A unique mixture of blues, ragtime , swing and roots
music in standard and open tunings. lesson tunes: "Rosalie, Nitpickin,
Minor Thing" "Johnson City Rag" " Fishin In the Wind" "Bottleneck
March". BONUS tunes: "Bottomlands" " String Crazy" and " World Of Hurt".
ADDED BONUS!! complete tab/standard notation on CDRom (pdf) included....41 Pages!!!!
Mike Dowling Uptown Blues DVD 2005 Solid Air Records.
Mike Dowling is a typical blues guitarist who plays as well
blues, ragtime, swing and roots music. On this DVD he
shows in his master class exactly how to play these 9 pieces:
Rosalie, Nitpickin', Minor Thing, Johnson City Rag, Fishin'
in the Wind, Bottleneck March, Bottomlands Sting Crazy
and World of Hurt. Mike Dowling plays in standard and also
in open tunings. Mike played with Joe Venutti known to be
a jazz virtuoso. Also he recorded an album with Pat Donahue.
Mike Dowling plays as well dobro as slide guitar and acoustic
steel guitar. His transcriptions require an intermediate level to
fully master these pieces. Some skills to play in altered tunings
are therefore adviced.There is a 30 minutes performing program
as well as a master-class included in this exceptional well
recorded DVD with a wealth of guitar riffs to sort out.
Check him out!
Henk te Veldhuis
Bridge Guitar Reviews
MIKE DOWLING , UPTOWN BLUES:AMERICAN ROOTS GUITAR; LAURENCE JUBER , THE GUITARIST.
The Vast Majority of guitar-instruction DVDs on the market are old
video transferred to the new format. That's fine, but it hardly
takes advantage of digital technology. Two new lessons by virtuoso
guitarists Mike Dowling and Laurence Juber bring on-screen teaching
solidly into the DVD generation. Part of a series that also
includes lessons from Kenny Sultan , David Cullen, Doug Smith and AL
Petteway, these titles allow users to switch at will between three
different camera angels to get the best view of the material as its
being taught. The lessons also can be viewed in a
performance-only mode (with audiophile sound) as miniconcerts. On
"Uptown Blues" , Dowling, a renowned blues/jazz fingerstyle guitarist,
teaches six original compositions that span
bottleneck bues, jazzy ragtime, and open tuned fingerpicking. A
patient and careful teacher, Dowling explains the tunes in detail,
focusing on such techniques as palm damping, picking patterns, and
playing fast single-string runs. On "GUITARIST", Juber, the
former Paul McCartney and Wings guitarist known for his flashy solo
fingerstyle playing, teaches six originals, five of them in DADGAD
tuning and one in standard. His breezy but thorough
demonstrations take the mystery out of his brilliantly propulsive
pieces, which are full of multiple-string hammer-ons, fast walking
-bass lines, and percussive slaps. The DVDs do not include
tablature, but companion lesson-book/CD combos that include additional
instruction and complete tablature for the songs are available
separatelyfrom Warner Bros. Publications
(Solid Air www.SolidAirRecords.com)....Ian Zack/ Acoustic Guitar Magazine