Troy interviewed Jimmy Bruno, so I suspect Jimmy has a few fans here.
Once upon a time I was enrolled in his online school. It is now closed. But Jimmy posted this video the other day outlining what he calls Lesson One, the stuff you have to know before he’ll try to teach you anything else. (It’s not lesson one in the sense that he would expect you to learn all this in an hour.)
I remember submitting my video of the “Five Fingerings” and then improvising over ii-V-I cadences and “Satin Doll”. If you did well, he’d tell you. If you effed up, he’d tell you so and require you to do the whole thing over.
I enjoyed my time there. It’s where I discovered how problematic my picking was and I’ve been trying to fix it ever since. Ironic that discovering this place and finding an interview with Jimmy Bruno in the archives. Life’s funny that way.
Here’s some of Jimmy’s playing in his prime.