The Guitar Artistry Of Bill Frisell
Mar 16 2015
William Richard “Bill” Frisell is an American guitarist, composer and arranger. One of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s, Frisell’s eclectic music touches on progressive folk, classical music, country music, noise and more. He is known for using an array of effects to create unique sounds from his instrument. Bill Frisell keeps flying after passing the borders of jazz and rock. He stands out among contemporary guitarists for his innovative playing style and unique sound. This instructional DVD introduces Frisell’s playing and presents his individual approach in detail. Designed for intermediate to advanced guitarists, this DVD also includes a booklet with exercises and transcriptions.
- When We Go
- Strange Meeting
- The Days of Wine and Roses
This isn’t the licks of Bill or how to play like Bill Frisell. As he shows, the fretboard can be a wonderfully complex instrument with endless opportunities. It is a wonderful insight to how he improvises, plays, his use of effects and his general thoughts about playing with a band and the importance (to him, and thus to all us mortals as well) of melody and several examples of the use of melody as a template for his improvisational approach. He has a distinct voice on the guitar and this DVD captures his style and approaches quite well. You can’t teach improvisation in a 60-90 DVD.
This DVD is a peek inside the mind of a creative, musical genius. His ideas are valid but not for the typical, “let me steal your licks!” crowd. There are no licks to steal…just a well-rounded discussion of his “method” for making any tune his own. Bill Frisell is one strange guy making strange music, beautiful but strange.
This DVD is his attempt to explain how he creates his music. It’s all too specific and vague at the same time. It’s almost philosophical. He plays music to demonstrate his explanations but it doesn’t help, it’s just too weird.
He’s weird, his music’s weird and this DVD is appropriately weird. It’s neither an instructional or a music video but is instead a prismatic look at one of the most gifted, iconoclastic and melodic guitarist working today. If you have the chance to see him live, don’t miss it. The DVD will be far more relevant if you have seen one of his shows.
Year: 2006 (1996)
Running time: 1 hour
Video: XviD MPEG4 2 Mbit/s 720×480 29.97 fps
Audio: MP3 2 ch 44.1 KHz 256 kbit/s
Size: 423 Mb