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THE DOBRO BOOK: A Complete Instruction Guide with 33 Tunes in Tablature . [complete with the 13-track cd of dobro music] Paperback – 1977

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Oak; First Edition edition (1977)
  • ISBN-10: 0825601835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825601835
  • ASIN: B003XFWNQ8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,790,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Karl D. Chambers on January 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a beginner, I found the first ten pages of this book interesting and helpful, but after that it gets complex fast. The enclosed CD is pointless, except for the tuning, and even then you have to wait a few minutes while the artists in the studio get some foolishness out of the way. There are 7 or 8 songs that follow, but no connection with the book or guidance on how to play. I'll get back to it in about a year, but this is no value for absolute beginners.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
it just sounds great, so fat and plump. and it sounds even better on the lap, which is how this book teaches it. no upright style here, but if you're interested there's an appendix on how to turn your normal guitar into one. endless styles explored: bluegrass, blues, old-time, hawaiian, western swing, modern country. not to mention bits on history, more tunings, and other useful miscellany. it's just a good ol' time and a great place to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danny Ray Twork on March 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
OK! I know that a lot of people like everything to be laid out so that they can just follow the dots and call themselves players. No. They are dot followers. The CD (record) does not follow the dots for you. Did you ever wonder why your mother doesn't hold your hand when you walk now that your older? Stacy Philips doesn't hold you hand here, instead he walks away and lets you stumble a little. He lets you look a little harder at the book and listen a little harder to the CD. He is not interested in teaching you his style as much as he wants you to learn to play.....without the book or CD. I give this book a very high recomendation. I am very new to the Dobro and after using this book for two weeks I was playing along with my friends. Don't be fooled by slick production that keeps holding your hand. The dobro is about fun and with this book you will learn how. The section on tunings is worth the price of the book alone. I bought my first books and DVD's months ago and I didn't really know how to play until I started this two weeks ago.
Buy it and work with it and you will see what I mean.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By frankp93 VINE VOICE on March 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've had this book for years (long before I had a Dobro, I used to play the licks on retuned acoustic and electric guitars). Phillips has a newer "Complete Deluxe Dobro Method"-type of Mel Bay book that includes 2 CDs, even more cool old pictures, along with player interviews and a much wider variety of tunes and improvisational techniques.

What this book has, that the Mel bay book doesn't, however, is the soundsheet - which is a real hoot. A guy sounding suspiciously like Kenny Kosek narrates this whole "Archduke of the Dobro" happening, complete with studio audience that frames the musical examples. It's a really fun alternative to the standard "68 tracks of pre-recorded licks" type of CD that usually accompanies instructional books.

I don't know if the soundsheet is still included, but if it is, and you've got your old direct-drive Garrard turntable lying around, it's worth it for a nostagic look back to the late 70's/early 80's when "new acoustic music" had its heyday and guys like Phillips, Kosek, Glaser, Grisman, Trischka, Sholle, Statman, Rice and Barrenberg ruled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Gray on June 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I got this book when I was first learning to play the dobro about 25 years ago. It took me from the basics to playing advanced styles. I loved the depth of the book. It shows you examples of many of the styles of dobro playing including blues, swing, hawaian, bluegrass and country. The dobro is a difficult instrument to learn. It is not something you can just pickup and play, like a guitar. You have to apply yourself to learning the basics. Then move onto the more advanced techniques. With patience and determination, Stacy Philips provides an aspiring dobro player with a well-rounded understanding of the dobro.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josh Braun on April 25, 2014
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Overall, this is a strong book for beginners that thoroughly covers just about every dobro technique and style current. One of the things I liked about it is that all of its material is real-world - there's no cheesy "bile 'em cabbage down" numbers.

One major fallback is that the CD does not contain audio for the many examples in the book, but rather a faux bluegrass concert featuring '"The Archduke of the Dobro." This is a bit bizarre, and more importantly, extremely unhelpful.
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