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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hal Leonard Corporation : Play Like Freddie King - New Release Review - Instructional Book

I just had the opportunity to review the a really nice instructional book from Hal Leonard Corporation, Play Like Freddie King, The Ultimate Guitar Lesson. Dave Rubin has really done it this time with a super book demonstrating the style of Freddie King. The book takes five basic King tunes, Going Down, I'm Tore Down, Remington Ride, San Jose and The Stumble and explains in great detail how to capture the spirit and articulation of King. On each of these tracks, Rubins explains the basis for the track, Kings approach and style, and then explains specifically how to articulate the ideas with detailed fingering techniques to achieve the sound. A complete tab of the track showing vocal line, guitar line as written and tab. Breaking each track down into sections makes it easy to understand and replicate. Building on this basis, the book in conjunction with the digital tracks, then shows how to build on these basics with essential King riffs, and even Signature riffs for Hideaway, Butterscotch, Sen-Sa-Shun, Side Tracked, Just Pickin', In The Open, Funnybone, The Sad Night Owl, Palace Of The King, Have You Ever Loved A Woman and Pack It Up. Also included is a super section on Integral techniques suggesting when bending techniques, directional picking, pull down bends and suggested fingering. With a section on influences and another, references to must see videos and CDs, this is the full package. I've been a Freddie King fan for a long time and this book is really helpful to getting where you're going.


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