I'll be honest from the start: I'm not fond of learning "licks" in and of themselves. It's sort of like reading only certain lines of great poems, but skipping the rest of the poem. Taken out of context these short licks mean very little, even when they are given a context (such as "Chicago Blues, lick played over V of I-IV-V progression in key of A") The problem is that these phrases, taken out of context of the entire solo or the full song, lack any context. It's like reading only certain lines from "Hamlet" and trying to understand it - it's not going to happen and it's a terrible way to learn to play. So from the start this book and others like it are doomed to fail, in my opinion. Having said that I do have some blues "licks" books that I don't mind so much. This is NOT one of them. It's hard to know where to start with criticizing this book - there's so much crap to complain about. Let's start with the licks themselves: they claim to be in the "style" of a particular blues genre and within that in the style of a blues guitarist who plays in that style. So for example we have a "Chicago Blues" section which has some licks by Buddy Guy, to name one. This is a great idea, if it worked in the least bit. But these "licks" are tame, lame and dead on arrival. They're terrible examples of blues licks. They have no character, no identity, no zest, no zeal, no nothing at all... they're just really weak examples of generic blues licks. And this brings us to the recorded examples on the accompanying CD. These are truly awful. I mean they are so far removed from the blues that it makes me think Wayne Riker has absolutely no clue as to how to play the blues. The sample licks are flaccid and dull; lifeless and stillborn. They are perfect examples of how NOT to play the blues. They are void of any emotional or expressive content at all. They're just... horrible. Uninspired and lifeless. A true waste of time. They give you zero idea as to how the *real* blues men would have played these licks. They are weakly recorded, tepidly played and totally lifeless. Awful. YOU WILL NOT LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE BLUES FROM THIS BOOK. It's pretty much that simple. Don't waste your time with this crap. It's awful. A tepid, stillborn collection of flaccid, tame "licks" that don't inspire you to pursue real blues. They're everything the blues were NOT meant to be. Do not buy this book. It's truly awful.