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8 bluegrass classics in one easy to learn pack.
The Guitar Play-Along Series will help you play your favorite songs quickly and easily! Just follow the tab, listen to the CD to hear how the guitar should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. The melody and lyrics are also included in the book in case you want to sing, or to simply help you follow along. The audio CD is playable on any CD player. For PC and Mac computer users, the CD is enhanced so you can adjust the recording to any tempo without changing pitch!
8 songs: Duelin' Banjos • Foggy Mountain Breakdown • Gold Rush • I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow • Nine Pound Hammer • Orange Blossom Special • Rocky Top • Wildwood Flower.
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Comments about Hal Leonard Bluegrass Guitar Play-Along Volume 77 Songbook/CD:
The cover makes it look like it's going to be a good book for someone who want's to learn bluegrass. Unfortunately it's not arranged for a guy who just wants to play these tunes on his acoustic guitar.
Most of the arrangements are poorly written and not so much like the original version of the songs. This book would be for someone who's going to be playing with a full band.
Don't expect to learn how to play in the style of bluegrass with this book. For example the song Wildwood Flower is nothing like the original version and they separated the flat-picking leads that flow with the chords. They made it so that you have a pitiful sounding guitar solo over some very simple chords. Not cool at all!
The original has it combined in a true "Carter Style" bluegrass arrangement. This is nothing like that. It's pretty horrible to be honest. You can find free versions of real bluegrass tunes online. I would return it, but by the time I pay for postage I've already lost more than it's worth lol...
If you want to learn real bluegrass style on your acoustic don't buy this book. Wish I could recommend something better, but I don't know if I want to waste more money looking for one that's actually good.