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Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD

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Features 21 complete solos, chords, progressions and riffs, turnarounds, movable scales, string bending, chord-melody style, soloing techniques, usin...Click To Read More About This Product

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A practical guide to playing the blues.

Features 21 complete solos, chords, progressions and riffs, turnarounds, movable scales, string bending, chord-melody style, soloing techniques, using 6ths, and more. Includes Texas, Delta, R&B, early rock, gospel, and blues/rock styles. CD features audio with leads and full-band backing. 96 pages.

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Chords
Progressions
Riffs
Turnarounds
String bending
Chord-melody styles
Soloing techniques
Using 6ths
Includes CD with play-along songs and full-band backing

Get through this book and you'll have a big start on playing the blues. Order today.

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4.7

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Finally, a book I can understand!

Finally, someone has explained how to use scales. Everyone always says to learn the pentatonic scales but no one shows you how to use them. This book is perfect for anyone who wants...Read complete review

Finally, someone has explained how to use scales. Everyone always says to learn the pentatonic scales but no one shows you how to use them. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to play the blues or just wants to learn scales. I have bought other books in the past and was disappointed with their wording and explanations. This book, however, is easy to follow and teaches you exactly what you need to know. I know an awesome guitarist who can improvise really well. I asked him how he learned and told me about a book called Blues You Can Use. Best purchase I've ever made!

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Best blues lessons

I've got quite a few books, CDs, DVDs of licks, lessons, etc. And this simple book blows them all away.

The chapters are short, each containing something about scales,...Read complete review

I've got quite a few books, CDs, DVDs of licks, lessons, etc. And this simple book blows them all away.

The chapters are short, each containing something about scales, something about chord forms and/or progressions, and a 12-bar solo TAB. There is some theory, but it's not dry. Very practical approach. The solos are both functional and musical, making them fun to play as well as exercising what you should be learning up to that point. Definitely not just drills, but not just random pieces either.

I'm a beginning->intermediate player, and was able to rip through the first few chapters. But even with them, there was something I'd previously glossed over that needed "remedial attention". When I practice I usually warm up with some scales (in lots of keys as the author recommends), then some simple progressions, just tapping my foot, then I play through each chapter's solo. I'm a little over halfway through the book, and the earlier material is so familiar it's becoming part of my DNA.

I have purchased the other books in the series, but as the material gets harder, I'm slowing down to make sure I get it all, so I probably won't get to the Blues II book for several months. I have found the Chords book to be very useful. It's much more than a simple listing of chords. Every possible voicing, but also the theory to understand how triads are made from "stacking thirds", etc.

I highly recommend this series.

I bought all these books from Musician's Friend. At the time of my purchase, Amazon had them all much cheaper, so I called MF and of course they price-matched with no argument. Best of both worlds - price and service.

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Best blues lessons

Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

I've got quite a few books, CDs, DVDs of licks, lessons, etc. And this simple book blows them all away.

The chapters are short, each containing something about scales, something about chord forms and/or progressions, and a 12-bar solo TAB. There is some theory, but it's not dry. Very practical approach. The solos are both functional and musical, making them fun to play as well as exercising what you should be learning up to that point. Definitely not just drills, but not just random pieces either.

I'm a beginning->intermediate player, and was able to rip through the first few chapters. But even with them, there was something I'd previously glossed over that needed "remedial attention". When I practice I usually warm up with some scales (in lots of keys as the author recommends), then some simple progressions, just tapping my foot, then I play through each chapter's solo. I'm a little over halfway through the book, and the earlier material is so familiar it's becoming part of my DNA.

I have purchased the other books in the series, but as the material gets harder, I'm slowing down to make sure I get it all, so I probably won't get to the Blues II book for several months. I have found the Chords book to be very useful. It's much more than a simple listing of chords. Every possible voicing, but also the theory to understand how triads are made from "stacking thirds", etc.

I highly recommend this series.

I bought all these books from Musician's Friend. At the time of my purchase, Amazon had them all much cheaper, so I called MF and of course they price-matched with no argument. Best of both worlds - price and service.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Book

By happy50

from Phoenix AZ

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  • Improves Musicianship
  • Improves Technique

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    Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

    Starting at the kindergarten level and this is working well.

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    5.0

    Finally, a book I can understand!

