Napa, CA, May 20, 2010 — Affiliated Artists in association with ArtistWorks, Inc., is celebrating the Three Year Anniversary of the online Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute with the announcement of exciting new content for students of the jazz guitar.
Launched in May 2007, the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute broke ground in online guitar learning by presenting students with the only place for video-exchange lessons with this legendary player, around which an active online student community was built. With Bruno’s unique insight into jazz and jazz guitar, and employing the latest Internet and video technology, Jimmy’s method and “no nonsense” approach to jazz improvisation became available to eager guitar students around the world. Now in 2010, the JBGI has over 3000 video exchanges of lessons between students and teacher, and a renewed excitement in the program as guitarists around the world discover the revolutionary online learning platform.
Bruno has infused the JBGI with new content this year. Eighteen new advanced lessons round out the “Improv Revealed, Levels 4 and 5” online curriculum. Two new songs expand the “Advanced Tune Analysis” course (“How Insensitive” and “Night in Tunisia”) where basic structures are learned that can be applied to hundreds of other tunes. Three new guest faculty lesson series have been added to the JBGI, with material from Howard Alden, Dr. Seth Greenberg, and Sheryl Bailey, each providing their own insights on learning jazz guitar. There is a 9-part discussion series with fellow ArtistWorks guitarist Andreas Oberg in which they compare Bruno’s innovative “Five Shapes” approach to more traditional academic jazz methods, as well as the six-part ArtistWorks Guitar Project series with the two artists that’s received some notoriety on the Internet and in the press in recent months for locking two uniquely different jazz guitar personalities in a studio for a week and seeing what happens (part of the AWGP can be found on the ArtistWorks YouTube channel).
Coinciding with the JBGI’s third anniversary, Jimmy Bruno will take the stage at the legendary Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan with Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, and The Les Paul Trio from 8-10pm on Monday, May 24.
About the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute
Jimmy Bruno is a master jazz guitarist and jazz educator. One of the most critically acclaimed jazz guitarists performing today, Bruno came to prominence as a jazz musician in the 1990’s after a successful twenty-year career as a sought-after commercial guitarist and session musician. The Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute was opened in May 2007. With his unique insight into jazz and jazz guitar, and employing the latest Internet and video technology, Jimmy’s “no nonsense” approach to jazz improvisation is now available to eager guitar students around the world representing more than 45 countries. The JBGI continues to break new ground with new lessons content added regularly. All students have complete access to an organized and complete curriculum of lesson plans, tune analyses, supplementary lessons, and an active and vibrant forum board. Only the JBGI student has gold-plated access to First Look™, the exclusive early access to Jimmy’s filmed live performances and exclusive downloadable audio content, as well as the Video, Photo and Audio Galleries in their entirety. The extensive video curriculum is presented on the innovative ArtistWorks online platform, allowing Bruno to use ArtistWorks’ Internet video-exchange technology to break the barrier of one-sided learning. The JBGI incorporates fully featured social media, uniting a world of jazz guitarists in one central place. Enrollment is $60 for three months of instruction. The Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute is presented by Affiliated Artists in association with ArtistWorks, Inc. and resides at www.jimmybrunoguitarinstitute.com.
The ArtistWorks online visual education format allows virtuoso musicians to “Teach the World” by presenting their full method, technique or curriculum in HD video to subscribing students of their sites. Simple webcams are used by the students to submit videos to the Artist through the site, for critique and guidance if they want personalized instruction. The Artists manage the video flow by using the Video Management System created and owned by ArtistWorks, Inc. (patent pending). Regardless of whether or not students participate in exchanging videos with the Artist, these “video-exchanges” are posted for all subscribing students to learn from. This groundbreaking use of video-exchange for the instruction of musical instruments has been implemented at Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute, the Qbert Skratch University, Andreas Oberg Guitar Universe, Peery Piano Online, Tony Trischka School of Banjo, Howard Levy Harmonica School, and the new Martin Taylor Guitar Academy.