Stevie Ray Vaughan's Greatest Hits - Signature Licks DVD
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This is the first "Instructional" DVD (of this kind) that I've purchased, and I wish I'd bought it years ago... it would have reduced a lot of frustration trying to figure out what SRV is doing to generate his fantastic guitar sounds.
Get it, you'd pay 10 times as much, or more, for live lessons, and with this DVD go through the instructional parts as many times as you wish.
And over the years, I've seen numerous transcriptions of his music in guitar magazines and have attempted to learn many of his songs.
However, this guy comes as close as is humanly possible to "replicating" the riffs of Stevie. He's a great guitar player and has obviously done his homework.
However, the one thing that can't be captured on an instructional DVD - and I throw this out not as a "negative" - is the "feel" behind Stevie's music.
Stevie's sound didn't come exclusively from his Number 1 Strat, Fender amps and heavy strings with the action set relatively high. Greg - the instructor on this tape - to his credit, uses a strat (tuned down a half a step a la SRV - and the same amps and effects pedals that SRV used - and comes close to getting the same sound.
But Stevie's sound came from his "attack" of the strings and his "in-your'face" attitude towards the blues. And no instructor can duplicate this. Stevie's sound came from his hands and his "soul".
I was reminding my wife that when we visited the Louvre many years ago, you would see many artists camped in front of a famous painting with their easel "copying" a painting of some master - i.e. Da Vinci or Rembrandt. And while many of them were great artists and to the untrained eye their work may be indistinguishable from the original, there would be a difference.
This DVD is similar. It comes very, very close, but there was only one SRV.
This DVD does pass along many insightful observations about SRV's style - i.e. SRV's Albert King like licks / his attack and popping style when attacking the strings - and, in my opinion, this was invaluable.Read more ›
Greg Koch can play! AND he's not a annoying dork like some of these instructor videos have.
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Greg Koch is the man! Great guitar player and instructor, also a very good ambassador for Fender and their guitars, he nails the Stevie Ray Vaughan style, sound, technique and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael
It's an OK DVD but the lack of onscreen tab is a serious disappointment. There are much better teaching tools out there.Published 13 months ago by J Ken Kuzenski
Delivered fine. Packed well. Item as described. Would buy from again. Thank you!Published 17 months ago by K. McCune
Very good video on how SRV did some songs. Very well explained! Greg Koch is a fine guitarist and teacher. Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by DGB12
Is very easy to play. The video is a DVD and is at great resolutions too. Usually it is not. Great dvd, very cool.Published on December 27, 2012 by Caleb Baker