Author: Chris Hunt
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
This is another blues licks / solos book with a bit of a twist. The content is easy to follow and pretty much jumps straight into simply learning a bunch of licks, but in an organised fashion. All the examples are played over a single chord progression with two common variations and all in the same key.
The idea is to learn a bunch of licks that work over each section of the chord progression. For instance, you get about fifteen licks for bars one and two, ten licks for bars three and four, ten licks for bars five and six, etc.. Continue reading
Author: Dave Rubin
I must admit, I don’t own a single book by Dave Rubin but I’m definitely going to be checking him out. He has a few books on offer and they mostly get good (although few) reviews. This one caught my attention just because of the title. 8 Bar Blues, now there’s something I bet a lot of us don’t practice as much as we should. It’s not that 8 bars requires a different understanding or anything but if it’s something you don’t do often then the ear tends to want to gravitate to the 12 bars we’re so used to.
25 Authentic Leads Arranged for Guitar in Standard Notation and Tablature
Author: Dave Rubin
This book doesn’t give away much info on the Amazon page other than it’s based around 25 authentic blues guitar solos for the beginner to intermediate guitarist with licks and arrangements. There’s no “look inside” so the only thing to go on is a single five star review but the reviewer mentions the CD comes with each example as the solo track as well as the play along jam track.
As the title suggests this is a follow on from the first book in the series. This version focuses on more advanced techniques such as double stops, playing the pentatonic’s across the neck, intervals and arpeggios to name but a few and is not aimed at the beginner. If you own the first book “Blues You Can Use” then you will already be familiar with the theme which is based around solo examples, each introducing you to new concepts and techniques with explanations that aren’t overdone so the text isn’t too much.
This book has managed to gain some popularity over the last couple of years and deservedly so. What I like about Blues You Can Use is it’s hands on. It’s probably not for the absolute beginner guitarist but if you have the basic chords down and are ready to take the plunge into the world of blues lead playing then the examples shouldn’t be too difficult to follow. There’s plenty in here for the beginner to intermediate and even advanced blues guitarists should find some useful stuff in here, if nothing else but for dissecting the solos. No guitarist is too good to pick up new ideas, but if you’re advanced then you know that already. Continue reading