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The music videos pages contain YouTube music videos that have appeared on the front and other pages of free jam tracks and have since been updated with something new.
The videos we post are music clips, instruction and examples from musicians playing music I love.
Jazz-Fusion Guitar: Mike Stern Band (with Bob Berg) - Chromazone
Now this is one crazy tune. Mike Stern is one of the best jazz guitar players out there. Very tastefull to say the least. The band this clip is with has Bob Berg on tenor sax, Dennis Chambers on drums, Lincoln Goines on bass and Steffen Brix on keys. Regardless of if you say you are into jazz or if you think fusion is un-cool - I don't think any musician would be able to dismiss how great the playing in this clip is. The band is phenomenal. How can any band play that tight? Talk about in the pocket.
Hear my Train A Comin' - Hendrix by Byron Holmes
This dude's playing is insane. I have never watched anyone playing guitar like Hendrix as well as this. He's taken it beyond being a Jimi wanna be or clone - the dude is playing some seriously great music. Pretty cool. I'd love to see him live. Just have to jump on a plane to France. Make sure you watch for when he comes in singing - imagine if you walked into the place in the middle of that - you'd have to take a second look.
Dickie Betts with his son Duane
Breaking down the guitar parts to Jessica, the great song made famous by The Allman Brothers Band. Once you've learned to play the guitar parts for this song all you need is two drummers, a great Hammond player and a few other friends and you'll be playing great Southern Rock in no time.
Third Arm -Blue Sky
Have you even walked into a venue with no expectations and then a band comes on and totally blows you away? A few years ago I walked into a small bar and the above band came on and just blew my mind. YouTube doesn't do the band justice, the closest I can put my point across is that I walked into the venue and thought:
"Duane Allman is in the house."
"Duane Allman is in the house!"
Damn man, now that was a good day.
Anyway - the band in question, Third Arm, became a friend of Free Jam Tracks and I'm really glad to have found a clip on YouTube of the band playing an original number, Blue Sky. Very cool for a band that has no record company backing and done it all themselves. The singer sounds like a cross between Warren Haynes and Mike Mattison from the Derek Trucks Band. Nothing but soul. This IS what music is all about. It's about the soul, the energy, it's about Mabo, it's all about the vibe man. Rock on Third Arm!
Thank you so much for keeping it real.
Carlos Vamos playing Always With Me Always With You
Acoustic Tapping. How great is this guitar player? Awesome song and really cool rendition. I'd love to know how he recorded it, it's one of the clearest YouTube recordings I've ever heard of an acoustic guitar. It's got that big room sound. He must have a very good mic to pick up the guitar so clearly. Very nice sound quality and playing to say the least.
Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks - Old Friend
Great slide playing, killer groove and awesome vocals. If you could pull out a couple of guitars and play this around the camp fire it'd make for one great camping trip.
Pete Townsend - Won't Get Fooled Again
Played solo in the studio. This is a great song to begin with, hearing it played like this is simply awesome. Pete Townsend sings with a lot of emotion which helps make it all the more musical.
Gruhak covers Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends
Gruhak is a cover band from Dubrovnik, Croatia. They are into blues and play some pretty mean Led Zeppelin covers. Talk about a band doing it right. They'd be a cool band to see live. Awesome!
Eric Johnson - Cliffs of Dover, live in 1990
This tune was on the great album 'Ah Via Musicom'. It's a bit slow to start off with an he goes nuts at around the 3 minute mark. It's worth watching the whole thing. Blues, rock and a bit of jazz thrown in. Eric's guitar tone is always amazing to listen to. Definitely the best live guitar sound I've ever heard. His chord voicings are incredible. He did one of the best instructional dvd's ever done called 'Total Electric Guitar'. Even if you aren't really into his style you'll learn a lot from it as it goes through advanced guitar playing techniques that you can use for any style of playing. A true legend.
Bass Guitar Truss Rod Adjustment
This is a good video to watch for guitarists and bass players on adjusting the truss rod. The video is by Joe Rocha who puts up lots of great instructional videos for bass players. Even if you don't want to become a guitar tech, it's good to know at least a little bit about how your guitar works in case you have to do some emergency repairs on it but also so you know what people do when they set up your instrument for you. A good set up can make a big difference to how your instrument feels. If it feels really good, it will help inspire you to play better.
Laura Chavez & Rene Solis - Little Fox Blues Jam
Laura Chavez is an awesome blues guitar player from Mountain View, California. She grew up playing in blues clubs around the Bay Area and is currently touring the world as part of blues singer Candye Kane's band. I saw her playing with the Candye Kane band who were doing a support set for Charlie Musselwhite. Chavez is a great blues guitar player. If you get the chance to see her play in your town, go check her out. Laura is the Real Deal.
Darth Vader Get's The Blues!
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Riviera Paradise
Everyone agrees how great a bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan was. One of the best, particularly because of the amount of soul he put into every note of his playing. This track, Riviera Paradise is an instrumental from his last studio album, In Step. He's playing some really nice jazz influenced chords. Stevie's mostly playing an E blues scale for the guitar solo. If you want to play along with it make sure that you tune down 1/2 a step or play in Eb.
Stefan Grossman - "Slow Blues in E"
Stefan Grossman's instructional material is some of the best out there for many traditional styles of music. Blues, folk, country and so on. Definitely worth checking out if you want to improve your playing. You can find DVDs, books and more on many styles of blues.
