Another very good LL DVD. This is my first "Quick Licks" one, and I like the format. Lots of short passages to learn that just increase your library of licks when improvising, or can be put together as one "song".
Andy James' playing is great as always. And the "song" is really a good shred composition, with lots of variation. I did notice the pace of the instructions is a lot faster (play 3rd fret, then 5th fret.......etc) than on other LL DVDs I have. Not sure why. If it's taking too long, put the rest on a second disc.
BUT, whilst there are lots of very stereotypical Gilbertesque licks (which is the whole point), I do find it a bit odd that the song is VERY closely related to Viking Kong. Its my favourite Gilbert track, but it was written originally as a possible duet with Malmsteen, so it does verge towards his style in some areas. So a bit of an odd choice in that respect.
Finally, my only real complaint, and it applies to every Andy James DVD I have, is that there is never even the briefest mention of WHY you are playing those notes!!!! It wouldn't hurt to say "the next lick is based around the A Phrygian scale" and very quickly say why this is appropriate and explain the tonal differences to say a minor scale. Danny Gill seems to sneak such info into his "Learn to play....DVDs". Whereas Andy always just seems to go for the "play this fret, then this fret" approach.
So whilst you do learn where to put your fingers (which I guess is the main aim of LL DVDs), you are left to yourself if you want to work out WHY you are playing those notes.
Overall, for PG fans that aren't already capable of playing his songs, this is a very good package. Each short lick can be taken as an exercise/drill, and when pieced together, the song composed for this DVD is a very good one, and great fun to play. Anonymous
- (Leicester, United Kingdom)