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Blues You Can Use (Blues You Can Use) Sheet music – October 1, 1995
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Most books just toss you into the "centre of the swimming pool" and tell you to "SWIM!" This series systematically progresses you through the lessons, introducing theory and more complex chords and technique only at the point that you should be ready for it. This, of course, assumes you use good judgement and not rush things. Take your time (as the book directs you to do) and learn each lesson thoroughly before going on to the next one. At times, it may feel like you are moving too slowly, but by all chances you are not.
If I could change one thing about the CD, it would have one more track for each song/lesson that did not have the lead track included. Either that or it should have the lead track panned over to one stereo channel and the backing on the other stereo channel, as many other instructional CDs do. However, this is NOT a show stopper.
Is this everything you need to know about blues guitar? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Is this everything you need to get started with electric blues guitar? If you know your "basics" then the answer is ABSOLUTELY YES! Personally, I would still recommend (regardless of whether you are working with an instructor or not)that you go through a good method book (Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, whatever one you like) as well as ear training, separate theory book, and sightreading. This is not a "one stop shopping" book.Read more ›
But this book does a pretty good job. The theory introduced is pretty minimal, actually--you'd have to go to other sources for that--but that's understandable. The music that you get to learn is mostly pretty good. Not too hard to learn, but not exactly easy either (this book is by no means for a raw beginner), and it all sounds pretty cool.
I've been playing for about 3-1/2 years now. I got the book about three weeks ago, and I'm nearly half way through it. (I usually practice at least two hours a day.) I haven't come up against anything that I couldn't learn, given some patient practice. I'm finding snippets of music from the book working their way into my playing. That's the best possible sign that the book was worth the money.
20 plus lessons that you can work thru at the rate of 1 or 2 per week w/o killing yourself.
There is a sequel that is also excellent when you're done with this one.
As you can imagine the book starts off pretty easy with some simple rhythms and chords. It introduces different scales along the way and said scales are then used in the sample tracks on the accompanying CD. Some of the exercises are very easy. Those towards the end of the book are much more difficult.
There is not much in this book about chords. Most teaches and provides exercises for picking. The student will learn various scales, alternate picking, string bending, slides, shifts among other fundamentals. After having worked through this book, the student will have developed the skills necessary to do some awesome blues soloing.
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Excellent book--I'll echo some other reviewers here briefly--best on the market, definitely--have 6 months to year's experience on the guitar--be able to play basic open chords... Read morePublished 5 months ago by FlightMonkey
This, combined with my music lessons, makes it all come together. Plus it comes with a CD !!Published 8 months ago by Bob
Very good book to get introduced to the blues, keep in mind it helps to have gone through a basic book first. Read morePublished 11 months ago by PineappleUnderTheSea
I own maybe 25 blues instructional books, dvd's etc. This is my favorite. "Blues you can use" is not an exaggerated title. Read morePublished 13 months ago by David Dellman
Bought this to compliment the CD I have since I lost the book 14 years ago!Published 14 months ago by Bill Wendt