i've just been sitting watching a one hour show on youtube - joe satriani teaching a one hour private guitar lesson, there was some sort of competition with the winner getting the free hour-long private lesson. i love his style but know nothing about guitar, but his teaching, wow.

a bit of useless trivia, he took lessons from lennie tristano, and explained some of the things tristano made him do, like learning to sing solos for every lesson, satriani would have to bring along the record put the needle on the record and sing along with the melodies and  the solos etc. he took along all sorts of records from miles davis to black sabbath; lennie didn't discriminate. he really took satriani through his paces, did he do that with all musicians? it seems so, i've heard dave frank on a couple of his masterclasses talking about lennie tristano teaching methods...

though this is a 'guitar' lesson, so much stuff that you can apply to the piano, probably all of it.

the video is called, joe satriani - private guitar lesson
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thanks for sharing that... cool
it was just like joe said it but even worse) we used to take the records to lennie's and sing solos at the ens of every lesson for him at 16 rpm and 33rpm. bird at 16 sounded like pres at 33, it was hilarious. lennie was open to hearing everything, but liked more or less his narrow list of greats. i brought a grateful dead dark star recording and played it for him at his request, his response to that was to pace around his studio saying again and again "there is so much fucking distortion!". i can only imagine that joe must've had some fun playing black sabbath for papa lennie ha ha! one time lt met me at the door, and instead of saying hello as usual, he said "thelonious monk is the stupidiest piano player who ever lived!". we laffed are asses off at that one..he said art tatum was "the greatest cocktail pianist who ever lived, at that time i was raving to lennie about tatum..the thing was that lennie used to play with his non-piano students often as part of their lessons. and i mean really play, as great as anything i've heard heard him play on any recording. it was unbelievable. one time he played something that i recognized but didn't remember the name of. it was like new tristano great what was coming out of that room. right after he's through, he walks out of the door comes right up to my face and says "that was by your favorite pianist". he had been playing his version of elegie by massanet, which i still thik is maybe one of art's greatest recordings. it 's great that joe mentioned lennie, anybody who was in lt's orb was the luckiest mf alive, what a fantastic player, teacher and character he was.

to continue my reputation as the most egotistical cat on the planet, you can find an in-depth master class i did a year or so ago about the great tristano here:

this saturday night in nyc i'll be recording a master class on chick, i look forward to sharing this with you mooks, i'll be analyzing almost every measure of a incredible 7 minute 2011 solo festival performance, there's not one 2 5 1 progression in there! come to think of it, i played some stuff from now he sings, now he sobs for lennie once, and his response was "the lh comping is soo light on this"

dave frank
mike: my pleasure, was happy to share such a giant's perspective.
thanks dave, that was 'very' interesting, what an intersting man... actually, hearing joe talking about being put through his paces, made me realise 'again' that to improve and to make beautiful music, one has to be 'stretched'... it seems as though lennie really stretched people, as well as 'himself' of course...

need to start listening to mr tristano (only ever heard/seen him on a live concert 1964 on dvd, possibly germany, those two handed insane chords he played, i have not forgotten)

either that or he made them sound like two handed chords :-d
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