CDs

Often my students ask me… “Who shall I listen to if I wanna learn…(whatever style)?”

Over the years I had to do countless of lists for country artists, jazz artists, funk, etc… suggesting specific albums that I found very helpful. Well this page is the FINAL list. From now on I can send anyone to this page and they will find all the answers!

Now, if you wanna learn any of these styles you just have to buy them and start transcribing them!

PS: Buying CDs from this page won’t cost you any extra money but you’ll help me keeping this site alive!

Country

Brent Mason: Hot Wired

There are albums that have an impact on you. Somehow they change you. For me, this is it.

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Brad Paisley: Mud On The Tires

Brad did lots of great albums. This is simply my favourite. The first time I heard it I thought..”What??”.. I think that’s good. :)

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The Hellecasters: The Return of the Hellecasters

This album is great fun and full of brilliant guitar parts and quite often ‘scary guitar parts’. A sort of country version of the G3.

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Jerry Reed: RCA Country Legends

Jerry Reed was one of the most creative and innovative guitar players to walk on this planet. Pure genius.

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Emmylou Harris: Roses in the Snow

Emmylou did lots of fantastic albums with her ‘Hot Band’. This one has (among the others): Albert Lee, Tony Rice and Jerry Douglas.

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Alan Jackson: Who I Am

(w/Brent Mason) Probably the album that signed the beginning of success of Brent Mason and the players.

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Brooks & Dunn: The Greatest Hits Collection

(w/Brent Mason) Still in the golden years of the players. Fantastic musicians and great country songs.

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Mark Chesnutt: Savin’ The Honky Tonk

(w/Brent Mason) I just love every single guitar part of this album. Just pure country style to my ears. The band is AWESOME.

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Shania Twain: Come On Over

(w/Brent Mason & Dann Huff) Not many people know that there are two versions of this album: US (awesome) & UK (crap).

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Keith Urban: In The Ranch

Keith Urban’s first album before he started to work with Dann Huff. Lots of great songs and nice guitar parts.

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Mark O’Connor: The New Nashville Cats

This album was made with the best Nashville musicians for musicians. There is a LOT of scary stuff in here.

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The Time Jumpers: Jumpin’ Time

Western Swing made one of the most famous band in Nashville. If you go there you need to go and see them on Monday eve.

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Jazz

Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue

Probably the most selling jazz album of all time. ‘It must have been made in heaven’.

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Wes Montgomery: The Incredible Jazz Guitar

Jazz guitar at its highest with a fantastic band. You can sing every solo from beginning to end. No bull****, just good music.

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Barney Kessel: Poll Winners + Poll Winners Ride Again

Barney was mostly famous for his chord melody style but he was also one of the first to use economy picking. Stunning player.

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Frank Sinatra: Sinatra At The Sands

My American friends will know this one but this is not so popular in Europe. Just SWING. S.W.I.N.G.

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George Benson: Weekend In L.A.

Benson is an alien. I don’t think it’s humanly possible to play this good. So soulful. I mean it’s just unfair. Brilliant album.

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Johnny Smith: Moonlight In Vermont

Not many people know about Johnny and that’s a shame because he was an incredible guitarist! And what a technique!

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Blues

Robert Johnson: Complete Recordings

This is somehow the starting point for blues music. You gotta listening to this one. It’s magic.

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B.B. King: Live At The Regal

Absolutely a magic live night for B.B. King. He was ON FIRE on this night and luckily it was recorded for us to enjoy.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Flood

I spent part of my teen years wondering how the hell SRV could get those sounds. And it was suppose to be his (their) demo!

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Bluesbreakers: with Eric Clapton (The Beano Album)

A very young Eric Clapton who shocked the world with his incredible talent. Gibson + Marshall. You gotta know this one.

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Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

First time I heard this album I thought: “What? Can you do all that with 5 notes? Ok, I must be missing something out here…”.

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Freddy King: Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away with

I discovered Freddy King because everyone I liked was playing one of his songs… so I went and listened to him and… I understood.

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Robben Ford: Talk To Your Daughter

Robben is a very gifted player. He just completely changed the way we play blues. What a talent.

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Funk

James Brown: 20 All-Time Greatest Hits!

