Matt's comments

Hi,
 
Here I put just anything I would like to share with you, such as my thoughts on learning jazz, gear, tone, phrasing, and whatever else seems relevant. There are certain questions that I get many times, so I have written some answers, from my point of view, on these pages.

The most asked question by far is: what amp, guitar, strings do you use? Read my comments on the gear page.
 

Smooth Jazz: some love it, some hate it, but what is it? Opinions on this topic are very diverse as I have noticed. I use the term smooth jazz for some of my music, because it is a known term, and because I play jazz, that is often quite smooth. But what I mean is not exactly how the term is often used.  In fact, I think a lot of smooth jazz has little to do with jazz. There is a lot of music out there that is made according to a sort of ´smooth recipe´, with little jazz content. For me, improvisation is an essential part of jazz, without it, it is not jazz. Smooth jazz that is just a repetition of cliche melodies, is not jazz, and unfortunately, a lot of ´smooth jazz´ is exactly that. I don´t like that kind of smooth jazz. Then again, some supposed jazz lovers make the mistake of classifying everything with a smooth sound or contemporary beat as elevator music, or weather channel music, because they don´t listen to what is really played. When I play my ´smooth jazz´ there is always a lot of space for improvisation. I never hear that in any elevator, or on any weather channel. In fact, I play it with just as much imagination as a straight ahead jazz piece, only the beat is different. So, don´t judge on sound alone, listen to content!