Open Your Ears - Mozambique - Nwalhulwana
Open your ears! This is an amazing piece of music, great acoustic guitar and vocals which just goes to show that music transcends anything and everything that can be put to words. It's all about sounds. Music is about sounds. I don't know what is being said in this piece of music. They lyrics could be about anything. In theory they could be ugly - but you know by the sounds that they are of beauty - something filled of life, love and happiness. Don't forget the bottom line, we are dealing with sounds, if they come from the heart then you can do no wrong. And that's, the Real Deal.
Crossroads Guitar Duel
This has to be the greatest moment in cinema history. If you haven't seen the movie Crossroads you should go hire or buy it. The whole film is pretty cool but the guitar duel at the end of the movie (shown above) will blow you away. Steve Vai is playing his parts and Ralph Macchio guitar parts were played by the great Ry Cooder. They had the awesome guitarist and music educator Arlen Roth on site when they made the film to help Ralph out with his guitar playing. Great movie with great playing all the way through it - go check it out.
Blues Guitar Lesson - The Land of A7
This is a really good instructional clip put up by a good guitar player and teacher. Great for electric and acoustic guitar players. Watch the entire clip and play through the shapes he shows you and you'll walk away being able to add some really nice color to a blues progression. Basically what he's doing is harmonizing the blues scale by playing notes that fit well with the A7 chord all up the neck. If you want to take this to the next level you should learn how to do the same thing using an E7 chord. Then you could plan an E blues using the concept with the E7 and A7 chords (the I and the IV chords). It's a little bit of work but will make you sound like a real pro. More importantly you'll enjoy your guitar playing a whole lot more than if you only know the basic shapes. Highly recommended.
Gregory Hines and Stanley Clarke
This is a live performance from Gregory Hines did with Stanley Clarke on the Arseneo Hall show in 1993. They recorded two tracks for Stanley Clarke's solo album 'If This Bass Could Only Talk'. The intro track is the album title and the last track on the record is 'Basically Taps'. So they are just two pieces of music of Stanley Clarke playing bass and Gregory Hines doing what he does best. Too cool for school!
Eric Johnson - Guitar Finger Technique
This video clip is from Eric Johnson's Total Electric Guitar, hotlicks instructional DVD. No matter what style of music you play, this is one of the all time best instructional DVD's for guitar players recorded. Lot's of great licks but more so than anything because of the techniques Eric goes into great detail to explain.
Robben Ford & The Blue Line - Start It Up
Robben Ford is an amazing guitar player. If you ever get the chance to see him live make sure you go see him. His tone is unbelievable. He played with Miles Davis for a short while and many other great musicians. There are some really good instructional dvds he's done as well that are worth checking out. This song is an awesome blues, it even appeared in a really cool scene in the movie The Firm. Definitely one of the best blues guitar players I've seen live. Up there with the best of them.
Stanley Clarke Bass Solo
This is a bass guitar solo that Stanley Clarke played from a gig that was put on TV in the 1980s. He is playing some parts from the solos that appeared on some of his albums. Listen to the groove he gets. It's magic.
Marc Cohn - Walking in Memphis
This video is from a live performance in 2008. A fantastic song by a great musician. His little talk at the start of the song is interesting. This song was big in the early 1990s. It's still a great song. Really nice chord progression and he has a great feel. Which is what music is all about.
Billy Cox and Dweezil Zappa - Freedom
Freedom is one of the coolest riff type songs that Jimi Hendrix wrote. This is a really cool video of Dweezil Zappa playing with Billy Cox on the Hendrix Tribute tour that Dweezil was a part of.
Dweezil is also playing this song as an encore some nights on his current Zappa Plays Zappa tour. It's about the only song they are doing that isn't one of Frank's tunes.
Check out the Zappa Plays Zappa tour dates and go to a show if they are coming to a town near you.
Seriously - go to this gig if you can - the band is amazing, the set list is awesome and Dweezil is on fire. It's the best concert I've seen since I saw The Allman Brothers Band at Beacon Theatre in N.Y.C. And that was in 2007! Even if you don't know Frank Zappa's music - this gig will blow you away. I'll put up a photo that I took from the concert I saw soon and do a Zappa inspired jam track for the next backing track (or tracks).
Melody Gardot - Baby I'm a Fool
Here's a lesson in how to lay it right back yet play with one serious groove. Talk about a natural. Melody Gardot has a fantastic voice and plays some really nice jazz chords on this tune of hers. Great phrasing. There is some really nice brush work by the drummer. The band is supporting the vocalist perfectly which is the main thing that every musician should keep in mind when playing with a singer. The melody to this tune would sound great as an instrumental.
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
This is a lesson in the cool. A classic song played live nice and laid back with everyone playing for the song: very light and supporting the singer. And the drummer's gotta be one of the hippest cats you ever did see. Even with it being played this laid back they are playing in the pocket and totally nailing the groove.
Rod Stewart & Jeff Beck - People Get Ready
This is an awesome live video of Jeff Beck playing the Curtis Mayfield song People Get Ready. Very cool with Rod Stewart walking out and surprising Jeff Beck. If you want to hear some great guitar playing check out some Jeff Beck albums. He is a tone master, playing with his fingers.
The bass player in this clip is Tal Wilkenfeld - she has been around a few years and played with some of the greats. Rock, blues, jazz you name it. Vinnie Colaiuta is on drums who is probably best known for playing with Frank Zappa. One of the best.