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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Centerstream Publications; Pap/Com edition (1 Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574240153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574240153
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book/CD set allows you to explore the styles of Lightnin' Hopkins, Blind Blake, Miaiaippi John Hurt, Blind Boy Fuller and Big Bill Broonzy. Through Sultan's arrangements, you will learn how studying the masters can help you develop your own style.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Shott on 5 Aug. 2010
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I started this book after completing Acoustic Blues Guitar by the same author, and it builds perfectly from there. It might even start at a slightly easier level than (the non-slide guitar part of) that book left off, which is great because you have the satisfaction of new tunes under your belt in no time at all... nevertheless, by the end of the book it's taken you quite a way further down your blues road...

It's not though a "start easy end hard" progressive book, it's more mixed up than that, with separate sections in the styles of the "Guitar Legends" who have inspired the author. There are challenging pieces, but nothing that should frustrate you... my favourites? Perhaps the first piece in the Lightnin' Hopkins style and the satisfaction of mastering the more complex "Blakes Breakdown" in the Blind Blake section... though all the pieces throughout the book are consistently good...

...if just a little samey in some cases, especially those with the rag twist to them, which really is the type of blues Kenny Sultan seems to prefer. If I'm honest I would have liked the pieces to have been more weighted towards melancholic, hot afternoon, stoop sitting, whiskey swigging, Mississippi Delta blues... not that I drink whisky, but I love the atmosphere of that style... most, but not all, of these pieces are ragtime blues rather than deep south blues. I can't mark the book down for that because it's just a question of taste, and there are plenty of blues riches here, but for me a few too many rags... you might like to bear that in mind.

Kenny Sultan is a great, easy going teacher who gets you results.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Boyling on 7 Sept. 2009
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This is my favourite guitar book. It's basically a series of short pieces loosely following the styles of Lightnin' Hopkins, Blind Blake, etc, in tab with standard notation. The thing that the author gets right is that he puts the ideas in a simple, stripped-back form, so you get the basics of a piece and can then personalise it in your own way. This is way better than transcripts which record every note played by, say, Rev. Gary Davis, because few of us are ever going to be able to reproduce that. Taking a few liberties and changing things round, adding your own bits, etc, is a much more achievable and natural way of playing. The book is for fingerstyle blues / ragtime players who have got beyong beginner level and want to move into serious playing territory, but well-developed players may find them over-simplified. That would be missing the point, though, as the author makes his intentions clear at the outset. I've been playing (without a teacher) for about five years and they're just right for me. But I might be slow...

After using this book I bought the authors album 'West Coast Blues' from the States (quite cheap via Amazon) and it's terrific.
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Good book for acoustic blues styles 2 Jan. 2014
By Glenn - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm coming to this book after working through some of Ernie Hawkins Lightnin' Hopkins DVDs and Woody Mann's Big Bill Broonzy videos. I've been hacking (mostly garagey electric rock) for many years, but only recently re-focused on fingerstyle blues. This book isn't as accurate as learning actual arrangements, but it's a lot of fun and definitely worth it to get the feel of various players--plus these pieces are generally easier to pick up.

I think the alternating bass, "raggy" tunes (Broonzy, et al) are stronger than the Texas-style monotone bass pieces (Hopkins, particularly).

I highly recommend Sultan's other intermediate acoustic blues book--Acoustic Blues Guitar. My improvisation skills are weak, and this book has really gotten me going by providing good sets of solid riffs to mix and match in a few of the most common keys (E, A, G, C).

Also, Kenny's dry wit and relaxed style is a huge plus.
Best one 21 April 2013
By JimLyons - Published on Amazon.com
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Done in the style of the old blues men This book will show you some great stuff and you don't need to be a master guitar player As Kenny says its just the blues I have some other books and always come back to this one
Great Advance Beginner to Intermediate Book 26 Sept. 2010
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, I'd buy it again. I'm going to get the other Kenny Sultan books after I work my way through this one. He provides some good blues teaching material.
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Delta Blues 5 Sept. 2012
By TheProfessor - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book and Cd combo. So far this guy really knows how to introduce the delta blues! I have already begun to read the different style from Lightnin Hopkins.
Five Stars 15 Sept. 2014
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