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Definitive Bob Dylan Songbook (Music Sales America) Paperback – September 1, 2003
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1. So firstly, for the casual Dylan fan. It seems obvious enough to me that a casual fan would not necessarily be looking for a 'Definitive' songbook, but you are pretty much guaranteed to find the songs you seek in here. It really is one of the more definitive songbooks for Dylan, boasting some 330 songs.
However, if you have much experience at all playing guitar or keys or whatever, this book is surprisingly mediocre. The transcriptions of these songs come with simple notation, and extremely basic chord charts (as well as full lyrics for each song). Many of the transcriptions are downright wrong, and sound nothing like any studio or live recordings I have heard. Some songs that come to mind are "It's all over now, Baby Blue" "Ballad of a Thin Man" and many others.
The downside for guitar players is that everything has been shifted to standard E tuning. This means that there are no songs transcribed with open tunings (as he did for "Oxford Town" and half of Blood on the Tracks). But most disturbingly is the total lack of capo transcriptions. Not one song has been transcribed for capo. Dylan was surely one of the most notorious capo users of pop music, and yet this has been bypassed. This obviously will dramatically alter the tone, especially on songs like "Mr. Tambourine Man" which sounds far too bass heavy in this transcription.Read more ›
I like it because it is compact and complete. Really helped me to figure out some difficult timing issues I'd encountered (i.e., Romance in Durango taking a little detour from 4/4 to 1/4 in a few spots...cute). Side note: As this is a very Spanish sounding tune, perhaps that is how some Spanish songs roll.
Aww, I dunno. I like the Bob pic on the front and so far the binding has held up fine and ...oh my gosh 325 freaking songs! Any half ass musician can figure out a few of the glitches or transpose here and there. I say, get it and enjoy!
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What can i say,, all easy to follow music of my favorite ArtistPublished 6 months ago by richard s kosak
How can this be? The chords are wrong. They can't do this. Please do not buy. Mister Dylan?????????? WTF? This is a disgrace.Published on May 17, 2014 by Stevie N. Bailey
Great lyrics and music--definitive Dylan!
Great songbook for singing together and playing
Dylan tunes---really complete songbook that
is great with lyrics & music!