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Our Approach

We strive to produce candid conversations focused around all things music.  We know there are lots of podcasts and YouTube videos about music, but we hope to provide a unique experience as we geek out about an array of topics.  We are all professional musicians, although each of us has a very different perspective.

Our Story

Aaron Sefchick taught with Joe McMurray in Northern Virginia.  Along with several other music teachers, they formed an original band called the Kairos Quintet.  In 2018 Aaron had the vision to create a unique musical podcast, and he reached out to his old cohorts to join him.  Joe and Tony Scaltz answered the call, and they set out to build Fret Buzz.  Due to personal reasons, Tony has left the podcast, but you can hear his insights in earlier Fret Buzz the Podcast episodes, and you can read many of his blogs on this website.

Meet the Team

Check out the backgrounds of each of our hosts, listen to the music they have recorded, check their live performance schedules, etc.

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Aaron Sefchick

Fret Buzz The Podcast Founder, Guitarist, Music Teacher, Band Coach

Currently teaching music in Northern Virginia, Aaron has been studying, performing, and teaching guitar for over 25 years. His experience started at the age of 6 with 8 years of piano studies as well as taking up the snare/percussion in symphonic band from grades 4 - 11. Around the age of 12, he bought his 1st guitar at a flea market while skipping school. At 18, Aaron formed the melodic death metal band Winterlong, went on to be the lead guitarist for the hard rock band AlevelA, and eventually took the role of lead vocal/guitar for the band Learn by Mistake. He co-founded Blacknote Studios with Anthony in 2003. In 2014, Aaron formed the band Kairos Quintet and shared lead axe duties with fellow Fret Buzzard Joe McMurray. In addition to his love for the guitar, Aaron has long been intrigued by the recording arts. He graduated recording school at the Recording Workshop in 1998 and loved it so much, he attended and re-certified in 2006. Influences range from a wide variety of artists who include anything from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Metallica, Joe Satriani, Death, and more.

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Joe McMurray

Guitarist, Vocalist

Currently performing and teaching in Virginia Beach, VA, Joe has been playing music for 17 years.  He took piano lessons for 7 years starting at the age of 8, and played viola in his middle and high school orchestras.  When he was 15 he got his first guitar and teamed up with his best friends to create a his first rock band.

Joe graduated from Duke University in 2010 with a degree in Structural Engineering and Duke Basketball.  He spent four years working as an assistant construction superintendent for HITT Contracting in Washington, DC. During this period he co-founded the funk/blues/rock/jam band Albino Rhino, became the lead guitarist for the alternative rock band Bells and Hunters, began an intensive study of jazz, and took voice lessons from Meghan McCall.

In 2014, Joe left HITT to work as an assistant director at Bach to Rock, a music school based in Chantilly, VA, where he managed music teachers, coordinated music lessons, summer camps, birthday parties, and taught lessons on guitar, piano, saxophone, clarinet, and drums. During this period, he studied progressive rock guitar techniques with fellow Fret Buzzard Aaron Sefchick, began studying jazz guitar with Rick Whitehead (former guitarist for the Airmen of Note), and started sharing lead guitar duties with Aaron Sefchick in the Kairos Quintet, a band composed of Bach to Rock music instructors.

In January 2015, Joe entered George Mason University’s jazz program as a full-time student. He continued his studies with Rick Whitehead, and later studied with Shawn Purcell (current guitarist for the Navy Commodores). Aside from jazz guitar and jazz improvisation, he studied music theory, aural skills, music history, music technology, music education, piano, woodwinds, percussion, and strings.

In June of 2016, due to his wife's career, Joe moved to Virginia Beach and began performing and teaching full time.  He has since performed over 270 times at for Live! on Atlantic, local breweries and bars, retirement communities, etc.  He maintains a teaching studio of approximately 20 students each week, consisting of ~40% guitar, 40% piano, 10% ukulele, 10% drums/percussion.  He has one student that he teaches electronic music production.

Jazz influences include Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, and Joe Pass.  Rock influences include Eric Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Trey Anastasio of Phish, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King.  Fingerstyle influences include Tommy Emmanuel, Tony McManus.

Check him out at: www.joemcmurray.com

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