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Learn to Play the Songs From Are You Experienced? DVD Jimi Hendrix
Learn to Play the Songs From Are You Experienced DVD Jimi Hendrix
Actor: Velvert Turner
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2001     2hr 0min

This fantastic two-hour-long digital video disc shows guitarists how to play the important parts to every song on this influential album. The DVD is hosted and taught by the late Velvert Turner, a student and friend of Jim...  more »


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Actor: Velvert Turner
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Hendrix, Jimi, Classic Rock, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals
Studio: Hal Leonard Corp
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Best Teaching Aid Yet!
Jesus Mercado Rivera | Dallas, TX United States | 02/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Let me start saying that I had used Instructional VHS/DVDs for a couple of years including the "MVP In The Style Of" series and some other ones featuring modern guitar virtuosos like Al DiMeola, Paul Gilbert and Eric Johnson. The MVP series is crap, but was one of the first ones available. The others are good but follow a presentation that only acomplished guitarrist will benifit the most. Imagine going to a one Day workshop with your favorite guitarrist.

This DVD is the Best one yet. You have two great instructors, one playing the tunes, one explaining the tunes. They cover all the songs from the are you experience album and all the parts of the songs: Intros, Verses, Chorus, Solo, etc. The explanations included some basic theoric explanitions of the scales and roots of the songs or passages inside the songs as well as right hand, left hand techniques need to acomplish the sounds.

If you are an advanced beginner, know some basic theory, right/left hand techniques and understand the minor and major pentatonic scales you will benefit greatly from this DVD.

Those Hendrix fans who are intermidate and advanced guitarrist can probably incorporate some of these songs to their gigs in little time!

The only con that ther is is that there is no tablature, but you can get the Tab Book from amazon for around $20. Yet I had the book before I got this DVD but was very diffucult to use as nothing compares to actualy seeing some one playing the songs to get a grasp of the right/left hand techniques which is somethig difficult to do from a Tab Book."
UN-believable! If you REALLY want to play Hendrix, buy it.
Matthew W. Bovee | Baldwin City, KS United States | 02/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Let me start by stating that I read tab pretty well, I've been studying with an excellent instructor for about a year, and I'm a real bug about getting the stuff I play to sound 'right'. By right, I mean that it needs to have at least the same feel and close phrasing - doesn't have to be mechanically note for note. But, sometimes, to capture the feel of a multitrack recording with a single guitar you have to make allowances for the exactness. Still, it has to sound right, and sound good.

Secondly, this deserves more than 5 stars.

I've got several different tab sources on Hendrix, a DVD by another (excellent) instructor, and have been working on a couple of Jimi tunes. Thought I had at least the scaled-back versions down pretty good. I've watched most of this set once-through now, and it left my jaw on the floor. The richness of the detail blew me a-way. By the time you're through the 2nd or 3rd song in the set, you'll be glad they chopped them up into measure and gave you half-speed demos so you wouldn't miss any detail. Even the rhythm parts need to be slowed down so you can see what is going on. As for not having tab - heck, go get it. Then you'll have the best of both worlds (but this world is better, trust me!).

I grew up with Hendrix music; I know the stuff in my head, almost by heart. But the theory explanations by Velvert Turner combined with the dead-on normal and half-speed split-screen demos by Andy are a goldmine for what they reveal.

How the music is phrased is a HUGE part of the sound, and you're not going to get that from just the tab. Seeing it performed here, with close-up fretwork and the split inset screen for the picking and strumming gives you that. That's hard to find, and heaven knows why anyone would knock it.

The delivery in the set feels choppy at times because of breaking the songs down a few measures at a time. But the sonic landscape of Jimi's work is so rich and thick that I don't see how else they could do it and still keep our heads from exploding! Bear in mind that many tab sources you're going to get are essentially going to be the "easy guitar" version of these songs, not the real deal details with full and half-speed demos in digestible pieces.

As for getting it from a concert - fuggedaboudit! Besides the period quality problems with most Hendrix footage, you have to realize that there are problems with the directorial idea of what makes for good entertainment. That usually conflicts with what makes for a good instructional source. For comparison, go rent SRV's Live at the El Macambo and see how much you can glean of how to play Stevie from that, even though it was capture with much better technology and much more recently. Or, get "Lightning in a Bottle" and see if you can figure out much about the masterful acoustic version of "Can't Be Satisfied" that Buddy Guy plays. Concert footage was not shot to teach you how to play, and there is NO freakin' way this should dismissed in favor of old concert footage as a training aid. You'd need your head examined if you did that.

