Beginning Rock Guitar the fun approach!
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(Jun 17, 2002)
Why not just start right in with the fun stuff? Because its too hard for a beginner? Not at all! Actually many of rocks most exciting, famous, and popular "guitar-parts" are easy enough for the complete (first-day) beginner! Paul Lidel knows whats fun and he knows what you need to learn to get you started off on the right foot. Hey, if it ain fun.....why do it? How to read TAB, tuning - how to use a tuner, and tune without a tuner, how to hold the pick, how to hold the guitar, left and right hand position, what the knobs & switches on an electric guitar do, Amp settings for clean and dirty sound & much more!
1. Iron Man Black Sabbath
2. Bad to the Bone George Thorogood
3. Enter Sandman Metallica
4. You Really Got Me Van Halen
5. Purple Haze Hendrix
6. Smoke on the Water Deep Purple
7. Day Tripper Beatles
8. Walk This Way Aerosmith
9. Plush Stone Temple Pilots
10. Crazy Train Ozzy Ozbourne
11. Kashmir Led Zeppelin
12. Bulls on Parade Rage Against The Machine
13. Them Bones Alice In Chains
14. Back in Black AC/DC
15. Satisfaction Rolling Stones
16. Wild Thing Jimi Hendrix
17. Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
18. Heart Shaped Box Nirvana
19. Cocaine Clapton
"Beginning Rock Guitar" is excellent, riffs are easy to learn, I was able to learn each one in 5 minutes." -- Blake Cartwright Austin, TxSee all Editorial Reviews
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The lessons themself are nothing special, very serious and straightforward, but the results are nothing short of amazing. In the DVD you learn to play about 20 COOL guitar riffs.
The first time you crank out the intro to the Rolling Stone's "Satisfaction" in front of your friends and family, they will look around to see if you're actually playing it yourself. It's a great feeling, and a great confidence builder for beginners like me.
I've never even held an electric guitar before but life's too short to not do what you always wanted to do and in my case it's play rock guitar so I decided to go for it. I bought a used standard black Fender Strat and then this DVD. I was amazed at how quickly I was playing actual, identifiable songs from some of my favorite rock groups. It was instant gratification.
I also liked how Paul Lidel was so clear and simple in his instructions. He has a very calm and patient demeanor about him. He also is obviously an awesome guitar player, if I could even get half as good as him I'd die happy. I wish he were my guitar teacher for private lessons!
If you've never played electric rock guitar before and can't afford private lessons, this is the best tool for you. Not only is it more encouraging to play actual cool songs instead of practice chords (not that that's not important) it's more fun too!
Everything is shown or discussed for a minute or two at most.
To start off, Paul tells you to tune your guitar to his - while he has heavy distortion effects on!
He then he starts "teaching"...
- the blues riff used in "bad to the bone"
- "smoke on the water" riff, not bad
- how to hold a pick like him
- a LZ riff
- what the names of the strings are
- "satisfaction" riff
- what the knobs on HIS amp do and how to get the sound that "you" want - on his amp
Distortion is still maxed so the difference is minor.
- A bad version of an Aerosmith riff ("walk this way"?) using fingers 1 and 2 and some "palm muting"
- how to read tablature (tab)
- a 2-note "rage against the machine" riff
- a way to memorize the notes on the top (E) string that is useless since all western music names notes with our alphabet from A to G
- how to memorize the frets so you can read tab - Hint: the dot markers on pretty much any guitar's fret board are at 3, 5, 7, 9 and 12 // The "double dot" one is at the 12th fret
- A VH riff using 5 Power Chords and a 2-finger movable chord shape
- What the knobs and switches on HIS electric guitar do, what pickups are...
- "lightning crashes" riff & notes on the A-string
- EC's "cocaine" riff. This is probably my favorite thing he did.
- the "ironman" riff, not bad
- "Drop D" tuning
- "alice in chains" riff & a "nirvana" riff (meh)
- How to use an electronic tuner (...)
- "enter sandman" riff & the "day tripper" riff (not bad)
- How to tune your guitar (to itself) without a tuner
- How to stretch the strings to help keep the guitar in tune (of course you should do this when you put new strings on...)
- "crazy train" riff & a SRV riff
- "Wild thing" using A, D and E chords.
- Tips for practicing chords and how to read a chord diagram
- "Knocking on Heaven's Door" - G, D, Am, & C [He finally turns the distortion off for this song]
- "Sweet Home Alabama" riff with "Hammer-ons" & "pull-offs"
- Practice tips: practice slowly and in 5 or 10 minute intervals several times a day instead of hours at a time
Within half an hour, I was suddenly cranking out a few popular chords. Paul Lidel speaks slowly, describes everything in detail, plays songs both fast (so you can hear and feel the tune) and then slowly so you can follow along and see his movements. I love that! He also takes the time to explain the little things that many over dvd's pass over.
The chords from song's he chooses are popular rock songs, not mary had a little lamb or other childrens songs.
My only gripe is that the dvd is "short" and doesn't really teach songs, only chords. I would love to have a dvd from him teaching entire songs, including hand holding me through the hard parts. I think this guy is a talented enough teacher (and obviously talented at guitar) to do it.
If you're new to guitar and like rock, I would highly recommend giving this a go.