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The Blues Guitar Handbook: A Complete Course in Techniques and Styles
The Blues Guitar Handbook: A Complete Course in Techniques and Styles
by Adam St. James
Edition: Hardcover-spiral
Price: 16.32

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great purchase.., 9 Feb 2013
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A nice to read and solid intro to blues. Well worth ten quid and there is plenty of solid info in this text. Good starter for me as I just started guitar.


Rhythm: A Step By Step Guide To Understanding Rhythm For Guitar
Rhythm: A Step By Step Guide To Understanding Rhythm For Guitar
by David Mead
Edition: Sheet music

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun..., 9 Feb 2013
Just got this book from the local library. This is an excellent text by a very competent teacher and I am loving it. Lots of solid advice and I have found a way forward already as rhythm seems to be the one thing that is so evidently absent when you start to learn guitar.

Buy it. I will bu I have a 2 month loan!


The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods
The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods
by Hank Haney
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please, I wasn't such a disaster....., 11 May 2012
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Would I buy this again? No. Hank falls into the trap of starting to coach TW while thinking they were going to be close friends and everything would be hunky dory. Tiger is clearly a tricky customer and Hank can't tune into the TW mentality. The book seems to be a fair but somewhat "please believe me" defence of his contribution to TW golf career although he likes to take a naughty little dig at TW and reveals some rather average titbits. He would have been better off not giving a #### whether TW sacked him or not. Some people aren't worth the bother and HH should have accepted that TW was a pain from day 1 instead of being in awe and acting like a servant. A player of this calibre is not going to be an easy ride and the overall picture of TW is a very single minded golf genius who lacks empathy and can't really sustain meaningful relationships with women and few men. He could have added some key perspectives which might have been more interesting. Did TW go off the rails when his father died and sought solace by pointlessly trawling through salubrious women? Was TW wife boring and superficial to the extent he played around? Is TW just another case of philandering father setting a poor example to his son? Is TW bored with golf and the passion dwindled? Is JN record just seeming a bit too far away thesedays in view of how close TW has been all to often yet putted himself out of contention? Maybe TW is simply not interesting beyond golf. Let's face it, golfers, like many sportsfolk, ain't that interesting. Few write anything great.

HH is not a writer and he has to take a position. It should have been a very technical book or a complete slamming of TW. One feels that TW kept plenty from him so the latter could not be written. It wasn't. As for the technical text- the sales would be low. This book will be forgotten and adds little in my opinion: a coach who clearly did care but didn't end on a high note because he never got the relationship he needed for the simple reason that it was simply not available. TW is not winning because he lost focus and HH was there to see his sun set slowly.


Ben Hogan's Magical Device: The Real Secret to Hogan's Swing Finally Revealed
Ben Hogan's Magical Device: The Real Secret to Hogan's Swing Finally Revealed
by Ted Hunt
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where to look..., 22 Jun 2011
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There is some truth in the above reviwer's comments. This magical device is really a focus on the attempt by Hogan to keep the hands, arms and upper torso in a tight unit so there is increased consistency in ball striking. I shall be on the range today to look at this aspect which I noticed when I played with a scratch player a week ago. The section in "Five lessons" is in Stance and Posture and the idea is to have a grip which alows the two forarms to look upwards- the dimples in the inner elbow. When you rotate the forearms up with Hogan's grip you get tight triangle which aids the one-piece takeaway. The fact that you may argue Hogan fails to do this all the time is maybe partially correct but you do see it in many swing videos of Hogan and you have to watch face-on a impact.

The truly talented (i.e. the masters) of any sport always break the rules (flavour their style into the mix) but then again that is what they have licence to do. Applying this Magical Device to all aspects of the game should work as the swing becomes compact and reliable. In fact it has to, as the use of too much armsy and wrist action in the swing is eliminated and the chance of coming over the top becomes minimised. Basically golf does not want wrists involved outide 50 meters from the green at all as they add to inconsistent action. In the short game there are wrist options as Phil M uses in his DVD Short Game Secrets.

The value of the book is in this focus. The platitudes on Hogan are not that interesting and the author is a card-carrying, passionate follower of Hogan. This is no bad thing as long as you realise that there are many good players and Hogan came to his Lessons from a severe hooking problem which he cured. Most of us slicers arrive at a better game from the opposite direction and we may not necessarily meet at the middle ground.

A second-hand purchase is no mistake but go for Leadbetters Hogan book if you are a fact and techno-junky. This is the real McCoy of a book.


Howl
Howl
Offered by MasterDVD
Price: 17.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Howl with pleasure!, 9 Oct 2005
This review is from: Howl (Audio CD)
I don't buy a lot of recent stuff and I am pretty careful when I do. Once in a while I pick up a phenomenal album and I have to say that the eclectic mix of styles on this album has breadth and depth rarely heard in much chart music. On "Shuffle Your Feet" can you hear Magic Bus by The Who but isn't the style otherwise so familiar? Howl is no mean track but the next two tracks seem very southern states until "Ain't No Easy Way" remodels Led Zeppelin's Fourth Album style brilliantly. Then "Promise" mirrors Beatles in some form. Elvis appears in "Gospel Song", Dylan in "Complicated Situation" and the album finishes without a weak track. This is a piece of work which many aspiring contemporary bands don't every get close to. In comparison to their previous albums this is an unusual change of path that delivers and entertains without disappointment.Where will they go next? Buy it.


American Life
American Life
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 2.75

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An extension of music, 29 April 2003
This review is from: American Life (Audio CD)
Madonna has unfortunately been subject to excessive criticism for not returning with a new concept to Music but then again I feel that she has already established her legendary status to be too bothered about this injustice. This album is, for me, a welcome extension to Music but probably not as catchy and certainly no 'Ray of Light'. It is a good album and a must for Madonna fans but it does grow on you slowly. Madonna is a beautiful vocalist and this aspect has an enjoyable prominence on the album.It is certainly not a 'duffer' album and well worth a few listens. Nevertheless, it will not be ranked in her top three and I still feel that Ray of Light is a masterwork few can ignore. I don't think fans will regret the purchase but it is worth appreciating how hard it is to remain at the top and be continually creative to the extent she has shown formerly. Madonna is a truly remarkable phenomenon and her reflective maturation has been wonderfully represented in her outstanding music catalogue.


The Beatles Anthology
The Beatles Anthology
by George Harrison
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great read, almost a conversation at a superb level., 18 Dec 2000
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This review is from: The Beatles Anthology (Hardcover)
I've never been a hardcore Beatles fan and read very little about them in the past. I also have only ever purchased one album! This book, however, has been a great read and gives a very clear picture of the whole story. Of particular interest is their early life in Liverpool and how each them developed a very shrewd awareness of those around them and an incredible familiarity with the music on the scene at that time. What comes through the book is an image of dedicated, capable and creative individuals who worked remarkably as a team in spite of the pressures that developed around them. If you go beyond the Beatles level it is a book about how great minds came to be into a world and simply changed it forever. It's a book that is hard not to enjoy.


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