This is an instructional DVD! A Great One!!
Joaquim Do M. Nt | São Paulo, SP Brazil | 06/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those who may not know the Hal Leonard publications and the Signature Licks Series: this is not a DVD of an Eric Clapton show! This is an instructional DVD for those who wants to play acoustic guitar.
The instructor is Dough Boduch, a freelance guitarist, teacher, editor and recording artist. He teachs how to play (in the acoustic guitar) 8 of the Eric Clapton tunes presented in Eric's CD/DVD "Unplugged". Songs are: Change the World, Circus, Layla, Malted Milk, Nobody Knows You When You'Re Down and Out, Signe, Tears in Heaven and Walkin' Blues.
I think the quality of the image is very good and clean. The sound is also great - when Dough Boduch plays the acoustic guitar, he sounds almost as Eric Clapton in the CD/DVD.
After presenting part of the music at the regular speed, the instructor breaks it in several parts, then explain and shows part by part of each song at a very low speed (sometimes more then once) in order to make you get to the point.
There is also a chapter used to tune the guitar. The instructor is very good and explains very well. The DVD could be a little bit better if we could have the TABs of the songs, but they're available neither on the DVD nor on a web-site. It seems however that if you get the Hal Leonard "Eric Clapton - Unplugged" play along book you will get there - I haven't check it yet.
One interesting section of 15 minutes is dedicated to the techniques used by Eric Clapton and how he uses them: bending, vibrato, pull-off, hammer on, fingerpicking, blues scales and C Minor scale.
One more cool section is the jam along section where the video shows the instructor playing but you can't hear him. Instead, you can be Eric Clapton for a day and play the acoustic parts of the song in a Acoustic Guitar Karaoke.
To summarize, I found this to be an excellent instructional video, specially for those who are Eric Clapton fans and who already have a knowledge in playng the acoustic guitar. Beginners (such as myself) will probably have to work a little harder before getting the most out of this DVD."