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This Young Man Sounds Like Three Guitarists in One

Kent Nishimura performing Rock with You
Kent Nishimura performing Rock with You

If you close your eyes and just listen to this acoustic fingerstyle guitar version of Michael Jackson's Rock With You - by young Japanese guitarist Kent Nishimura, you'll probably swear there are two or three people playing. There's a laid-back half-time beat, there are chords, there's melody, there's even a bit of a bass line.

So it's quite a shock when you realise there was no over-dubbing involved, this was all recorded live and performed by just one, very talented young man Continue reading...

Coltrane's Giant Steps...on Bassoon

VG Bassoonist performs Giant Steps ....on bassoon
VG Bassoonist performs Giant Steps ....on bassoon

"Giant Steps" is a famously challenging jazz track composed by saxophonist John Coltrane. Released on his 1960 album of the same name, the track became famous for its rapid-fire chord changes, where chords that are usually only distantly related rain down in quick succession.

Improvising over the Giant Steps chord progression has became something of a rite of passage for jazz musicians the world over. A challenge to see if you can master one of the trickiest series of chords ever created for the jazz improviser.

But another approach is to see if you can play Coltrane's own solo note-for-note on your own instrument. Continue reading...

Official: Deer Love Bach!

Who knew that deer love Bach?
Cellist Diana Gomez discovered the truth when she took her cello to a park in Aarhus, Denmark, and started playing the famous opening to Bach's Cello Suite No.1 in G major

Watch the interaction below. Continue reading...

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