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Monday, February 10, 2014

Hal Leonard - Smokin' Blues Guitar - Smokin' Joe Kubek - Guitar tab and DVD - Release Review

I've had the opportunity to review Hal Leonard's release, Smokin' Blues Guitar featuring Smokin' Joe Kubek. This is a well prepared and clearly illustrated instructional video and accompanied lesson book. The chapters are Licks, Riffs, Turnarounds, Rhythm, Slide and a section aimed directly at capturing the essence of some of the best blues players. I personally went through the book and video and found some of the lessons quite easy and some very challenging. This is a book that you could play with for a long time and continue to learn something each time through. Although no instructional program has all of the answers, this is a very interesting lesson which has keys that could assist any player trying to develop your blues and guitar skills. Kubek illustrates each of his points clearly and even shows you a number of his secrets. The last portion of the program is a feature which looks at the style of the following players: T-Bone Walker, Gatemouth Brown, John lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Elmore James, Guitar Slim, BB King, Albert King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughn, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Kubek captures the essence of these players not such that you can play like any of these players but how you can use some of the classic riffs that they are known for and adapt them to your own style. Beginners, intermediate players and advanced players will benefit from the use of the combination of the DVD and Tab package.

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