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Roger McGuinn's Basic Folk Guitar
Roger McGuinn's Basic Folk Guitar
Actor: Roger McGuinn
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2003     1hr 15min

Roger McGuinn brings his love of folk guitar to novice and intermediate players, providing a solid repertoire of a dozen classic songs and the basic techniques needed to play them. The songs he teaches are part of the back...  more »


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Actor: Roger McGuinn
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals, Independently Distributed
Studio: Homespun Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/11/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 15min
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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Dishonest title, not for beginners at all !
D.B. Satzine | Raleigh NC USA | 06/20/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"While McGuinn's artistry is excellent, this video's title is totally misleading - claiming "Basic" and "Easy arrangements" are totally untrue here. "Basic /easy" does not mean simultaneously flat picking and finger picking at 100 bpm. This isn't even structured as a learning video, its really a quick run through by an accomplished artist at full speed. A performance video for his fans perhaps but really not something a beginner could do. There's also some gratuitous shots of the peghead to let your know whose brand of guitar he's playing. If you have anything less than intermediate to advanced guitar skills you will be disappointed. Which is a shame because this publisher does put out some excellent learning tools (for example Steve Kaufman). Shame on them for misleading us on this one. Save your money !"
Somewhere Beyond Beginner, But Very Enjoyable
Paul Corcoran | Leesburg, VA USA | 10/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I'd agree that this is beyond pure beginner level - but I think even the aspiring folk guitarist will find inspiration in Roger McGuinn's instruction and performance. Certainly playing ability and level are subjective measures, even so - perhaps "advanced beginner" or "intermediate" may be more appropriate ratings. But you will not be disappointed with the musicianship and Roger's obvious labor of love that these traditional songs represent. I loved "The Water is Wide" and have found that it's one that even a beginner might have success learning. And Mr. McGuinn does suggest that these can all be played with simple strumming; no advanced hybrid picking is really required. So grow into it!"
5 Stars for "Chestnut Mare" alone.
James R. DeSalvio DO | Dunlap, Illinois USA | 06/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are a McGuinn fan, and love the song "Chestnut Mare", get this DVD. It is very well produced, with excellent sound and visuals. The songs are well chosen and the techniques demonstrated will be helpful to players of all levels. The last song on the disc is an acoustic 12 string version of "Chestnut Mare". He plays this on his Martin signiture model, and it is just fantastic. Of all the songs by the Byrds that I remember, this was my favorite, and if you watch closely, and have some skills, you can bring it to life. Great product."