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A ray of light!!!,
This review is from: The Brazilian Guitar Book (with Free Audio CD) (Spiral-bound)
My girlfriend bought me this four years ago for my birthday and it's been a great source for me to find enjoyment and take a break from the usual stuff I play which is mostly electric guitar styles such as blues, rock, funk, afro-beat, ska etc.
For me, as a professional guitarist and teacher with little opportunity or inclination (I live in Northern Ireland) to go out and play Brazilian music this book is a great no pressure way to relax and enjoy some of the excellent and very authentic music examples (all recorded on the CD) with the guitar. I do play in a band with guys from Zimbabwe though, and it's helped me to find new ways to approach rhythms and has really improved my rhythmic awareness
I can really feel these examples warm my hands and musical head up, I play some of these even with electric guitar through my amps to sound check my clean sound and warm up before gigs, they sound great through a Fender Super Reverb! I always feel like I'm learning new things with this book too since I haven't had a full on rampage through the book, I just pull it out for fun and some relaxed musical input now and then.
Some of the examples are fairly easy but I would say that this book is really for a player with experience or some guidance from a more experienced player/teacher to help get started, at the very least players studying this will need to be able to read rhythms from standard music notation although the audio CD is really good with percussion instruments on most of the tracks and the tracks are quite long allowing you to really get in the groove.
There's masses of great stuff in here. I love it.
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Initial post: 16 May 2012 20:58:57 BDT
Mr. J. H. O'neill says:
:( I was all set to think about gettin this book then heard you say that the rhythms are set down in standard musical notation? DRAT, I cant read music.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2013 14:26:19 GMT
Jazz Guitarist says:
there's pictures of the chords too, and a cd of all the examples. get the book
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2014 03:13:23 BDT
B. Arthur says:
So learn! It's not rocket science. And, by the way, how can you notate rhythms other than in staff notation?
In any case, you have recorded examples to listen too and the chord diagrams are given too, albeit sideways on rather than the conventional way.
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