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Robben Ford - The Art of Blues Rhythm DVD
Robben Ford - The Art of Blues Rhythm DVD
Actor: Robben Ford
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2007     1hr 26min

As one of the most emulated blues players of our time, Robben Ford's impeccable soloing techniques, phrasing and tone have been the subject of several books and videos, but for the first time, Robben brings his smooth and ...  more »


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Actor: Robben Ford
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Studio: Hal Leonard Corp
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/01/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Great stuff. Money well spent!
Eric Dumas | 09/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just got my copy today and just finished to watch it for the first time. I was a bit worried as a previous reviewer had mentioned that it contained a lot of "Junior stuff". That's not the case.
The teachings in this video can all be applied to club and jam session situation. Trust me, if you play the rythms in there as well or pretty close to Robben's level you won't be kicked out of any jam sessions...

I like the pace of this video. Ford spends a couple of minutes telling people how he got into music, the it is bang, bang, bang. The producers were smart enought to cut all the slack.
In a previous review I destroyed the video set of Paul Gilbert (a shredder) as there is too much goofing and almost no playing, not tab.
That's not the case here.

Also, there is 39 pages of tab that is pretty detailed and accurate. It is important because Ford is an extremely slick rythm. Many people might underestimate him as he is not as explosive as Stevie Ray or Gary Moore in their wildest moment. However, Ford would have had no stress jamming with Stevie and Gary. His rythm is obviously spot on and musical.

Also, Ford is a good teacher. You can see that he cares a lot about music and guitar. It comes across every second.

Finally, Ford uses a Les Paul and a Fender amp so he play with a very basic sound than is not that hard to imitate. I have seen many "blues" DVD's for either rythm or solo where the guys have either some thin heavy metal-like sound or some cosmic studio sounds that you would never hear from the blues great. One guy who is like that is Brad Carlton from True Fire. Carlton is a great studio player but he plays all his blues stuff with an ultra modern sound + he plays too clean. Sounds like Kenny G on guitar. We needs to hear some scratching here and there.

Ford shows a very, very important lesson: it is 95 % in your hands.... it is not the equipment who creates the groove.

It is a perfect fit for the intermediate guitar player that wants to have some serious grooves for jam sessions.

If you want to slow down the DVD (like I do) you can do it with Quicktime or WIndows Media. However, what I do in order to loop the whole thing is that I use AVS to transform my DVD's into a .mov (quicktime) file. THen I open it in a software called "Transcribe!" which allows me to loop and slow down the whole thing.


A new standard has been set!
R. McElroy | NE USA | 04/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First and foremost, Guitar Axis is to be appluaded for this packaging.
Good camera work (one angle seems a little tiny bit fuzzy to me), clear indexing and decent sound quality. But the icing on the cake is the pdf of examples. If you're like me you've suffered thru those litle fold up TAB booklets and probably even lost a few; the TAB/standard notation prints out in (38) 8.5 x 11 " pages!
Top notch content, Ford is just a tremendous talent. More on the jazzy side then gut bucket blues, but many hours/days/weeks or material to learn and digest in this 86 minute video. He seems like a genuinely nice guy as well in his audience interaction. I would like to add a sixth star for the guy in the back of the class (left handed, 345 guitar) who looks like he nodded out in one audience shot. Dude, you're famous!"
I was there....
G. Mauser | Seattle,WA | 07/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I got a complimentary copy because I was fortunate enough to be there for the taping of this. Robben is very gracious and committed to teaching what he knows. When I got the end product I was amazed how Don Mock & Co. put together such a coherent and useful workshop. Not that it wasn't before, but the editing made it even better. I picked up alot of great ideas and I would definitely say it improved my playing. It's one I will return to over and over again. I can't say that about all instructional DVDs I own."
A diffent look at the blues
BLUE NORM | 08/29/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"To be honest I had not heard of Robben Ford before buying the dvd. His style is unique. In this dvd he gives an insight on how he creates. Ford demonstrates his playing technique. The price for the dvd is much cheaper than a private lesson. So what can be gained from it depends on your own guitar experince level. I consider myself an intermediate guitarist most of the dvd I grasped, but some of it was beyond me. This dvd I wouldn't recommend to a beginner. Others should consider the dvd for the experience of new knowledge from a noted blues artist, Robben Ford."