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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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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dog Music Books (July 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934777048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934777220
  • ASIN: 1934777226
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,605,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry has great guitar tone.

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About the Author

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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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JG on April 22, 2010
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I ordered this book/CD, "101 Razor-Sharp Blues Guitar Rhythm Patterns..." wanting to get a slew of great Blues rhythms patterns. Upon receving it, I excitedly removed the enclosed CD and played it in my car - all the way through -and was thoroughly disappointed because the patterns were not very complex, unique, or imaginative. Looking at the reviews others gave, I could not help but wonder if there was something I was missing. I did not share a lot of their opinions.

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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MusicTeacherCA on October 30, 2007
I have used Larry McCabe's instruction books for years with my music students, with good results, so I picked up a copy of this new book last month to use in my teaching studio. My students are enjoying the book very much and so am I. It is quite a nice book and CD, unique in format and impressive in its instructional design and educational goals.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Dunn on April 4, 2009
I'm an intermediate guitar player and prior to ordering this book I was stuck in a rut playing the basic I/IV/V 12 bar blues over and over using chords like G,C and D and I didn't really know how mix it up or make my chord progressions more interesting. This book solved all those problems immediately. By applying these patterns into my progressions they make me sound like I am a far more advanced guitar player than I really am. The patterns in this book are amazingly simple but pack the power of a sledge hammer. Out of the 101 patterns in this book there were only 4 or 5 that didn't do much for me but the rest are pure Gold! The CD is also a great tool in making sure my timeing is correct. The Appendix in the back of the book is a great addition and is loaded with information and arranging tips. An excellent choice for anyone wanting to expand his or her rhythm playing. Many thanks to the Author!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex C. Moran on February 25, 2009
I will keep this brief, but this book is stellar. I put the CD into my Itunes and ripped away for a few hours. It has great tablature and notation that can help expand the minds of people still learning to play the blues. The beginning of the book has a guide for all of the notation that will be used for everybody new to tabs and standard notation so it is very user friendly. Also, I will add that after ordering fro Amazon I originally received 25 Razor-Sharp Blues and Boogie Solos instead of this book. When I contacted RedDog, they were very understanding and sent me my original purchase and let me keep the other book FREE OF CHARGE!!! I highly recommend these books to anyone looking to learn a little more on the guitar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Layton on January 13, 2009
This book makes the third blues book of Larry's I have used, and it is another winner. In fact this book is likely the most useful to me on one of my current gigs - playing rhythm behind a "local legend" player.

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.
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