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Buddy Guy: Teachin' the Blues


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  • Actors: Buddy Guy
  • Directors: Arlen Roth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hot Licks
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BM7YX8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In this special DVD lesson, Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy passes on what he learned from Jimmy Reed, Guitar Slim, T-Bone Walker and Lightning Hopkins. Learn 9th chord licks, pick versus fingerstyle, turnarounds, special rhythm parts, and more. Hot Licks classic video titles have been made available on DVD, making it even easier to learn with the world's top players...right in your own home! These new transfers make them look better than ever while DVD technology makes navigating each lesson even easier! You'll never miss a note. See the music and the tablature on screen as it's being played. All right and left-hand techniques are shown in close up and with helpful split-screen effects to make learning easy. Slow motion segments with standard pitch sound, artist biographies, selected discographies, suggested listening. Booklet with music examples included. 1 hour, 23 minutes. Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Customer Reviews

There are no instructional parts of this DVD, Buddy is playing just like he does on stage.
J. Tramontozzi
I would recommend this for mid-level players who want to expand their blues vocabulary in a way similar to the raw, pure sound of Buddy Guy.
J. Kercado-Rivera
Arlen Roth was asking questions off camera that Buddy was answering but then Buddy insisted that the questions be not heard on the video.
Guitarfanatic

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ray on March 6, 2008
Review is about Buddy Guy: Teachin' the Blues

I almost didn't get this DVD because of the negative review on this site.

Man! I am SO glad I didn't listen to that review and bought it anyway!
I figured it would be worth the price to watch Buddy Guy, even if it wasn't such a good teaching tool, so I ordered it. I was very pleasantly surprised.

First, It DOES come with a booklet of tablature that's tucked right in the clips of the front half of the case.

Now about the DVD; It has a "play" function that lets you just watch it like any other DVD, which may be all that some do. AND, it has a lesson function that lets you play each lesson individually - in either real time or slow motion and still have the right tone and sound to the notes played. In this mode there is also a box on the upper right of the lesson screen that says "loop" for repeating the lessons.

It also has a "tuning" function for getting your guitar tuned properly.

There is more that I haven't explored yet (some of the "special features") But I've seen enough already to know that this will be a very useful learning tool, as well as being good for watching Buddy play.

If you will listen to what he is doing and follow his instruction, there is a ton of useful stuff in this DVD to learn. You just need to stay with it like you would any lesson material. And Buddy tries to encourage you all through the video. He leaves a very good impression.

If I could contact him somehow, I'd say great job Buddy!!

Of course, if you just want to watch it and not take the time to learn, then you can do that too with the "play" function.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rob Robbins on June 30, 2006
The simple fact that you have Buddy Guy sitting down a talking and teachin' the Blues is worth 4 Stars. There IS tab in the booklet that comes with the DVD. Slo Mo feature gives you the chance to learn new licks along with Buddy. I thought it was great. Great chord section. I recommend it highly if you love the Blues and Buddy Guy
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Kercado-Rivera on December 26, 2007
If you're expecting a "how to get started on the blues" video, looks elsewhere. You should at least know the basics of blues soloing and rhythm to be able to play the stuff in this DVD. I would recommend this for mid-level players who want to expand their blues vocabulary in a way similar to the raw, pure sound of Buddy Guy.

As Buddy himself says on the video, you learn other people's stuff and eventually put in your own things, making them unique. This DVD is great for sparking ideas. It also has a lot of fingerpicking blues, something I'd like to get into.

The slow-motion section of the examples are very helpful, and Buddy's comments are spot-on and even inspiring.

Buy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Clark on March 19, 2008
The is a fantastic DVD a must have for all guitarists. It gives you the nuts and bolts to play authentic vintage blues. Buddy lays it in your lap. The slow motion section (which does not alter pitch) is outstanding. How anyone can say anything else is beyond me, do not delay, if you want to play the blues, GET THIS DVD NOW!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edward P. Gagnon on February 2, 2008
I have this Hot Licks video on VHS, and I really like it. It's true he isn't playing his licks from his records, but he's teaching the blues, going back to Muddy Waters and Lightning Hopkins all the way to the I guess the 90s, by way of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. It's like blues music appreciation lessons... aren't you supposed to slow down records to learn licks like the pros?

It does repeat itself, maybe Arlen Roth could of fixed the continuity, and it could put you into a trance with it's slow pace, but that's what you want music to do anyways, isn't it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Royem on June 10, 2007
This dvd is not for the beginning guitarist; you need to know how to figure out what key Buddy's playing in to make sense of it. At least, that was an issue for me since I didn't have any printed tabs to go by.

Other than that though, it's basic blues that has never sounded better. What a treat to have Buddy Guy show you all of his, and some of his mentors', favorite licks. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guitarfanatic on August 12, 2013
Copying Buddy's licks after he plays them is similar to how all the
greats learned so I enjoyed it because I've been playing a long time.
I called Hot Licks when they first released the VHS version and spoke
to George Shek (sic) from Hot licks. I said that it sounded like hearing one
end of a telephone conversation. He said that is exactly what happened.
Arlen Roth was asking questions off camera that Buddy was answering
but then Buddy insisted that the questions be not heard on the video.
Picture yourself hearing one end of a phone call and you get the idea.
Like I said, great if you know how to play, much better than the Otis
Rush blues one as Buddy seems much more into it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jniz on August 8, 2013
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Great DVD- ignore the idiot who claimed there aren't any tabs- there's a 20 page tablature book inside the cover for those of you like myself that are beginners and wanting to learn some licks...
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