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Designing Guitar Solos for Bluegrass Songs

Designing Guitar Solos for Bluegrass Songs

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Designing Guitar Solos

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Songs Include:

Used to Be
My Rose of Old Kentucky
Your Love Is Like A Flower
Think Of What You've Done
I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
I Still Miss Someone
Why Don't You Tell Me So
White Dove
Banks of the Ohio
This Heart of Mine



It shows you how to mold a simple Bluegrass melody into a fancy, tasteful, driving guitar solo, a solo that sounds like the true melody of the song while being hot at the same time. Chris Jones analyzes & teaches 10 songs on these 2 one-hour CDs. Each solo is broken down into its component parts, with Chris explaining why he played what he played every step of the way. By learning this approach you will be able to invent your own intelligent, melodic solo for any bluegrass song. There are 2 ways to put a solo together: 1. Playing licks that fit the chord progression 2. Playing the melody & then embellishing it with ornamentation. *Ultimately, number 2 is the approach taken by the more refined experienced players. *Chris Jones, Dan Huckabee, & Paul Kramer teamed up in 1985 to formulate a procedure for teaching the "melody oriented" concept of solo development & have to date released 4 products that teach the subject. 1. Designing Guitar Solos for Bluegrass Songs 2. Designing mandolin Solos for Bluegrass Songs 3. Creating guitar solos for bluegrass songs 4. Creating guitar solos for banjo instrumentals Choose one or all today... you will be enlightened to a deeper level!.


Designing . . . Bluegrass Songs Gets Standing Ovation! Designing Guitar Solos for Bluegrass Songs by Chris Jones is a book and audio tape course that systematically examines the construction of tasteful guitar solos for 10 songs from the bluegrass repertoire. The 26-page booklet and two hour-long cassettes are well produced, with very good sound quality. Aimed at intermediate level students, the book includes helpful hints for developing good practice skills, a refresher course on reading tablature and rhythmic notation, and 10 complete arrangements for solo guitar. The first tape begins with an introduction to harmonic theory, identifying elements of the major scale and simple chord construction. Each song is presented with a sung verse and chorus, followed by a guitar solo. The solo then is played slowly, and finally broken down to its various constituents. Author Jones has a wonderful sense of pace as he guides the student through this very thoughtful method—and he's a great singer and guitar player to boot! He takes the student through the logical (and repeatable) process of locating the melody on the guitar, isolating the important notes of the melody, adding simple kick-offs and connector licks, and finally filling in with different embellishments to really make the solo stand out. The overall emphasis on melody-oriented solos is commendable, especially in this day and age when many players seem to value hot licks more than expressiveness. In a similar vein, Paul Kramer's Designing Mandolin Solos For Bluegrass Songs (also from Musician's Workshop Publications, $24.95) gives mandolin players the opportunity to learn the same kinds of skills on their instruments. As with the guitar method, the emphasis is on developing solos that showcase the melody. Fifteen different bluegrass standards are examined (the mandolin and guitar books share four songs in common) with the same systematic approach: Locate the melody on your instrument; identify the strong melody notes; add appropriate lead-ins and connector; and finally make the solo your own with a few tremolos, passing tones, and other ornaments. The format of the two courses is identical, including the brush-up on tablature and simple music theory. Kramer is a fine player and singer who interacts well with the student through this medium—no mumbling or fluffed notes. These projects are professional productions with scripts for the teachers and a good deal of forethoughtâ?¦. These are a pair of very good packages, which I highly recommend. By Richard Bamman, © May 1987 Frets Magazine, "In Review," Pg.72

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Your instructional materials are first class...and I regard Chris Jones’ Designing Guitar Solos...the ultimate in Country/BG Folk style. I liked Chris Jones’ guitar solos so well that enclosed you will find a repeat order for a friend back in Shelby, N.C.~—C.F. Wilkey, Fortuna Calif.

Dan, Sorry it took so long to get back with you but I just wanted to say thanks for the free DVD!!! You have a customer for life. By the way I just wanted to let you know that I have about $500 to $600 worth of your competitor (homespun) instructionals for many different instruments by different people and the Chris Jones series by far blows all of them out of the water on the subject of how and why. Thanks again, C Leftwich...King, North Carolina

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