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Delve deeper into the blues.
In this second lesson, the focus is on the keys of G and D. The playing techniques of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Rev. Gary Davis, Tommy Johnson, and Lonnie Johnson are discussed as well as many other facets of fingerpicking in these keys. The DVD travels from the Carolinas to Texas to the Mississippi Delta to the sophisticated sounds of Lonnie Johnson. This is a challenging lesson that will illustrate different right and left hand techniques.
As in the first lesson, the aim is to give you a freedom to improvise playing a blues in these keys. As a bonus feature, audio tracks are included featuring rare recordings of the songs and styles presented.
Each tune is taught phrase-by-phrase and played slowly on a split-screen. A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD. This includes lyrics to the songs as well as tab/music transcriptions of the guitar playing.
Tunes include: "Blues in G," "Easy Rider," "Return to Little Rock," "Mama Let Me Lay It On You," "Blues Ain't Dry," "Careless Love," "Big Road Blues," "Canned Heat Blues," "and Blues in D." 76 minutes.
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Comments about Mel Bay How to Play Blues Guitar DVD, Lesson 2:
No onscreen tab, but comes with a small booklet. You really need on screen tab when he jumps around from picking to showing the chord that it's derived from. Just a quick shot of his fingers doing the chord. I couldn't pick it up. Also, I thought there would be more information in the DVD - could have used more stuff. As for recommending this - I'm on the fence. Some usable stuff, but just not clear enough, or enough material.
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