This book is an excellent introduction to the genre. I have been playing the guitar a while now and have been looking for something new to challenge me. Finger-style Blues starts easy then quickly ramps up the level to cool sounding exercises. It has, in a very short time, made me look at the guitar in a different way. I've really enjoyed it so far -now let me get back to those vamps.... Anonymous
- (East Grinstead, United Kingdom)
I have been delighted with this book. Everything is explained in detail and there are good examples of basic technique. You can move at your own pace with the added help of the CD. Some tutors I have bought in the past are either get too advanced too quickly or are really more suited to the beginner. This book caters to all levels - brilliant
blink1 - (Glasgow, United Kingdom)
Well, I bought this as a present. I liked it, but I haven't got any knowledge about these books. Anonymous
- (Bognor Regis, United Kingdom)
This book is laid out well, notation and so on is accurate, and there is material suitable for all levels. It ends with short pieces by legends such as Etta Baker and Robert Johnson.
The pacing of the book is slightly bumpy for a beginner. Difficult scales are introduced before easier ones. Each chapter allows the user to practice a particular idea, such as melody notes, with several exercises – these start out hard but get no harder.
The author forgets to mention key things. For example, in the chapter on melody notes, the first exercise instructs you to hold down the chord throughout. The next exercise says nothing about it – the user eventually works out that this time you don’t hold the chord.
My main criticism of the book, however, is that it is BORING. Halfway through, the tunes are still made up, and still very dull. I think the author would do well to find a decent composer and get them to do the tunes.
I would still recommend this book to anyone, but I would advise getting some good sheet music for their level alongside. Anonymous
This CD and book combo is very very good indeed. The tab and notation are faultless and extremely well laid out. I really liked the tempo of this course and cannot recommend it highly enough to somebody wishing to learn how to finger pick blues. This is my most borrowed guitar book, bar none!
Dan - ()
What a fantastic book. For most part the book takes simple blues patterns and progressively spices them up into hot blues licks. Anybody learning to play guitar should read this book. Finger independence and pick patterns are the name of the game for any guitarist and as practice for them goes, it doesn't get any better than this book.
Jim - (London)
Excellent for those to learn how to fingerpick blues. 5 fully tabbed pieces at the end use basic techniques learned and with a little effort and a touch of imagination, sound really authentic!
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