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Blues Alchemy - Instructional Guitar 2-DVD Pack Featuring David Hamburger


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Product Details

  • Actors: David Hamburger
  • Directors: Truefire
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Truefire
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GPZZ2K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,323 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

As anyone who squeaked through 10th grade history knows, the alchemists were a semi-scientific posse of medieval individuals utterly hung up on the notion of transforming lead into gold. Of course, their efforts did not lead to economic good times, but Blues Alchemy addresses a much more useful and likely kind of transformation: turning those leaden, everyday blues licks and chord progressions into tasty and intriguing improvisational gold. These DVDs are about learning to play the changes, but not in the sense that jazz musicians do it isn't about learning every arpeggio and mode under the sun. Instead, on ten diverse chord progressions, master blues alchemist David Hamburger will teach you how to transform your blues bag into gold by learning how to target tones and play the changes. This hands-on playing course guides the student through 10 distinct blues rhythm patterns and variations, 10 distinct solos and variations, plus dozens of extra blues licks and tricks of the trade.

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 24, 2010
Blues Alchemy contains 10 lessons on how to play blues in 10 different styles. Each lessons contains solo and rhythm playing demonstration - both in tempo and played slower - with discussion of each element - showing the fingering and the flow of the music (call-response) very clearly. For both solo and rhythm part there are additional lessons discussing possible variations. Each lesson is available as video and transcription including tablature as PDF. Also as PowerTab files. Generous jam tracks in each style are included.
General approach in Blues Alchemy is to help players transcend playing minor pentatonic scale over entire blues progression. This course will teach you how to switch between major and minor pentatonic sales (and blues scales) to outline the harmony in much more interesting way then using minor pentatonic all the way through. David discusses each style of blues covered and he picked each solo to very clearly demonstrate important aspects that style. This is one of better courses for advanced beginner blues guitarist out there - if you cover several lessons then I bet that you will survive without too much stress playing for the first time at your local blues jam.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams on November 5, 2011
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with this and the other TrueFire DVDs I have recently bought...

Because they cut down the lessons from the online purchase you make from TrueFire themselves???...meaning I bought this,started watching and practicing along when the video would cut short??? (or somtimes be out of order???)...so i checked on their website and learned they cut all lessons down for the DVDs...

So now I had to buy the computer based FULL COURSE and rewatch????...but trying to loop something on your computer is twice as hard as a DVD player???...how easy is the "A-B" switch on my DVD remote!!!!...

The lessons themselves are ok for advanced beginner/intermediate and David himself has several good book/CD and DVDs but LickLibrary products are much better and more thorough....
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By spencer long on March 7, 2013
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I appreciate the clean way he has at presenting the blues. It has filled in a gap in my guitar technique. I think truefire is the best at guitar instruction.
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By Big Dave on July 22, 2014
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This shows how to change the notes you play as the chords change. An eye-opener for the self taught.
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