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Blue Arara

Nick Kellie teaches his jazz composition "Blue Arara."

Taught by Nick Kellie in Songs with Nick Kellie seriesLength: 32:50Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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renato.renato. replied on March 22nd, 2015

Hi there cannot avoid comment about arara, it is a brazilian name that came from indigenous langueges like guarani, just tipe on google '' arara azul '' and you will see what is a blue arara, and you are very right to say that this specie belongs to parrots family ! unfortunately nowadays here in brazil due to the animal illegal traffic it is very threatened of extition. You have had brazilian inspiration in the rythmin part specially ?

SodaPopSodaPop replied on January 2nd, 2013

looks like a good one to memorize

bobdeathbobdeath replied on February 20th, 2011

Nick, I am just a beginner player, but a life long music fan and that is a GREAT song! Hearing and humming about a blue parrot the last couple of days in my head. Life always needs a inspiring soundtrack and this one is in mine now. Thank you for sharing.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on February 22nd, 2011

thanks so much for your very kind comment!

caliban4caliban4 replied on February 19th, 2011

Nice song and good lesson. Would have liked to have seen the repeat bars written out as described in the video.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on February 19th, 2011

thanks. It is in the transcription - repeat marks with first and second time endings

Songs with Nick Kellie

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Nick Kellie teaches his and other songs for JamPlay.com



Lesson 1

30 Hour Journey

Nick Kellie teaches his jazz composition "30 Hour Journey."

Length: 33:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Blue Arara

Nick Kellie teaches his jazz composition "Blue Arara."

Length: 32:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Open Fields

Nick Kellie teaches his jazz composition "Open Fields."

Length: 26:06 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only

About Nick Kellie View Full Biography Nick was awarded the BBC Big Band Jazz awards "John Dankworth trophy for outstanding young soloist" and recorded a special show for BBC radio 2. He was invited to become a member of the Wigan Jazz Orchestra, and has played as part of the Wigan International Jazz Festival. He has played extensive gigs which include accompaniment, reading, soloing as well as styles ranging from Soul, R&B, Blues, Rock and Jazz in locations such as London, Norway, Germany and Greece.

Nick, with his professional approach towards music, brings enthusiasm and musicality to every project he is involved with. As well as being a guitarist Nick is also a fine vocalist and can sing lead vocals as well as backing vocals.

In London Nick has been involved with many projects such as Fresh Claim, which features Nick on guitar, and Jon Plotel on Bass (Billy Ocean, The Real Thing) and Vanessa Haynes band featuring members of Jeff Beck group, Eric Clapton’s Band and Allan Holdsworth’s Band. For a time Nick resided in Nashville TN where he played with many local musicians. In addition he also played in a Jazz Fusion band named "Shammah", with whom he has recorded an album.

Most recently Nick was signed to Digital Nations www.digital-nations.com - part of Steve Vai's record label and has recorded an album entitled "For A Brother" with his band "Nick Kellie Band". Upon hearing the album, Steve contacted Nick with regard to a release on his own label. It has been released in the USA, Europe and Asia. As well as this, Nick is also an endorsee of Elixir guitar strings, which are world-renowned.

Nick Also contributed to around 21 issues of Europe's biggest selling guitar magazine - "Total Guitar" in his series of articles, "Techniques of the rich and famous" and "Steal their style".

Having taught at Europe's top two guitar schools, Nick was also appointed as head of the guitar department at Guitar Getaways.

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