I'd strongly recommend the DVD version of this set so that you can go directly to your favorite section. Also, some DVD players will let you step through at varying speeds and loop a given segment over and over. Trust me - on some of those Jimi solos you're going to want to have those extra tech tools handy!

I simply am AMAZED that anyone panned this set. It is a gem of source material for anyone that truly wants to play Hendrix so it will should like it should. Can't imagine WHAT they were expecting to be so dissappointed by it. So far as I know there isn't anything else out there like it. If there is - Axis or Ladyland - I WANT it."
Incredible! Best Jimi Hendrix Translation Lessons EVER!
Frank McLaughlin | Manor, PA | 08/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've bought other Hendrix lessons that play "in the style" of Jimi and was greatly disappointed. Heck, I could have made better ones than those and those aren't approved by Jimi's estate. This DVD was sanctioned by the Experience Hendrix, LLC Company and for good reason. It is the greatest translation of Jimi's songs on the none! I am now proud to say that as a direct result of this DVD I am starting my own Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band called Are You Experienced. This DVD nails every single note with unerring accuracy to the point it had me shaking in my boots to see that some human could actually ever duplicate Jimi's songs with such total exactness. For me, watching Andy Aledort play the notes fast and then slow was all I needed. That's the beauty of DVDs! Just hit pause, jump back a second or two and no tapes wearing out and rewinding. What's so difficult about that? If they were to go into an "analysis" of Jimi's rapid fire lightening solos for 17 songs as Lloyd mentions, it would take many DVDs at probably a cost of several thousand dollars. Even so, for me being a Hendrix fanatic, I would have gladly payed over a grand for this DVD alone because after 30 years of practicing these songs by ear I have never been able to duplicate these songs to this level and now I can! Every part, chord, intro, solo and outro is there note for note. There is also brief analysis before each song and part introduced by Velvert Turner and then played by Andy Aledort with fantastic brief footage of Jimi playing live in between that I've never seen before. That amazing footage was probably supplied by Jimi's estate but don't quote me on that. I went out and bought the tabs companion book as well, but having never learned tabs and playing by ear for the past 30 years it all looks Greek to me. Not knocking tabs and Andy himself encouraged me to learn them, but I'd rather watch and hear somebody play something any day than read tabs and not understand the feeling or intensity something is played at. That's right...Andy himself. I wrote to Guitar World where he is an editor and he immediately answered all my questions about equipment used etc. which was nothing out of the ordinary that is already plastered all over the net about equipment Jimi used such as a Fender Strat, a Marshall Plexi, an Octavia, Clyde McCoy Wah, Univibe, etc. The majority of the sound however, comes from the intensity, syntax and execution at which the notes are played and that's what this DVD nails down to the tee. Lloyd also mentioned that you might as well go out and buy a Hendrix concert DVD and watch Jimi playing the notes. Good luck! Almost every Hendrix concert ever filmed is poor quality, dark, grainy, focuses on his strumming hand instead of his neck playing fingers or his feet during his most killer solos, with the exception of Woodstock which shows a few great riffs in bits and pieces. If you want to learn Jimi's songs note for note, this is the factotum DVD to get. If tabs are your bag, get the companion book. However, get the DVD if you want to see and hear it being played firsthand, which is almost mandatory if you want to try and duplicate Hendrix exactly, this DVD will definitely show you how to get REALLY Experienced!"
Misleading, incomplete and disappointing.
James Patrick Page | 05/28/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Andy Aledort is an old hand at transcribing, and his work is always of a very high standard. His knowledge of Hendrix's work (as exhibited in a range of published Hendrix articles) is exceptional indeed.

Thus one wonders why he became involved in this DVD production. Only sections of the songs are taught, there is no notation (either standard or tablature), and Velvert Turner's stilted recitation of musical information from cue cards is annoying. Why is he even necessary? Great, he took instruction from Hendrix - but his name is rarely mentioned in Hendrix circles and he appears to be no musical authority on the man's music.

Aledort is an exceptionally talented guitar player, and the DVD would be of a much higher standard if he alone presented the material, as well as providing gear tips and notation. As it stands, large sections of the songs are left unexamined, leaving beginners entirely in the dark. The DVD also assumes one is adept at discerning complex finger placements from merely watching Aledort play each section. Even when played slowly, Hendrix's chord construction, rhythm stylings and solos require a good degree of musicianship from the student.

The material that IS presented is enjoyable to watch, but it falls far short in instructional terms. If you want to play the music of Hendrix, buy the transcription book to 'Are You Experienced?' and puzzle it out yourself. This DVD will only take you half way there, leaving you furiously disappointed in the end.

A shoddy release that Mr. Aledort should be somewhat ashamed of."