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Rock guitar innovator Page Hamilton, founder of the groundbreaking hard rock band Helmet, provides detailed demos of his approach to: chords - understanding and building non-traditional sonic shapes; scales - applying unusual scales in a rock context; sounds - using effect combos for radical tonal results; and practicing - using his Super Chops method to build high-level technical skills. The DVD contains printable PDF files featuring notated examples with tab for all chords, scales and progressions, plus bonus live performances by Helmet! 70 min.
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Comments about Hal Leonard Page Hamilton - Sonic Shapes: Expanding Rock Guitar Vocabulary (DVD):
This DVD, at first blush, seemed like a waste of money when i first watched it. I bought it because i am a huge fan of Helmet and i expected this to be a 'how to sound like helmet' dvd. i EXPECTED at least some on odd time signatures because helmet uses them but this dvd was not what i expected. What i got instead of a bunch of licks or lessons on technique i got the hard earned wisdom of a seasoned musician. there are many comments he makes that at first seem innocuous, but they contain a lot of wisdom on how to become a more MUSICAL musician. my favorite line which is repeated throughout the dvd is "remember this is music you're not typing documents" it is also great to hear page mention his teachers and how important they were to his development, this shows some humilty which you don't encounter in interviews with him. the section where he details his practice regimin can be useful but seems incomplete, though you can still take something from this. i like how he talks about his sepearate practice regimin while he's on tour, which will be useful to a touring musician. the chapter on effects pedals is something you won't encounter in any other instructional dvd, at least the way page hamilton approaches it, and it opened my eyes to treating effects the way a composer might treat the tone colors of certain instrument groups. there is some jazz stuff too.the performances at the end of the dvd are a cool bonus too. the biggest downside is that he cannot talk without stutters and a million 'um's. which makes it hard to listen to and harder to follow. he is so inarticulate that you want to turn the dvd off and miss out in the little nuggets of wisdom he has to offer. like i said before, don't expect another typical guitar instructional dvd, if you want that get john petrucci's its the best for the money especially for licks and technique. SONIC SHAPES is an entirely different creature.
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