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12-Bar Blues (Inside the Blues) Paperback – March 1, 1999
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Before I ran into this book as well as a teacher who taught me similar stuff, I had been playing for years and thought I was pretty good - but I always fell apart when I tried to play with others. That's because I did not have these basic building blocks.
Also I just wanted to say that the thing that makes this book so valuable is the fact that after you learn one of the lessons you will find that you are now armed with a technique that allows you to play many different songs for example: the riff to good morning little school girl is in the book. After I got fairly comfortable with that I found that I could play born under a bad sign, sunshine of your love etc. there are many songs that use that same combination of notes just varied in timing and order a little. That seems to be the case with chord progressions as well. If you are a beginner like me, remember to play chords that are easy at first then progressively try to play the more difficult ones. Eventually you will be able to play the same chords the pros use. Also as a beginner you probably use open chords. You won't really see how the chords work until you use bar chords so start incorporating those into your playing. I would recommend the F bar chord and the B minor bar chord as there are really no good open chord versions of those. Also learn the A D E bar chord combination at the 5th and 7th frets.
I used to think that the more guitar books I owned the better guitarist I will be. That has not proven to be true. I probably have 30 or so guitar books on the shelf and of those 30 I only use maybe 5, one of which is this 12 bar blues book, the other being Progressive guitar chords.
The book has progressions in different keys to get you going with a variety of styles, including your basic slow blues, shuffle rhythms, swing & boogie, riff blues and some cool jazz stuff, etc. Most examples are moveable chords, so it gets you playing all over the neck. The explanations are low key but pretty good, pointing out info on the sounds and tonality of the different chords, and some advice on getting a good sound.
There are also sections including some generic but cool turnarounds and intros, and a couple pages about soloing.
Don't think you'll be blazing open mic night after this book, but you will have a good foundation in chords and 12-bar progressions.
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Cover mentioned like Audio included but
no audio file and could not download from anywhere.
There is difficult to learn/practice without audio.