May 26, 2017

Jody Fisher Guitar Workshop in Austin, Texas--June 25, 2017! - April 9, 2017

Jody Fisher Guitar Workshops, and The Six String Ranch present,

“The Big Picture”

What You Need To Know To Become the Guitarist You Want To Be

How to Learn
How To Practice

June 25, 2017
9:00am--5:00pm

Guitarists spend many hours practicing, but often the time is wasted because they don’t have an overview of all the skills they need to develop.

Once you know WHAT to work on,
having an organized approach to learning these skills is essential.

There are five areas of study that every guitarist, regardless of style should concentrate on:

Single Note Skills for Improvisation
Harmony, and Theory for Chordal Studies and Chord Melody
Technique
Repertoire Development
Reading

No matter your level of playing, this class will help get you organized and show you how to practice more effectively.

Stop wasting time!
Learn things you need to know so you can continually upgrade your playing.

This is a six-hour workshop (with a two-hour break for lunch) for all guitarists and will be held at the Six String Ranch in Austin, Texas
https://www.6stringranch.com
The fee is $275.00 which includes all instruction and materials--pay through PayPal.

New Online Classes! - December 18, 2016

I will be starting a new quarter of online classes through Los Angeles College of Music in a few weeks. Four classes!

"Building A Chord Vocabulary"
"Advanced Chord Systems"
"Beginning Chord Melody"
"Advanced Chord Melody"

Earn a certificate in solo jazz guitar......!

Go here for details: http://www.lacm.edu/lacm-online/

Study With Jody! - August 30, 2016

There are a number of ways we can work together!

1. Private Lessons in Person.

If you live in, or are coming to the Southern California area, it is possible to set up private, one-on-one lessons.
These are one-off lessons. When you are ready for another session, let me know and we'll set up another one. There is no commitment for additional lessons. Most students schedule one lesson every four to six weeks but it is completely up to you.

The best way to begin is to simply drop me an email at jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com telling me you are interested.
I will write you back letting you know about available days and times and we'll schedule a lesson.

Rate:

$100.00 for a one hour lesson (we usually go a little longer, however).


2. Skype/FaceTime Lessons.

If you are interested in lessons via Skype or FaceTime, contact me at jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com and let me know! Then go to Paypal and make your payment. Once Paypal notifies me that your payment has been made, I'll contact you and we'll set up a time for your lesson.

Rates:

Single one hour lesson--$100.00
Single half-hour lesson--$50.00
Two one-hour lessons--$175.00
Three one-hour lessons--$275.00
Four one-hour lessons--$350.00


3. Jody Fisher Guitar Workshops.

I usually hold a few guitar workshops throughout the year at various locations. These cover a variety of topics such as, improvisation, solo guitar, fingerboard and theory reviews, etc.

I usually announce these workshops on most of the social media sites, as well as the mailing list associated with my website, jodyfisher.com

Rates:

The fees vary on these depending length and location.


4. The University of Redlands, Redlands, CA.

If you are looking to earn a degree (Bachelors/Masters) in Jazz Guitar, you may want to look into attending this amazing school. For more info, go here: www.redlands.edu

5. Riverside Community College.

You can also take private lessons with me here as well, during the Fall and Spring semesters. RCC has amazing Guitar and Jazz programs. Find out more here: www.rcc.edu

Workshops! - June 20, 2016

SUNDAY, JULY 10TH
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. University of Redlands

Fingerboard and Theory Brush-up

In this one-day workshop, we will unravel the mysteries of the fingerboard. Topics include intervals, fingerboard harmony, chord construction and vocabulary, scale and arpeggio fingerings, in addition to technical studies and exercises.

Tuition: $100
Which includes five hours of instruction and all materials.

SUNDAY, JULY 31st
Six Strings Ranch – Austin TX

The Art of Solo Guitar

In this one-day workshop, we will clarify and simplify the art of creating solo guitar arrangements, and improvising as a solo guitarist.
Becoming a solo guitarist is an ongoing learning experience that rewards you with a highly personal form of expression. As a solo guitarist, you will be completely self-reliant. Your skills will free you from dependency
on anyone else. Plus, these skills transfer directly to group playing, as well.
Many of the topics that will be covered are based on concepts found in Jody Fisher’s Jazz Guitar Chord Melody Course (available from Amazon).
This class is open to any intermediate or advanced acoustic or electric guitarist who wants to expand their knowledge and solo guitar skills.

