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I've been using the TR 400 for a while now and I have been recommending it to musicians and  my students. Before that I was using the Transkriber Software, also made by Reed Kotler Music. It's been said  that a great composer doesn't borrow, he steals(attributed to Stravinsky, himself, a great composer).  This of course was said tongue in cheek, but the message is true in all the arts.  You must learn the vocabulary of the idiom. I believe that the shortcoming in music education for most part is lack of emphasis on transcription. Simply put, there is no shortcut or way around it. You have to learn the vocabulary. And to take it one step further; in all keys.  The old fashioned tape recorders that went at half speed put all the music down an octave  and made transcribing a garbled nightmare. I know. The TR 400 makes the process a lot friendlier. The device is small( it fits in my guitar case) and easy to use and most important, the music stays in the same register. I take it on the road with me. That’s where I get most of my work done. If you are serious about your music studies  then you must be transcribing. The TR 400 is the best tool I know of to allow you to get the message from the masters firsthand.


North Wales International Jazz Guitar Festival
AUGUST 13 - 17 - 2008



All concerts are open to the public.  Evening concerts are at

NEWI. (North East Wales Institute), Plas Coch Campus, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW

Lunch time Concerts at Yale's Cafe Bar, Hill Street.

All Star Jam at the Crown Inn, Llay.

“The finest event of its kind, there is nothing like it in the world”
Randall Kremer.

Presented by the North Wales Jazz Society.

For regular up-dates visit: www.northwalesjazz.org.uk

Further information/booking: 

Alternative Jazz Guitar Week - Wrexham
18 to 20 April organised by Trefor Owen and and Howard Alden!!   They are running 4 groups from 'beginners' to 'advanced'.  A series of concerts around the course will be run featuring the tutors call 01745 812260 or email northwalesjazzsc@aol.com   Fee £90 includes the concert on the Sat night.

Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist and Educator.

Trefor Owen, who is a native of Anglesey and a Welsh speaker, is one of Britain's finest guitarists and a familiar figure on the U.S. Jazz guitar scene. His recently released CD "Wales Plays Brazil" has won widespread critical acclaim and is featured regularly on Jazz FM's "Dinner Jazz".  Trefor has toured the U.K. extensively and performed in the U.S.A with the legendary guitarist Mundell Lowe, and has made appearances at the New York Guitar Show, Long Island and at the NAMM Show, Los Angeles. In July 1998 he was invited to the Chet Atkins Convention in Nashville, where he performed a guitar duo with Jim Nichols in the main auditorium, and conducted a workshop. This event was followed by a return visit to California where he played with two of Los Angeles' foremost guitarists, Ron Eschete and John Pisano. On the same tour Trefor made appearances in San Francisco at Enrico's, and at the famous Pearl's Jazz Club with guitarist Bruce Forman. He also performed at the Acoustic Guitar Show in San Rafael. He recently toured California for the second consecutive year, appearing in San Francisco and at John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Spazios, Sherman Oaks, L. A. During the tour he also performed a clinic for JazzMasters Workshops at Carmel, the first non American guitarist to do so.   In August 2005, for the sixth consecutive year, he was senior tutor of a team of international guitarists tutoring and performing at the North Wales International Jazz Guitar Festival and Summer School in Wrexham. Trefor Owen is one of the foremost Jazz and improvisation teachers in the U.K., covering all instruments. He has over twenty years' experience teaching at the highest level both in Britain and the USA. For eight of those years he was an Associate Lecturer at Leeds College of Music. Also, for the last seventeen years he has been a visiting lecturer at Liverpool Community College, and for the last five years has taught at Wigan and Leigh College.

Trefor Owen has considerable experience in tutoring clinics and workshops. Among the many he has conducted are celebrity workshops at Cork International Jazz Festival, London's Guitar Institute, the Zinc Bar, New York, New York Guitar Show, Long Island and, as mentioned above, the Chet Atkins Convention in Nashville.

Masterclass - Gypsy Jazz Guitar Workshop



Regular Gypsy Jazz Workshop will be held on  in Walsall, West Midlands
Masterclass -   will be run by the internationally respected Gypsy Jazz exponent Paul Vernon Chester and will cover all aspects of Manouche Swing Jazz for guitar and in particular rhythm and soloing techniques.   There will be a display of Paul's Guitars and perhaps a group recital to round things off.

