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The best podcasts for Guitar lovers

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Who am I?

I'm a professional violinist, a member of Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra. During the pandemic, I started a YouTube channel and this podcast to help forge meaningful connections, and hopefully to lift people's spirits. I love music and the arts and through these in-depth conversations with a fascinating diversity of creative guests I hope to inspire, educate and entertain listeners with personal stories of the variety that a life in music can hold. I have been a professional violinist for 33 years, and I've always been fascinated to connect with other musicians and listen to music in different styles.

My Show

What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

There’s such a fascinating variety to a life in music; this series features wonderful musicians worldwide with in-depth conversations and great music. Many episodes feature guests playing music spontaneously as part of the episode or sharing performances and albums, including many great guitarists! I hope that the inspiration and connection found in a meaningful creative life, the challenges faced, and the stories from such a diversity of artists will draw you into this weekly series, with many topics that will resonate with all listeners.

What is my podcast playlist about?

Through this playlist of guitarists, you'll experience some of the diversity of musicians featured on this unique series. This list of 5 episodes can't include all the guitarists I've featured, but should give listeners a nice taste!

The podcasts I picked and why

1. Marc van Vugt: guitarist and composer

Why this podcast?

Marc van Vugt is a wonderful award-winning composer and jazz guitarist from the Netherlands. In this episode you’ll be introduced to several beautiful guitars in his collection that are featured in his new solo album, “The Lonely Coyote” and you’ll also get to hear stories from his travels and his perspectives about different musical scenes, composing, and some of the biggest challenges now for musicians worldwide.

Conversations with Musicians, with Leah Roseman - Marc van Vugt: guitarist and composer

Marc van Vugt: guitarist and composer

Conversations with Musicians, with Leah Roseman

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11/05/22 • 85 min

Marc van Vugt is a wonderful award-winning composer and jazz guitarist from the Netherlands. In this episode you’ll be introduced to several beautiful guitars in his collection that are featured in his new solo album, “The Lonely Coyote” and you’ll also get to hear stories from his travels and his perspectives about different musical scenes, composing, and some of the biggest challenges now for musicians worldwide.

Please buy me a coffee! (and get access to unique perks) https://ko-fi.com/leahroseman

The video version of this is linked here: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/marc-van-vugt-guitarist-and-composer

https://baiximrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-lonely-coyote

photo: Jiri Büller

Timestamps:

(00:00) Intro

(01:39) “Simiane” intro and performance

(08:01)influence of Latin American music, growing up in a small Dutch town

(10:49) Paris, Theo van Doesburg house in Meudon, composing the Vandoesburg Suite

(15:28) album “The Lonely Coyote”, collection of guitars, touring challenges with a guitar

(21:21) baritone guitar

(21:22) Martin guitar, technique of playing with a mix of nails and pick

(28:20) harp zither

(33:44) more about “The Lonely Coyote” ablum, living in the desert, influences of Alberto Gismonti, Ralph Towner, Leo Kottke

(40:19) creative process of composing, Kenny Wheeler

(48:36) HKU University for the Arts in Utrecht, Hans Kox, Eef Albers, creating the jazz and improvised music department with Bert van der Brink

(51:17) Banff, categories of music, the free improvised music scene in the Netherlands

(56:03) experience of growing up in a place and time with limited access to music and different musicians in contrast to now with the challenges of exposure YouTube and social media in general

(01:01:48) touring and collaborating with local musicians, trips to Indonesia and playing with gamelan players

(01:05:06) trip to Brazil

(01:07:31) teaching composition

(01:12:46) Rogier van Otterloo

(01:15:16) writing music for films of Georges Méliès

(01:19:12) archtop guitar

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11/05/22 • 85 min

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2. Daniel Ramjattan: Classical Guitarist and Performance Coach

Why this podcast?

Daniel Ramjattan is a phenomenal classical guitarist and this episode features some of his performances as well as many valuable insights in his work as a performance coach and educator, and from his reflections on the significant challenges he has overcome in his life and career. Daniel has shared 2 tracks from his album “Inspirations - New Music for Solo Guitar”, including a work by Raphael Weinroth-Browne, who is a previous guest of this series, and is known worldwide as a versatile and powerful cellist.

Conversations with Musicians, with Leah Roseman - Daniel Ramjattan: Classical Guitarist and Performance Coach

Daniel Ramjattan: Classical Guitarist and Performance Coach

Conversations with Musicians, with Leah Roseman

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06/17/23 • 105 min

Daniel Ramjattan is a phenomenal classical guitarist and this episode features some of his performances as well as many valuable insights in his work as a performance coach and educator, and from his reflections on the significant challenges he has overcome in his life and career. Like all my episodes, this is available on your favourite podcast player, a video on YouTube, and the transcript, all linked to my website https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/daniel-ramjattan I’m an independent podcaster and I need my listeners’ help to keep this series going. ⁠https://ko-fi.com/leahroseman⁠

I really value this long-form conversations that allow for depth, and you can use the detailed timestamps if you prefer to jump to any topics or musical selection.

https://www.danielramjattan.com/

Timestamps:

(00:00) Intro

(02:05) big personal and financial challenges

(07:44) Trinidad Tobago culture and family

(11:46) Segovia

(14:56) intro to Catharsis by Raphael Weinroth-Browne

(16:37) “Ire” from Catharis by Raphael Weinroth-Browne from Daniel’s album “Inspirations”

(16:40)I need my listeners’ help: Please offer me a tip on Ko-fi!

