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The 12-String Guitar of Roger McGuinn


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Product Details

  • VHS Tape
  • Publisher: Homespun Video (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793569389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793569380
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 7.9 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1,322.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,106,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Roger Mcguinn Does An Excellent Job Showing His Techniques & Popular Songs.
Ross Quarnoccio
Roger shows how to change strings on his guitar, as well as how to change the battery and adjust the truss rod.
Charles Kahler
Highly Recommended to anyone wanting to learn how to play electric 12 string & Rickenbackers in particular.
Thomas B.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By MusicalFan on December 23, 2005
Format: DVD
This video is a great companion for your 12-string guitar. Before I bought my Ricky 370-12, I bought this DVD. Roger's technical demonstrations such as changing strings, and adjusting the truss rods are enlightening, making a seemingly daunting task less so. Even if you don't have a Ricky, the song lessons are useful on any 12-string guitar.

The lessons are well laid out, and the solos are played first at their regular tempo, and then slowed down for ease of learning. Roger's hybrid picking style is also explained here, but it isn't necessary to learn it to play these songs (I'm a flatpicker). The booklet accompanying this disc contains tablature for these as well, making this a fairly complete learning package.

The only thing I would ask for would be some audio backing (play-along) tracks to accompany these lessons, so you could play what you've learned with a "band". However, the lack of these in no way detracts from my enjoyment of it, and I recommend this DVD very highly.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Charles Kahler on March 13, 2005
Format: DVD
One of only a few video lessons featuring the 12-string guitar.

Aside from teaching "Turn,Turn, Turn", "Mr. Tambourine Man", "Eight Miles High", "On Easter Morn He Rose", and "Wasn't Born to Follow", there are some special tips about the Rickenbacker 12-string. Roger shows how to change strings on his guitar, as well as how to change the battery and adjust the truss rod.

Most of the emphasis is on "Turn, Turn, Turn", which features some not-so-easy Travis-style picking.

If you only have a 6-string, this is probably not the video for you.

If you are considering buying a Rickenbacker, this video should help you make a decision one way or the other.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edward Benson on September 27, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Now Roger did a good job on this. Somewhat endorsing Rickenbacker's 370-RM, named after him, he does an excellent job with close up finger patterns, scales, how to tune the 12-string as opposed to the 6-string, and techniques that really make the 12-string sound like it can ... a fully orchastrated guitar. It also introduced me to the JangleBox which is about as close as you can come to sounding like Roger McGuirre's 370-RM with it's sustain/compression.

Ed Benson
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B. on October 14, 2008
Format: DVD
Roger not only provides good instruction on how to play some of his best songs, step by step, but also provides a lot of insight into the Rickenbacker 12 String. He shows how to replace strings, tune, adjust truss rod, etc. He also talks in great detail about the Rick, it's history & how he plays it. Exceptional DVD. Highly Recommended to anyone wanting to learn how to play electric 12 string & Rickenbackers in particular.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emmitt W. Hogue on December 13, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of Roger McGuinn, and I recently purchased a Rickenbacker 360-12.
I found the DVD entertaining and informative. I wish there were more actual instruction,
but the information on the DVD for set up of the Rickenbacker, and techniques to play
chords on the Rick's narrow neck, and info on tone to get that jangle sound were very helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ross Quarnoccio on July 18, 2010
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Roger Mcguinn Does An Excellent Job Showing His Techniques & Popular Songs. Very Informative. Also Care Of The Rick 12 String. I Learned Alot From This DVD. Takes The Guesswork Out Of It. If You Like The Birds And Have A Rickenbacker 12 String, I Would Highly Recomend It. Ross
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wanda on September 19, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This was a birthday gift for a friend of mine. He was very surprised and just loved it. He plays a 12-string guitar almost as well as Roger and there is a technique Roger uses that my friend wanted to learn. It is a great DVD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By eupraxis on April 17, 2010
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Besides the 'lessons' on those great songs, this DVD gives you all of the necessary insights into the Ric 360-12 or 370-12, including truss rod adjustment and string changing.
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