Robben Ford Playin' the Blues Review

We’ve discussed the Blues teaching genius of Robben Ford for before, but using his 1992 “Playin’ the Blues” series — a DVD and a book with a CD — you can build an extremely strong Blues base for your guitar playing.

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Play Along Blues with Hal Leonard

Hal Leonard is a great publishing house.  We like their GuitarInstructor.com website and we’re totally over the moon for their fine “Play Along” series of books and bundled CDs.

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Blues You Can Use with John Ganapes

If you want to learn how to play Blues Guitar — you can go free, or you can pay — but there is really only one Blues master teacher.  His name is John Ganapes and his Blues You Can Use series is phenomenal in the entirety of the teaching.

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Tom Petty’s Live Anthology on iTunes LP

One of the first things I do each morning is login to iTunes, check for any new Apps, and then see what’s new in music.  I was thrilled this morning to see a new Live Anthology from Tom Petty in the new “iTunes LP” format was released today.

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Paul Anka Rock Swings Review

I am not a Paul Anka fan. I am not a Swing fan. I do like Rock. When I saw Paul Anka’s new Rock Swings CD, I was ready for something awful and treacly. I was kindly surprised to find an album more innovative and infectious than disappointing.

It’s My Life
This is the first song on the album and it rocks and swings at the same time. Anka brings a tough-guy swagger to this Bon Jovi classic. The trumpets scream. Anka screams. We all scream together! Listen to this song with headphones cranked all the way up so you can enjoy the punch and sophistication of the incredible orchestration. Anka sings with an infectious smile!

True
This cover of the Spandau Ballet original feels a little muddy. Anka saves it with his clear voice and funky interpretation of the lyric but we expect more here from a smoky orchestration that leaves ashes, not inspiration, behind.

Eye of the Tiger
This song was a dud when it was originally released and Anka’s Fifties creeping-stylization is lukewarm and rather odd.

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