Chasing Frets

Chasing Frets

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Hosted by Premier Guitar’s Jason Shadrick, along with famed guitar journalists Andy Ellis and Joe Gore, Chasing Frets is a weekly look at the craft of guitar playing.


The Art of the 8-Bar Solo
Aug 12 • 12 min
In contemporary country records, the guitar solos have to be short and powerful. Lindsay Ell explains how her guitar coach, producer Dann Huff, pushed her while recording her latest album, Heart Theory. For more information about Lindsay Ell visit…
Lindsay Ell on Studio Lessons from Dann Huff
Aug 10 • 26 min
In this week’s first episode, Lindsay describes recording her new album, Heart Theory, and what she learned working with the legendary guitarist who produced it. For more information about Lindsay Ell visit https://www.lindsayell.com Visit Premier Guitar:…
Nili Brosh’s Tips for Playing Without Pain
Aug 7 • 17 min
Intense rock guitar is demanding on body and soul, and that’s especially true in the professional arena, which often approaches full-contact sport. Learn what Nili does to not flame out while keeping it at “11.” For more information about Nili Brosh visit…
Ear Training for the Shred Guitarist
Aug 5 • 22 min
Berklee Grad Nili Brosh describes her approach to learning tunes and hearing changes. It might not be what you think: She’s found a way to hone this essential skill to fit her unique musical sensibilities, and that’s something we can all apply to our own…
Auditioning 101 With Nili Brosh
Aug 3 • 23 min
In this week’s first episode, Nili shares her auditioning secrets and tells the story of what it took to land the guitar slot in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: ONE. For more information about Nili Brosh visit http://www.nilibrosh.com…
Miles Okazaki: Drum Rudiments for Guitarists
Jul 31 • 21 min
Jazz iconoclast Miles Okazaki talks about transforming these stick exercises into pick exercises, and how that process can improve technique while inspiring fresh rhythmic and melodic ideas. For more information about Miles Okazaki visit…
Miles on Monk
Jul 29 • 21 min
Miles Okazaki has a special relationship with the music of jazz pianist/composer Thelonious Monk. When he decided to record his own collection of Monk compositions, he didn’t merely select a few tunes: He tackled every known piece the composer ever wrote.…
Miles Okazaki’s Approach to Melodic Patterns
Jul 27 • 37 min
Eschewing traditional jazz guitar methods, Okazaki employs visual diagrams and melodic permutations. In this episode, he discusses his unusual approach and how it figures into his own improvisations. For more information about Miles Okazaki visit…
Gretchen Menn Thinks Big
Jul 24 • 28 min
Gretchen Menn’s album Abandon All Hope is an ambitious musical visualization of Dante’s Inferno. She discusses the challenges of creating a large-format project of such musical and conceptual and ambition. For more information about Gretchen Menn visit…
Gretchen Menn’s Tribute to Jimmy Page
Jul 22 • 24 min
Gretchen plays the Jimmy Page role in Zepparella, one of today’s leading tribute bands. She recounts her deep dive into a single player’s style and how it expanded her own vocabulary. Gretchen Menn is a compelling guitarist with an interesting backstory.…
Gretchen Menn on Fingerstyle Playing (and Other Classical Techniques)
Jul 20 • 27 min
Gretchen Menn is a compelling guitarist with an interesting backstory. She’s best known as a flashy electric guitar virtuoso. But she’s also a university-trained classical guitarist with a deep background in theory and composition. Her style fuses both…
Nir Felder on How to Structure Your Practice Time
Jul 17 • 18 min
Musical breakthroughs abound when you trust your instincts and follow your curiosity. In this episode, Nir details how he approaches his practice sessions and provides tips we can all use for fostering creative growth on guitar. He also reveals why he’s…
Nir Felder: The Jazz Musician’s Guide to Touring with a Pop Artist
Jul 15 • 22 min
The Strat-wielding jazzbo has performed and recorded with many rock and pop artists. In this episode, Nir explains what a jazz player can bring to other genres and offers advice to jazz musicians hoping to make the leap into rock concert halls and arenas.…
