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on 10 February 2004
I've been a fan of Bensusan for some ten years now but have only recently, within the last year, begun to attempt his playing style. With Pierre I always believed that his talents were beyond my sausage-like fingers.
Having raced through the excellent "Pierre Bensusan Introduces DADGAD Guitar", though, I dashed off an order for this volume.
To kick-off, be aware that this book does NOT come with an accompanying CD. A friend of mine informs me that this used to be the case but no recent editions have included one. As such, it's quite important that you have the CDs "Pres De Paris" and "Pierre Bensusan 2", or an encyclopaedic knowledge of British and French folk music. Neither of these CDs is easily available.
That said, the book is just wonderful. Lavish yet practical. Poetry and recipes sit alongside accurate tabs and informative general guitar information. Bensusan covers everything to get you away from your regular tuning and into his weird ones. Pages are devoted to right and left hand exercises, as well as instructions on how to strengthen those finger-nails. It is interesting to read Bensusan's own particular interpretation of different tunings and the ways in which he makes use of them.
The tabs are very clear and, this is significant, there are about thirty in all. The book is not small by any means.
Genuinely, it's an inspiration. My own playing has come on enormously in a short period of time (friends cannot believe I haven't made some sort of Robert-Johnson-and-the-devil pact)and I feel like my musical horizons are limitless.
A CD of the tunes would have notched on that final star but this really is an exceptional tome that will not disappoint.
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