Essential Listening

Essential Listening Recommendations by Our Teachers

Listening to new and unfamiliar music is as essential to your musical growth as practicing.  We thought it would be fun for each teacher to list off what they believe to be required listening.



  • Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
  • Genesis- Selling England by the Pound
  • Yes- Fragile
  • King Crimson- Discipline
  • Jimi Hendrix- Axis Bold as Love
  • Beatles- any cd
  • Eric Johnson- Tones

Jazz and Fusion Guitarists

  • Pat Metheny- American Garage
  • Jim Hall- Concierto
  • Charlie Christian- The Genius of Charlie Christian
  • Allan Holdsworth- Wardenclyffe Tower 
  • Wes Montgomery- Smokin at the half note
Fingerstyle guitar
  • Alex Degrassi- A Windham Hill Retrospective
  • Leo Kottke- 6 and 12 string guitar
  • Will Ackerman- A Windham Hill Retrospective
  • Michael Hedges- Aerial Boundaries

Masterful Songwriters and Musical Visionaries

  • The Beatles - Revolver
  • The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's
  • Peter Gabriel - So
  • The Police (Sting) - Synchronicity

Jazz Essentials

  • Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard
  • Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Collosus
  • Sonny Rollins - Newk's Time
  • Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
  • Miles Davis - Cookin'
  • John Coltrane - Giant Steps
  • Oscar Peterson - The Song is You
  • Clifford Brown and Max Roach - Brown and Roach Inc.
  • Thelonius Monk - Ken Burns Collection
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