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Showing posts with label Hal Leonard. Show all posts
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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.

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New Release from Hal Leonard: Play Like Freddie King





Play Like Freddie King 
with New Hal Leonard Publication 



Play Like Freddie King

by Dave Rubin

$19.99 (US)

Inventory #HL00122432

ISBN: 9781480355699  

UPC: 884088952501  

9" x 12", 120 pages 

Now Available!  



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2016
Milwaukee, WI

With the brand new release from Hal Leonard Play Like Freddie King, guitarists can study the trademark songs, licks, tones, and techniques of the blues guitar royal. This comprehensive book and audio teaching method provides detailed analysis of King's gear, tone, techniques, styles, songs, licks, riffs, and much more. Guitarists will learn everything they need to know about Freddie's legendary playing, from his early '60s guitar instrumental hits to his '70s blues-funk excursions and beyond.

The book includes access to audio tracks online, for download or streaming, using the unique code inside the book. Including PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch set loop points, change keys, pan left or right.

Songs include: Funnybone * Going Down * I'm Tore Down * Pack It Up * Remington Ride * San-Ho-Zay * Side Tracked * The Stumble * and more.
Play Like Freddie King is available from music and bookstores or by visiting www.halleonard.com


About Hal Leonard
Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation is the world's largest music print educational publisher and digital content provider, producing educational materials, songbooks, sheet music, reference books, DVDs, magazines, eBooks, digital sheet music, apps and more. The company is also a major distributor of music technology products, selling and marketing the most popular software, hard goods and accessories available today, to musicians and recording enthusiasts around the world. In its more than 200,000 available publications and products, Hal Leonard represents many of the world's best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has domestic offices in Winona, MN; New Jersey and Boston, and offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.




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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Hal Leonard instructional book - Chicago Blues Rhythm Guitar ...The Complete and Definitive Guide

I just received the newest instructional blues book, Chicago Blues Rhythm Guitar... The Complete and Definitive Guide by Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin and Dave Rubin and it has it all. This book starts at the beginning with simple tips on setup and history. Then as you start to get into the tablature, it's all written out there for you, beginning with a boogie shuffle on the bass strings.What's really cool is they go further and show it's application in a way that you know how to apply it. Sliding 9ths never sounded so easy. These give the track fullness say like on Stormy Monday. Comping gives your track a Freddie Green richness. And flat tire that odd note out used quite effectively by SRV on Pride and Joy. The box shuffle is a standard of Buddy Guy for example. Once you understand the root it makes it soo much easier to fill. Jimmy Reeds "two beat" style is also covered. Next E major and A Major keys are covered with basic runs. On this you can build the basic triple stop chord form. Tips on using a capo and tuning as well as a practical application is really helpful. The next section is devoted to accompanying a harmonica player. This is particularly important in the traditional effectiveness of harp/guitar call and response. Try it! Robert Lockwood Jr and Luther Tucker riffs are nicely touched upon. This is the gold standard here. Next there is a discussion of blending guitars and piano work. Substituting guitar for piano with a similar effect is also covered. Covering the change up rhythms is critical. Latin influence as well as funk, in blues is very prominent including Jr Walker and James Brown feel. A morphing into the blues rock style is also covered with slides and runs from Jimi. Yup, there are even base Beck and SRV runs here to get your feet wet. Also included is dialog about playing with strong players as well as a number of pages of cool lead riffs for two. This is a real cool book (and DVD) that brings you from the most basic to the more complex concepts but keeping it simple that any level guitarist can work through it. If you are into blues guitar and want to secure some riffs...this is a great place to start.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

New Release from Hal Leonard: Burning Blues Guitar




Kirk Fletcher Burns the Blues
in New Book/Video Pack






Burning Blues Guitar
Watch and Learn Authentic Blues Rhythm and Lead Guitar 
by Kirk Fletcher

$16.99 (US)

Inventory #HL 00144038

ISBN: 9781495016721 

UPC: 888680060640 

9" x 12", 48 pages 

Now available!


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Kirk Fletcher has been hailed by Joe Bonamassa as "hands-down one of the best blues guitarists in the world." Now you can delve deep into the blues with the celebrated guitarist in a new instructional video and book pack from Hal Leonard.

The video lessons cover a variety of rhythm and lead blues guitar styles and concepts, with loads of licks, riffs, solos, and more. The accompanying book features note-for-note transcriptions of every video example in easy-to-read rhythm tab notation. Topics covered include Texas blues, Chicago blues, slow blues, rock and roll, soloing concepts, scale applications, and much more to take your blues guitar skills to the next level.

Kirk Fletcher has commanded the respect and acclaim of critics, peers, and fans across the globe. He is a four-time Blues Music Award nominee and has played with a variety of popular artists, including a four-year role as lead guitarist of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. He is also the frontman of his own band, having released three studio albums and a live album.
Burning Blues Guitar is available from music and bookstores or by visiting www.halleonard.com

About Hal Leonard
Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation is the world's largest music print publisher and digital content provider, producing educational publications, songbooks, sheet music, reference books, DVDs, magazines, eBooks, digital sheet music, apps and more. The company is also a major distributor of music technology products, selling and marketing the most popular software, hard goods and accessories available today, to musicians and recording enthusiasts around the world. In its more than 200,000 available publications and products, Hal Leonard represents many of the world's best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has domestic offices in Winona, MN; New Jersey and Boston, and offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.







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