Andy Summers Guitar
Jul 10 2016
Andy Summers not only teaches some great guitar parts from his years with The Police, he demonstrates some more advanced playing plus jazz and blues styles. You’ll learn about chord group memorization and clusters, special suspensions, visualizing the root, mapping out the neck, modal interchanges, “squeezing” the chords, and a whole lot more. Plus some great live performances by Andy playing with his band!
A great set – a long session with Mr. Andrew Summers himself. Summers give lessons and explanations on all the facets of his style, as well as extensive demonstrations of his best material in the Police. He was secretly the coolest of The Police members which makes it fun to hang out and see him talk about and teach the parts he played with them. It’s a great way to learn new chords that will stretch your hands and get you away from your normal patterns.
If you are a intermediate guitar player that knows your pentatonic scales and some basic bares and open chords get ready to take your guitar playing to the next level. Andy is such a great instructor! He really knows how to deconstruct the sounds that come from the guitar and to get you seeing why you make the shapes you do on the fretboard. He carries the credentials of the police but he is so much more than that music which is featured here. This is a must if you are serious about expanding your guitar knowledge!
Andy Summers has a very good point to make regarding “interesting” chords and chord progressions — with a “twist of lemon” as he likes to say. In talking about his Jazz background he mentions the quick tempo chord changes that don’t always let one fully appreciate the character of the more complex harmonies that there are to be heard. The entire first section is dedicated to a chord library that has numerous variations on harmonies that most guitarists have probably never considered. It is doubtful that anyone will use all of these. But it is likely that any guitarist will be interested enough to pick up a guitar a learn a few of these and find a use for. Many of the chords are finger exercises in themselves, which also makes them useful.
There is a section devoted to his years with the Police. Though most of us probably managed to learn the Police standards when growing up it is worth while listening to him talk about his approach to the songs.
There are also several of Summers’ solo works which are worth listening to. In both sections he alternates explanations with a studio band performance, that’s usually quite good. Most of the time he is playing a Gibson 335 and the tone is superb.
Fan of Summers or not, this is one to check out. Enjoy
Running time: 84 min
Video: MPEG-2 720х480; 29,970 fps ;NTSC
Audio: AC-3, 2 ch, 48000 Hz, 224 kbps
Size: 4.6 Gb