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Inside the Blues, 1942-1982: Four Decades of the Greatest Blues Guitarists Paperback – Mar 1995


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales Ltd (Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793536111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793536115
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,631,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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beautiful 'encyclopedia' of electric blues guitar. Historical information, nice pictures and lots of signature licks and riffs by these decades' formative guitarists. Examples from: T-Bone Walker, Johnny Moore, Carl Hogan, Willie Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Guitar Slim, Magic Sam, Kenny Burrell, Son Seals, Fenton Robinson and naturally all the Greats... Standard Notation and TAB.

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This is a good survey of blues guitar but make sure that you buy the other edition, also available from Amazon, which includes CD audio. The tab examples provided in the book are hard to use without an audio reference.
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Informative, but playable as well 1 Aug. 2006
By J. Nernoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very well-written and fascinating overview of some of the key players in the history of blues guitar. Pithy biographical information, great resource lists of each player's crucial recordings, excellent examples throughout of guitar licks and phrases. This collection would be superlative if it contained a well-played CD of the hundreds of musical examples contained herein. It looks like the publisher is re-releasing this work with just such a CD in Fall 2006, but a lot depends on whether it sounds "canned" (like a lot of the Wolf Marshall stuff) or "inspired" (like the John Ganapes books). Dave Rubin is a good player, let's hope he puts some effort into the recorded CD to make this collection a truly five-star work.
Gotta know some theory 25 Nov. 2008
By Erika Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a tour through the history of electric blues guitar. Rubin has studied the blues extensively and written a number of books on the topic. In this book, he examines the music of famous electric blues guitar players, from T-Bone Walker through Stevie Ray Vaughan. For each musician, he presents a short biographical sketch, detailing how he learned to play, the influences on his style, and the highlights of his career. He then discusses some of the special characteristics of the musician's style and presents some musical examples of riffs or songs written in his style.

I had hoped to get an overview of different styles of blues from reading this book, but that's not what the book is about. The book is very much limited to just electric blues. The biographical sketches are interesting, but challenging to read since Rubin uses so much musical slang, words whose meanings are a product of a particular time and culture and require some decoding if they're not part of your own time and culture. The musical descriptions are also extremely challenging. Rubin assumes that readers will be thoroughly familiar with musical theory. For example, he writes, "In bars 7 and 11, he punctuates the A7 chord change with a pull-off from the suspended 4 to the major 3rd (C#, leading tone of A)." The musical examples are invaluable for making clear the stylistic descriptions, but again, they require some rather advanced guitar playing skills on the part of the reader. Thus, this book seems to be best addressed to musicians who are well-versed in theory and who are advanced guitar players who want to expand their knowledge of the blues styles of some classic early electric blues guitarists. General readers who simply want to learn more about the blues will find much of the material in this book simply impenetrable.
Great history of the players 6 Mar. 2015
By John Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very carefully researched. Great history of the players, a lot of photos, and great transcriptions.
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