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Blues You Can Use (Blues You Can Use) Sheet music – October 1, 1995

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  • Sheet music: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793542057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793542055
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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First, it should be said that you need a basic understanding of the guitar and know some open chord forms to jump right into this series of books. With that limitation, I can say without a doubt that this is the easiest, best organized, and best presented introduction to electric blues that I have found. The tunes in the lessons start out fairly simple and gradually become more complex, as you progress through the book.

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.
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The whole problem with this type of book is the scope of the subject. How can you introduce the blues, or for that matter any genre of music, in one volume? The answer is that you can't. There is theory, there is practice routine, there is technique, there are idiosyncracies of musical notation, and there is the music itself (the particular music the book presents for you to learn). Any given book can only hope to touch on all of these.
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.
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Should be considered a standard learning book for students of blues guitar. The material presented will enable you to have good understanding of a variety of blues styles. This book is not for the absolute beginner. If you are just picking up a guitar you might find the chord voicings presented too difficult to form. But if you can play even some basic chord forms and/or have any prior blues experience you will get lots out of this book. If you work the material presented you will be rewarded.
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I am 61 years old and finally I can play lead (any key) over entire neck after going thru this book and taking time on each lesson to fully understand it. I have taken private Jazz lessons for a year before but something was missing. This book made it clear,I now see lead patterns when i hit a chord and can jump anyplace on neck and still be playing lead in the right key.
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This man is a supurb teacher. Shows how the different (5) patterns of the Major and Minor pentatonic scales (and blues scales) are connected so that you can play all over the neck in any key. Also, shows the most common blues chords with rhythm patterns, complete song studies and riffs, plus an audio CD. He presents this material is an easy to understand format.
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I've been playing blues & rock for at least 25 years and confess I'm still a "beginner" when it comes to lead. If you're like me, or if you are a real beginner, this is a great book to jump start you on the road to some very tasty but not impossible blues & rock lead.

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.
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This is a good workbook for an advanced beginning guitar student. It's not for the pure beginner. Anyone just starting should learn the basics first: open position chords, bar chords, scales, etc. before they crack open this book.

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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