It is a DVD of Blues tracks without the Lead Guitar providing an opportunity for all you burgeoning lead players to blow your pentatonic wad all over the place. Featuring eight different tracks in a variety of different styles to jam along to (slow blues, shuffle, rockin blues and even a bit of a Latin groove), and each track is available in both a traditional song form and as a looped version if you feel like playing until your fingers bleed. The video cues you get from the band make this a really great experience, much more fun than audio tracks alone provide.
How does it work?
Easy, put the DVD in your player, it will take you to the main menu. Tune your guitar with the tuning selection on the DVD. Now, back at the main menu pick the Jam you want to start with, loop or traditional play. Turn up the volume to get a good mix between your amplifier and the band mix. Have fun! The band itself is tight, with Oscar and company laying down rock solid grooves to play over. For players using the DVD to improve their ensemble skills, they'll appreciate the use of visual cues to signal changes in the track, and much like band practice, you'll improve with each repetition. It really beats a computerized backing track any day.
What playing level do you have to be at?
The DVD caters to beginners with a few simple jams to intermediate and beyond with a few of the more up-tempo jams. The only way to get better is to practice and there is no better way to practice than with other musicians.
Where can I find more of these Jam Tracks?
On the web at VODJams. Imagine playing Joe Perry s Guitar Parts in Aerosmith, Piano with Coldplay, or Bass with The Police. This web portal provides videos of live bands in a rehearsal settings with each different video leaving out a key instrument, that you the musician get to play! - with the band. It is in its inception so keep checking back.
Who is the Oscar Jordan Band?
Oscar Jordan and his Blues band are a top outfit from Southern California, they too can be found on the web and have several original albums out.
What extras are on the DVD?
There is also a raft of extra features on the disc including; Tuning, Three Live Blues Songs by Oscar Jordan, Music Videos and other special features.
The band itself is tight, with Oscar and company laying down rock solid grooves to play over. For players using the DVD to improve their ensemble skills, they'll appreciate the use of visual cues to signal changes in the track, and much like band practice, you'll improve with each repetition. It really beats a computerized backing track any day. There s also a raft of extra features on the disc... the concept of the DVD is a novel and useful one. Now you don't need to convince your friends to lug their gear over every week. --Premier Guitar Magazine Sept 07