Time Article on Music Collectives

Here’s an interesting article from Time entitled “Can Music Collectives Fill the Gap Between Labels and DIY?,” by Lily Rothman. Rothman opens a brief discussion of the role of collectives, showing the different forms they may take, the people involved, and how it compares and contrasts with the traditional record label system. It’s short, but definitely worthwhile.

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Michelle Video

This is a video slideshow for my chord melody arrangement of the Beatles’ classic “Michelle.” A transcription of the chord melody is available here.

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Jazz Guitarist Fabrizio Sotti

I just finished a great interview with jazz guitarist Fabrizio Sotti for Guitar International. He is a unique artist and a pleasure to speak with. We talked about guitar, jazz, the music business, creativity, the artistic experience, and his recent musical projects. His new album, Right Now, combining jazz and pop sensibilities, comes out next month. You can get a glimpse of it here:

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Mike Op Music Newsletter

Last month the first edition of the Mike Op Music Newsletter went out, and received a great response! Thank you to all of the subscribers for your thoughts and feedback. If you didn’t receive it, here is a link to last month’s newsletter. Take a look, and if you like it, there’s a subscription link on the top left. The next mailing is in on week, featuring new and exclusive guitar and banjo lessons, videos, and articles.

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Book Review at All About Jazz

A new book review entitled Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers, and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz, 1960-1975, by Duncan Heining is now available on the All About Jazz website. A very interesting read, in which Heining touches on the significant movements of the period as well as interactions between popular artists, jazz artists, and those in both worlds, such as Ginger Baker. Read the full review here.

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A Night in Dzodze Video

Here’s a video slideshow of my original Afro-jazz tune “A Night in Dzodze.” You can view the leadsheet and score here. I’ll be adding more videos of my playing and original compositions to my Youtube channel over the coming weeks.

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Michelle Chord Melody

Here’s a new chord melody arrangement of Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s “Michelle” for solo guitar. In addition to being a pop tune, it has become a standard in the jazz repertoire.

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Bluegrass Banjo Lesson Now Available

I’ve just published a new lesson on the bluegrass rolls for the five-string banjo. Check it out here!

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Art Blakey’s Moanin’ at All About Jazz

My extended analysis of Art Blakey’s seminal hard-bop album Moanin’ is now available at All About Jazz. This includes an extensive review of Moanin’, its place and function in jazz at its release date and historically, and an overview of the impact of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messenger’s through the years. Read it here!

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Newsletter Launched!

I’m happy to announce that the first volume of the Mike Op Music Newsletter went out yesterday! This newsletter is an opportunity for me to stay in touch with students, friends, and readers.  The newsletters feature updates on myself, links to recently published articles around the web, news on upcoming events, and exclusive lesson content. You can sign up by clicking the link one the righthand side of each page.

Things are very busy, so the newsletter will be a brief highlight list of my monthly activities. As always, the website and blog will be constantly developing, including a new Player’s F.A.Q., links to interesting musical resources from around the web, suggested listening lists, videos, notations, and more.

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