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About

Kirby Jane is a professional guitarist and music transcriber from Charleston, South Carolina, specializing in solo americana performance and fingerstyle arranging. Her playing style stems from her roots as a pianist and her guitar approach draws significantly on composing and arranging methods more commonly seen in the piano world, providing for a nuanced, expressive approach to the guitar.

After graduating from high school with two associate’s degrees, Kirby quickly moved to Nashville to work in the music industry and learn the business first-hand. At 25 years of age, Kirby is a protégé of Grammy-winning guitarist John Knowles, C.G.P., and has been doing many of the official guitar tab transcriptions for Tommy Emmanuel, C.G.P. (tab pdfs are gradually being released through Tommy’s official webstore, linked here). She is also a contributor for for Premier Guitar Magazine (lessons listed here), an alpha tester for Guitar Pro transcribing software, has interned in Archiving at the Country Music Hall of Fame, handled archiving at Gretsch Guitars for three years, held multiple artist management service roles in Nashville, and has taught or performed alongside some of Nashville's top fingerstyle guitarists, including Thom Bresh, Joe Robinson, Brent Mason, John Knowles, various members of the Jerry Reed band, and Tommy Emmanuel. In 2015 Kirby placed second in the Contemporary division of the National Thumpicker's Hall of Fame guitar competition, and in April 2014 Kirby and her Yorkshire Terrier, Grabel, were featured on The Late Show with David Letterman for an episode of "Stupid Pet Tricks." Grabel talks, and says "Obama" when asked who the president is. (The trick itself was just a weird, yet happy accident cultivated to make people laugh; but in no way was it intended for use as a political statement.) While Grabel has since retired from appearances, Kirby still remains very active in the entertainment industry and in music education.

 

Lessons

How Did Lenny Breau Do That?

“In this lesson, we’ll explore some of Breau’s fundamental techniques with the goal of helping any daring souls adopt what they can from his music and—at the very least—help listeners approach his repertoire with a better understanding of how he expressed his thoughts and emotions on the fretboard.” (Free online lesson with Premier Guitar Magazine.)

How to Handle Harmonics

“It’s easier than you might think to create mysterious, ethereal notes that seem to float through the air.” (Free online lesson with Premier Guitar Magazine.)

Jerry Reed’s Red-Hot Picking

“An in-depth look at the techniques used by one of the most influential fingerstyle guitarists of all time.” (Free online lesson with Premier Guitar Magazine.)

Fretboard Workshop: A Fingerstyle Manifesto

Don’t be intimidated by ditching that flatpick. Here are some quick-and-easy ways to get your fingerstyle chops up to speed. (Free online lesson with Premier Guitar Magazine.)


Videos

"Don't Ask Me Why" by Billy Joel, Arr. Kirby Easler

Tommy Emmanuel's arrangement, more or less, of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," played at the National Thumbpicker's Hall of Fame weekend in Powderly, KY. http://www.ntphf.com/

Livestream footage from Gibson's Learn and Master Guitar series, hosted by Steve Krenz and filmed at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, TN. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Lambert, 2015)

Background image provided by Fred Salley PHOTOGRAPHY