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Jazz Cat Blog

These are some random tips for musicians who are trying to learn how to play jazz, blues or music in general.

I am by no means an expert jazz musician, I've merely been a seeker after the art. I did study as a jazz performance major at UNCW and I was in the Cape Fear jazz ensemble for several years, as well as the gigs I've done on my own.

I'm happy to share any tidbits that I've found to be useful, to assist in your own search for the Holy Grail that is music.

My name is Magus (aka Kevin Trent Boswell). If you want to study guitar with me, I teach lessons in a wide variety of musical styles. Lessons are either out of my home in Wilmington, NC or by Skype or FaceTime.

* You'll need a decent webcam and interenet connection for online lessons. You can reach me at (919) 599-0539 or by email at

You can pay for lessons online, on my main music website: 

Magus & The Plastic Infinity.

 Check out my rock album here:


Trent Boswell - Flagship

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promoting your band

Posted by on July 13, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This is not going to be a complete how to on music promotion. The subject is vast and beyond my own measure of ability, since I have music to promote and I’m, well… not famous… yet.

I’m just going to brush over some of the very basics, just in case you are just starting to promote a band for the first time. Maybe someone else handled that in your last band, ma...

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Tools for guitarists

Posted by on July 8, 2016 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

While this is certainly not a complete list, it's perhaps a useful start.

I decided to just dump out my tool bag (a Shure microphone, zipper bag) and see what was in there.

I hav...

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Basic music theory

Posted by on July 5, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

When I take on a new student, the first thing that I go over are the raw mechanics of music. Even if the student has several years of experience, I refuse to simply take for granted that they know this material.

If they know it, great... it will only take us about three minutes to brush through this and we can move on. However, if there is any of this that is not known, I hammer it out with them and make it clear th...

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Sore hands and forearms

Posted by on June 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is a quick tip for guitarist survival. Even if you stretch well and regularly - which is something you should do and I will cover another time - we all go through times where our hands, fingers and forearms hurt from playing for hours, moving amps, hauling guitars and speakers, standing or sitting in one, playing position for hours and of course, that dreaded song with the chord that hurts that is play...
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Making Scales Useful

Posted by on May 31, 2016 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I hear a lot of guitarists and other musicians talking about scales like they are totally useless. While there are many great players who never properly learned scales and they still play fantastically, this does not mean that you shouldn't learn them.

In fact, those cats who skipped over them, did so because they were never taught the value of scales. Also, they got r...
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Learning a jazz standard

Posted by on May 30, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Before I go acting like these are all my own, genius ideas... let me just state right out that I got most of this from Jamey Aebersold and his excellent work over at

If you want to order something from them, they usually send out a free copy of a g...

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