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5.0 out of 5 stars An old publication, but well worth looking at, 16 Nov 2008
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A. J. Sturgess "Alan Sturgess" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: THE 12-STRING GUITAR AS PLAYED BY LEADBELLY (THE FOLKSINGER'S GUIDE TO) ; THE 12-STRING GUITAR AS PLAYED BY LEADBELLY (THE FOLKSINGER'S GUIDE TO) (Paperback)
Originally published in 1965, I bought my copy at about that time for the grand sum of 2.50 (in new money terms). The book contains both handwritten tab and notation as well as a lot of historically interesting photos and technical tips. Contents are as follows:

Tuning
Common questions about the 12 string
Basic accompaniment and use of the bass run
Answering bass and using melody as an instrumental break
Walking bass and bass runs as instrumental breaks
Complex bass
Complex mixed accompaniments
Other approaches to the 12 string
Appendix 1 -- Further 12 string notes
Appendix 2 -- Leadbelly songbooks and recordings

Some of the tunes featured in the book are out-and-out classics:

Skip to my Lou
We shall be free
Alabama bound
Black girl
Good morning blues
Midnight Special
Salty dog
Easy rider
John Hardy
House of the Rising Sun
John Henry
Gallis pole
Poor Howeard
Bells of Rhymney
The water is wide
Freight train ..... and that's just over half of them.

Personally, I'd suggest that if you like the look of this book, you scout around for it and pay no more than about 10-15. There's no CD, but despite being over 40 years old, the book is accessible, very useful and a great introduction to both the 12 string and Leadbelly's music. That's why I still have my own copy.
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