(This was a reaction to my recent blog about what level of sight reading is and isn’t necessary these days from Ric Molina, who amongst other things plays guitar in the Broadway show WICKED. It was so good that I felt that it should stand on it’s own. I completely agree with what Ric is saying […]

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June 9, 2014

Written by Doug Perkins

I recently have had a lot of people ask me about sight reading music, and it seemed to be a good topic for me to write a blog for JGS on – especially since I have been spending some time cleaning up my own reading recently as well. While I am known to be more […]

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November 7, 2013

Written by Doug Perkins

Hi Everyone, Well, it‘s starting to get colder in my part of the globe (or at least as cold as it ever gets in Los Angeles), and the fall/winter is always the time when I start new things – possibly due to being born then, who knows? But, besides starting NEW things, we all have […]

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It’s July 4th, Independence Day here in the United States, and a historic time where the largest group of people to ever assemble in the history of the world are  in Egypt to attempt to have a hand in their own freedoms. It made me think about one of the things that can give us […]

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I was able to get new teacher Jamie Glaser to do a “guest blog” to go along with his new video, and hope to do more of that in the future with other teachers at JGS – this is a very fun and facinating collection of thoughts and stories I think you will enjoy – […]

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April 12, 2013

Written by Doug Perkins

Well, next month is the one year anniversary of JazzGuitarSociety.com, and I realized that I have spent so much time bringing in new teachers and doing interviews etc., that I haven’t done a blog in a really long time, so here goes…but before I start in, I want to make sure everyone knows that we […]

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So I am writing this tonight fresh from the final day of the auction of the estate of the late (and VERY great) Les Paul at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, CA. Am I rich and someone that collects valuable things? Well, I’m certainly not rich, but I DO collect things that have value to […]

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April 17, 2012

Written by Doug Perkins

This week’s blog is about some of the things that I have learned about myself with regards to practicing, I have a feeling that they are common enough to resonate with others but I am very curious on peoples’ thoughts on some of this as to how it applies to them.   One of the […]

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It’s now one week after the once in a lifetime Musician’s Institute Reunion – I say that it will only happen once because of the scope of the event, it was for everyone who was ever a student or an instructor / staff since the school started in 1977 through when it was sold in […]

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January 26, 2012

Written by Doug Perkins

CODA: Accepting Your Limitations and Embracing your Strengths.   After all of this talk of how to improve our right hand techniques, I felt I needed to add a “coda” here to try to balance all of this out with something philosophical about the nature of music and being an artist in general. Try to […]

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Anyway. as soon as I got my weight shifted a bit and got the little finger to the point that I didn’t have to exert any effort to keep it out and relaxed, I was pretty good to go. Somewhere a year or so after this change over, a friend sent me a great article […]

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OK, so all of this served me pretty well for a while, but there were certain guitars that were really uncomfortable for me to play, especially guitars without pick guards, or arch-top acoustics where there was a long drop from the first string to the pick guard – I would hit that as I was […]

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Part 2 of Doug’s exploration of “Universal Truths In Picking Technique”
That worked pretty well for a few years, although I never quite got to the Mahavishnu buzz saw that I would have wanted to have. Then I went to Musician’s Institute (then GIT) and I knew right away I was in the deep end of the pool and it was adult swim. One of the first people I got to know in my class was a guy named Gilles Renne from France, and he had the effortless buzz saw right hand of doom. After a couple of months of being around him, both myself and instructor Ron Eschete decided to switch our right hands

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I got a call this morning from a Musician’s Institute alumni who I had been talking to on Face Book and had remembered from when I was teaching there years ago. He had seen me writing on FaceBook (yes, I’m there probably too often) about a right hand picking technique change over that I was in the final conversion to, and being frustrated with his own right hand technique problems, he wanted some advice. At the end of about 45 minutes, he felt that he was given a lot of insight into a problem that had plagued him for many years, and suggested that I blog about it, so I decided that maybe my own years of struggle in the same area could help some others so decided to do it.

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One of the things I have been doing lately is helping to plan the reunion of the original Musician’s Institute students and teachers (‘77-‘94) in Hollywood in March of 2012. In doing so, we put up a FaceBook group and people from all around the world have been posting really interesting things. One was a […]

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June 13, 2011

Written by Doug Perkins

It was some time in the early 2000′s that I got an email from a keyboard player friend here in Los Angeles that some guitar player named John Pin in Australia was looking for his old guitar teacher from Musician’s Institute named Doug Perkins. He figured that was me and sent me John’s email, who […]

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