by Lyle Robinson
The Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute
Time was, if you wanted to take a lesson from Jimmy Bruno, one of the leading Jazz Guitarists of our day, you most likely had to book a session way in advance, had to travel to Philly at your own expense and have a bank roll the size of Donald Trump’s (no offense Jimmy). But now, thanks to the immediate connection of the Web, all you have to do is log in to “classes” at the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute and faster than you can say dot com your face–to–face with the man himself. Well...kind of...of course this is not a physical one–on–one experience but it comes pretty darn close.
So what exactly is the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute you ask? Well, first off you should know that Jimmy Bruno is one of the leading Jazz Guitarists of today and a wildly popular teacher/clinician of this, and the next, generation. Just ask any Jazz Guitar enthusiast and they will most likely agree with that statement. Bruno is definitely a master of the instrument and the music and what he has to share through the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute is his years and years of playing experience and knowledge of the instrument. Not just the everyday generic understanding of how Jazz functions, but his own personal in–depth insights of how to reach your musical goals via the most direct and effective approach possible. It really is as simple as Jimmy says it is...with some work and dedication of course.
Utilizing the latest in Web technology, the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute allows its students to see first hand, via smooth streaming video, the Jimmy Bruno method and its applications to tunes using Jimmy’s own Five Shapes approach: “...a pretty radical simplification. No modes. No scales. Just 5 pictures, or what I call the 5 Shapes. With only five shapes, you can learn to do improvisation in any key, in any position on the guitar, through the chord progression.”* Of course there’s much more than that.
Not only do you get to watch Jimmy Bruno walking you through numerous lessons on improvising using the Five Shapes in living color, but you also get his own approach to tunes as a comper. Tunes like “Satin Doll” and “Blue Bossa”, when I was checking out the site, were used as vehicles to work out the lessons, which as we all know, theory is nothing without the practical application of it. In this case, making music.
Now if this isn’t cool enough, the real beauty of the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute is its interaction between student and teacher. The institute provides a one–on–one arena where you can send Jimmy a web–cam video of yourself playing through the lessons and he will analyze your playing and let you know what areas, if any, need work. To me that’s more than enough incentive to sign on.
Another beneficial feature of the institute is that there is a forum that you can use to hang out and chat with Guitarists like yourself from around the globe as well as with Jimmy himself. Have a question? Someone’s bound to have an answer. To me this is the beauty of this technology; you are no longer in the dark and alone. Knowledge is meant to be shared and the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute does that in spades.
But is this way of teaching conducive to actually learning? In my opinion I think it is way better. For one, you have all the materials available to you anytime you need them. You can go back and review lessons, check out how others are doing and even measure yourself up against them in a friendly spirit of competition. And once again, having the ability to address Jimmy one–on–one is something that can’t be found anywhere else on the Web and I would highly recommend that you take advantage of this as quickly as possible. I can see this turning out to be much more a monster of a hit than it is already and you may be up against a ton of students vying for Jimmy’s attention.
I really enjoyed my being able to browse through the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute and I can see how it could benefit students immensely no matter how advanced you are on your instrument. If you are a professional working player then maybe the institute is not for you at the present time. But if you are a beginner with some basic knowledge of the guitar and want to learn how to play Jazz and blow through changes, or if you’re more advanced and want to bring your game up a notch or two then definitely check out the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute. And tell Jimmy that Jazz Guitar Life says “hi”.
First Annual Town of Duck Jazz Festival
A Resounding Success!
Duck, NC Nearly 3,000 people attended the First Annual Duck Jazz Festival held on Sunday, October 7 at the Duck Town Park in Duck, North Carolina. The event attracted visitors from New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; Virginia; and throughout the state of North Carolina.
Headliner Jimmy Bruno along with Gerald Veasley and Webb Thomas received a standing ovation at the end of their set. The group has been playing jazz for over two decades and came to the Duck Jazz Festival stage from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jimmy Bruno is world–renowned jazz guitarist who plays from within the tradition of straight–ahead jazz while taking guitar to a new technical level. The addition of bass guitarist Gerald Veasley to the group for this show provided concert–goers with an extra special treat. Following the performance, Mr. Bruno attended open mike night at The Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills and treated those in attendance with a surprise solo performance. The Fuzz Band had the Duck Jazz Festival crowd on its feet dancing to its funky blend of soul, jazz, hip hop, and rock selections. The Fuzz Band, hailing from Hampton, Virginia, was named the Best New Contemporary Jazz Band in 2005 at the Capital Music Festival.
