Friday, December 11, 2009

Matt Schofield To Release Instructional DVD

British bluesman Matt Schofield (that statement kind of makes him sound like he's in his 60s, I know) is currently filming an instructional DVD for Hal Leonard that is slated for release at Summer NAMM 2010.

According to Hal Leonard Corporation's press release:

December 2009:
Hal Leonard Inks DVD Deal with British Blues Sensation Matt Schofield
Filming underway in London for Summer release

Manchester-born Matt Schofield is making ripples on both sides of the Atlantic and far beyond for his incredible guitar skills. Hal Leonard Corporation, the world’s largest music print publisher, has signed a deal to create an instructional guitar DVD featuring Schofield for release this coming summer.

A confluence of solid blues, jazz, funk and rock, Schofield’s playing conjures up his various influences – the three Kings, Albert Collins, Hendrix, SRV, Robben Ford, The Meters – while sounding entirely fresh and original. His third studio recording, Heads, Tails & Aces, is garnering raves. The L.A. Daily News calls Schofield “the best blues guitarist from any country in decades,” and Vintage Guitar gushes that “his feel for the music is incredible.”


Hal Leonard VP of Pop & Standard Publications Jeff Schroedl shares the sentiment. “I was listening to Sirius and a track of Matt’s came on. I literally had to pull my car over and devote my full attention to listening to him play. He’s far and away the most exciting guitarist to come around in the last ten to 15 years.”



Matt's style brings to mind the bluesy 'fingerpainting' of Robben Ford as well as John Scofield's work with Medeski, Martin and Wood. He borrows much from the harmonic sensibilities of jazz, burning over the more sophisticated jazz-blues changes with aplomb. I'm digging it!

Heading up his trio with Jonny Henderson on Hammond organ and Evan Jenkins on drums, he goes with the (bass-less) organ-trio format to avoid parallels with the current crop of young blues guitar wunderkinds.

Although he used to travel with his vintage guitars -- a '61 Fender Strat, '62 Gibson ES335 and '68 Telecaster -- Matt now chooses an SVL Strat modelled closely after his '61. He plugs into Two-Rock Signature 100 watt heads.

(Press Release Excerpt from www.halleonard.com)

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