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50 Licks Blues Style  - DVD
50 Licks Blues Style - DVD
Actor: Mat Gurman
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2003     0hr 59min

Ace session guitarist Mat Gurman teaches budding bluesmasters 50 terrific phrases, demonstrating licks for dominant and minor blues progressions, turnarounds, intro licks, ending licks, stop time licks and many more. He al...  more »


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Actor: Mat Gurman
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Studio: Hal Leonard Corp
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/01/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 0hr 59min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)

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Not For The Beginner Guitarist, But Some COOL Licks!
Thomas G. Sopchak | Williston, Vermont United States | 08/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My Background:
In order to level set you as to my comments here is a little about me. I have been playing pretty consistently for about 1.5 years. I still consider myself a novice guitar player. I know 1/2 dozen cords, a few songs, some typical beginner licks and have been practicing the A major and A minor pentatonic scales both in the first position. I am pretty good with those two scales. I have no problem reading most guitar tablature.

What You Need To Know
This is just my opinion. It is key that you can read guitar tablature. Also, it would be VERY helpful if you knew many (more than I do) of the pentatonic scales and several of the positions for each (there are 5 positions for each scale). Mat (the instructor) only shows you one scale and in a single position (A Major "Blues" scale). He does this very quickly at the start of the DVD. It would also be very helpful if you are proficient at bends, hammer ons, pull offs and slides. You will also do better if you have some skill in a few different strumming techniques, including muted tones. Clearly all of these are key elements of blues guitar (actually any guitar work) and he uses them in abundance.

The Instruction and Licks:
As I mentioned he does show one of the scales he calls the "A" blues scale. However he is all over the place on the fret board (uses far more than just this one scale) and if you don't have some degree of proficiency in playing scales you will not get much from this DVD. He also shows you quickly how to tune a guitar. However I'm guessing that anyone who would remotely be able to use this DVD would already know how to do that.

The licks he shows are very cool and if you can learn some of them they can be strung together to really jam. They range widely in level of complexity. There are a few that could be played by a beginner who has little experience (although they are the exception). Any beginner trying to learn these licks would have to be highly motivated and determined. Mat does include the tablature for each of the licks which is very good. In most places on the DVD he shows both of his hands so you can see the fret work as well and the picking. He does slow his playing down and for the most part you can figure out what he is doing. However he is so versed in what he is doing that he does sometimes make assumptions that you understand what he just did or what he is telling you. This is where it will be difficult for beginners.

Bottom Line:
Pretty cool DVD. With my current skill level I will be able to make some use out of it but by in large it is a little beyond me still. That said I am still very happy I bought it because I am sick of just practicing scales up and down, up and down, without doing anything cool. You can not even get 30 minutes of live guitar lessons for $10. The DVD is done well enough such that if you have some ability to play and want to check out some cool licks it is well worth the money."
Buy It ...and get out of a rut
K. D. Shultz | Canada | 09/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was a very pleasant suprize i really enjoyed this dvd.It challenges you to learn and play these very usable and desireable blues licks.In this dvd are the great turnaround lick's that have been used for years on some of the best blues solo's , I instantly began using what i had learned from this dvd in my solo's.

The one drawback is the DVD menu i found myself back at the start menu many times.

This is the type of dvd that helps you take your soloing to the next level.But if you are new to guitar this would be a frustrating ride,I would estimate that the people who would benifit from this should be at least intermediate to advanced level....but everyone is different.

This dvd is one of the best blues insrtuction i own.

Get rhythm!
S. White | Sydney, NSW Australia | 09/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a professional musician with over 17 years experience on guitar alone and this is the second DVD in this series I have bought now as I was so impressed with the first which was the Country licks. At the outset it should be said that these DVD's are not for beginners, sorry but that's just the facts. This isn't to say that a beginner cannot glean inspiration and work up to certain licks slowly but I would suggest this really suiting the intermediate player to advanced on some techniques.

With my many years of playing I was already familiar with the techniques being employed on this DVD and found myself ripping some awesome licks in just a couple of hours after sitting down and viewing it. Even for an old dog like me I was learning how to lay down certain phrases I was always curious about but never got around to ... such as some of the faster flourishes.

The sound and presentation are simple and yet excellent with both right and left hand views on screen at the same time. Mat Gurman does a fine job of breaking down the phrases and is technically excellent in his own right. I have had no issues with the Tab that comes with this DVD NOT matching up with what is being played ... every note was where it ought to be.

A final note ... don't be put off by the return to menu feature, I have found this to be a smart addition to this series since it allows you to stay with that lick until you got it locked in before moving on without having the DVD race away from you while you are working things out. This also makes each lick easy to find and return to rather than having to scroll through to locate it!

For this kind of value I plan on getting the Jazz and Rock DVD's in this series - my vocabulary has really expanded in the time I have spent with this product and I am already an advanced player. If like me you are an experienced guitarist you may find you only need 10 or more of these licks but I'd be learning them all because they can often transform into other licks you create yourself.

Killer series!"
Well executed and professionally done
Leon C. Rodriguez | Austin, Texas | 04/08/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've been playing the blues for a long time so I wasn't particularly inspired by any of the licks. I didn't find the 'gem' that I didn't recognize to add to my vocabulary, the one illusive moment i was looking for... nevertheless, every one of these licks is the 'meat and potatoes' vocabulary that can be used to talk the talk. Mat does an outstanding job of guiding you through these 50 licks with real clarity. I like that he uses the actual names of the notes instead of naming the string and fret for reference. I can see that Mat's a real musician and has a masterful handle on his axe. I went through it in about a week and had a good time doing it. I like that the DVD format defaults to the menu after the lesson to give you time it 'fool around' with the lick and squeeze as much as you can out of it. I really enjoyed it. Good stuff."