Local Outer Banks favorites Laura Martier and Ruth Wyand entertained concertgoers with their unique musical styles. Ms. Martier took the stage with the John Toomey Quartet from Virginia Beach and delivered a magnificent performance fusing the instrumentation of John Toomey with her smooth jazzy vocal stylings.
JULY 2, 2007
Saturday night Jimmy Bruno played to a SOLD OUT crowd at Chris’s Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia. This evening was the official CD Release Party for Bruno’s latest recording “Maplewood Avenue”. Flanked by musicians, Jeff Pedraz on bass, Tony Miceli on vibes and Webb Thomas on drums, Jimmy proved he not only has fans of his masterful “fleet fingered” playing, but of his new high tech teaching as well.
In May Mr. Bruno started a buzz on the jazz scene by opening the doors to his incredibly successful Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute online that has reached the far corners of the globe. Students from 26 different countries, including the USA have made his Institute an international phenomenon.
Jimmy’s much expanding fan base is drawing more and more crowds to his gigs as well as to the institute to study jazz guitar with him.
A video recording of last night’s show will be shared with his enrolled students at the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute online and his next performance at Chris’s will be July 27 and 28th.
April 28, 2007
Jimmy Bruno’s Maplewood Avenue jazz guitar CD enjoys warm reception and accolades during a limited release to the public.
Jazz Guitar Master, Jimmy Bruno released his new Maplewood Avenue CD Friday night to a packed and enthusiastic house at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe in Washington DC. Jimmy was joined on stage by Tony Miceli on vibes, Jeff Pedraz on bass and Dan Monaghan on drums. Affiliated Artists told the crowd that the new CD was in limited release until July 31st and could only be purchased on Jimmy’s website or during last night’s performance. Maplewood Avenue is receiving very positive reviews.
“It has a "classic" feel to it. Like a famous album we somehow hadn't discovered yet. “ –Joe Ragusa
On the heels of the very successful launch of his online Guitar Institute Jimmy Bruno announces his “Maplewood Avenue” CD Release party and performance
Saturday, June 30 8PM
Chris’ Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom Street
“Maplewood Avenue” CD is available at http://www.jimmybruno.com/store/
Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute receives incredible response from guitarists around the world!
June 16, 2007
Word is spreading rapidly around the Internet about the enthusiastic response to the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute opening. The success has been immediate. Guitarists from around the world have been enrolling, then posting positive comments and endorsements in blogs, news groups and guitar forums–creating even more interest in the already popular site.
Within three weeks of opening, guitarists from TWENTY FOUR different countries enrolled in the newly opened JIMMY BRUNO GUITAR INSTITUTE, making this an international phenomenon and an Internet breakthrough. Students around the globe are eagerly signing up for the three–month enrollment. This level of demand surpassed the Institute’s most optimistic expectations for the opening.
This is the first opportunity for guitar students outside of the United States to study and interact with master guitarist Jimmy Bruno. Mr. Bruno created a “Master Class” area online to which students can submit a video of themselves playing an assignment. In response, Jimmy posts a video commentary with praise and suggestions for improvement.
Students at all levels, no matter where they live, now have unfettered access to a true guitar master. It is ironic that Jimmy Bruno, one of the most traditional jazz musicians playing and recording today, has harnessed the most advanced technologies available to take his guitar method to students all over the world. Jimmy has literally re–invented himself and his career, and the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute is clear evidence of his new direction.
“My guitar students will never outgrow the expanding body of course material I’m making available at the Guitar Institute. No matter how good he or she gets, I am continually adding more ways for the student to deepen their mastery of the instrument. I hold nothing back. “
“It is, so far, the best use of the Internet for musical instruction I have seen. I am traveling overseas for the summer, and the best thing is being able to take the lessons wherever I am.”
–John Gibson, Louisville KY
“Jimmy is the man, no doubt about it”
“I go online every day to check out what is new and review my lesson
before I practice.”
–Rich DiGirolamo, Pennsylvania
“Such a great effort, this is a great place to learn and discuss jazz music.”
–Hal Pearson, Canada
“..this is simply the best guitar site on the web. WELL DONE!”
“Thank you for this opportunity. After you wrote me that you can not teach me until October, I was lost. Anyway, now I feel very happy because I have chance to make something from myself”
–Predrag Djikanovic of Podgorica, Montenegro