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Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar


By Arnie Berle

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-. Music Sales America. Instructional and Blues. Instructional book (softcover) and examples CD. With guitar tablature, standard notation, chord names, guitar chord diagrams and instructional text. 96 pages. Music Sales #AM71390. Published by Music Sales (HL.14003799).

Item Number: HL.14003799

ISBN 9780825625565. 9x12 inches. English. Arnie Berle and Mark Galbo.

Takes you from the fundamentals of fingerpicking to five authentic blues tunes. With graded exercises, illustrated tips, plus standard notation and tablature.

  • Origins Of The Blues 
  • Preparing To Play Our First Blues 
  • Preparing To Play A Blues In G 
  • Preparing To Play A Blues In E 
  • Melody Notes 
  • Eighth Notes, Dotted Notes, And Syncopation 
  • Blue Notes 
  • Fretting-Hand Techniques 
  • Picking-Hand Techniques 
  • Playing Chords In The Higher Positions 
  • Vamps 
  • Singing The Blues 
  • Five Blues Pieces 

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  • 3

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  • March 13, 2022 Song Tabs, Ehhh!

    Does a good job with the exercises to build finger style Blues coordination and skills. He does so with 12 bars or more of musical Blues pieces.However, the tabs for four of the five songs are inaccurate to various degrees to what he's actually playing on the CD...

    . I emailed him about this a long time ago, and he didn't seem greatly concerned or helpful.His last, and fifth song on the CD, a Memphis Minnie song "Black Rat Swing", is accurate to what he's playing.I have one of Steve James's books with mostly accurate song tabs to what he's actually playing. The tabs that weren't very accurate were basically accurate with a few adjustments.As with all of these lesson books by different musicians, the lyrics are inaccurate to various. degrees, but that just goes with the territory.So if you're picky about the accuracy of lyrics like I am, you'll have to go online to get the real lyrics and listen to the real songs of the artist

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  • 5

    Marshfield, WI
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • August 06, 2004 Buy the book!

    You won't be dissappointed with this book. I have never been as interested in one book as I am in this one. The CD covers almost everything that is in the book. You will have to stop the CD and practice each lesson for a while before moving on...

    . It doesn't take long to get to the more advanced techniques. I am struggling a little when it gets to the chord inversions, but I enjoy the challenge. This book was worth the money! My only wish is that Arnie Berle and Mark Galbo would come out with a second book!! Would be nice to have a whole book with just songs that use the lessons from the first book.

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    25 of 51 people found this review helpful.
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  • 4

    Argyll Scotland
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • November 10, 2003 Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar

    Got the book last Xmas, can now play (sort of) 5 varied blues picking styles. Bits of R Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and Memphis Minnie.I was a raw beginner. The CD is good , but could do with the 5 pieces played at 1/2 tempo so you have a...

    chance of working on the rythm at less than flat out pace. The main excercises seem a little dull and a wee bit more on double stopping and fretting techniques would have been handy. However I have enjoyed the learning and the excercises though basic are very good discipline.32-20 Blues , M and O blues and Black Rat Swing are in E, Beekman and Big road blues are in drop D. If you want to learn fingerstyle blues this is a great way to start.

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