What the Magazines
Have to Say About 5 Star School of Music
Guitar World Magazine
14 Blues Solos For Guitar-Book & CD Package
“One of the biggest problems with learning how to play the blues is knowing where to start. 5 Star’s 14 Blues Solos for Guitar offers 14 short, easy to digest, 12-bar blues solos designed to give the novice a secure foothold in the art of being down-and-out.
The package includes a book in which the 14 solos are presented in tablature and standard notation, and a CD recording of each solo set in a band arrangement.
The titles – “Back Beat Swing,” “Blues in 12/8,” “Boogie Woogie,” “Allman Blues,” etc. – give you an immediate idea of the materials diversity. Particularly impressive is how simple yet memorable and well composed, each example is.
It has become a clichéé to say of the blues that “less is more,” yet I can’t remember the last time someone has applied this philosophy so successfully to benefit the blues beginner.
As an added bonus, the book comes with concise and insightful guidelines for soloing. 5 Star gets four stars for creating such a fine book for the fledgling soloist.
This wonderful collection of licks will definitely set you on the road-crossroads-to becoming a true child of the Delta
Guitar School Magazine
14 Blues Rhythms & 14 Blues Solos For Guitar
“Ahh…the 12 bar blues. It’s essential to a good foundation in rock playing. Clapton, Hendrix, you name the player, even Yngwie Malmsteen says the blues influenced him.
The main purpose in Five Star’s book and recording packages is to provide you with a basic “feel” for the 12 bar blues. But they don’t want you to stop there.
What they really want, as in all of 5 Star Music’s publications is to have it serve as a launching point for you to get some ideas of how blues licks can be combined to form a complete musical statement.
With this under your belt, you can begin to create good solid blues and rock leads of your own based on the twelve bar blues.
The authors suggest that in order to use these books to there fullest that you start with the “Blues Rhythms For Guitar ” CD and booklet set. It is a wise tip, as it lays down a good foundation for you so you can do more as far as blues improvising goes.
This book and CD provide you with a wide variety of rhythms and feels to develop your rhythm skills. The CD provides a full rhythm section (guitar, bass, and drums) to solo with.
The concept of the shuffle feel (basics to blues) is well covered. This provides you with the foundation to do all types of blues style patterns.
As for the “14 Blues Solos For Guitar” book, the authors have laid down (on both the book and CD) 14 different stylized blues solos for you to digest. The book gives you the solos in both standard notation and tablature.
It also provides you a primer in guitar basics and techniques. The licks are well recorded and clearly written out. A nice addition to the “solos” book is a list of recommended listening.
I feel enough young players don’t have an appreciation for the older blues player from Blind Willie McTell to John Mayall, and this list is a welcome eye opener.”
Here’s What The
Educators Have to Say
“I have studied the materials sold by Five Star Music and have found them to be excellent, as well as unique. No other guitar lesson product that I’m familiar with has worked as hard as Five Star Music to develop books, CDs, and other instructional materials for students’ use.”
— David Hibbert,Teacher, M.A. Santa Clara Unified School District,Santa Clara, CA
“Five Star’s 14 Blues Solos and Rhythms For Guitar and Bass is required material in my classes and a staple in Sequoias Blues Combo repertoire. The examples are fun and functional. My students have incorporated the songs into their own bands for live gigs. This course works and I stand behind it 100%!
— Erik Dean, M.A., College Professor