Posted by Larry Newcomb on 15th January 2013 in GUITAR ARTISTRY

I think it all boils down to the phenomenon of appreciation.


Posted by Larry Newcomb on 10th January 2013 in GUITAR ARTISTRY

Regarding vibrato, here’s a suggestion which may resonate: Use vibrato sparingly and with much consciousness because a little goes a long way.  Know when to use vibrato.  When it’s appropriate, know how much to use.  Go slow with this!!!  Less is more.

Posted by Larry Newcomb on 21st August 2012 in NEWCOMB GUITAR METHOD

 Guitar Mastery: Simplicity and Repetition

Published at: 05:02 pm – Tuesday February 21 2012

In my experience, Guitar Mastery comes as a result of Simplicity & Repetition:

Focusing on small manageable bit of musical information – such as a two-bar phrase – and playing it at a slow tempo and in time; with a clear view of the strings and the     fingering involved; and with good & comfortable technique … then repeating that “musical cell” many times.  I find it very helpful at the same time to visualize the chords on which the “cell” is based on the fingerboard.


After many repetitions, execution of the phrase or fragment becomes “second nature” or what I call “owning it.”  To relieve monotony, try playing the phrase at positions     I thru XII up and down the neck and on as many “string groups” as possible.  For instance, if the phrase takes 3 adjacent strings to play, you can play it on strings 1-3; 2-4, 3-5, and 4-6.  After a while, when repetition and relaxation come together, good tone begins to emanate along with a feeling of confidence and accomplishment.


Practicing in this way day after day builds excellent technique and is very enjoyable.


How Many Guitars Do You Need?

Posted by Larry Newcomb on 22nd February 2012 in NEWCOMB GUITAR METHOD

I’m going to extend my Guitar/Amp “Buying/Selling” Moratorium for another year.  I’m not a collector or a store — I’m a player.   I now experience a much deeper appreciation of the fine guitars and amps I already own.   I’ve got ‘em tweaked just right!  I’ve discovered the strings they like best (for now), and I’ve saved SO MUCH time & energy by focusing inside not outside.  I truly think 97% of guitar tone, expression, and artistry is in the hands, ears, and heart.   A famous jazzman said “quit jivin’ and start divin’!”


LN with Gibson Historic ’59 ES-335

Posted by Larry Newcomb on 21st February 2012 in NEWCOMB GUITAR METHOD





Posted by Larry Newcomb on 29th April 2011 in LIVE PERFORMANCES

Hello World!

Posted by Larry Newcomb on 8th April 2011 in NEWCOMB GUITAR METHOD
Guitarist Larry Newcomb performs classic & original jazz and blues with his own solo, duo, trio and quartet ensembles.  Larry has contributed a wealth of electric & acoustic guitar stylings as a soloist and on gigs with Bucky PizzarelliJack Wilkins, his duo Jonaitis & Newcomb, the band Wolfgang’s Revenge and with Babs Winn & the Kickin’ Boogie Band. He studied with guitar masters Bucky Pizzarelli, Mark Elf, Pat Martino and Randy Johnston. His affable performing style is informed by a PhD in music and a seasoned master’s understanding of the jazz idiom and its history.