This is how it works. You learn EVERY James Brown song first THEN you start looking for something different.

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Michael Jackson: Off The Wall

This album was magnificent. The most talented musicians, producer, singer, etc.

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Herbie Hancock: V.S.O.P.

The ‘cream’ of session players and musicians on that era. WHAT A GROOVE!

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Tower Of Power: T.O.P.

The guitar parts on this album are incredible. Very innovative, groovy and tight. Just another level of playing.

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Harvey Mason: Funk in a Mason Jar

Does it really get any better than this???? DOES IT?????

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Eddie Hazel: Rest In P

Know Parliament/Funkadelic? Well you gotta hear this. One of the most incredible funk instrumental song is in it.

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Singer-Songwriters

Lori McKenna: The Kitchen Tapes

Lori in her kitchen. No editing. Just her and her guitar. And now listen. This is pretty special.

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Randy Newman: Songbook Vol. 1

Not everybody likes Randy but he’s great. Simply one of the best songwriters alive.

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Carole King: Tapestry

I’m kinda assuming that everybody knows this album but I’m gonna put it here just in case you’ve been in a coma.

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Lucy Kaplansky: The Red Thread

I love Lucy. This album has great songs and great guitar parts. Check it out!

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Jon Randall: Walking Among The Living

This is Nashville style of songwriting. Really simple and straight forward. I love this stuff.

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Tracy Chapman: Tracy Chapman

This was a really good album with some excellent songs. Full of very interesting ‘easy’ guitar parts.

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Fusion

Yellowjackets: Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets are a great band and this album they had Robben Ford on guitar which adds some magic.

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Pat Metheny Group: Letter From Hom

My favorite PMG album. He’s simply a fantastic musician.

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Lee Ritenour: First Course

This is (I believe) the first solo album of Lee Ritenour. There’s some really cool stuff in here.

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Donal Fagen: The Nightfly

Most of the people are familiar with Steely Dan but not so many with this album which I think is as good!

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Frank Gambale: The Great Explorers

Frank did lots of great albums but this is the one that I spend lots of hours on trying to understand how he does it.

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Larry Carlton: Strike Twice

Larry is simply one of the most influential guitarist of the history. Listen to him.

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Rock

Dire Straits: Money For Nothing

Me at 12: “The day I will be able to play the solo of ‘Sultans of Swing’ I will be the happiest man on earth”… still waiting ;)

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Guns ‘n’ Roses: Appetite For Destruction

My very first band was a Guns & Roses tribute band. I think Guns really had something awesome going on..

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Deep Purple: Made in Japan

Many people might disagree but this album represent for me Blackmore at the top. Astonishing.

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Queen: Greatest Hits 2

I had a huge Queen ‘phase’ in my teens and this album was the starting point for me. Incredible band.

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The Rolling Stones: Rolled Gold

I never realized how hard is to choose ONE Rolling Stones album until I tried. This is a good collection and it’s cheap.

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AC/DC: Back In Black

AC/DC are the best rock band still in the business. Produced by Matt Lange, this album contains many of their famous songs.

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Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV

This album signed the beginning of my Led Zeppelin discovery. I started here and went backwards.

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Big Hair Rock

Extreme: Pornograffitti

This album signed my big hair era (yes I did have hair… once). Nuno was just insane!!

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Mr Big: Lean Into It

How many hours I spent trying to steal Paul’s licks! Not the F# on the G string because apparently he owns that one ;)

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Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet

Glam rock… that takes me way back! Well.. I’m sure I’m not alone on this one. Jon had simply the best voice ever.

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Skid Row: Skid Row

Well you simply couldn’t avoid to go through the whole glam package, could you? Another incredible voice.

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Living Color: Time’s Up

This is not really glam but my brother use to listen to this in the same period so it reminds me of him (and I like that).

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Yngwie J. Malmsteen: Marching Out

I don’t think I can leave this out. Jeff Scott Soto on the vocal along with Malmsteen in top form.

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David Lee Roth: Skyscraper

Once you get here you’re pretty much into shredding and you have countless hours in front of you trying to speed up your licks!

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David Lee Roth: Eat ‘em and Smile

I’ve heard somewhere that it’s illegal to separate this album from the previous one. Again Steve Vai on gtr.

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