Mike Dowling – The Swing Guitar Package
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Here’s a fabulous guitar lesson that will give you all the tools you’ll need to become a great rhythm guitarist! Veteran player Mike Dowling demonstrates, clearly and simply, the techniques that put him in high demand as sideman for such legendary players as Joe Venuti, Jethro Burns and Vassar Clements. Swing Guitar Package Swing Guitar Package
Using swing blues as a starting point, Mike covers the basics of chord substitution, rhythm vamps, 10th chords, diminished chords, jump-style syncopations and funky 9th chord blues. He takes a close look at the often-overlooked right hand and introduces the vocabulary of classic swing chords that are guaranteed to add punch and style to your playing.
Mike spends a considerable amount of time on techniques that are designed to help you capture that elusive quality called “swing.”
Ably assisted by renowned Nashville fiddler Buddy Spicher and acoustic bassist Chris Enghauser, Mike uses the trio format to showcase the power of rhythm guitar in an ensemble setting.
In 1975, master fiddler Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play swing guitar and hired him for his first touring band. Since then, Mike, who refined his technique under the tutelage of the great George Barnes, has gone from accomplished sideman and session player to solo artist and composer of amazing versatility. Mike’s Homespun video “Bottleneck Blues & Beyond” shows that he is an especially effective teacher as well as a superb guitarist.
Infectious syncopations, hot soloing, lush chords….nothing captures the spirit of jazz better than swing. Mike Dowling has it down cold, and on this follow-up to “Swing Guitar: Rhythm’s Where It’s At,” he has put together a perfect lesson for any player interested in lead soloing and improvisation. Swing Guitar Package
Mike’s clear instructional style is easy to follow, and you’ll get great practice as you jam along with the rhythm parts he and David Hungate provide. Swing Guitar Package Swing Guitar Package
Starting at the beginning, Mike uses “Mary had a Little Lamb” to demonstrate how you can create a swing tune out of just about anything. He explains how to use chord shapes to give you the basis for moving around the neck, and how to take a basic melody and embellish it with arpeggios, riffs, pedal tones and other improvisational devices.
Swing players- this one’s for you. Now you can practice the classic lead line and improvisations you’ve been learning from Mike Dowling’s incredible swing guitar lessons, with back-up tracks played by Mike himself!
You’ll have a personal accompanist as Mike swings behind you on his powerful rhythm guitar. He plays the melody first, to refresh your memory as to how the tune goes, then gives you room to solo on your own.
As you play along with both slow-down and up-to-speed versions of ten hot swing tunes, you’ll develop your melodic sense, improvisational skills and knowledge of fingerboard. Before long, you will be ready to jump in and jam with a swing band.
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