For bookings and more Information email  Paul Vernon Chester

Jazz Guitar Classes each year @ Richmond Adult Community College. Do please spread the word to any other guitar players who may be interested to attend. To the best of my knowledge, these are the only Adult Education jazz guitar classes on offer within the M25 area, and so they are a unique opportunity.  Because the Government has decided to reduce its funding for adult education over the next three years, the College had had to revise its fee structure.  Because of its smaller size, this class does not attract Open College funding and has to be financially self-sustaining. Whereas most colleges have been closing smaller classes in alarming numbers, RACC has taken steps to endure the continuance of more specialised courses such as this. I hope that you will continue to support it.  Here are the details of the classes:

Jazz Guitar 1 OC (P4446007; Beginner/Intermediate level; Saturdays 10.00–11.30am) is for the entire academic year and so all students who have already enrolled have paid for all three terms and no further payment is required.

There is good news about Jazz Guitar Advanced (P4061207; 11.30 – 1.00pm)! This class now reverts to Open College status which means that the fee is slashed by more than 50% to the same level as the fee for Jazz Guitar 1 OC. So, you can now enrol for this class for just £132 for both the Spring and Summer terms together (23 meetings). The reason for this is that overall enrolments for the autumn term were higher than predicted and the College has also secured more funding for Open College classes.  Here are summarised details of the classes:

Sat. 10.00 – 11.30       P4446007 Jazz Guitar 1 OC   Price: £220.00

Enrolment is for all three terms. This class is for beginner/intermediate jazz guitarists.  New students may still join.

 Sat. 11.30 – 13.00       P4061207 Jazz Guitar Advanced   Price: £132.00

This enrolment is for the spring and summer terms together. This class is for advanced jazz guitarists.

Details on how to enrol can be found at: http://www.racc.ac.uk/enrol/index.php   You can also download an enrolment form there. Or you can pick up a College prospectus from either the Parkshot Centre or Clifden Centre.

Please note however, that the College require the tutor’s signature on a form before you can enrol. I can sign the form at our first meeting but it is best if this can be done in advance. If you complete the form and send it to me at my home address, I will sign it and return it to you straightaway. My address is: Charles Alexander, 13 Foulser Road, London SW17 8UE
If you have any queries, you can Email: charles alexander

Charles Alexander began his musical career as a jazz guitarist in Edinburgh and also ran the Edinburgh University Jazz Club. From 1973, for nine years, he was Director of the Jazz Centre Society in London, producing hundreds of jazz events ranging from weekly jazz club events to full scale jazz festivals such as the Camden Jazz Week. Since 1982 he has concentrated on his own musical activities as one of the leading jazz guitarists on the London scene. A committed jazz educator; he is Jazz Guitar Tutor at Richmond Adult and Community College. In 1984 Charles founded Jazzwise Publications, which publishes the monthly Jazzwise Magazine and distributes jazz music instructional books, software and DVDs. He organises the annual Jazzwise Summer School with Jamey Aebersold in Richmond, Surrey.
As a radio broadcaster, he presented seven series of BBC Radio 2's Six Silver Strings programmes and in 1994 he wrote and presented the 12-part series The Guitar in Jazz for BBC Radio 3. In 1999 his book "Masters of Jazz Guitar" was published by Balafon Books and he has co-authored two books with Nick Freeth - "The Acoustic Guitar" and "The Electric Guitar". Recent CDs include "When Lights Are Low" (Deep River Records) and "A Handful of Stars" (33 Jazz), both with saxophonist Jeffrey Benson.

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Local Tuition for Guitar

Finger Fret String
Jordan’s Courtyard, 8 Upper High Street, Thame, OX9 3ER
Tutor - Kevin Lucas
01844 217712 - Mobile 0783 436 3276
Kevin Lucas

Chiltern Music Services & Studio
Tuition, Sales, Service - email Alan Peppett, Walters Ash, nr High Wycombe, Bucks
 - for beginners or improvers 01494 562 048

Hugh Turner

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