More Jazz Quotes!!!

Here is a selection of my favourite quotes from

“Playing ‘Bop’ is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.” – Duke Ellington

“A great teacher is one who realizes that he himself is also a student and whose goal is not dictate the answers, but to stimulate his students creativity enough so that they go out and find the answers themselves.” – Herbie Hancock

“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” – Thelonious Monk

“I can’t stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession. If you can, then it ain’t music, it’s close order drill, or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.” – Billie Holiday

“You have to practice improvisation, let no one kid you about it!” – Art Tatum


Raincity Guitar Repair

Just one more post on some of the amazing wood we have been acquiring lately…

This is a beautiful chunk of ¼ sawn Cedar, perfect for our archtops. Hard to find!
Western Red Western Red Cedar has long been utilized as a soundboard material by classical guitar makers for its vibrance and clarity of sound. It is extremely light in weight compared to spruce and the tonal result is generally a slightly louder, more open response. Balanced, warm and rich with bright trebles. What is most characteristic of Red Cedar is that it sounds broken-in, even when new. Exceptional sound for light to very firm techniques. Coloration runs from light (almost as light as Sitka) to a very dark reddish-brown.

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Kenny Burrell, Grover Washington, Jr. – SUMMERTIME

Ashdown Guitar Lessons

It may only be March, but here’s an early taste of summer. A cracking version of Summertime with Kenny Burrell on guitar and Grover Washington, Jr. on soprano sax. Kenny sets up a great and simple dorian riff in the intro that just falls into place on guitar – one to add to my list of future transcriptions.

This is from the “One Night With Blue Note” concert/DVD (1985). Well worth checking out.

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