Tom Kolb – Famous Rock Guitar Riffs and Solos
Nov 27 2014
Musicians Institute guitar teacher Tom Kolb offers step-by-step instruction for mastering the trademark riffs and solos that define rock guitar. In a one-on-one approach, Kolb demonstrates eight classic songs from noted music legends, including Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and Stevie Ray Vaughan. What’s more, Tom Kolb is a very competent instructor that has given great thought to the thought process of the student and teaches in a way that makes conceptualization and retention as easy as possible. If you want to truly sound like Zep and Clapton, and Berry, on these hits and moreover absorb their styles to some extent, this is your DVD. True it has no tab, and true you must be at least a strong intermediate player, but if you have the patience to stick with it, Tom will make a man out of you, a guitar man that is.
This DVD is for “advanced” players. But, if you are beyond beginner, and if your ear is good, and if you can track the fretboard moves, then you will like it. You can find all of these solos transcribed in numerous sources, but you can’t get the visual information that the DVD provides.
If you can figure out the riffs without the benefit of a written score, this DVD is quite helpful. If you can’t figure it out without a written score, then you can find the scores without too much difficulty, and use this DVD to help you master them.
Tom Kolb is a good narrator, his playing is loose, relaxed, and accurate, and he does slow the licks down sufficiently for you to lift them, but you will definitely need to take advantage of the “loop” feature on your DVD player so that you can play the parts that puzzle you over and over as needed. For example, he plays the opening riff to “No Particular Place to Go” just once, and rather fast. It’s a four-beat, three-strokes to the beat (triplet) strum of a D augmented chord at the 10th fret, but the way HE plays it, it MIGHT be eighth notes with a three-against-two rhythm (kinda like a rhumba). Later in the DVD he mentions the triplet rhythm as the basis of several riffs, and when you loop the opening riff, you can hear it that way, but here’s where a written score would have resolved any doubts.
The song list features:
- No Particular Place to Go – Chuck Berry
- Crossroads – Cream
- Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
- You Shook Me – Led Zeppelin
- Iron Man – Black Sabbath
- Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple
- You Really Got Me – Van Halen
- Crossfire – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Running time: 1 hour
Video: MPEG2 720×480 8000 kbps 29.97 fps AR: 4:3
Audio: AC3 224 kpbs
Size: 3.8 Gb