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  1. Patrick Daley says:
    43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Woody’s 3 Book/DVD’s – fantastic deal for guitar players!!, October 31, 2003
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    This review is from: The Art Of Acoustic Blues Guitar: The Basics (includes a DVD) (Paperback)

    This is a 3 book/DVD series, with the other two being “Ragtime and Blues”, and “Fretboard Logic”.

    To my plesant surprise, these are not DVD’s with small tab booklets, but rather full size books from Oak Publications with the DVD’s in a sleeve on the surrounded by cover. “Full size” doesn’t mean a lot of pages (after all, most of the instruction is on the DVD), I mean it’s about 9.5×12 with 25 pages of very clear music and Tab. Some older Oak publications had terrible tab – very small print with numbers 3, 8, and 0 barely distinguishable. These 3 books are perfectly clear.

    I’ve only previewed the first DVD so far, but it looks fantastic. I listened to each song and only to a small of the instruction for each. It’s so fantastic to be able to skip ahead like that on a DVD, unlike VHS.

    One minor nit, I like the way Woody sings, but he doesn’t sing at all on the first DVD. It’s all about the guitar, and that’s fine… that’s of course what I want the most, but a complete routine of some of the songs would have been nice too.

    Another surprise, this somehow costs less than the video series. The entire cost with shipping (Media Mail) from Amazon was about $53 for all 3 book/DVDs. I’m not sure if it’s a sale that Amazon is having, or if that’s the price they will always charge. The list price on each book is $24.95… or $39.95 for each VHS.

    I’m very pleased so far. I won’t have time to go through in detail until December, but I’m thrilled to get this.

    Also, if you like Rev. Gary Davis, check out Ernie Hawkins instructional videos. The first 20 min or so of the first one is just incredible. I by no means had any luck using fingerpicks before, and by no means proposed to try just one fingerpick and a thumbpick. But after seeing Ernie clearly demonstrate how to hold the guitar how to place your right hand, then showing a clip of Rev. Davis doing exactly that in “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning”… well, once I tried it, it seemed simple. The right hand anyway… I still need to cheat with the left.

    Anyway, back to the Acoustic Blues DVD’s, my initial impressions are fantastic, and it’s such a fantastic bargain, so don’t pass it up!! We’re very fortunate to have some of Rev. Gary Davis’ top students (e.g. Woody, Ernie Hawkins, Stefan Grossman) who with today’s technology are able to share this knowledge so readily.

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  2. J. E. Sjastad says:
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very excellent, June 6, 2006
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    J. E. Sjastad
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    This review is from: The Art Of Acoustic Blues Guitar: The Basics (includes a DVD) (Paperback)

    Very excellent instructional for beginners, it’s my favourite.

    Very clear tabs in the booklet, the video clips are also excellent;

    W.Mann plays the songs at different speeds, also goes through them step by step.

    Wish I had this when I was younger…

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  3. Mitch G. says:
    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not for right beginners, April 6, 2007
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    This review is from: The Art Of Acoustic Blues Guitar: The Basics (includes a DVD) (Paperback)

    I’ve been playing for about three years and have a sweet excellent sense of scales and chords, and had hoped this would help transition me to a beginning in acoustic blues. I’m disappointed.

    The DVD starts with a very drawn out description of what the instigator plans to do, and for some reason skips right over the two small exercises listed as “examples” as the beginning of the book.

    Strangely, the very first song he demos is in an alternate tuning, a concept that is introduced very matter of factly, and the song is intricate and complex, even for an intermediate player.

    I’d say this book force be excellent for an intermediate player but doesn’t live up to its title as an introduction.

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