Greg Fishman started playing professionally in Chicago at the age of 14. He graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a degree in Jazz Performance, and earned a Masters Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University.
Greg is an expert on the music of Stan Getz, and has authored 3 transcription books of Getz’s material.
Greg is the author (and publisher) of Jazz Saxophone Etudes Volumes 1 – 3, Jazz Saxophone Duets, Volumes 1 – 3, Jazz Phrasing for Saxophone, Volumes 1 – 3, Hip Licks for Saxophone, Lobster Theory, Jazz Guitar Etudes, Jazz Trumpet Duets and Tasting Harmony™.
Greg has a new membership site at www.GregFishmanJazzStudios.com. (You’ll hear a lot about what you will get when joining when you listen to this episode.)
Greg teaches jazz master classes and college workshops nationally and internationally, and is on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop.
When not on tour, Greg is based in the Chicago area where he performs locally and teaches at Greg Fishman Jazz Studios. Greg Fishman is a Rico artist and plays Rico reeds exclusively.
To learn more about Greg Fishman, visit his website at http://www.gregfishman.com/bio/
Here’s what you will hear in this episode:
- Who Greg’s most influential teachers and influencers were
- How to be a great soloist
- How to think about practicing and growing the right mindset for playing
- Chord scales or chord tones? Greg’s take…
- The benefits of transcribing
- How to use play-a-longs properly
- The correct order for using Greg’s Jazz Etudes series
- Why it’s so important to hear the notes/phrase BEFORE you play them
- Numerous examples of Greg demonstrating how to use licks
- Tons of Greg’s analogies to help you understand concepts
Check out the video interview below (and please share 😊)
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Priceless! Greg has so much to share and he does it so well. I’ll be listening to this again. Thanks!
I don’t even know where to begin to describe how good his was. There was so much crammed into two hours I might have to watch it again to make sure I got it all. There was so much knowledge there. Greg is so excellent. I bought his Lobster Theory book, but I gave it to my niece who is learning how to play and she loves jazz. I need to get it back from her! He seemed so down to earth and approachable. I’d like the opportunity to sit with him for an hour just to pick his brain. Donna you guys are doing so good with these podcast, Keep up the good work!
Thanks Robert! Greg really went above and beyond on this show…
Great to meet you. So glad that you enjoyed the podcast. We can schedule a Skype lesson and I can answer any questions you have about playing or practicing. You can email me at email@example.com. Talk soon!