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Mike Dowling : Uptown Blues
Mike Dowling Uptown Blues
Actor: Mike Dowling
Director: James Jensen
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2003     3hr 0min

Each DVD offers six songs performed and taught by a master of the acoustic style. In a special lesson section, key aspects and techniques required for each arrangement are presented. The viewer can select from multiple cam...  more »


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Actor: Mike Dowling
Director: James Jensen
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Blues, Special Interests, Educational, Independently Distributed
Studio: Solid Air Records
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 11/25/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 3hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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John Lyons | 11/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If your style is blues/swing/jazz with more than a touch of slide and alternate tuning,and you wish to move from intermediate to advanced playing, this will do the trick. But be under no illusions - to get the best out of these lessons, you have to practice. Mr Dowling is an experienced teacher as well as a great player. He makes no representations that there is an easy way to play this style of guitar. Whilst he walks you through the more difficult passages, he makes it clear that practice makes perfect. I venture to suggest that the companion book/cd is a must if you want to get the best out of these lessons. Also get Bottomlands and String Crazy and while you are at it, get a copy of Two of a Kind with Pat Donoghue. They are packed with great music, particularly Two of a Kind. This is not a Mike Dowling promo. It is just that if you are serious about extending you playing to emulate one of the finest players around, then the investment of less than $100 is small change. I am about half way through this, and already I notice it has taken my playing to a new level and to a greater understanding of this music. Unfortunately so many of the video lessons fall short. This delivers but it requires you do some work. Some of the playing takes some real effort - maybe it was me, but I needed some serious wood-shedding to get the 'In the Mood' roll under my fingers on Nitpickin', but was tickled pink when I did - in fact I used it with a bit of a twist when working through an impro of 'I saw Mummy kissing Santa Claus' with a pleasing result. What I appreciated best about this is that Mike takes the time to get the techniques down. This gives a solid grounding, whilst remaining interesting and challenging. The concert footage and camera angles are great. I will do an update on this when I have worked through it. I reckon that will take most of the winter, maybe more. By then I should be getting near to ready for one of Mike's camps or Wind River lessons - I've got the fly rod packed! This is highly recommended if you are a serious player and want to do the work. Mind you it is pretty good to have a Mike Dowling concert on tap as well!"