Here we go…
I got my first electric guitar for Christmas when I was about 14. Much to my chagrin, it didn’t automatically play itself, so I stuck it in the closet. Fortunately it was still there a couple of years later and with renewed interest the first song I picked through was “Amazing Grace”, and I have been hooked ever since!
After only a couple months of playing, I jumped right in to writing songs and improvising – the attraction of music for me was always the creative process! And it still is.
You can listen to and purchase my music here. I have been writing, performing, producing, recording and teaching music for most of my life. Recording music and playing shows with my band is a constant expressive outlet.
Recently, I have joined TrueFire full-time as their Director of Education. TrueFire founder Brad Wendkos and I share a long history of working together on a variety of projects. Brad says,
“Jeff and I have been brainstorming and implementing new music education concepts for over twenty years now. He’s one of the most visionary, creative and intuitive people I know. I’m proud to call him a good friend and now thrilled to have him join us as our Educational Director.”
As the Director of Education for TrueFire.com I create cutting edge curriculum and help others do the same.
I also sleep with dogs. Several years ago I rescued an 8 week old puppy from the shelter – and then he rescued me right back! This led to serious involvement with the Disc Dog sport. I currently live outside of Kansas City with my wife and two World Champion Frisbee dogs who have changed my life.
When I am in the Mountains, hiking, backpacking, fly-fishing, kayaking, or just taking photos – that is when I really feel the most creative and alive!
Being on stage is a real joy for me, whether it is playing music in front of a sold out crowd, competing with my dogs for a World Championship, or speaking to a group about creativity. I love to share whatever I have learned!
Hopefully my blog will help inspire you to be creative, pursue your passions, and live interestingly.
I have released 8 CDs, and also recorded 6 complete guitar instructional video courses for TrueFire, and written a guitar instructional book and CD. I love to tour and have done so in the US, Europe and Mexico, and released 2 live Dvds. My playing has been featured in Guitar, Guitar Player, Guitar School, and Guitar World magazines, as well as numerous magazines in Japan and Europe. I am endorsed by Ernie Ball strings (and have appeared on the string package) and I have had the opportunity to perform over 300 clinics worldwide for Yamaha guitars, and appeared as a product specialist at numerous NAMM shows, the LA guitar show and more.
Recently I teamed up with Overture Guitars and we designed my signature “JS-Session” guitar line. Dailey amps also released a signature model all tube guitar amp.
I have produced and mixed a ton of bands and projects in my studio. Acts like “Crunchy”, (from former Galactic Cowboys bassist Monty Colvin), Lament from Mexico – I’ve recorded commercials for Toyota, Chevrolet, Worlds of Fun and many others, and my music has been used for commercials and shows on such Networks as ABC, Speed, ESPN, The Outdoor Channel and the Fashion Network. My studio was featured in an EQ magazine article as well. I have written columns and articles for many magazines including hm, and Premier Guitar magazine.
My band’s latest CD “Behind the Mask” features retro vibey songs and playing, anyone who digs Hendrix and great riffs and soulful vocals should check it out. It has been nominated for Rock album of the year in the JPF music awards – the world’s largest indie music awards – out of 42,000 CDs!!!
“Beggars, Rogues & Thieves”, which was our previous CD was nominated for the “Blues album of the Year” and the title track was up for “Song of the year” out of 350,000 songs as well as being a featured song on the Emmy winning daytime show “All my children”.
My band has been played shows with ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, Poison, Cinderella, Joan Jett, .38 Special, ELO, Eric Johnson, Scorpions, Steve Vai, Edgar Winter, Proto-Kaw, Rick Derringer and many more.
Jeff Scheetz Band – Behind the Mask
Jeff Scheetz Band – Beggars, Rogues & Thieves
Jeff Scheetz – Christmas… at last
Jeff Scheetz – In the Beginning…
Jeff Scheetz – Pawn Shop
Sign of the Times – Disengage
Jeff Scheetz – DIG!
Jeff Scheetz – Woodpecker Stomp
Jeff Scheetz – Warp Speed
50 Blues Rock Rhythms you MUST know
Jump Start Rock Guitar
Blues Jam Survival Guide
Blues Rock Secret Sauce
Jeff Scheetz Guitar Method (book and CD)
Building a Practice Program (video)
Jeff Scheetz Band LIVE!
Jeff Scheetz Band live at the Coffeehouse