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The Guitar Hour Podcast

The Guitar Hour Podcast is a weekly, long-form discussion hosted by Dan Smith and David Beebee. Together, and in conversation with some of today’s top players, they explore approaches to improvising, harmony, practising, teaching and share the humorous ups and downs of being a professional guitarist in the modern age.
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Jul 11, 2019

Beebs & Jake are joined by the immensely talented Tommy Emmerton.

They discuss Tommy’s working life as a professional guitarist on The Book Of Mormon in the West End of London. They also talk about his work as Jazz harmony teacher at Guildhall, his original projects and what it’s like to play the ‘Beat It’ solo for Quincy Jones’ on tour!

This is a great episode and touches on everything that’s been discussed during recent shows. There are some deep dive side quests into modal harmony, chord scale theory, technique, and they even ponder the nature of what it means to be a ‘jazz musician’. Strap in and nerd out!

tommyemmerton.com

Tommy’s Quartet On Bandcamp

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

Old Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

 

Jake Willson

www.jakewillson.co.uk

Instagram

 

Jul 4, 2019

The guys take a break from ear training, crack a open some orthentik Brewdogs and get ranting about the Gibson 'Play Authentic' video, it's backlash, latest response and most importantly, the sweet memes.

To quote a true hero - "These are the headlines. God I wish they weren't."

Episode Links

Original 'Play Authentic' Deleted Video

Gibson Follow Up Statement

Levi Clay's Rage Take

The Memes

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

Old Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Jake Willson

www.jakewillson.co.uk

Instagram

 Quayle

 

www.tomquayle.co.uk

Tom - Instagram

 


Jun 27, 2019

Beebs and Tom welcome back Martin Miller to give his thoughts on audiation, playing what you hear and the ear training beast of recent episodes.

Tom and Martin compare and contrast different aspects of their aural skills and also shed a bit more light on the visualisation in the process.

It was nice to catch up with Martin again, and a really interesting episode - there’s some truly great info in this one guys!

Episode Links

Martin On Youtube

Martin On Patreon

JTC Instructional Material

Ibanez MM1

Show Links

TGHP Facebook discussion group

www.theguitarhour.com

Old Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Fibenare Guitars

Hawk Picks

 

Quayle

www.tomquayle.co.uk

Instagram

Ibanez Guitar TQM1

Wampler Pedals

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube

Jake Willson

www.jakewillson.co.uk

Instagram

JTC Instructional Material

 

 

Jun 21, 2019

Beebs returns from Budapest and talks to Jake Willson about getting out of practise slumps. They discuss some of the positive and negative mindsets that can set in when working through practise problems before getting onto guitar setups and their new axes that are in the works.

Episode Notes

Jake's Practising Toolkit Masterclass on JTC

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

Old Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

 

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube

 

Jake Willson

www.jakewillson.co.uk

Instagram

Jun 13, 2019

Beebs recovers from an inner ear infection (irony?). Dan dances in Denmark. Do amp modellers struggle at gig volume? And why does Beebs' wife have good ears?! Short but sweet this week!

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

TGHP on Twitter

TGHP on Instagram

Old Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

 

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube

 

Jun 7, 2019

With our beloved David Beebee away sick this week, Dan and Jake have a breif catch up and then answer your questions from the Guitar Hour Facebook Discussion Group. Questions include, sightreading, jazz studies, learning lots of songs, technique and more!

 

 

Show Links

Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

TGHP on Twitter

TGHP on Instagram

 

Rogue Links

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Fibenare Guitars

Hawk Picks

 

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube

Fibenare Guitars

 

Jake Willson

www.jakewillson.co.uk

Instagram

Fibenare Guitars

Hawk Picks


https://jtcguitar.com/store/artist/jake-willson/

May 30, 2019

The guys are joined by recurring rogue, Jake Willson to drill deeper into solfeggio ear training and effective practise. Beebs reports on some breakthroughs and Jake has a new JTC masterclass out.

(We had some problems this week, both technical and logistical, so apologies for the lack of show notes and if the audio sync drifts at times! Back to normal next week! 🐝)

May 23, 2019

Dan gets brutal revenge on Beebs with a surprise test & Tom Quayle returns to give his thoughts on ear training.

The guys follow up on last week's show - probing the wax filled mess that is aural development in education.

Episode Links

Shawn Tubbs

Functional Ear Trainer

Desktop

iOS

Android

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

Old live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

 

Quayle

www.tomquayle.co.uk

Tom - Instagram

 

May 16, 2019

The boys answer listener email - and in the process, start a new run of episodes exploring ear training, connecting the ear to the fretboard, improvisation and playing what you hear.

They share their history and frustrations (mostly Beebs’ ranting) with formal ear training, ponder the nature behind vague instruction, the difficulty teaching ear training and start exploring what can be done.

