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Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar (Guitar Books) Paperback – May 1, 1993
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- ASIN : 0825625564
- Publisher : Music Sales America; Pap/Com edition (May 1, 1993)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 98 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780825625565
- ISBN-13 : 978-0825625565
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 9 x 0.3 x 12 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #317,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The skill build up is very gradual and manageable. You play a simple blues using only the A chord, the another with the E then the G and B7. All the while, you are working on that independent bass. Fairly soon, you play more than just the chord notes and pick up the other melody notes within each chord. Looking back, you suddenly realize that you've picked up quite a bit and you are still only on about page 20.
This is not a book you will push through in a week or a month. If you work on each lesson until you have a reasonable (not great) ability to play it, you will gradually accumulate some very good skills, but even if you are putting in a hour every day, expect the book to take you up to a year to complete (unless you are unusually gifted).
It is a very enjoyable book for building skills. I just wish it had a few "break out" moments within each lesson session. You know, a short rift that sounded really cool. You could jump to it when you just can't bring yourself to play that lesson sheet one more time today. It would also keep you interest up.
If you want to pick up some basic, essential old-school blues licks, this a great book for you.
If you have the patience to work through it and perfect the exercises (which for me the standard I've set is to be able to play them cleanly from memory alongside a metronome), this book WILL get you playing passable fingerstyle country blues! Of course, this takes discipline and commitment on the part of the learner - none of the first 80% or so of the exercises is anything you would even think about playing in public (they sound, as you might expect, quite "instructional" in nature), but the authors have included a handful of arrangements of real blues at the end of the book. If you've done your due diligence and worked through the exercises to the point of proficiency, you will surprise yourself and see that you CAN play this style of music!
If you have the burning desire to learn fingerstyle blues guitar, stop searching right now - buy this book and get to work! It will pay off.
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The books includes basic finger-picking around chords, including melody notes to augment the basic chord notes, bass-line runs, picking rhythms, chord inversions up the neck, the structure and patterns of blues music, vamps (introductory phrases), blues singing/playing, and finishing on number of blues tunes. The music is presented in both music notation and tab.
There were some interesting and summary explanations about the evolution of the basic acoustic 12-bar blues pattern and its origin from the Mississippi delta, with the twice repeated questioning lyric phrase followed by the answering phrase, and how this progressed through Memphis up to Chicago with the more modern electric Chicago-blues sound. I enjoyed this commentary and found that it contextualised blues music and explained its form very simply.
This book was good for me and my level, however I would put a caveat on this. Although it is entitled as 'Beginning', I think a pure beginner might get frustrated by the fast progression. The book starts very simply with basic musical notation and chord shapes and exercises around these which are aimed at a complete beginner, but by about page 20 or so, melody notes are introduced requiring partial barring and 3-fret finger stretches for the A-Chord, for example. This isn't easy for a beginner. Similarly the 4-finger version of the E7 isn't going to be straightforward. Although the progression rate was good for me, I think a beginner will struggle with this. I'd recommend this for someone with certainly no less than 6-12 months experience of strumming/basic playing.
It took me around a month to complete the book but within that month I've gone from not being able to fingerpick to being pretty good. I've since bought a few Stefan Grossman DVD's and now I'm getting to the stage where I'm considering playing at open mic nights.
Yup - for absolute beginners to intermediate players who want to learn fingerstyle blues. THIS IS THE ONE!
It allows a gradual approach and understanding of blues guitar fingerstyle playing and some pieces to play at the back of the book using the style learned.
Also a CD with all the fingerstyle exercises on to check if your getting it right.