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Leslie West: Big Phat Ass Guitar

3.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Take a private guitar lesson from Leslie West, the master guitar player from Mountain and West, Bruce & Laing. Get all the tips you need from the guy who knows how to play them. For almost 40 years Leslie West has been one of rock’s greatest guitar players recording massively successful albums and playing to literally millions of people at concerts all over the world. In this DVD Leslie West shows the viewer his innovative approach to playing rock guitar, techniques on capturing that special tone, recording and playing tips and hints on performing live.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Leslie West
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: United States Dist
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002022XU6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robert E. Cooper on October 10, 2009
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OMG, this is one of the worst DVDs I've ever had the misfortune of seeing. If you already play, this will be one big waste of both time AND money. If you're a Leslie West fan like I was, you won't be after you see this. You will learn NOTHING from this DVD other than how to play Mississippi Queen (which is pretty basic anyway). All he does for over 100 minutes is jam in the key of E or A. He has NO chops to speak of. Leslie admits he knows very little about music and mostly plays with only two fingers (slowly) - and that's exactly what comes across on this video. He's vulgar on this video and takes us into a strip club next door. He promises to show you how the studio works, his pedal board, amps, etc., but never does. He even repeats his story of how he started playing in another section, word for word. He must be getting Alzheimer's.

It's a shame, as I WAS a fan. I'm sorry I saw this piece of junk. I can't say it enough - you'll get absolutely nothing from this video except an empty wallet. There are far better videos out there to learn from, from "real" guitar players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Joe Pass, in fact anyone except Leslie West. You'd figure after all these years of playing, he'd actually learn how. I'd have no problem on stage with him, and I don't consider myself anything special.

Wow, if his intent was to show how to NOT make a video, than he succeeded! Run!
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Let me start by saying that I love Leslie West as a guitar player, always have and always will.

Having said that, I have to agree with Pascal; I was expecting an in-depth discussion of West's entire signal-chain, from his strings to his cables, from his effects to his amp settings. I was NOT expecting the Lenny Bruce of guitar players (no offense to Lenny intended), but that's what you'll get if you buy this DVD.

The freakin' guy doesn't even let you see the pedals he's got on his pedalboard !!

What saves this DVD from getting only one star instead of two is Les' ribald sense of humour. I particularly enjoyed his "witty banter" with two Russian pole-dancers from the strip club next door.

Bottom line: this DVD is little more that a mediocre Las Legas lounge act featuring a world-class GUITAR PLAYER !?! Forwarned is forearmed -- move on to your next selection and don't look back.
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If you can play, and you like Leslie West, you'll enjoy this DVD. You're not going to learn to play the guitar using this Video. He stresses "Tone is everything" and basically that's true. You don't have to be the best player in the world, but with great tone, you can do just fine. There is some cool stuff where he goes over the Amps and Effects he uses, and I love his humor! He tells you how he gets as much as possible playing the Pentatonic and Blues Scale. I got a kick out of one of his lines "Fenders are good on cars". He's always been a diehard Gibson guy, although I have seen him using Steinbergers,and Dean Guitars. He plays "Mississippi Queen", and "Theme" slowly, so you can see what he's doing. For the price of the video, it is worth it.
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