Improvising Fingerings With Nir Felder
Jul 13 • 23 min
In this week’s first episode, Nir describes his non-traditional approach to soloing over changes and how he works out phrases on the neck. He accompanies his tutorial with in-depth playing examples, so if you feel frustrated or stymied by scale patterns,…
Will Bernard and the Soul of New Orleans
Jul 10 • 14 min
Will lives in Brooklyn, but he has a special relationship with the Crescent City. He remembers his conversations with the late Dr. John and discusses his frequent collaborations with drummer Stanton Moore, today’s leading torchbearer for traditional New…
Will Bernard: The Art of the Trio
Jul 8 • 14 min
Will Bernard has played in every format from big band to solo. Hear his thoughts on the unique challenges and pleasures of the trio format. For more information about Will Bernard visit https://www.willbernard.com (https://www.willbernard.com) Visit…
Will Bernard on Music Reading
Jul 6 • 31 min
Will Bernard is one of the most fascinating guitarists of the New York City jazz scene. On one hand, he’s a musical intellectual, with an impressive classical music pedigree. On the other hand, he’s a funky groove player with a particular affinity for New…
Bryan Sutton on Building Bluegrass Chops
Jul 3 • 24 min
Hearing Sutton spin lightning-fast phrases on his Bourgeois and Martin dreadnoughts, it’s hard to imagine anyone picking a flattop with more power and finesse. In this episode of Chasing Frets, the award-winning guitarist reveals his secrets for…
Bryan Sutton on Session Life in Nashville
Jul 1 • 21 min
Ever wonder what it’s like being a session ace in the hyper-competitive Nashville studio scene? It’s a world Sutton knows intimately, and in this episode he tells us how he became a first-call player and what it takes to pick with the best. For more…
Bryan Sutton on the Art of Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar
Jun 29 • 23 min
In this week’s first episode, the champion flatpicker (he has won the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year award a staggering 10 times) explains how bluegrass rhythm guitar has developed over the years and describes specific techniques for developing your…
Blake Mills on Fingerstyle Playing
Jun 26 • 17 min
Blake discusses the evolution of his unique fingerstyle technique, which draws on sources ranging from Michael Hedges, West Africa, and Bob Brozman, Blake’s onetime teacher. 
 Blake’s playing is steeped in traditional folk, blues, and ethnic music, but…
Blake Mills: The Guitarist Producer
Jun 24 • 45 min
Besides being a thrilling sideman and solo artist, Blake has been nominated twice for the Producer of Year Grammy. In this episode, he discusses playing guitar with a producer’s ear. Blake’s playing is steeped in traditional folk, blues, and ethnic music,…
Blake Mills Talks Slide Guitar
Jun 22 • 32 min
Blake Mills, 31, is one of the most innovative and talked-about guitarists of his generations—a true player’s player. His career is unfolding on three fronts: As a session and touring guitarist, he’s worked with Billy Gibbons, Lucinda Williams, Fiona…
Tommy Emmanuel on Longevity as a Solo Guitarist
Jun 19 • 24 min
The charismatic fingerpicker tours relentlessly and draws large, enthusiastic crowds to his solo concerts in the U.S., his native Australia, and around the world. Listen as he shares how he built his career and why naps are so important. Check out Tommy’s…
How Tommy Emmanuel Met Chet Atkins
Jun 17 • 29 min
One of the most engaging and entertaining guitarists on the planet recalls the enduring creative relationship he shared with his mentor, Chet Atkins. Check out Tommy’s latest album, The Best of Tommysongs, at http://tommyemmanuel.com…
Tommy Emmanuel on the Art of Solo Guitar
Jun 15 • 26 min
The debut episode of Chasing Frets features Emmanuel sharing his process and approach to solo guitar—while demonstrating his trickiest tunes. Check out Tommy’s latest album, The Best of Tommysongs, at http://tommyemmanuel.com (http://tommyemmanuel.com).…