Evil Beebs then springs a surprise listening test on Smith! Mwuhaha.

Definitely follow along in your podcast app artwork to see images of what is being talked about.

Strap in!

Episode Links

Dan’s Beyond The Lick Series
Northern Guitar Show Haydock
A Bag Of Strymons - The Worship Twofer

Functional Ear Trainer Links

Jeff Schneider’s Video Recommending Functional Ear Trainer
Functional Ear Trainer Desktop (Software by Alain Benbassat)
Functional Ear Trainer (iOS)
Functional Ear Trainer (Android)
Jeff Schneider Video On Ear Training (Part 1)

Articles Referenced Re: Perfect Pitch Prevalence In Tonal Language Speakers

Absolute Pitch, Speech, and Tone Language: Some Experiments and a Proposed Framework

Absolute pitch among American and Chinese conservatory students: Prevalence differences, and evidence for a speech-related critical period (L)a)

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com
TGHP Facebook discussion group
Old live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com
Instagram
YouTube

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk
Instagram
Youtube

May 9, 2019

This Week The boys are joined by friends of the show Bobby Harrison and Phil Short. Its Bobby's first time on the show and he tells us all about his current gig playing guitar for Cliff Richard as well as his previous experiences on big touring shows. Phil returns to the podcast for a second helping and fills us in on landing an arena tour with Westlife. We chat about getting the gig, the audition process, gear and what its like to be a guitarist for shows on such an enormous scale. A great insight from both guys this week. Enjoy!

Bobby Harrison

Instagram

https://www.absolutebluesguitar.com

https://www.eternal-guitars.com/endorsers

 

Phil Short

https://philshort.com

Instagram

 

Show Links

Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

TGHP on Twitter

TGHP on Instagram

 

Rogue Links

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Fibenare Guitars

Hawk Picks

 

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube

Fibenare Guitars


May 2, 2019

The guys cross the streams and conjure one half of the #Guitarsoles podcast - Levi Clay back to the show.

They discuss Levi’s recent video review of the Steve Vai book Vaideology, critiquing ideas and changing one's mind.

They also crack open the mail sack answering email, and follow up with some suggestions on where to start with modal harmony.

Episode Links

Artur Menezes

TGHP Spotify Playlist

Berklee Book Of Jazz Harmony

Tom’s Modal Tutorial

Frank Gambale Books

Levi’s Vaideology Video

Tom Monda - Thank You Scientist

Levi’s Youtube Channel

The Guitarsoles Podcast

Levi’s Patreon

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Apr 25, 2019

Beebs & Smith follow up on last week's Vaideology episode before discussing the latest big announcement from Fractal Audio.

This weeks deep dive chat is on ways to practise guitar effectively, and in particular, motivating the discipline for the hard things that make long lasting change in playing.

Episode Links

Order An Amazing Cake From Cheryl :D

Levi's Video On Vaideology

Fractal Audio FM3 Announcement

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

 

Apr 18, 2019

This week the boys are back with a an emotionally charged and confusing discussion about a particular section in Steve Vai's long awaiting music theory book for guitar titled 'Vaideology'. They go back into the misty modal mines and talk modes and modal chord progressions as well as delving into some classic guitar magazines for the early 90s. This could get controversial...

 

 

Vai Book

https://www.stevevaistore.com/products/vaideology-basic-music-theory-for-guitar-players

 

Show Links

Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

TGHP on Twitter

TGHP on Instagram

 

Rogue Links

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Fibenare Guitars

Hawk Picks

 

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube

Fibenare Guitars



Apr 11, 2019

YouTube are enforcing some pretty awful (and sketchy) copyright restrictions on big guitar and music channels. The guys chat this over, and muse on what a good thing it is that there’s no ‘YouTube’ for podcasts…..yet.

Deep dive topic this week is all about depping (subbing for our American friends). The culture, etiqutte, skillset, and various pro’s and cons.

Episode Links

Paul Davids YT Vid On Copyright Policy

Rick Beato's YT Vid On Blockers

Show Links

TGHP Facebook discussion group

www.theguitarhour.com

Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube - Hahaha

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube - hahaha

 

Apr 4, 2019

With the boys still trying to put their mind holes back together after the last inspiring visit from Andy Wood, he returns and this time brings with his his good buddy and partner in crime 'Uncle' Ben Eller. After a rowdy catch up and a thorough southern hazing from both barrels of the wily Knoxvillians the two git slingers take us through Andy's most recent guitar instrumental album 'Junktown'. Strap in for a track by track walkthrough including insights into the writing, recording and production process as well as some deep chat on the creative journey as a whole.