9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. Two hour break
2:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
The cost of this workshop is $260.00.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. University of Redlands

Jazz Guitar--Tools for Improvisation

This one-day workshop is primarily for players who have some experience with rock and blues improvising and want to expand their skills and knowledge to include jazz styles.
Topics include, learning and recognizing common chord progressions, improvising with scales, arpeggios, melodic patterns, learning and using licks and ways to come up with spontaneous musical ideas.
All intermediate and advanced players are welcome.

Tuition: $100
Which includes five hours of instruction and all materials.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21ST
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. University of Redlands

The Art of Solo Guitar

In this one-day workshop, we will clarify and simplify the art of creating solo guitar arrangements, and improvising as a solo guitarist.
As a solo guitarist, you will be completely self- reliant. Your skills will free you from dependency on anyone else. Plus, these skills transfer directly to group playing, as well.
Many of the topics that will be covered are based on concepts found in Jody Fisher’s Jazz Guitar Chord Melody Course (available from Amazon).
This class is open to any intermediate or advanced acoustic or electric guitarist who wants to expand their knowledge and solo guitar skills.

Tuition: $100
Which includes five hours of instruction and all materials.

Please RSVP by sending an email to jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com Then go to www.jodyfisher.com Click on “Buy” and make your payment through PayPal.

Gig this Monday Nite! - June 17, 2016

Hi Folks,

Looking forward to playing solo guitar at Ferro here in Idyllwild, CA again this coming Monday night, June 20, from 6:00pm to 9:00.
Great place! Come in, if you're in the area....

Jody Fisher Guitar Workshops! - June 16, 2016

Private Lessons..... - June 15, 2016

Hi Folks,

I have a few openings for private lessons over this summer......email me here if interested......

New One-Day Summer Workshops! - June 9, 2016

There are so many week-long guitar workshops all over the world....for those that have time (or financial) restraints, the JFGW is offering four one-day workshops....hope to see you this summer!

Upcoming Jody Fisher Guitar Workshops.....!!!

Fingerboard and Theory Brush-up - Sunday, July 10, 2016, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

In this one-day workshop, we will unravel the mysteries of the fingerboard. Topics include intervals, fingerboard harmony, chord construction and vocabulary, scale and arpeggio fingerings, in addition to technical studies and exercises. The tuition is $100.00 which includes five hours of instruction and all materials.

9:00am-12:00
1:00pm-3:00

Please RSVP by sending an email to jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com….then….
Go to www.jodyfisher.com Click on “Buy” and make your payment through Paypal.

The Art of Solo Guitar--Sunday, July 31, 2016, Six String Ranch, Austin, TX

In this workshop, Jody Fisher clarifies and simplifies the art of creating solo guitar arrangements, and improvising as a solo guitarist. Becoming a solo guitarist is an ongoing learning experience that rewards you with a highly personal form of expression. As a solo guitarist, you will be completely self-reliant. Your skills will free you from dependency on anyone else. Plus, these skills transfer directly to group playing, as well.

9:00am—12:00
Two hour break
2:00pm—5:00

Many of the topics that will be covered are based on concepts found in,
Jody Fisher’s Jazz Guitar Chord Melody Course (available from Amazon).

This class is open to any intermediate or advanced acoustic or electric guitarist who wants to expand their knowledge and solo guitar skills. The cost of this workshop is $260.00.

Please RSVP by sending an email to jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com….then….
Go to www.jodyfisher.com Click on “Buy” and make your payment through Paypal.

Check out the Six String Ranch here: http://www.sixstringranch.com
If you have any questions, email Jody at jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com

Jazz Guitar--Tools for Improvisation - Sunday, August 7, 2016, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

This one-day workshop is primarily for players who have some experience with rock and blues improvising and want to expand their skills and knowledge to include jazz styles. All intermediate and advanced players are welcome. Topics include, learning and recognizing common chord progressions, improvising with scales, arpeggios, melodic patterns, learning and using licks and ways to come up with spontaneous musical ideas.

9:00am-12:00
1:00pm-3:00

The tuition is $100.00 which includes five hours of instruction and all materials

Please RSVP by sending an email to jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com….then….
Go to www.jodyfisher.com Click on “Buy” and make your payment through Paypal.

The Art of Solo Guitar - Sunday, August 21, 2016--University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

In this one-day workshop In this workshop, we will clarify and simplify the art of creating solo guitar arrangements, and improvising as a solo guitarist. Becoming a solo guitarist is an ongoing learning experience that rewards you with a highly personal form of expression. As a solo guitarist, you will be completely self-reliant. Your skills will free you from dependency on anyone else. Plus, these skills transfer directly to group playing, as well.

