On Handful of Blues, Robben Ford strips his sound back to the basics, recording a set of blues with only a bassist and a drummer. The group runs through a handful of standards, including "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You," and a number of made-to-order originals. Throughout the album the musicians play well, but Ford's voice is never commanding. However, this is a minor flaw, since his guitar speaks for itself.
On Handful of Blues, Robben Ford strips his sound back to the basics, recording a set of blues with only a bassist and a drummer. (…) his guitar speaks for itself.
The Blues & Beyond reveals Robben's advanced concepts for improvising and comping. Performing his well-known renditions of several blues classics,Robben demonstrates how he plays over chord changes. Robben also discusses phrasing and playing "outside" using pentatonic,diminished, and melodic minor scales. Check out the "Miles Groove," where Robben plays a great solo combining blues, bebop, and modern "out" lines. And to help you capture Robben's unique style, most of the solos, chords,and playing demonstrations have been transcribed in the music and tab book included.
You will quickly learn Robben's favorite blues scales and phrases. He also reveals his unique fingerings for string bending and vibrato. Included are chord voicings, rhythm guitar ideas, and some great 12-bar solos featuring many of Robben's classic blues guitar phrases.