Steve Trovato is best known as a world class country guitarist, but is equally proficient in a wide range of popular guitar styles. He has written a number of bestselling guitar tuition books, and maintains a full time position in the Guitar Department at the University of Southern California. Welcome to the American Blues Guitar in 6 Weeks course. These lessons are designed to focus your practice towards realistic goals achievable in six weeks. Each week provides you with techniques, concepts and licks to help you play and understand blues soloing at a manageable easy to follow pace. Licks and techniques in the style of a featured artist are taught each week to help you towards playing in real musical situations and develop an ear for the differences between players. If you have been frustrated or intimidated by other educational material this course is for you. You will see the improvement as you work through each week taking small steps, occasionally looking back and being surprised by how far you have come. Practice can sometimes be difficult with 'the player' often being unsure which material to work on. With the American Blues Guitar in 6 Weeks guitar course the material is presented to you in easy to absorb sections which progress in a sensible logical order. Stick with this course and I guarantee you will improve. Week six includes: - Learn to shift position to create longer blues lines - Learn to play multiple note bends on a single string - Learn to bend in intervals - Combine techniques from all other lessons in the series
I'd recommend Steve Trovatos 'Beginning Blues' books over the '6 Weeks' DVD set
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As the old song says: And now the end is near, and so I face the final curtain...
At last - Steve Trovato has patiently 'done it his way' and led the beginning blues guitarist through 6 DVDs worth of lessons. Yes, 6 DVDs worth but certainly not 6 weeks worth - as I have said in my reviews of this series, there really isn't enough material in each DVD to fill an entire week: you should be able to master a scale + chromatic and blues variations in a day and a further day - 2 at the outside - to master the licks. So, about ½ a week's worth of material on each DVD - and the rest of the material on each disc is filler, being trailers for further Lick Library products. Frankly, if I'd paid the commercial price for these (£17 each) I'd feel robbed - as it is, I rented them from Cinema Paradiso and found them OK, just a little slow going.
Having said that, Steve Trovato is a patient teacher - but there is a fundamental problem with the medium, particularly when rented: there is no written information, so unless you're actually watching the DVD, there is no material to work from.
For what it's worth, Mr Trovato has written two books (each including a DVD) covering much of the same material, and to a greater depth. These are: 'Beginning Blues: Rhythm Guitar' and '...Lead Guitar', which also include backing tracks as MP3 files. Note that this is better than the '6 Weeks' series which doesn't include the backing tracks except as soundtrack on the DVD, nor are they available on the 'Lick Library' site, although it's not beyond the wit of man to demux the audio from the DVD. And the same/similar backing tracks are on the 'Beginning Blues' DVDs as data files.
So I'd recommend the 'Beginning Blues' books over the '6 Weeks' DVD set.
As for this final week, it's fine, it's the same approach as the others: scales + a few licks, this time in the style of Albert King. Now I just need a year or two to become fluent - it really is all about practice :)
[Aside: Perhaps it's just as well that each DVD doesn't take a whole week of study, as I was lucky (?) enough to receive the last 3 discs in the series within a couple of days...]