9:00am-12:00
1:00pm-3:00

Many of the topics that will be covered are based on concepts found in,
Jody Fisher’s Jazz Guitar Chord Melody Course (available from Amazon).

This class is open to any intermediate or advanced acoustic or electric guitarist who wants to expand their knowledge and solo guitar skills. The cost of this workshop is $100.00 which includes five hours of instruction and materials.

Please RSVP by sending an email to jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com….then….
Go to www.jodyfisher.com Click on “Buy” and make your payment through Paypal.

Solo Guitar Workshop in Austin, TX--July 31, 2016 - May 17, 2016

Hi Folks,

I just wanted to let everyone know about this very special event!!


The Art of Solo Guitar
Jody Fisher

Sunday, July 31, 2016
9:00am—12:00
Two hour break
2:00pm—5:00
Six String Ranch
Austin, TX

In this workshop, Jody Fisher clarifies and simplifies the art of creating solo guitar arrangements, and improvising as a solo guitarist. Becoming a solo guitarist is an ongoing learning experience that rewards you with a highly personal form of expression. As a solo guitarist, you will be completely self-reliant. Your skills will free you from dependency on anyone else. Plus, these skills transfer directly to group playing, as well.

Many of the topics that will be covered are based on concepts found in,
Jody Fisher’s Jazz Guitar Chord Melody Course (available from Amazon).

This class is open to any intermediate or advanced acoustic or electric guitarist who wants to expand their knowledge and solo guitar skills. The cost of this workshop is $260.00.

Please RSVP by sending an email to jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com….then….
Go to www.jodyfisher.com Click on “Buy” and make your payment through Paypal.

Check out the Six String Ranch here: www.sixstringranch.com
If you have any questions, email Jody at jodyfisher@jodyfisher.com

The Nearness of You - February 25, 2016

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most - February 25, 2016

Two New Books! - December 22, 2015

Hi Folks! I'm really excited to announce the release of my two newest books published by Alfred Publishing. A very special thanks to both George Benson, and Carl Verheyen who have endorsed the first book, "Soloing Over Changes"--

"Jody Fisher has somehow covered it all--from basic scales and their simple application to the correct usage of advanced scales and modes. His chords and scales guide in part 2 takes the mystery out of soloing over complex chord voicings and is presented in such a way that will benefit intermediate to advanced guitarists. This book is a master work of organization and a great resource for any guitarist desiring to take their improvising to the next level"~Carl Verheyen

"Jody Fisher is one of the foremost guitar educators today. His clear, comprehensive teaching style and improvising expertise are evident throughout this book. It's a great resource for every aspiring guitar improviser"~George Benson

You can pick up a copy here:

http://www.amazon.com/Soloing-over-Changes-Ultimate-Improvising/dp/1470627647/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1450823913&sr=8-3&keywords=jody+fisher
The second book, "Sitting In: Jazz Guitar, Backing Tracks and Improv Lessons"
This book features lessons and play-along tracks covering all kinds of chord progressions and features a live rhythm section including Doug Ross on Bass, Jeremy Brown on drums, Nigel Yancey on sax, and me on guitar. This rhythm section really cooks!

You can buy this book here:

http://www.amazon.com/Sitting----Jazz-Guitar-Backing/dp/1470623668/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1450823913&sr=8-4&keywords=jody+fisher

Jazz guitar Nite - November 9, 2015

This Thursday, November 12, 2015 is Jazz Guitar Nite at the University of Redlands. Come support our jazz guitar majors and the university's Jazz Guitar Ensemble.......8:00 pm.....Watchorn Hall......free.....be there.....

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Kevin Eubanks! - October 25, 2015

I'm happy to announce that on November 3rd, 2015, Kevin Eubanks will be coming to the University of Redlands! This event is free and open to the public. 8:00 pm in the Fred Lowe Auditorium in Watchorn Hall. Come check this out--a rare opportunity.....guitarists should not miss this....

Here are some links so you can find out what Kevin has been up to lately.....

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/…
http://neatoday.org/…/why-music-education-shouldnt-play-se…/
http://nws.live.mediaspanonline.com/…/Arts-education-still-…

Online Lessons! - August 19, 2015

Hi All,

I get quite a few emails from folks who want to take Skype lessons. My schedule prohibits me from doing a lot of private teaching (although I do some live ones occasionally).
I do, however, have four online classes through Los Angeles College of Music Online.

