Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Learn to Play the Songs of Jim Croce Guitar Accompaniment and Techniques DVD|
Actor: Pete Huttlinger
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Jim Croce's guitar accompaniments to his timeless songs, as well as the superb lead lines of his long-time accompanist, Maury Muehleisen, are expertly broken down for aspiring players at all levels: I'll Have to Say I Love... more »
It's pretty good, overall.
Lester P. Churchill | Kennewick, Washington USA | 12/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After spending many years trying to play the songs of Jim Croce with absolutely NO success, this DVD was amazing. As a young boy, I first realized I wanted to play guitar AND to play it like Jim and Maury due to Jim's albums.... so having learned the first three songs has been the fulfillment of a life-long dream. (I'm 42).
Pete accurately repoduces the sound of Jim and Maury's music, no doubt about it. His skill is absolutely fantastic. Overall, I recommend this dvd to anybody who wants to learn Jim's music pretty much verbatim. In this, the video is without equal.
If you buy this DVD and aren't too familiar with fingerpicking patterns, then I offer you this, it's what I've had to do with the chorus of "Photographs and Memories" (even though I've been picking for years): get the feel for it by listening, and then rewind to the part you want to learn. Pause the video and move forward frame by frame. While Pete is an AWESOME fingerpicker, his teaching is fair overall and there are times when he doesn't communicate what's going on.
I'm half way through the video and I'm learning "I got a name". I've been practicing daily for about a month and can now pretty much repoduce Jim's sound on "I'll have to say I love you in a song", "New York's not my home" and "Photographs and Memories". I'm having to do the above frame by frame DVD technique in order to learn "I've got a name." This part is the only drawback to the DVD.
If it helps any, I've got Pete's second video on learning to play the music of Jim Croce on it's way. Even with the annoying frame by frame issue, I'd order a third installment of "How to play the songs of Jim Croce" by Pete Huttlinger if he were to produce one. Nobody else really comes close to teaching how to repoduce Jim's sound, and I've been looking hard for quite some time."