on 26 June 2011
THIS BOOK IS VERY ACCURATE FOR STRUM ALONG VERSIONS OF DYLAN SONGS.THE CHORDS USED MATCH THE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS KEY SIGNATURES,AND DROPPED TUNINGS FOR E STRING ARE SHOWN AS WELL AS CAPO POSITIONS WHEN USED.THERE ARE ALSO OPEN TUNINGS FOR A COUPLE OF SONGS.MANY YEARS AGO I TRIED TO LEARN SOME DYLAN SONGS,BUT WAS PUT OFF BY THE USE OF DIFFICULT CHORD FINGERINGS(MANY E FLAT CHORDS,THAT I NOW REALISE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLAYED WITH CAPO ON FIRST FRET) AND THE SONGS DID NOT SOUND ANYTHING LIKE THE RECORDINGS.THIS BOOK I HAVE ENJOYED.
This is an excellent book in every respect: the chords are appropriate to each song - not something that you always get, all the verses are shown and you can therefore choose to play/sing them all or not. I admit to a tendency to use Byrd's variants at times e.g. Chimes of Freedom, All I Really Want to Do, Mr Tambourine Man. But then it can be fun to actually bash the whole song out as with one of my favourites Positively 4th Street, which needs all the verses to get Bob's full sarcasm and disdain towards the person concerned.
Some songs e.g. All Along The Watchtower have deceptively few chords but need a bit of practice with strumming - something that is not helped with here but is down to personal choice. I say that because Bob himself performs different versions of his own songs form one gig to another, by all accounts.
The capo positions are helpful and so are the slight tuning changes. At first the book, being the size it is does not easily stay open at a page but persevere and keep practising and the book will stay open. The fact that some songs are over more than 2 pages just adds to the incentive to learn the verses!
And you can appreciate again the amazing storytelling and. I heartily recommend this book as a never ending source of enjoyment and insight into Bob's songs. It is also amazing value for money.