John Hammond's passion and commitment to his music have inspired blues lovers throughout the world for more than forty years. Now guitarists (and harmonica players) can learn, up close, how John plays the songs, licks, grooves and soulful solos that make up his dynamic blues style.
This DVD lesson provides new insights into the sonic possibilities and boundless opportunities for innovation on the 12-string guitar. Chris Proctor tackles a wide range of ideas and techniques, taking this richly toned instrument into new and undiscovered territory.
If you're ready to go beyond the basics and add new material to your set list, this package is for you! Happy teaches: "C.C. Rider," "Step It Up and Go," "Move to Kansas City," "New Stranger Blues," "Boogie-Woogie Blues," "Careless Love," "You're Gonna Quit Me Baby," "Bad Luck Blues," "Diddy Wah Diddy," more. Along the way you'll learn to add walking basses, bass melody lines, up-the-neck note and chord positions and a variety of improvisational techniques. Intermediate. Includes note/tab booklet. 2 hours.
This fascinating look at the art of improvisation in the Gypsy jazz tradition shows you how to really swing! Paul Mehling, leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco, has a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of this powerful and infectious style, and he provides a wealth of information and playing tips to get you off to a solid start. Before long, you’ll be playing exciting solos in the style typified by Django Reinhardt, Birelli Lagrenne and other hot players of this dynamic genre. You’ll learn the theory and playing techniques behind the music, including the exercises, scales, modes and arpeggiated picking ("the heart of the Reinhardt style") that will allow you to come up with your own improvisations. He includes advice on fingering, use of the metronome, singing your solos and how to "focus your attention so your hands can play what your ears hear."
They don’t call it "hot guitar" for nothing! The driving style pioneered by Django Reinhardt and other Gypsy players became one of the dominant sounds in jazz during the thirties and forties, and its influence is still strongly felt today. Paul Mehling knows the style as well as anyone, and he takes it apart in detail for the learning player. A band won’t swing without a strong rhythm section, and the powerful guitar accompaniment that typifies the Gypsy style is the foundation of this terrific lesson. Starting with basic four-to-the-bar comping and damping, Paul takes you through a variety of accompanyment ideas: arpeggios, "splayed" chords, "the gallop," chord tremolo, right hand speed and other advanced techniques.
Master the honky tonk and Western Swing piano styles that make the dance halls and juke joints jump! This good-time rhythmic music, with origins in ragtime, novelty songs, stride, blues and boogie-woogie, is full of catchy intros and breathtaking solos. Tim Alexander clearly details the authentic techniques needed to play like a pro: intervals, chords, arpeggios, octaves, bass lines, trumpet-style piano and more.
Pete Huttlinger has created a 'video library' of chord positions and progressions that's a must-have lesson for every serious guitarist. On this comprehensive DVD, Pete teaches all the important chord shapes and fingerings they'll need to play in every key, style and tempo, and how they apply to many kinds of songs.