Jens Larsen is a Danish jazz guitarist who has become an internet celebrity for his YouTube lessons. Aside from his incredible jazz guitar chops, he has posted over 700 YouTube videos, has acquired almost 150,000 YouTube subscribers, and recently released two books. Joe McMurray and Aaron Sefchick sit down with Jens to talk about his journey, how to approach jazz as a player and as a teacher, musical gear, online success, practicing, composition, and recording.
In Part 1 of 2, Jens tells of his years playing on the streets of Copenhagen, followed by his studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (in the Netherlands). The guys discuss how to learn, review, and perform new jazz tunes. Then they discuss the merits of preserving traditional musical styles vs. pursuing progressive musical styles. Jens tells Joe and Aaron how he would approach teaching a new jazz guitar student, providing some very useful information for both teachers and players!
Next the guys move on to a look at guitar gear. Jens talks about his guitars (notably an Ibanez AS2630), amps, and effects.
Find out more about Jens Larsen at https://jenslarsen.nl/ or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqepSCHTyWj4BzHxEEUNvlg.