I am working on a 2nd edition of Blues You Can Use, and I'd like some input. The new edition will have video, in addition to the audio CD. I'm not sure how many clips I will ultimately be able to have, or how long they will be (all is in the very early planning stages) but I'd like to know what you all would like to see in a video. It will also be included with the E-book version.
One other thing: I know of errors in the book that I now can have corrected (never thought I'd be able to). So, if you know of any misprints or outright errors or confusing parts, please let me know here.
Any help would be appreciated. It's not often you get to ask your readers for help like this.
Those are very exciting news - thank you for sharing them and offering us the chance to provide feedback.
One use of video clips could be to show some of the tips you give in private lessons, but which aren't easily communicated on paper. Of course it depends on what level of maturity you expect of your readers; I started with very limited experience, so I would benefit from small technical demos for different lessons (finger placement for tricky chords, bends, pull-offs, etc.).
Suggestions for practice routines could also be extremely valuable. A video clip will offer some consolidation advice - when am I good enough to move on?
A last suggestion would be to include some anecdotal material, your inspiration for the studies, masters of a specific style, etc. It would be wonderful to see you play signature riffs or archetypical tunes for a specific genre. Perhaps as an introduction to different lessons?
I am enjoying BUCY tremendously, and I am eagerly looking to forward more news about a 2nd edition.
nice to hear from you, all the more if it comes with those exciting new.
I already listed in another thread on which topics I'd wish you'd give some further input (in-depth looks at Turnarounds, the building of motives and call and response exercises, alternative blues forms and hints to original songs to workon/transcribe that suits the lesson's content in order to build up repertoire), but I guess you either already included that partly in a revision of BYCU or decided this should rather belong somewhere else.
However, what I'd really love would be the addition of the notated BYCU rhythm parts (you already posted some here on the website, so you wouldn't even have to start from scratch). I guess this now goes into the sphere of marketing, but maybe even the BYCU backing tracks could be included here instead being on an extra CD (I guess you'd go for the DVD format because of the video clips,anyway) I think such a 'spiced up' newer version would not only attract lots of new customers but even encourage those who already have the 1st edition to also purchase the new book. Another thing: I found some of the licks quite challenging, maybe a little more guidance in terms of how to play them rhythmically properly would prove most helpful...
That's exciting news John! I think one thing most of the people on the site can agree on is that we have problems getting our bends to the proper pitch. Some general tips, exercises and/or practice routines to help people with that would be great. Also a video example of how to end a bend by "letting up very slightly on the pressure on the string", and do it in time and in rhythm would be very helpful.
As others have said, transcriptions of the rhythm parts of all the songs would be great as well.
One thing I was always a bit foggy about in Blues You Can Use is the use of sixths in a solo - can I just play the interval a sixth above (or below) any note in the pentatonic scale, or do I need to look at which ones correspond to chord tones? A bit more explanation of that would be useful for people who want to use that technique in their own playing.
Also with songs like Rockin' and Rollin', there's a very big jump in speed between the slow version and the full tempo version; another version maybe halfway in between would be nice for people trying to gradually work it up to speed.
With the video, you could give some info on right hand position - should your hand move up and down across the bridge as you go from the high to the low strings, should you try to keep the pick parallel to the strings or at an angle, how far should the pick move when picking a string, etc. Left hand position - should your thumb be wrapped around the top of the fretboard, or in the center of the back of the neck, and how should that position change when you're playing single note lines with bends vs. playing chords. Is it okay to cradle the neck in the palm of your hand while playing some chords, and have your thumb in the center of the back of the neck when playing other chords? Some basic technique info like that would be valuable for those of us who have never taken lessons.
sir you have done a great job , having written one of the very best beginner-driven book(bycu)for blues and rock players . i will be very happy to have a new bycu . Also i am studying the stuff from bycu and i have a bit trouble about the song "delta child".Is something wrong in the seventh measure ? there should be 12 quavers in this measure but i dont think there are or it is my fault for counting wrongly .would you mind tell me what is the problem .thanks
sorry for my english which is not my native language .
Hi, I am enjoying the course as well. I am working through another course as well that has video, what it like is it has a slow version and a standard speed version. This is very helpful, for example I am practicing lesson two and the rythm I am hearing doesn't seem to match the tab, a slow video would afford the opportunity to see what I can't hear. Love the practice tracks, and including the backing track would nice also, maybe only in the key of the material then selling the other keys as extra down loads individually. Ditto on video up close hand position.
one last thought, is having the material available for down load or streaming through an access code that comes with the book to make it easier to use you mobile device. I use an ipad to view videos and play the practice and backing.
I second what Coleso said about the seventh measure in "Delta Child" - we need clarification on how to count that measure (I think the current printed notation is either erroneous or too confusing).
One thing I would add on a wish list would be some second and third verses on some of the songs. I think this would help us students build more performances and to understand better how multiple solo variations can be played over a progression. I've also thought this kind of thing could work well as "bonus" material for solos to play over the various rhythms in Blues Rhythms You Can Use.
I second Bruce's suggestion of second and third verses on some of the lesson songs. "Three Ways To Say It" in your Jazzin' The Blues book is a great example. Another example from the book is "Too, Too Smooth," and "Too, Too Smooth, Revisited." It was helpful to learn the same tune but with different phrasing.
Thanks for the input. I am considering it all. With regard to "Delta Child," there is a small, but obviously confusing error. The 2nd quarter note in measure 7 should be dotted, giving it the value of 3 eighth notes (3 beats in 12/8). The triplet 1/16th note figure that follows, starts on beat 7.
That hopefully will be corrected in the 2nd edition. Thanks for pointing it out.
Thanks ,i was thinking that the second quarter should be dotted. and i also want to know that if "The(three) triplet 1/16th note" is equal to two quarter ? if not it may bring error on the latter half measure.
Post by wannaplayblues on Jun 24, 2014 2:53:23 GMT -6
If I may, I'd like to make a couple of suggestions...
1. My copy of BYCU has staples in it - which is AWESOME. It allows the book to open flat and stay open nicely. My copy of Blues Rhythms You Can Use is glue-bound(?) and wont lay flat and is harder to work from, requiring pages to be bent and creased to stay open. So, is it possible to continue to have it staple-bound (or even spiral-bound) so that it stays more helpful for students? Found a spiral-bound edition on ebay - seems quite old : www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Blues-You-Can-Use-by-John-Ganapes/161340068992
2. More personal real-world examples. By that I mean, in Blues Rhythms You Can Use Lesson 1 you have a section entitled "Fret-Hand Relief Tricks" where you make mention of playing the basic spread with Percy Strother. I like these mentions and real-world things because it helps me to equate what I'm doing to a real-world playing scenario. Sometimes practicing a piece makes me feel like I'm doing it because the book says so; little mentions like this can make all the difference to me.
"I hear you talkin' son, but you 'aint sayin' nothin'" - Will McFarlane quoting Muddy Waters hearing a really fast guitar player
yes definitely the cd should be with the with lead and then without format hey what the heck with lead and without rhythm lol why not? its good enough .The video should show chord grips/fingerings with explanations where and why . Chris UK
John not sure the topic is still active, but I received several other books MBYCU, BRYCU, and Blues Licks. Anyway I noticed that the font on the tab is a bit small. For us old farts that wear glasses a little bit larger font on the tab would be nice. The size is so small I cant actually read the tab and play even with my glasses on.