Kings of Blues & Rock examines the
playing styles of eight of the greatest and most influential blues and rock
guitarists that have ever lived: Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Jimmy Page,
Johnny Winter, T-Bone Walker, B. B. King, Albert King and Freddie King.
Kings of Blues & Rock is presented in eight Volumes, one volume for each
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This volume of video guitar lessons examines the playing style of Albert King. Albert King is one of
the most fiercely individual guitarists that ever lived, in any genre of
music. Part of the uniqueness of his style stems from the fact that he took
a right-handed guitar and
turned it upside down and played it lefty;
additionally, he tuned the strings down a full step and a half, making them
very slinky and easy to bend, as string-bending is one of the most important
elements in his approach.
Albert's style is deceptive in that it sounds way simpler than it really is:
he had a horde of stock licks and phrases that he relied on, but he never,
ever sounded predictable, always mixing up his improvised riffs with pure
inspiration and intensity. He often bent the strings one and a half, two and
two and a half steps - known as "overbends" - and would also bend multiple
strings at a time, creating a thunderously expressive sound. It is these
types of licks that influenced the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray
Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy the most.
Kings of Blues & Rock will impact your playing in two distinctly
different but equally important ways: first, you will learn how to play
guitar in the style of Albert King;
more importantly, you will be able to take this information and use it to
create your own style and sound in rock and blues guitar.
The playing styles of each artist is examined in a variety of musical
settings designed around the artists' signature style and performances. All
of the solo segments are played first at tempo, over practice rhythm tracks,
and then presented slowly with thorough explanations. Practice rhythm tracks
are provided so that you can practice the solo examples as presented and
work on creating your own solo variations and ideas. Also discussed is the
type of guitar and amp each artist favors, and the means by which they
achieve their distinct, signature sound.
Your Kings of Blues & Rock instructor,
Andy Aledort is
himself a "King" amongst players, editors and educators. Aledort has served
as senior editor for several top guitar magazines, has authored over 200
guitar instruction books and DVDs and tours with high-profile artists such
as Buddy Guy, Dickey Betts, and the Allman Brothers band.
Kings of Blues & Rock is optimized for intermediate to advanced
players and is presented as interactive video software on CD-ROM (Windows
and Mac compatible). The entire course features 160 full-length video
lessons (20 per artist) and includes text overviews, practice rhythm tracks,
standard notation and interactive Power Tab so that you can "hear" and "see"
the tab/notation played out at any speed, without effecting pitch.
TrueFire's video player features zoom, frame advance, looping and other