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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales Ltd; Pap/Com edition (31 Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825625564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825625565
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.7 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By IrishGit on 30 Dec 2003
Format: Paperback
"Ultimately your playing will only be as good as your rhythmic drive is solid" - a (profound) quote from the beginning of this fine book. The rhythmic drive is established by the stomping foot & the alternating bass in the right thumb. The book then superimposes gradually more complex melodies & counter rhythms on top of this fundamental alternating bass with the three main fingers of the right hand - each finger dedicated to a particular string of the guitar. Always geared to playing actual 12 bar blues rather than just technical exercises, this book methodically & relatively painlessly takes the student deeply into this intricate & beautiful music - introducing hammerons, pulloffs, slides, bends, heel damping, walking bass, vamps, turnarounds etc. The accompanying cd is wonderfully inspiring. On it Mark Galbo talks & plays you through each section of the book, emphasising & demonstrating the importance of the solid alternating bass as the music gains in complexity. You'll find yourself listening to the disc for pleasure as much as for enlightenment. The book ends with 5 actual blues pieces in the styles of various great players (Robert Johnson etc). I honestly can't think of, or even imagine, a better book to get you started with this style of guitar - pure communication - from & to the heart!
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Eames on 26 Dec 2003
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As a relatively new guitarist who has taken a fondness to blues music, i thought i would purchase this book in order to get me on my way to playing my own blues solo's. I wanted something to learn that would sound great round a campfire for when i go off on my travels next year and to play with my harp.
Well after one minute of listening to the CD i was not dissapointed!!
You may be thinking " yes it all sounds very nice but i'm sure impossible to play ". The answer is yes, but, reading through the book it takes a step by step process which is easy to follow, being a begginner, and misses nothing out. The first songs sound simple but with the gradual addition of simple melodies and syncopations to the walking bass line and finger picking you get something sounding a bit special! ( especially when the "blue" note is added! )
As i said these words will all be easily explained in the book, and as i said it is exciting because, i can't wait to progress a little further especially to the last five solo's including 32-20 blues by the legendary R.Johnson!! Well worth buying!!
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By theguitarcoach on 30 Jan 2004
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I'm a guitar teacher and this is the best book I've seen on introducing blues or good fingerstyle guitar in the last 20 years. I use it in lessons and recommend it to all interested guitarists. Buy it and do the exercises - you can play like this!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joe Shott on 20 Jun 2009
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I've been learning Blues guitar with a pick using the excellent "Blues you can use" series, but I'm no natural and progress began to slow right down in volume 2 and so, as I continued to work through that, I decided to try learning finger style blues on the side, for variety.

For an absolute beginner the use of a barre A, an open B7 and a 6th string thumbed D would not perhaps be my first choice of chords to learn, but it shouldn't be a big problem and, that aside, the pace of progress was refreshing. In fact you may have to put the brakes on yourself a bit, in order to resist rushing through the numerous slightly dull exercises, which with patience will build firm foundations as you master the alternating bass and the treble and blue notes of each scale.

You play 12 bar blues from the off - the early progressions are very simple but they still have those enticing first hints of a bluesy sound. Things get more interesting as you move on... then 2 key landmarks: a noticeably harder Blues, playing up the neck, on page 66 (keep working on it, but don't wait to move on until you've perfected it) before emerging suddenly on page 77 into a piece which sounds right out of the Deep South and which, thanks to all your earlier hard work, you should pick up surprisingly easily.

Thereafter 5 pieces: the 2nd I've perfected, I'm getting there with the 1st and 5th , which leaves the 3rd and 4th which appear tougher, but which I have so far hardly attempted. Hopefully I'll get them all. As others have said, there are some differences between what is played embellished on the CD and how these pieces are written more simply in the book... this may slow you down, but it certainly wont stop you in your tracks.

So I've nearly completed the book...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Lee on 13 May 2009
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Ok, this is my first review so I will be as honest as I can. I am 48 years old and been dabbling with the guitar since I was 8. Like many other folk (it appears), I had become a 'bedroom player'. Two verses and move onto something else, a lick or riff (badly)or else bad timing and not very often in the key that suited my voice. But I thought I was poor to passable. I can fingerpick quite well, so I thought it about time I moved forward, hence this purchase.
At the time of writing this review I am 36 pages on out of the 96 or so the book covers. The first thing I did was burn the CD to my hard drive so it stays in perfect condition - it also helps to have the lesson tracks (46) immediately on hand when the pc is fired up so I can listen to them, pause them, replay etc. This is in fact essential for someone who has no TAB or musical notation skills, not that you need them.
The first lessons start at the very basics and if you doggedly keep practicing them until you can play along with the cd, I would say it is safe to move onto the next section. Using this method I have slowly progressed from the dull finger paterns, (which are totally necessary by the way), that ease you into the unusual rhythm. The hand / brain finds it difficult to co-ordinate thumb stroke and the other three fingers in a totally separate way at first. You have to stick with it and it will come. Once it does and you move on, you are introduced into three keys for playng blues and the finger patterns get more intricate. What you do not notice is you are also starting to become quite profficient at reading tab (or notation if you choose to follow that - the book does both), without noticing. Each section builds on the last and by P16 there is a 'Blues in A' piece that pulls it all together.
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