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A conversation with Chris Funk & Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell talks about his background in music, his unique style of slide guitar and provides a demonstration.

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Instructor: Jason Isbell is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He has performed with his band The 400 Unit as well as Drive-By Truckers. Jason also performs solo and he has won four Grammy Awards. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Amanda Shires, a fellow musician. Jason has performed at Newport Folk Festival in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021.

Subject: Students will learn about slide guitar musicians and techniques.

Age/Skill-Level Recommendation: Intended for intermediate to advanced level music students, ages 14 and up. A basic understanding of music theory is required.

Topics Discussed: Music history, Music influences, Slide guitar, Intonation.

Recommended Use: We recommend this video be used to engage intermediate to advanced level students with an interest in developing their guitar skills. Having a basic understanding of the slide guitar will give students the opportunity to expand their guitar knowledge and technique in songwriting as well as live performances.

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