Andy Summers: Guitar (DVD / Booklet)

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  1. ZenKen212 says:
    44 of 44 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Pop Guitar Master does it right, November 4, 2006
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    This review is from: Andy Summers: Guitar (DVD / Booklet) (DVD)

    As a guitar playing songwriter, I was by no means the one to be attracted to instructional guitar videos figuring it could somehow point me in a direction of un-originality, but this DVD proved me all incorrect. I bought it on a whim by the side of with Andy’s autobiography and his aproach to songs and chords is eye-opening.

    To me, it turns out, he was secretly the coolest of The Police members which makes it fun to hang out and see him talk about and teach the parts he played with them. It’s a fantastic way to learn new chords that will stretch your hands and get you away from your normal patterns.

    It’s a small amusing when he calls the triad based major chords “dull,” but his whole point is to find new colors and not do the cookie cutter thing (which helped his band become the largest band in the planet).

    It’s got a slow-down section (which is not all that vital with the control that comes from DVDs these days).
    It’s got him playing a bunch of Police songs with a band.
    It’s got him playing a bunch of originals with a band (they can get out there, but they are cool).

    I’d say, if you like The Police, you will like this video. If you aren’t a Police fan but are looking to get out of ancient habits and approach your instrument by way of an original minded instructor, you will like this video.

    If you’re looking to shred solos, look elsewhere. If you’re looking to learn blues licks, look elsewhere. If you are a total beginner, look elsewhere.

    If you’re looking to open your eyes and ears and see that the pop/rock music that most people like has guitar playing a supporting role augmenting the impact of the SONG and want to witness a guy who worked that role to perfection, this is the video for you.

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  2. Andrew Peterson says:
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
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    An brilliant guide to MORE than just the music of the Police., January 9, 2007
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    Andrew Peterson (New York) –
    This review is from: Andy Summers: Guitar (DVD / Booklet) (DVD)

    By and large, a fantastic set – a long (2 hours plus) conference with Mr. Andrew Summers himself, with an extensive accompanying booklet.

    Summers give lessons and explanations on all the facets of his style, as well as extensive demonstrations of his best material in the Police. But don’t buy this just to boost your cover band’s repetoire; Summers covers much, much more, including practical information on playing over changes, fingerpicking, and extended chord voicings.

    By and large, a excellent buy, one that is thoughtful enough to provide slow motion, pitch corrected versions of ALL of the examples presented, with extensive closeups. It’s a must have for anyone looking to play challenging material.

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  3. Richard Foulkes says:
    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
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    Andy Summers, Guitar Master!, September 5, 2007
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    Richard Foulkes (Chicago, Il, USA) –
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    When I was 16 in 1968 I saw a band called soft machine with a kid playing guitar named Andy Summers. Later in the mid 70′s I was in a liquor pile on Sunset and La Brea and there he was again. A&M was across the street and he said he was effective on a fantastic album with his new band The Police. Well the difference linking the fusion/jazz influenced soft machine and the Sting driven nuanced pop fusion was not that fantastic and much of this is from the master guitar work of Andy Summers. So if you are a intermediate guitar player that knows your pentatonic scales and some basic bares and open chords get ready to take your guitar playing to the next level. Andy is such a fantastic instructor! He really knows how to deconstruct the sounds that come from the guitar and to get you seeing why you make the shapes you do on the fretboard. He carries the credentials of the police but he is so much more than that music which is featured here. This is a must if you are serious about expanding your guitar knowledge! Thanks Andy!

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