DVD-Dr John Teaches New Orleans Piano -Lesson One
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"Just sit back and watch Dr. John work his way through the likes of "C.C. Rider" and Pine Top Boogie" you will have got a graduate degree in soul." - Time Magazine
Imagine being able to see as well as hear the amazing piano styles of the great Dr. John - up close! This one-hour session is jammed full of powerful playing, slowed-down instruction, and the wonderful personality of one of the premier artists of our time.
On this informative and fascinating lesson, Mac (Dr. John) Rebennack discusses the playing styles of the musicians he heard and worked with as a youngster growing up in New Orleans. Youll learn songs and instrumentals by such legendary greats as Professor Longhair, Pine Top Smith, Champion Jack Dupree, Fats Domino, James Booker and others. Mac breaks down the tunes, turnarounds, left-hand patterns, and right-hand improvisations so that an aspiring pianist can truly understand this exciting tradition.
This fascinating instructional DVD will challenge and excite anyone who wants to play in the New Orleans style as exemplified by the great Dr. John!
Songs: Frankie And Johnny, C. C. Rider, Pine Top Boogie, Blueberry Hill, The Fat Man, Goodnight Irene, others.
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However if you are just learning piano, this is probably not for you - he doesn't really slow it down or explain what he is doing too clearly.
unfortunately dr. john is not really a teacher kind of guy. he's a very talented player, no doubt. but the fact that the producer Happy Traum had to sit next to him during the shooting to squeeze some techniques out of him already shows you right from the beginning that dr. john is not really there for teaching you anything. he's just doing what he can do best: playing and talking about fellow blues musicians!
this dvd is definately not for beginners, more advanced players might get some interesting stuff out of it, i didn't...
But, don't get me wrong, the DVDs are well worth the money and if one takes the time, then you'll come away much better for it. So, even if I didn't give it the five stars, these DVDs are still highly recommended.
Even just for entertainment, the DVD is a pleasure to just watch as an unaccompanied performance. Watch Dr John emulate Allen Toussaint close up. Doesn't get any better than that!
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