    By Zephyr Leon

    from Imperial Valley, CA

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    • Easy To Follow
    • Improves Musicianship
    • Improves Technique

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        Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

        Finally, someone has explained how to use scales. Everyone always says to learn the pentatonic scales but no one shows you how to use them. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to play the blues or just wants to learn scales. I have bought other books in the past and was disappointed with their wording and explanations. This book, however, is easy to follow and teaches you exactly what you need to know. I know an awesome guitarist who can improvise really well. I asked him how he learned and told me about a book called Blues You Can Use. Best purchase I've ever made!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very helpful

        By rockinreel

        from Savannah, GA

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        Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

        Finally a book that I can enjoy learning from and my favorite part is playing the lead along with the CD. I'm an intermediate and all I needed was to understand how to utilize a scale in a song. Got it now. I also understand scale patterns up and down the fret board now, so when I jamming to backing tracks and this CD, I am having a lot more fun now.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Most fun you will ever have learning

        By Wylde Bill

        from Fayetteville NC

        Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

        This book breaks it down. Easy to use, fun to learn. I have hundreds of tab book and spend a lot of time on the net looking for tab. There is a difference between memorizing tab and learning new stuff. This book really teaches useful stuff. I love it and recommend this book. Worth twice the money I spent on it, and will order Blues you can use II for sure.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent study of blues for intermediate level

        By Patternfli

        from Jonesboro, AR

        Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

        The introduction page sums this book up quite well:"Who can use this bookThese lessons were designed or you if:you have at least a beginning level of experience on the guitar and you know some chords and songs.you have ben playing fo a while but feel stuck in the rut of playing the same things over and over.you want to organize what you have learned over the years and fill in the gaps.you love the blues and want to expand your blues based repertoire.you teach guitar and can use an organized series of progressive lessons to offer your students."The CD recordings are very high quality, and the lessons build on what you learn in the previous lesson.I have thoroughly enjoyed studing this book, and have ordred the other books in the series.A great study product and well worth the price for an aspiring blues player.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Highly recommended

        By beaverfan

        from Salem, OR

        Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

        This is a great book for an intermediate level player looking for a good introduction to electric blues. It takes you through steps just like live lessons and is progressively challenging. Various blues styles are introduced. This is one of the few instructional books that motivates me to buy the second volume.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

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        By Razar

        from USA

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        Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

        Along with "Blues Licks you can use" these are great instructional packs. This is stuff that's laid out so you can understand how to apply it. Some of the better instructional books out there. No wasted space. Total instruction. Good for the player who is a little advanced and has basic knowledge.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great exposure to Blues

        By TimberF15

        from Montgomery

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        Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

        Good initial discussion on Penatonic forms and movements. However, I highly recommend that you accompany this book with "Fretboard Logic". It helps make additional sense of the material.

         
        5.0

        Best blues instruction ever

        By Sixstring 67

        from Cayce, SC

        Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

        A must for aspiring blues enthusiest. Starts easy and progresses to more difficult without leaving you stranded. I learned more in 2 weeks than the previous year.

         
        5.0

        You Can Play The Blues

        By Walking Eagle

        from Darien, WI

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        Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

        If you have been playing blues for a while as I have you may find the start of the book too simple. As you progress,however, it get to the more advanced stuff. I have found new lead tones and some cool chords that I now use all the time. It's a very direct book not alot of history or verbage. Just try what it shows you and listen to the CD. If you have the blues in you you will have a blast with this book.

         
        5.0

        A terrific foundation

        By sore fingers

        from Texas

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        Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

        When I first got this book I tried to fast track my way through it by reading a little bit of the lessons and just learning the playing examples. I eventually grew bored with it and tried to learn more complex stuff, only to realize that I had no education on things like keys, roots, chords, progressions, etc.Now I'm going through the book again and actually reading every lesson and absorbing every bit of information and, WOW, was I missing a lot! This book provides a terrific foundation for the journey to learning how to play blues guitar. It starts off with the basics and moves forward at a comfortable pace. I enjoy it so much I even bring it to work with me every day and read it when I get a break.

         
        5.0

        Seriously cool book!

        By IWannaRock

        from Jefferson City, MO

        Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

        Seriously cool book!I have been playing guitar for about two years, and this book is wonderful. It has opened up my vocabulary on the guitar by leaps. I typically play classic rock/blues/and country, and the techniques discussed in this book apply well to each of those genres.The CD that accompanies the book is excellent in quality. The book will give you a lesson, which is usually a brief 2-3 page description of a new technique, and then give you a tab to work with. The CD includes a pro playing the piece so you can see how it is intended to sound. The samples cover traditional blues, Delta blues, Texas blues/rock, and shuffles.If I had any complaint, it?s that the lessons text is very direct and to the point. This consciousness usually is great, but sometimes a bit more elaboration would be nice. However, for those moments I simply jump on the Internet and search up the keywords mentioned in the book?s text for more details.So, as you can see, I?m a very pleased with this product. I am going after Blues/Use II next. I?d strongly recommend that you purchase and enjoy!

         
        5.0

        Just what I needed to get me going

        By longfist777

        from Ozark, Mo

        Comments about Hal Leonard Blues You Can Use Book/CD:

        This book is great for beginner to almost advanced players. It has everything from chord studies and positions, to all different styles of solos. It explains everything very well. I use quite lot of it during my gigs. I don't know if there is anything better!

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