These are ten week courses—you get both PDF handouts AND a weekly video exchange where I listen to your work and give feedback.

The courses are:
Chord Melody 1
Chord Melody 2
Building a Chord Vocabulary
Advanced Chord Systems

Here are a few sample lessons….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzlo6QSbfXo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y0AiUV-3p0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3HxCpIEsNA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIEH6vgaf9g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ929KuAizs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k7UUFma0zI
You can enroll here:

http://www.lacm.edu/lacm-online/
Visit my site—www.jodyfisher.com

New Guitar Ensemble Arrangements for Beginners - August 18, 2015

If you are a guitar teacher and direct a guitar ensemble, you know how difficult it can be to find ensemble arrangements that are right for your students. This past year I wrote three five-part ensemble pieces for teen and adult beginners. All three are published by my good friends at Alfred Publishing.

You can listen to midi versions of them here:

"Manzanita"--http://youtu.be/E1q2tgBZGok "Desert Trail"--http://youtu.be/7xYDkQHbUs0 "One For Herman"--http://youtu.be/veF4hFPrbBg
You can buy them here:

"Manzanita"--http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jody+fisher+manzanita&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ajody+fisher+manzanita
"Desert Trail"--http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jody+fisher+desert+trail
"One For Herman"--http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jody+fisher+one+for+herman&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ajody+fisher+one+for+herman

OLD Recordings..... - July 31, 2015

I found some OLD (still had hair....) recordings of mine uploaded to YouTube that are not found on my regular channel--I keep finding this stuff that I didn't upload--so if anyone is interested, have at it.....some of these recordings are with a quartet comprised of Scott Smith on keyboards, Jeff Stover on Bass, and Ron Dunn Jones on drums. The rest feature solo guitar.....

Angel Eyes—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGGd54HFEho
Wistful Thinking—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmcUM8pyWh8
Compassion—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLG-ZVkyxOo
End of the Beginning—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7yWwUtwOV8
Cactus Dance—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_EYs_-bQ_Q
Lizard Lullaby—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7yWwUtwOV8
Evergreen—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3cKqrKO7X0
Just Once—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpKJ0PvnPcg
Windows—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7yWwUtwOV8
God Bless The Child—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7yWwUtwOV8
Ingspray—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRjSesKAQVE
Days—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBHI17y2G6M
Fear and Censorship (Also…It’s Raining)—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXr5403YTuo

My interview for guitarthai.com - July 30, 2015

Another unexpected find today--I didn't know this had been released yet--
This is an interview I did while in Thailand this year for the website, guitarthai.com.
This was fun--some talking, some playing, some teaching....

Two New Vids.....! - July 29, 2015

This surfaced today--a couple of performances on WREG in Memphis, TN, a few months ago......



And.....


http://wreg.com/2015/04/10/jazz-musician-jody-fisher/
Hope you enjoy!

Jody

By The Time I get to Phoenix - June 29, 2015

Jazz Guitar Night! - November 4, 2014

Hi Again!

Thursday, November 6, 2014--8:00pm--Fred Lowe Hall--
Jazz Guitar Night!
Featuring individual Jazz Guitar students and the University of Redlands Jazz Guitar Ensemble.

See you there!

New Certificate Programs at LACM! - November 3, 2014

Hi All,

I'd like to announce some new online certificate courses from Los Angeles College of Music......

For drummers--

Study with Ralph Humphrey!

"The Weekend Warrior Playbook"--two courses

And...

Fundamental Drumset Techniques--two courses

For guitarists--

Courses with Jody Fisher--

Building a Chord Vocabulary with Jody Fisher

Advanced Chord Systems with Jody

Beginning Chord Melody

Chord Melody II

Study with Dave Martone!

Top Ten Things You Need To Be Awesome!

Modes the Martone Way!

Follow this link!

http://www.lacm.edu/programs/LACM-online/
Jody Fisher

God Bless The Child - July 10, 2014

LAMA Online Classes on Sale!! - December 23, 2013

Hi Folks,

We’re running a 48-hour sale on LAMA Online courses 12/23-12/24-- Premium (video exchange) will be $499 (instead of $695) and Standard (no video exchange) will be $149 (instead of $199)
Check it out here.....

http://www.lama.edu/programs/lama-online
Jody
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