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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (10 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793589193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793589197
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.2 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Description Robert Johnson: The New Transcriptions Every song by the greatest blues pioneer of them all, transcribed in accurate Guitar tablature. Songlist 32-20 Blues Come On In My Kitchen Cross Road Blues (Crossroads) Dead Shrimp Blues Drunken Hearted Man From Four Until Late Hell Hound On My Trail Honeymoon Blues I Believe I'll Dust My Broom If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day I'm A Steady Rollin' Man (Steady Rollin' Man) Kind Hearted Woman Blues Last Fair Deal Gone Down Little Queen Of Spades Love In Vain Blues Malted Milk Me And The Devil Blues Milkcow's Calf Blues Phonograph Blues Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped The Devil) Ramblin' On My Mind Stones In My Passway Stop Breakin' Down Blues Sweet Home Chicago Terraplane Blues They're Red Hot Traveling Riverside Blues Walkin' Blues When You Got A Good Friend

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Stewart on 9 Dec 2003
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If you play guitar, love the blues and have taken an interest in it's roots, then this book is a must buy. All 29 songs Robert Johnson ever recorded have been meticulously tabbed, and his (sometimes unique) tunings have been accurately "decoded". The book seems to go out of print sometimes, so if it's available, buy it now, you won't regret it!!!
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By "chocolate_jesus" on 12 July 2004
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Like all the Hal Leonard "Recorded Guitar Versions" books I've seen, this is pretty much spot on- none of your simplified open-chord-only rubbish here, just accurate tabbing of the highest quality.
Therein lies the one possible reason you could have for not buying this book straight away (well, unless you don't like the blues... no, that'd be silly...), because the legend that this guy swapped his soul for his playing skills exists for a good reason- he was hot. Damn hot.
And this book isn't easy going. There's a nice little bit in the front telling you a bit about the book, its origins and importance, but after that, you're on your own. I thought I was an ok player, but I've been suitably cut down to size in just one morning and left with a bruised ego and sore fingers.
Despite this, there's a lot in this book that can benefit even novice players- inventive tunings, gorgeous obscure chords and perfect rhythms that, if nothing else, can be plucked out from the songs and used to widen your musical knowledge.
This is a great book, and deserves a place on the shelf of any guitarist worth their salt.
Just don't expect to have it nailed by midnight...
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun 2005
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As a long time blues and Robert Johnson fan, this book opens up for me the mysteries of the pure genius of Robert Johnson.
The transcriptions give extremely accurate, note for note representations in musical staff and tab format, from the original 78 recordings.
Some of the titles are hard going and difficult to get to grips with but I would recommend starting with those in open A tuning such as "Terraplane Blues" to anyone impatient to start playing from this treasure of a book.
I would totally recommend this book to anyone with an interest in The Blues whether they play guitar or not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmytwospoons on 13 Sep 2010
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Excellent, clear and accurate transcripton at reasonable price.
However there are some awkward page turns.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Bristow on 24 Aug 2006
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A stunningly comprehensive piece of work on a notoriously difficult artist. Transcends the normal run of tablature/music books by the obvious love, devotion and no little scholarship that has gone into it. Not to mention the time it must have took. You need to hear the originals though, to get to grips with Johnsons relaxed attitude towards timing. It is a little sad however, to see Robert laid out on the mortician's slab and dissected with such cold, clinical accuracy. Thankfully, Robert's sound is by definition, unique. Just as the readers will be. I only hope I can do it justice! An amazing achievement.
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By Karen S. on 22 Jun 2014
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This is a fabulous book!. Tells me all I need to know. The BEST music book I have purchased this year.
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This booklet is a valuable asset to help understand the way Robert Johnson treated rhythm. I recommend it to all guitarists who wish to improve their playing and create new rhythms in their playing. It should go together with the recorded music to ensure deeper understanding.
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