(21:53) Segovia, Flamenco

(23:43)John Williams

(24:29) Julian Bream, intro to Leo Brouwer Sonata

(28:00) Toccata de Pasquini, Leo Brouwer Sonata

(33:04) Performance Anxiety, Madeline Bruser, Gerald Klickstein

(35:14) financial barriers “Life doesn’t have to be this hard”, studies with Bruce Holtzman, Lorenzo Micheli, Patrick Roux

(45:46) Busking, connecting with different audiences

(53:30) intro to Naoko Tsujita’s piece

(56:17) Naoko Tsujita Gamelan Suite, Second Movement from Daniel’s album “Inspirations”

(59:02) the Carillon, Naoko Tsujita

(01:03:00) Performance Anxiety, beta blockers, exposure treatment

(01:11:48) Improvisation to help with anxiety

(01:16:45) controlling performance contexts, mindset, Performance Anxiety

(01:19:56) Buddhism, martial arts, controlling emotions

(01:29:03) teaching performance anxiety skills

(01:40:07) final reflections on life and gratitude mindset

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06/17/23 • 105 min

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3. Elizabeth Pallett, Lutenist: Bringing the Renaissance to life!

Why this podcast?

Elizabeth Pallett is a wonderful British lute player, and this episode features the baroque guitar as well. Her love of Renaissance music and history is infectious and she has generously provided this episode with several of her beautifully produced YouTube videos; her channel Luteweb is linked in the description, as well as her duo Amarylli with soprano Hannah Grove. We talk about the history of the evolution of plucked instruments in Europe, and many fascinating historical figures including Dowland and Shakespeare. Liz plays various lutes and plucked instruments and teaches at the Birmingham Conservatoire as well as online with students worldwide.

Conversations with Musicians, with Leah Roseman - Elizabeth Pallett, Lutenist: Bringing the Renaissance to life!

Elizabeth Pallett, Lutenist: Bringing the Renaissance to life!

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06/10/23 • 106 min

Elizabeth Pallett is a wonderful British lute player. Her love of Renaissance music and history is infectious and she has generously provided this episode with several of her beautifully produced YouTube videos; her channel Luteweb is linked below, as well as her duo Amarylli with soprano Hannah Grove. We talk about the history of the evolution of plucked instruments in Europe, and many fascinating historical figures including Dowland and Shakespeare. Liz plays various lutes and plucked instruments and teaches at the Birmingham Conservatoire as well as online with students worldwide.

Like all my episodes, you can listen to this on your favourite podcast player, watch the YouTube on my channel, and read the transcript; everything is linked on my website https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/elizabeth-pallett I have also included detailed timestamps below.

I really do need my listners' help to keep this going! Please take a look at my Ko-fi page: https://ko-fi.com/leahroseman

Below are the links for Elizabeth Pallett, her website and YouTube channels:

https://luteweb.com/ https://www.youtube.com/@luteweb https://www.youtube.com/@amarylli1745

https://twitter.com/luteweb

Timestamps:

(00:00:00) Intro

(00:01:57) Her musical education, growing up on a farm

(00:04:16) Julian Bream’s influence

(00:05:52) introduction to the lute

(00:09:17) Fantasia by Francesco Da Milano Libro Terzo 1562

(00:11:14) evolution of the lute from the oud

(00:18:49) Calata Ala Spagnola by Joan Ambrosio Dalza

(00:21:48) the gittern

(00:25:27) please help me keep this series going by supporting me through my Ko-fi page!

(00:25:52) Tastar de corde, improvisatory music

(00:28:01) historical context of the music, Aurelio Brandolini

(00:33:58) the gittern and the origins of the guitar

(00:36:35) lute tablature manuscripts, Capirola lute book

(00:39:05) Ricercar Terzo by Vincenzo Capirola

(00:43:55) baroque guitar

(00:46:18) Jácaras by Gaspar Sanz on baroque guitar

(00:46:28) why Liz cuts her nails

(00:54:54) teaching lute online and Luteweb videos

(00:58:46) lute repertoire, Bach lautenwerck, why the lute fell out of favour

(01:03:44) women lute players and composers

(01:06:12) teaching online and sharing the love of the past and the lute

(01:08:21) Recercar probably by Marco Dall’Aquila

(01:10:23) teaching at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

(01:12:43) the joy of playing figured bass

(01:15:32) Amarylli, soprano Hannah Grove, creative programming

(01:18:32) “Weep Ye No More Fountains” by John Dowland with Hannah Grove

(01:21:08) controversy around Edward de Vere being the author of the writer who had the pen name Shakespeare

(01:28:11) John Dowland

(01:38:55) Eward de Vere, Marco Dall’Aquila

(01:40:34) finding time to practice, balancing family life

(01:42:01) bringing undiscovered music to light

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06/10/23 • 106 min

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4. Derek Gripper

Why this podcast?

