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101 Razor-Sharp Slide Guitar Licks in Open E Tuning: Electric Urban / Chicago Style Plastic Comb – June 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dog Music Books (June 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934777013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934777015
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Moonbeam on September 13, 2008
I am a guitarist who has played in blues and rock bands and I have been working on slide guitar technique. I am very pleased with this book. Everything is here for anyone who wants to learn how to play blues slide guitar licks in the context of a blues band.

The licks are played in actual blues songs that follow standard chord progressions. I have already found ways to work the licks into songs by Muddy Waters, Elmore James, etc. Great book and I recommend it to others.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Blues on September 6, 2008
I have been wanting to learn slide guitar for a long time. My teacher suggested this book and it is as helpful as he said it would be. The material is well-organized and includes everything a beginning slide player needs, including diagrams that serve as valuable roadmaps for open E tuning.

The slide licks sound just like the ones played by Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, Robert Nighthawk, and others on the classic blues records of the 1950s to mid 1960s. Some of the licks sound like Taj Mahal. The great thing is that a good blues band with a singer is playing model blues songs on the CD, so you are learning licks that you will actually be able to use in the blues songs you play. The singer on this CD is amazing-he sounds like Ray Charles.

I love that the entire book is arranged in the key of E. And the licks are smooth, tasteful, and accessible. The book gave me immediate confidence and familiarity with open E tuning. It is a lot of fun to play along with the CD - I feel like I'm sitting in with a blues band in a smoky bar on the Southside of Chicago. Very highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Kellum on May 13, 2008
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This author had a similar book out with another publisher, but it is out of print, and quite expensive used. I understand that the author owns this publishing company, so I doubt if it will disappear. Good thing too. I have gone through three copies of the old book. They keep "disappearing".
I teach people how to play slide, although I'm not at all scary doing it. This book is my secret weapon. It's simple and all in one tuning, but not too simple. They (the licks) are what musicians call "solid". By the time you work your way through the book, you hopefully have an ear, and trust me, that's what slide requires. Then you play with the licks and make them your own. Most people have figured out where to go by the time they finish. I always recommend stealing solos from harmonica players when they get through this book. I'm glad it's back.
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By EricD on July 12, 2013
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Not happy with this purchase!
Thought this to be an entry level instructional book on Slide Guitar. NOT!
Simply provides a few songs in PDF along with sound files that are NOT in .MP3 format.

Will be returning this.
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I've never returned anything on Amazon before. My hope was to learn some licks for slide guitar in Open E. Instead, there was some discussion of guitar setup, different kinds of slides, tuning to Open E, and scales on the fretboard. It's fine to learn licks by way of the songs, but that isn't my style. Instead, I hoped to learn some licks and techniques that I could string together and jam. As for the songs, many had several bars of rhythm guitar indicated by chords, then the slide parts. If that's what you're after, especially on an electric guitar, then have at it. The songs are broken down so that you master each part. I was so put off by the style of the book and lack of licks that I didn't even bother with the cd. If you want to play slide guitar in Open E and in Spanish, then this one is for you. There's translation into Spanish. I surely didn't count 101 Razor-Sharp Slide Guitar Licks in Open E Tuning as title claims. My advice: don't run with this razor. You might get hurt.
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