Guitar World — How to Play the Jimi Hendrix Experiences Axis Bold As Love: The Complete Guitar DVD

[wpramazon asin="B001QIVER8"]

Comments

  1. Toronto_Matt says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Powerful Tool for Culture Hendrix, February 14, 2010
    By 
    Toronto_Matt (Toronto, Canada) –
    This review is from: Guitar Planet — How to Play the Jimi Hendrix Experiences Axis Bold As Like: The Complete Guitar DVD (DVD)

    “Guitar Planet: How to Play The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Axis: Bold as Like” is an incredible tool to help the intermediate or advanced guitarist get a handle on how to approach the tunes on Axis: Bold As Like” by Jimi Hendrix.

    Firstly, Andy Aledort, is at the centre of the strengths of this video. Mr. Aledort is an exceptional player who has a personal affinity for the playing of Jimi Hendrix surrounded by his own professional career. When this man says “This is how most people play this lick, but Jimi really plays it like this.” one has confidence that what he says is exactly so. He has the playing, tone and, more importantly, the timing to get these phrases sitting just right. This is vital in this kind instructional video format.

    The format of this video is “watch and play” approach. Aledort plays with a backing drummer at full speed and distortion and then repeats at a slower pace with explanation of what chords or scales are being alluded to in the musical passage being analyzed. We get a close-up of his left hand on the main cover and an inset close-up of his right hand work at the same time. He turns down the distortion/effects when playing the slower versions. Typically he instructs on the playing of the backing guitar track first and then moves on to the melody or solo part next playing it over the social class tracks. As mentioned before the playing is of exceptional quality throughout.

    Aledort clarifies details of musical explanation as he works the way through the video explaining, say, the pentatonic minor in the first tune and mostly just referring to it at later points in the video. If you aren’t effective your way through the video in order you may find this annoying but if you are, or you are a more experienced player, you’ll be thankful to be saved some of the repetition.

    This isn’t a fantastic video for a beginning player in terms of understanding the musical scheme behind what Jimi is playing. Aledort clarifies it as if he is referring to concepts to people who already have a understanding of musical concepts. For model, when he says that “Jimi adds a 9 to the chord” here, he does so with the understanding that his audience will know what he is talking about. The novice player would still know how to play the chord by watching the video though so it is not as if the video does not hold anything for the less experienced.

    I would have liked a few things to be added to take this video to bring it to the highest imaginable level. I wanted to have seen an inset picture of his foot when doing some of the more involved wah-wah work. Aledort doesn’t go into enough detail about how he achieves the brilliant, authentic sound on the video for the different tunes. He indicates that a particular track has Fuzzface or an Octavia on it and there is a plug for a reissue of a Marshall amp that Jimi often used, but there is no discussion of levels and, often, he has delay and other effects on and makes small or no bring up of them. A yucky oversight is the fact that for 90% of the tunes he doesn’t bring up which pick-up he is selecting and the close-ups rarely allow one to see which pick-up he is using despite the fact that when we do catch sight of them they are often different for different tunes. For another artist’s work this force be less vital but for getting down the tunes of Jimi Hendrix, the tools and tone are an integral part of the songs.

    By and large, I would rate this video highly and what’s more I would say that it is a tremendous value for the money. Despite this being an instructional video, I delight in just listening to Aledort play, as I do Hendrix. Aledort puts into our hands a fantastic tool for coming to know the playing of Hendrix in a detailed way and the video while perhaps not having every note on the album has as much of it as one would possibly expect to be included.

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  2. real san diego reader says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic value, September 7, 2010
    By 
    real san diego reader (San Diego, USA) –
    Amazon Verified Hold(http://www.amazon.com/gp/community-help/amazon-verified-purchase/185-0372012-9407068', ‘AmazonHelp’, ‘width=400,height=500,resizable=1,scrollbars=1,toolbar=0,status=1′);return false; “>What’s this?)
    This review is from: Guitar Planet — How to Play the Jimi Hendrix Experiences Axis Bold As Like: The Complete Guitar DVD (DVD)

    This is a wonderful DVD that finally helped me learn to play many of my pet Hendrix songs that I’ve struggled with for years. I own most of Jimi’s tablature books and have so for a long time, and while I could play some songs honestly well (Purple Haze, Wind Cries Mary), I struggled with others (Castles Made of Sand, Axis Bold as Like). Jimi’s rhythm playing in particular — the way he colored his chords with all of those wonderful fills — gave me the most difficulty. The tablature books, while accurate, only reveal the *what* and not the *how*, and when it comes to Jimi, culture how he played his songs is vital to recreating them.

    As others reviewers have noted, this DVD is not proposed for beginners. Furthermore, it is a supplement to the Axis Bold as Like tab book rather than a replacement for it. The tab book isn’t required in order to benefit from this DVD, but you’ll doubtless get the most out of it if you can reference the tab book while you’re watching it. I find that the tab book is especially useful for the solos and not as much for the rhythm sections.

    Andy’s playing is phenomenal and he’s a very excellent teacher. Not only does he teach you to play the songs, but he also clarifies in depth what is going on musically (i.e., the *why*). These insights are very useful if you want to go beyond simply recreating Jimi’s songs and want to incorporate aspects of his guitar playing into your own. The ElectricladyLand DVD is equally valuable, but the Are you Experienced DVD is marred by Velvert Turner’s poor narration.

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  3. LBloom says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic Video Not Proposed For Beginners, May 24, 2010
    By 
    LBloom (Hollywood) –
    This review is from: Guitar Planet — How to Play the Jimi Hendrix Experiences Axis Bold As Like: The Complete Guitar DVD (DVD)

    In response to other reviews posted here I have stated that this is not for beginners. I found it helpful to have a copy of the Axis; Bold As Like Song Book from Hal Leonard. As with most instrucionals, it is assumed that you have a certain amount of musicall knowledge of the fretboard amd of music scheme. Some knowledge of chord qualities and intervals will be helpful to know what Aledort is talking about. Also this is definitley for those are fans of this album is a and don’t mind spending three hours listening to someone talk about it. You get out of it just what you pu inot it.
    Self-taught guitarists may find themselves wedged in a rut tiresome in vain to copy their favorites. If this is the case and one of your favorites is Hendrix then this is for you. It will take time and patience to get through as there is 3 hours plus worth of lessons here and you force benefit by just taking one song at a time.
    I have played for over twenty years and still found this helpful. The songs are demonstrated in thorough detail (even “EXP” is detailed here) phrase by phrase, bend by bend and Aledort demonstrates the songs with a lot of enthusiasm rather than “wooden”, “dull” stale rehashings of these tunes. A excellent teacher is one who enjoys his subject. You can tell the Andy Aledort admires Hendrix as much as you and even gives some hints as to how Hendrix achieved his tone and so forth. There are some things that Hendrix did that they just don’t teach in Music Scheme 101. This is a thorough and complete package from someone who recognizable the work of a master.
    Highly recommended to guitarist wanting to learn the songs from this album.

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

Speak Your Mind

*