 

Links

Andy Wood

www.andywoodmusic.com

Junktown: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/junktown/1450417109

IG: https://www.instagram.com/andywoodmusic/?hl=en

YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/andywoodmusic

FB: https://www.facebook.com/awoodshreds/

Andy's Suhrs : https://www.suhr.com/instruments/andy-wood/

 

Ben Eller

IG: https://www.instagram.com/benellerguitars/

YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/BenEllerGuitars

FB: https://www.facebook.com/unclebeneller/

Dead And Lovely Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dead-and-lovely-horror-movie-podcast/id1225725051?mt=2

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BenEllerGuitars

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

 

Rogue Links

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

 

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube


Mar 28, 2019

(Beware: This episode contains hardcore legato nerdery!)

Beebee and Tom Quayle are enroute to the Jonathan Kreisberg/Nelson Veras gig and turn on the mics to pass the time. They discuss, guitar duos, legato technique, phrasing, seismic changes in technique, and also follow up on last week's episode, getting Tom’s thoughts on right hand technique influencing vocabulary.

Please excuse the car engine noise, it does reduce significantly about half way through!

Episode Links

Kreisberg Meets Veras

Ben Eunson - 50 lines package

Mark McKnight

Show Links

TGHP Facebook discussion group

www.theguitarhour.com

Old live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

 

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

 

Quayle

www.tomquayle.co.uk

Tom - Instagram





Mar 21, 2019

This week the guys are joined by Australian guitarist Greg Stoff. They discuss how the role of the in-person guitar teacher has changed during the online/YouTube age and how picking technique can influence, help or hinder vocabulary and line development.

Episode Links:

Greg Stott

www.gregstott.com.au

Greg on IG

Recommended Players

James Muller

 

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube

Mar 7, 2019

This week the guys catch up with Keven Eknes to talk about Berklee, LIPA, Instagram, social media, Strandberg and the Nashville scene for guitarists.

Keven Eknes

keveneknes.com

Keven on Instagram

Keven on Youtube

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

 

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

 



Feb 28, 2019

In their final leg of the trip Smith and Beebs catch up with Gabriel Wareing. They talk about his recent move to NY, studying jazz at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland, cruise ship guitar work and his involvement with Sky TV’s Guitar Star competition.

This should be the last of the dodgy audio quality episodes for a while as we resume normal podcast service and start to roll out big updates to the show. As always, thanks for listening!

Episode Links

Gabriel Links

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

Old Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Rogue Links

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube

Feb 21, 2019

Beebee & Smith sit down in an empty (yet noisy!) NY coffee shop with the legendary Wayne Krantz to dig into practise, improvisation, artistry, ears and more. They discuss the background to Wayne's book 'An Improviser's OS', it's legacy and the upcoming 2nd edition/revision.

Apologies for some background noise and a few jump cuts, the location based recording wasn't quite as clean as hoped! Hope you enjoy :)

 

Wayne's Links

www.waynekrantz.com

Wayne On Bandcamp

Show Links

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

Old Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube


Feb 14, 2019

Beebee, Smith and Willson reconvene to discuss how tone can positivley and negativley affect performance and the difficulties being ‘on it’ when playing unfamiliar or rental gear. They also ponder the romantic ideal of being able to sound comfortably like oneself through any rig in any situation.

We also follow up on the New York Fibenare clinic and how the events of the last few weeks have inspired the guys.

Show Links

Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

TGHP on Twitter

TGHP on Instagram

Rogue Links

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube

Jake Willson

www.jakewillson.co.uk

Instagram


Feb 7, 2019

Casual check in from a sub-zero New York City. It’s post namm, pre-Fibenare clinic and Beebs, Smith and Jake huddle together on a sofa (for platonic body warmth) to chat through the namm show and the upcoming Rudy’s event.

As ever, they accidentally stumble into some meaty musical areas such as time feel and counting in difficult performance environments, rhythmic subdivisions with legato and right hand picking technique.

Part 1 of our New York series. We have some seriously cool stuff coming over the next few episodes!

Episode Links

Sim 1 Pedal

White Whale Guitars

Boss Tube Amp Expander

Music Reading For Guitar - David Oakes

Mike Moreno - Picking Technique Lesson

Show Links

Live stream on Tom’s YT channel

www.theguitarhour.com

TGHP Facebook discussion group

TGHP on Twitter

TGHP on Instagram

Rogue Links

Beebs

www.davidbeebee.com

Instagram

YouTube

Smith

www.dansmithguitarist.co.uk

Instagram

Youtube

 

Jake Willson

www.jakewillson.co.uk

Instagram




Jan 25, 2019

This week is another 'experimental' episode as the guys attempt to record an episode of the show at 37'000 feet on the way to California for the namm show. Inevitably the audio is poorer than usual (although Izotope RX worked it's magic to make it listenable) and invariably this is a gear related (and gin fuelled) episode where the guys discuss the airport drama getting their axes onboard, flying as a musician in general, the upcoming namm show gear and answer questions.

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