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Delta Blues Guitar (Book & CD) (Stefan Grossman's Early Masters of American Blues Guitar) Paperback – March 8, 2007
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Second - and this should probably always be mentioned in reviews of music books - this is NOT a book for beginners, you need to have at least, say, 2 years of guitar under your belt.
Also, Mr. Grossman does not transcribe entire songs, he transcribes parts of songs in advance. Most Blues follow a pretty simple structure, so if you're an intermediate guitarist, you should be able to figure the rest out for yourself, or, in true Blues fashion, improvise something that's close enough in spirit, if not note for note.
Speaking of notes, there's standard notation, which is what I'm using, and then there's a tab-like system of Mr. Grossman's own devise, which shouldn't take too long to get used to for those of you who use tab. It almost seems as though the author was trying to come up with some sort of hybrid between notation and tab.
The song selection is pretty good, some of the most important figures of early Delta style are represented, it's a nice, if not too in-depth introduction to playing this fundamental style on guitar.
You can't go wrong: Grossman's audio books are three hours long and they will provide you with an encyclopedia of guitar licks and blues repertoire at a minimum cost. You should also consider the DVD lessons ("How to play blues guitar", "Fingerpicking guitar techniques") but only after feeling comfortable with at least one book and a half of the audio-book series. The DVDs lessons are great but you will need a quicker eye and a finer ear to "catch" all those small details that in the audio book lessons are fully explained.
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Anything that has grossman involved in it is bound to be a hit with people who like things with grossman involved in them.Published on August 25, 2013 by Joseph R. Marchbanks
Really poor. Instead of using the common six line staff with numbers on the lines, they use a five line staff and put the numbers on the spaces between the lines. Read morePublished on August 4, 2011 by das grob