Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Best of Lennon McCartney for Acoustic Guitar Signature Licks DVD|
Actor: Andrew DuBrock
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Discusses and demonstrates the distinctive styles behind eight songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Excellent but for intermediate players
Matthew W. Bovee | Baldwin City, KS United States | 04/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK - lots of people have been trashing this DVD, but it's a bit unfair to do so because it doesn't have tab to go with the DVD. Here's the deal: it didn't promise tablature (which is READILY available all over the place for Beatles tunes). If you do your homework you'll know before you buy this that it doesn't include tab. So crying about it is a bit pointless.
Expect to be using that funny little button your DVD player with the two vertical lines (||), called "pause", and maybe get really technical and learn how to set an A-B loop so you can watch a specific selection over and over if need be. Amazingly, you'll find it helpful later because most DVD players will also play audio CDs and some even do (Gasp!) MP3s, and this wonderful skill will let you rehearse to your favorite songs (and portions thereof) with relative ease...
The instructor looks and sounds a bit uptight and nervous, but his presentation of the music is dead on and easy to follow, and I did not find it difficult to tell what his hand/finger placement was. So the chords were easy to identify. I've been playing guitar part-time and recreationally, w/o enough practice time frankly, for about 18 months, and I found this an easy set of lessons to work with. After a couple of sessions I had the basics of "Dear Prudence" and in a few weeks of spare time I had it pretty much down. I walked in and played it for my instructor and his jaw dropped.
Really the only thing I would fault this DVD for is the selection of songs. Rocky Racoon? Maybe the folks who were complaining should have started with that song, if only for simplicity's sake. But, the other songs are fine. If you are not a rank beginner, you will probably find this to be a good DVD for learning the songs. Just don't expect tab - plan on treating it like a tab-free lesson w/an instructor....one you can pause."
Not for Beginners
Anthony L. Bigbee | 04/07/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This could have beeen a good DVD, but isn't. The insturctor doesn't take the time to tell you the string and fret he starts on. It was hard to find the notes. On "And I Love Her" I had to buy a tab book to find the lead. The spanish guitar has no fret markings and the teacher didn't tell you where he was playing. I've played for years and found this DVD to be too vague to be of much use. Buy a good tab book instead if you want to learn the songs."