Dagan sits down for a chat and jam session with the legendary guitarist and online guitar teacher Jack Gardiner for the next episode of Rock and Shop - powered by Professional Music Technology.
In this episode of Rock and Shop, Jack tells us how important it is to "embrace the suck" when it comes to creating a guitar solo, how playing guitar is like speaking a language and shows us some of his favourite gear.
We also find out some tips on becoming a "YouTube guitarist" and how you should embrace the imperfection of your playing as it all leads to improvement. We find out how to build a following on Instagram and what it can lead to professionally.
We also get to chat about Jack's new album 'Escapades'. Dagan and Jack also treat us to a virtual and completely original jam. Dagan lays down the backing track whilst Jack completely blows us away on his Strandberg guitar!
0:38 Who is Jack Gardiner?
0:48 The importance of Jimi Hendrix & Steve Vai
3:12 Becoming a professional guitarist
4:28 Tom Quayle lessons
4:41 Tips on improvising a guitar solo
6:56 Tips on creating backing tracks and how they improve your playing
9:26 Jack's Solo album 'Escapades'
12:57 Jack's songwriting process
14:48 Tips on getting involved with bands, becoming a session guitarist and Youtube/instagram guitarist
17:51 Jack's YouTube channel
20:50 How to become better at guitar
22:11 Jack's Strandberg guitars
25:17 D'addario strings
25:30 Jack's Pedals, Cables & Amps - Signal chain!
27:36 Recording at home with Neural DSP
29:04 Jack's dream rig
31:38 YouTube Lessons from Jack & links
32:42 Advice Jack wish he was told about guitar
33:58 Jam with Jack & Dagan
Jack Gardiner is a professional musician/guitarist based in Liverpool, U.K. and Switzerland. Jack first started playing and teaching professionally at the age of 15, playing with popular Rap and RnB artists (KOF/Janice Myers) in large capacity venues and live on BBC Radio One Live Lounge at Maida Vale Studios. Since then, Jack has built up a fan base across his social media channels and has been invited to perform at trade shows and conduct masterclasses and clinics across the globe (MMI, ITA & Portavella Guitar Camp, ESP alongside Guthrie Govan).
In 2017, Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Allan Holdsworth) approached Jack to play guitar for his Greatest Hits Tour EU alongside Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson). During the same year, 80’s Pop/Rock Band, China Crisis approached Jack to take up guitar duties as a permanent member of the group.
Jack has continued to hone his formidable technique and sophisticated style and maintains a busy schedule touring extensively across U.K. and Europe. Currently, he is actively teaching many pupils from across the globe and via his website’s lesson packages.
Jack is currently working on his debut solo release (due early-2020) and is working with a number of artists for various projects.
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