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101 Razor-Sharp Blues Guitar Rhythm Patterns in the Electric Urban / Chicago Style (Book and CD) (Red Dog Music Books Razor-Sharp Blues Guitar Series) Spiral-bound – July 6, 2007
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About the Author
Larry McCabe's credentials include an education degree from the University of Arizona, more than thirty years of music teaching experience, over eighty published music books, columns for Living Blues Magazine and Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, and authorship of the Roy Clark Fiddle Magic Method and the Roy Clark Bluegrass Banjo Bible.
He plays electric and acoustic blues guitar, clawhammer and three-finger banjo, fiddle, and other string instruments. During his career, he has taught blues guitar lessons, banjo lessons, fiddle lessons, song writing, music theory, music history, and other subjects.
Larry has played in numerous bands including blues, classic country, rockabilly, traditional Irish, and Cajun, and he served on the prestigious W.C. Handy Blues Awards nominating committee for many years. With his wife, Becky, Larry is the owner and publisher of the popular roots music instruction book company Red Dog Music Books.
In the 1990s, he taught History of Jazz Music and History of Popular Music in America courses to adult education students at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. As an amateur WWII historian, Larry collected and edited 160 interviews for his book Pearl Harbor and the American Spirit (2004).
Author-Recommended Supplemental Listening for Blues Music and Postwar Blues Guitarists
Luther Allison, Chuck Berry, Mike Bloomfield, Lonnie Brooks, Eddie Boyd, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Ruth Brown, Roy Buchanan, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Canned heat, Charles Brown, Milton Campbell, Clifton Chenier, Eric Clapton, Albert Collins, James Cotton, Pee Wee Crayton, Bo Diddley (Ellas McDaniel), Floyd Dixon, Willie Dixon, Fats Domino, Jesse Fuller, Lowell Fulson, Anson Funderburgh, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix (psychedelic blues), Bull Moose Jackson, Little Walter Jacobs, Elmore James, Etta James, John Hammond, Joe Louis Hill, Earl Hooker, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett), J.B. Hutton, Lonnie Johnson, Louis Jordan, Albert King, B.B. King, Freddy King, Eddie Kirkland, Sam Lay, Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Li'l Ed and the Blues Imperials, Louisiana Red, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Lonnie Mack, magic Same Maghett, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Taj Majal, John Mayall, Percy Mayfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Louis Myers, Robert Nighthawk, Little Junior Parker, Carl Perkins (rockabilly), Little Esther Phillips, Jimmy Reed, Duke Robillard, Otis Rush, Son Seals, Johnny Shines, Slim Harpo, Carrie Smith, George Harmonica Smith, Mabel Smith (Big Mabel), Hubert Sumlin, Theodore Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Irma Thomas (New Orleans R&B), Big Mama Thornton (Willie Mae), Luther Tucker, Big Joe Turner, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Aaron T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), Johnny Guitar Watson, Valerie Wellington, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson (I and II), Johnny Winter, Johnny Young, etc. etc.
Top Customer Reviews
The Blues patterns were, in my opinion, a little too basic and unimaginative. I really felt I could have come up with my own patterns and topped what was in this book. I have other Blues instructional books and they have very lively patterns that inspire me, but I just could not get into this book.
But after sitting in a few bars and listening to some great guitarists, I now understand that the aim of this book is to give you simple patterns. Blues rhythm patterns are basically simple, and it is up to the guitarist to add fills, arpeggiation, slides, syncopation, and other devices to make it interesting. So if you are looking for some consistent and straightforward, basic Blues rhythm patterns, this is your book/CD.
Note: I gave this book a poor review at first, which I don't like to do, but I have adjusted my view to understand the book was not poor, it was just not what I was personally looking for or as advanced as I had hoped.
As the product description mentions, these are the patterns that are played on authentic blues recordings. I have not seen as complete a collection of blues guitar rhythm patterns in another book. This is a comprehensive manual of urban blues rhythm patterns.
The book is designed in a workbook/reference format that encourages the participation of the user in transposing, and applying, the patterns to standard eight-and twelve-bar blues chord progressions.
Each pattern is demonstrated on the I, or tonic chord, in C major. Clear instructions are included that encourage the user to apply the pattern to other root tones, and also to "entire" blues progressions (I7-IV7-V7), such as the blues progressions found in real songs.
One great thing about this book is that it motivates the user to form decisions regarding appropriateness of application, or use, in real blues songs. It is not a book for the lazy person who expects spoonfeeding, or a beginner who is satisfied with note-by-note copying of someone elses playing. To put it more bluntly, this book might not be useful for guitar students who fall into the "dumb" category. The format is designed for the guitarist who wants to learn to think for himself or herself, and who wants to learn by doing.Read more ›
As with Larry's other books, the examples are written in standard notation and tablature. A well recorded CD of all examples is also included, with the bass guitar on the left and the six string guitar on the right so one can isolate either. All the examples are written in C, and there are a variety of tempos and styles.
While playing through the examples I would often find myself pausing to expand on the examples, adding strings or additional notes of my own. Many of these examples are great springboards for creating your own patterns. Anyone who has listened to blues guitar music, particularly Chicago style, has heard many of these patterns in practice already. This book would be a great start for the beginner wanting to learn blues, or the intermediate player who would like to delve deeper into the blues genre.
And the learning does not stop with the example rhythm patterns. The appendices are also a wealth of knowledge. There is a great section on chord patterns and fragments for both minor and dominant chords. Standard 12-bar and 8-bar progressions are also written out in every major and minor key. There are also open charts provided so students can write their own patterns over various chord changes. And like Larry's other books, a great suggested listening section is also included.
On a final note, I will echo the thoughts of Larry in his introduction. Far too often blues players (and guitar players in general) focus on lead playing and have rhythm playing skills that are, well, somewhat lacking. This book is a great way for the beginner or intermediate blues player to beef up those very important rhythm skills.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you value a working cd do not buy any of his books all of his books are self published with glitchy and nonworking cds. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by MojoMMjojo
I had previously bought the Complete Rhythm Guitar Guide for Blues Bands
by Larry McCabe....I really liked that so I ordered this one. Read more
The book arrived with a blank music CD. I consider the accompanying music CD crucial for learning the Rhythm patterns. Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Steve Begich
Ordered this book twice. Both copies did not have working CD's. The actual text was not bad. Would not order a third time. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Pieguy
Had high hopes but received a blank/unformatted CD, similar to another reviewer's experience. Found the publisher's website/email and made contact, hoping they might volunteer to... Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by J. Hugunin
Book is good.....basic but like someone else said blues are basic. My problem was with the cd I put it in my car to listen and by track 25 or so started getting bad then fizzled... Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by Francis H Pratt