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I've been using the tr-400 for a while now and I have been recommending it to musicians and  my students. Before that I was using the Transkriber Software, also made by Reed Kotler Music. It's been said  that a great composer doesn't borrow, he steals( attributed to Stravinsky, himself, a great composer ).  This of course was said tounge in cheek, but the message is true in all the arts.  You must learn the vocabulary of the idiom. I believe that the shortcoming in music education for most part is lack of emphasis on transcription. Simply put, there is no shortcut or way around it. You have to learn the vocabulary. And to take it one step further; in all keys.  The old fashioned tape recorders that went at half speed put all the music down an octave  and made transcribing a garbled nightmare. I know. The TR 400 makes the process a lot friendlier. The device is small( it fits in my guitar case) and easy to use and most important, the music stays in the same register. I take it on the road with me. Thats where I get most of my work done. If you are serious about your music studies  then you must be transcribing. The TR 400 is the best tool I know of to allow you to get the message from  the masters firsthand.

Sid Jacobs

Sid is a top jazz guitarist. Don't miss seeing him the next time he passes through your city.

The following is a brief bio of Sid.

Sid Jacobs was born and raised in Miami, Florida. When his family moved to Nevada  he obtained a position as guitar instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This made him,at eighteen, the youngest faculty member in the school's music department. After moving to Los Angeles he developed the curriculum for the Advanced Bebop and Jazz Guitar course at the Dick Grove School and the Jazz Guitar elective at the Musicians Institute (GIT) where he continues to teach.In 1991, his CD It's Not Goodnight was released. It is a straight-ahead blowing         session that features his original compositions. Some of the jazz artists Sid has performed with include Eddie Harris, Harold Land, Buddy Montgomery, and Joe Diorio. Reviewing a live performance, Los Angeles Times jazz critic Don Heckman describes him as, "…a highly articulate improviser… Neverat a loss for a new phrase, his improvisations seemed to unfold with theever-changing fascination of a set of Bach variations."As an educator, Sid has made contributions to Guitar Player magazine, and his Complete Book of Jazz Guitar Lines and Phrases (book and CD/MelBay Publications) is considered to be "a thorough exploration of the modern jazz vocabulary."Jazz Guitar Improvisation based on his course for GIT (Musicians Institute) is available from Hal Leonard Publications in book/CD format.

Just Jazz Guitar magazine refers to Sid Jacobs as "a fine and unsung player, whose meticulous attention to improvisation is reflected in his book…I cannot praise this work too highly," and Guitar Player magazine says, "this package is deep." Performance and instructional videos are in the works for Mel Bay Publications.


"…a highly articulate improviser…Never at a loss for a new phrase his improvisations seemed to unfold with the ever-changing fascination of a set of Bach variations."Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

"…a straight-ahead artist who revealed influences from Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Dazzlingly fast runs led to passages where Jacobs tempered his considerable technique…his improvisation was filled with tuneful, mellifluous ideas."Zan Stewart, Los Angeles Times

"…beautiful and sensitive playing"Tony Mattola

"…a great player and a great educator"Joe Diorio

"…Sid is brilliant in his approach to the guitar"Eddie Harris

Book Reviews

"…a fine and unsung player…I cannot praise this work too highly"Just Jazz Guitar Magazine

"…this package is deep" Guitar Player Magazine

"I think this work belongs at the head of the class on the subject in this century." Howard Roberts


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