Portland, Oregon-based fingerstyle guitarist performs live in the Peghead Nation video studio.
by Teja Gerken
January 12, 2015
Ever since bursting onto the scene in the early 2000s, Jamie Stillway has been a fixture at guitar festivals and camps, as well as her local Portland, Oregon, acoustic music scene. As her recordings demonstrate, she is equally at home in solo and band settings (her 2005 debut Mell of a Hess and 2007’s Winter Rings are both ensemble efforts), and her quirky original style is heavily influenced by early jazz and ragtime styles. Jazz Times aptly described her approach to the guitar by saying that, “Stillway moves freely and with wit and creative restlessness, between the worlds of, say, Leo Kottke and Django Reinhardt.”
Stillway recently stopped by the Peghead Nation video studio to record a segment for the Advanced Fingerstyle Workshop, and she also performed her composition “Home: Part 2” (originally featured on Mell of a Hess). Played in open-D tuning, the medium-tempo piece has a distinctive melody, movable chord positions, and a simple bass line.
In her Advanced Fingerstyle Workshop segment, Stillway performs and teaches her jazzy composition “Analysis Paralysis” (with included music and tab), and discusses an alternative to the popular CAGED approach to learning the fretboard, based on F, D, and A chord shapes. jamiestillway.com
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