Danny Gatton: Strictly Rhythm Guitar
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Danny Gatton presents a comprehensive study on rhythm guitar styles and technique, covering everything from blues/jazz chord substitutions, rockabily and country power chords, R&B and Motown rhythm, and even some acoustic country/bluegrass guitar ideas! Gatton shows you the rhythm parts slowly at first, before demonstrating them in a band context with Arlen Roth on lead guitar. Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.
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I love rhythm guitar and pay close attention to it , but I need to work on it a lot more , hence buying this DVD . I like to see whether a band's guitarist can play rhythm in a tasteful way and if not , that tells me that they may not value it .
Danny clearly does (or did) .
As another reviewer put it , Danny shows how to work with other musicians and that is one of the most important things for me to see as I value it very highly - let's face it , it helps you to get work .
A number of styles are shown - basically , it is a great lesson from a player who transcends 'ability' and is in a whole other realm .
Very highly recommended .
Being a novice guitarist, my first impression of this DVD was that I was in way over my head. But after closely watching some of the easier segments(and studying the enclosed book), I began to pick up on the material. I could not help but feel privileged when listening to Gatton both discuss and demostrate. This guy is a monster! He even discusses a type of playing his father(guitarist back in the 30's) shared with him when he was a child. To me, this DVD is worth more than what it sells for....it's a steal. Gatton does not pussyfoot around, so make sure you bring your A game. If you like the Telecaster sound you will absolutely be thrilled. This one's a keeper...Thank you Danny!
His lessons are as fine as crystal--very rarely does he loose the train except to make a cool point--and he has obviously thought them out well in advance as he did with everything that surrounded his playing. Danny uses his fantastic rhythm section consisting of an amazing drummer and a doghouse bass player that burns down the house while simultaneously helping Danny to get his points across. And if this isn't enough, Arlen Roth--another smoker--gets up and plays lead. He even has his guitar tech join in at the end of the DVD and trade leads with Arlen while Danny holds down the rhythm chores as steady as a sea anchor holds a boat during a storm. Pay close attention all you shredders who believe playing rhythm is passe, you may find yourself taking that long overdue lesson in rhythm playing.
The DVD format itself is well organized and the learner can take the lessons one episode at a time at both normal speed as well as at a snails pace. The instructional manual is also well anotated and helpfull.
If you want to learn how to play rhythm like a master do yourself a favor and buy this DVD. Spend the time letting this warm, humble, and funny man show you the way to play magnificent rhythm guitar. There aren't many that can play like Danny these days and sadly he is gone forever. Fortunately for us mortals, we have a few rare gems like this DVD to remember him by. This is one of the few instructional tools that doesn't treat the artist as a star rather it shows him surrounded by and working with other artists to create real music.
Buy this DVD and his telemaster DVD--Danny's intro capella is worth the price of admission alone. Then buy his 88 Elmira Street, Redneck Jazz, and Cruisin Deuces CD's. After living with and assimilating Danny's take on playing into your own style you may discover that you have a fresh and clearer perspective on playing our beloved instrument not to mention a fondness for one of the guitar's greatest players. This guy was THE REAL DEAL!
If you trust my opinion and work hard, and I am not mistakenly speaking out of my respect and fondness for one of history's greatest players and one of my greatest mentors, in a few short years the people in the audience will begin to ask how you learned to play such fantastic and magical rhythm guitar.
We, your dedicated students, miss you dearly Danny
You don't get that too often.
Thank you Mr Gatton!!!!
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