The internationally renowned South African guitarist Derek Gripper is famous for his groundbreaking technique for evoking the West African kora on the guitar. During this episode you’ll get to hear Derek play quite a bit (check out the timestamps in the description) and you will hear his wonderful insights on how we listen to and learn music, the influence of Montessori and Alexander Technique in his life, his reflections on important collaborations in his career and his perspectives on changes that have been imposed on creators and performers.

Conversations with Musicians, with Leah Roseman - Derek Gripper

Derek Gripper

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11/19/22 • 82 min

The internationally renowned guitarist Derek Gripper is famous for his groundbreaking technique for evoking the West African kora on the guitar. During this episode you’ll get to hear Derek play quite a bit and you will hear his wonderful insights on how we listen to and learn music, the influence of Montessori and Alexander Technique in his life, his reflections on important collaborations in his career and his perspectives on changes that have been imposed on creators and performers.

Please help me keep this podcast going: https://ko-fi.com/leahroseman

The video and transcript are linked here: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/derek-gripper

https://www.derekgripper.com/

Timestamps:

(00:00:00) Introduction (00:01:45) Bach guitar music with intro (00:04:00) carnatic music studies, album with tabla player Udai Mazumdar (00:06:12) structural improvisation, Bach (00:08:18) Alexander Technique (00:15:28) violin studies (00:16:24) Derek's recording approach (00:20:30) “Billly Goes to Durban” (00:21:28) kora music, Toumani Diabaté (00:25:18) “Tubaka” guitar music (00:26:36) Derek’s transcriptions, Zoom classes (00:30:12) online music economy, Derek’s experiences with selling albums, Platoon label (00:35:35) Montessori method and teaching guitar (00:39:38) "A Year of Swimming" (00:41:34) Alex Van Heerden, “Sagtevlei”, Steve Reich, Bryan Bolton (00:45:36) Guy Buttery and different collaborations (00:48:12) South Africa and COVID’s economic ramifications (00:49:43) Madosini (00:52:06) World Music as a genre and marketing tool (00:58:23) Derek’s style of performing (01:00:31) mental health, touring, mindset with Alexander Technique inhibition and internal resistance (01:04:42) "Seeing Nobody" guitar music (01:07:00) reflections on Derek’s career, being South African, John Williams, Lucy Duran (01:11:30) Derek’s guitars, Paul Galbraith Brahms guitar, “Bloomdorns”, Hermann Hauser, just intonation and bending notes, oud, lute, veena, (01:17:36) Derek’s advice and reflections on too much input

photo: Luke Young

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11/19/22 • 82 min

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5. Roddy Ellias Guitarist and Composer

Why this podcast?

The wonderful jazz guitarist and composer Roddy Ellias talks about his current projects, creative process, artistic development, and lots more. He begins the episode with an improvisation on My Favourite Things by Rogers and Hammerstein. Roddy talks about his Peggy White guitar, and it’s really interesting hearing Roddy’s stories of getting into the business, and his days on the road with a rock band while he was learning jazz. He talked about connections between martial arts and music, and his compositional process.We talked about his puppet opera Sleeping Rough. He collaborated on this with his wife the writer Sandra Nicholls, who also wrote the poetry for the lyrics for the songs in the 2022 album Not This Room. Both of these projects feature the amazing singer Kellylee Evans, who is the featured guest in Season 2 of this series .

Conversations with Musicians, with Leah Roseman - Roddy Ellias Guitarist and Composer

Roddy Ellias Guitarist and Composer

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08/12/21 • 42 min

Jazz guitarist and composer Roddy Ellias talks to me about his creative process, artistic development, some current and past projects, reflections on the pandemic and more. In a separate bonus to this episode, we play an improvisation.

On my podcast website you'll find the link to the video, bonuses, and the transcript: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/e12-s1-roddy-ellias-guitarist-and-composer

Roddy's recordings, performances and teaching studio are linked on his website here: https://www.roddyellias.com/

Peggy White guitars: https://www.peggywhite.ca/

I need help to keep this going! Please take a look at my Ko-fi to leave me a tip: https://ko-fi.com/leahroseman Thanks!

Photo credit: Evan Shaw

Timestamps:

(00:00) Intro

(01:05) These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

(06:20) Peggy White guitar

(09:32) classical and jazz worlds

(11:13) Roddy’s early development as a musician, playing with Lew Kirton, The Sceptres, touring the States

(17:27) Le Hibou coffehouse Lenny Breau and other legends

(19:45) Teaching composition and jazz

(22:37) martial arts and music, getting into the zone

(27:48) performing on Syncspace Live

(30:37) Sleeping Rough puppet opera and composition process

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08/12/21 • 42 min

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