World-renowned jazz guitarist Frank Vignola teaches about the importance of good warm ups and jam time. At this year’s Guitar Camp, he will review and demonstrate important fingerboard studies, which connect your ears to your fingers to the music. Jamming is an important part of Frank’s workshops, so be prepared to play, play, play!
What do you enjoy most about teaching? I enjoy seeing how much enjoyment students get, especially hobbyists, like camp participants. It’s really neat to see how happy they are when they can learn a new chord and play a new song with it. Like seeing the student “get it.” When the students finally get it, you see a look on their face, that sheer happiness that they get from playing music. Which, ironically, you can get from being a hobbyist or even performing everyday, like I do.
Practicing and jamming is just a great way to clear your mind – even to this day, I still will sit and play for 15-20 minutes just for therapy. Just a play a song – it feels so good to clear your mind.
Why don’t you play more solo guitar? I really don’t play solo guitar, I enjoy the interaction of playing with other people and musicians. Improvisation is not as difficult as everyone makes it out to be. It’s very easy if you have some good mechanics and a few songs – it’s really all about the song. Louis Armstrong would phrase the melody would become a classic jazz solo.
When the students finally get it, you see a look on their face, that sheer happiness that they get from playing music.
What are you most looking forward to? Mostly curious, looking forward to getting there. I want everyone to get what they need – enough instruction, time to jam, great jams. Crested Butte is such a great place to be for 8-10 days. I look forward to all the shows and all of the people. We are really trying to create the right environment for gypsy jazz guitar style.