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Blues by the Bar: Cool Riffs That Sound Great over Each Portion of the Blues Progression Paperback – June 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Lane Music; PAP/COM edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575604795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575604794
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most helpful book by far when it comes to putting it all together and yet, keeping if fairly simple. If there is one better I sure haven't found it! It teaches you how to build the house not how to pound nails. Theory, scales, and even riffs out of context are merely pounding nails if you don't know how to put them together. Some of the lines might be tough for the beginner from a technique basis but are easy enough if your chops are up.
With a little practice you can mix these lines all over the place and really come up with some nice solos. You'll get your money's worth and then some with this one. About ready to give up trying to play Blues? This is the book for you!
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This is the best book on "Electric Guitar" Blues I have ever used - nothing else comes close. It covers Chicago style blues - in places strongly reminiscent of Albert King and Roy Buchanan. The riffs are constructed in a "call and response" - but there's nothing basic about them. They are all usable, and many of them are surprisingly easy to play. There's nothing corny or academic in this book - it sounds fresh. These are real licks, not just scales or fretboard tricks. No open strings are used, so the riffs can be used in any key. In a very few places the tab isn't completely accurate, but even where its wrong its close enough for any guitarist to work out the correct version. The quality of the CD is excellent.
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I am 46 years old and just started to play less than a year ago, I spent most of my time learning and working scales, up and down, over and over again. (I actually listened to my teacher) This book is awesome, it has given me lots of great riffs to work with, the cd is a great tool for learning the phrasings. I have already started to experiment with my own versions of the riffs. The "Music Minus Me" tracks are great for practicing and perfecting the riffs. There are 3 different keys to work in, allowing a wider range of learning. My wife now prefers that I practice/play without head phones on. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Thanks for a great book.

Nick
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Chris Hunt is a New York City-based guitarist, composer, and producer with a long list of top-flight credits and a solid educational background (Berklee School of Music). The concept of the book is fresh and well-grounded in the notion of the blues as an improvisational art. The author has broken a twelve-bar slow blues into six two-bar segments and provided a variety of examples of what you might do in each segment. If you study and absorb all of the examples, it will fill you with ideas for each part, and you will find yourself synthesizing new ideas from the fabric of old ideas. That's what improvisation is all about. It is also quite a technical workout, which is bound to give you more freedom of expression.

There has apparently been some effort to keep the first example in each group relatively simple. However, the complexity curve rises steeply after that, which is why this is not a book for beginners. There are plenty of sixteenth notes throughout, and the bending is subtle. The phrasing is surprisingly good, which clearly shows that the author has absorbed the styles of the masters.

Contrary to what is said in the negative review, the notation is standard notes plus tab, so there is plenty of information to work with. However, it would have been better if there was more, because there are some things that tab and standard notation can not portray. In example 3, for instance, a rake is indicated by grace-note "x"s on the pitches G and A, but the tab below it shows more accurately that they are on strings 5 and 4. You can figure out which one is correct because it can't possibly be "G and A," but it would be better if both types of notation agreed, so why not place the x's on the appropriate open-string notes in standard notation?
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First, I would like to say there are many good books and DVDs out there; however, the problem that I found were in the particulars that were being taught when it comes to soloing. Chord progressions can be learned in just about any blues book you pick up but soloing is what most of us want to learn. Blues solos are tricky as they tell a story; they breath; they make you feel. All the books I have do not help you with this; they give you scales and a couple licks but somehow you are supposed to ear train yourself into learning HOW and WHEN to use these licks. What leaves the sour taste in your mouth is that so many teach you very hokey, uninteresting kind of licks; Licks and riffs you would never use when playing with friends or would want to listen to in your own liesure time. IF YOU WANT TO SOLO LIKE A BLUES HERO (B.B. KING, BUDDY GUY, CLAPTON, SRV, ETC) THAN BUY THIS BOOK. This book teaches where to fit amazing licks/riffs over the progression. This is not just a book of scales or just a book of riffs but HOW and WHEN to use them. HOW and WHEN is the key when learning how to solo the blues. With all the riffs in this book, the possibilites are endless. This book is AMAZING!!! Exactly what I needed (and if you are reading the reviews, maybe this is what you are looking for and what you need too)!!!
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