brucearnold

Bruce Arnold (born 1955 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA) is an author, composer, educator and guitarist residing in New York City. His explorations into the applications of 20th century classical theory in contemporary forms such as Rock and Jazz has created a unique compositional and improvisational sound. As a guest artist Arnold has toured Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Russia and the United States. His performance and recording activities include work with a wide array of styles. He has played with such diverse musicians as Stuart Hamm, Peter Erskine, Joe Pass, Joe Lovano, Lennie Pickett, Randy Brecker, Stanley Clarke, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Absolute Ensemble under the baton of Kristjan Järvi. Bruce Arnold’s recording credits include over twenty five CDs and DVDs (on Muse-eek Records, MelBay Recordings, Truefire and other labels), ranging from the standard jazz repertoire to free improvisation to the reinterpretations of classical music with the ensemble Spooky Actions. His compositions are published by Muse Eek Publishing, and MelBay Productions. Mr. Arnold’s theoretical works have explored the use of Pitch Class Set Theory within a improvisational setting. He is also written more than 60 music instruction books covering Guitar Pedagogy, Ear Training and Time Studies. He is the director of guitar studies at New York University and Princeton University as well as the creator of the New York University Summer Guitar Intensive He has taught at New England Conservatory of Music, Dartmouth College, Berklee College of Music, New School University, and City College of New York. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• From iTunes: Guitarist, author, and educator Bruce Arnold was raised in South Dakota, where his first exposure to music as a child came with accordion lessons. When he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show at the age of seven, however, he developed an interest in the guitar and eventually began playing blues music. His taste expanded into jazz in high school, and he went to the University of South Dakota to study music. He transferred to the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1976. After graduating, he studied privately with Jerry Bergonzi and Charlie Banacos, focusing on the relationship between jazz and classical music. He taught at the New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, and Berklee, then moved to New York and began to teach at Princeton University and New York University, and to write music instruction books. As a performer, Arnold became involved with other musicians who shared his interests in classically influenced controlled improvisation. In the 1990s, he formed the group Act of Finding with Tom Buckner, Tom Hamilton, and Ratzo B. Harris to pursue these interests. In addition, his group Spooky Actions at a Distance was formed to play classical music of such composers as Webern, Schoenberg, Bartók, and Debussy, arranged to allow for improvisation. In 1995, Arnold released his first album as a leader, Blue Eleven, which employed improvisation within a 12-tone scale. He followed it with A Few Dozen in 2000 and Give ‘Em Some in 2002. But, recognizing the popular limits of his musical approach, Arnold was careful to maintain his academic and literary career. As he told an interviewer in December 1998, “I have never been that socially ambitious, and I am lucky that I can make my living as a music teacher, so I can concentrate on staying true to my goals.”


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Pitch Class Set Improvisation: The Sonic Resource Guide
18
Jan
2014

Pitch Class Set Improvisation: The Sonic Resource Guide

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Sonic Resource Guide This book helps you understand pitch class set theory. Which will help you develop and organize your improvisation and composition to create a modern sound. I've also included...

Sight Reading vs Fright Reading
22
Dec
2013

Sight Reading vs Fright Reading

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I get many musicians who contact me about how to approach sight reading which for many is more like "fright reading" that sight reading.  When I was teaching a lot at universities such as NYU and Pri...

Bruce Arnolds Jazz Guitar Summit NYC
13
Dec
2013

Bruce Arnolds Jazz Guitar Summit NYC

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TrueFire, Bruce Arnold and many of NYC’s best guitar educators team up to present: Bruce Arnold’s Jazz Guitar Summit NYC. An incredible 525 minutes of handpicked insights from Jazz Guitar Mast...

Bruce Arnold’s Music Education Genealogy Chart
24
Oct
2013

Bruce Arnold’s Music Education Genealogy Chart

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The intersections between jazz and classical music have long fascinated me, and within my own music I often use contemporary classical ideas. For the most part this was a personal journey that started...

2014 Guitar Intensive Workshop
20
Oct
2013

2014 Guitar Intensive Workshop

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2014 Guitar Intensive Workshop will be starting in 2014 featuring some top educators! Workshops throughout the year that will include weekend or full week intensives in various parts of the USA. [c...

New Muse-eek.com website
18
Nov
2012

New Muse-eek.com website

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It's time to give you an update on Muse-eek.com We've been hit with what has to be called a perfect storm of setbacks here. First Hurrican Sandy swept away our recording studio, so 150K worth ...

Why a New Rhythm Ear Training Course?
23
Sep
2012

Why a New Rhythm Ear Training Course?

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Today I’d like to tell you about a very important moment in my musical life. It happened way back when I was a student at Berklee, and I thought I was a pretty hot player. I was in a recording sessi...

Ear Training Guided Tour
16
Aug
2010

Ear Training Guided Tour

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I'd like discuss ear training for improvising musicians and what we do over at muse-eek.com. There are many methods of ear training; some work some do not. We have found that the most popular ear t...

Ear Training For Young People
13
Aug
2010

Ear Training For Young People

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I frequently get parents contacting me about teaching ear training to their children. The only way I have found this to work is for the parent to do the ear training with the child. Keep in mind...

Asher Electro Hawaiian Slide and new Duet Group
01
Jun
2010

Asher Electro Hawaiian Slide and new Duet Group

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Recently Dave Schroeder and myself started a duo project where we both play instruments that are not our main axe. Dave, usually a saxophone player, is playing Blues Harmonica and I'm playing my new ...