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Finding Robert Johnson: The Official Guide to the CrossGuitarTM Method & Secret Devil Tuning

Finding Robert Johnson: The Official Guide to the CrossGuitarTM Method & Secret Devil Tuning by Gene Roebuck

ISBN10: 0976446219
ISBN13: 978-0976446217
Author: Gene Roebuck
Book title: Finding Robert Johnson: The Official Guide to the CrossGuitarTM Method & Secret Devil Tuning
Publisher: Earmark Publishing; 1 edition (March 3, 2006)
Language: English
Category: Music
Size PDF: 1463 kb
Size ePub: 1574 kb
Size Fb2: 1412 kb
Rating: 4.1/5
Votes: 291
Pages: 110 pages

Finding Robert Johnson: The Official Guide to the CrossGuitarTM Method & Secret Devil Tuning by Gene Roebuck



Finding Robert Johnson is the Official Guide to an unorthodox guitar-playing method named CrossGuitar and an unprecedented tuning method named secret devil tuning, both discovered by the author while listening to the recordings by the Mississippi Delta blues artist, Robert Johnson.

Reviews

Barit
This is an interesting book because: 1. It recaps one man's relentless research into exactly how Robert Johnson tuned his guitar to achieve his unique sound. 2. It gives specific tuning, fingering and capo information for each of Robert Johnson's 27 recorded songs.

It is a rather short book divided into basically three parts. The first part is a fairly well know recap of Robert Johnson's short life as a musician. If you have not already read about Johnson's life, this is a good source.

The second part of the book covers how the author approached the study and analysis of each song to discover the particular tuning Johnson used for it. This took the author a tremendous amount of patience since his only resource were the recordings.

The third part of the book addresses the playing of each song. This includes: The specific guitar tuning to be used (there are five different tunings in the book), the key for the song (i.e. capo location) and finally the fingering to be used. Now, the fingering charts are not in what you would normally call a guitar tab. Instead, each note is listed as a series of numbers and x's (XXX760) would indicate that you fret the 4th string on the 7th fret, the 5th string on the 6th string and the 6th string open). While this is not traditional tab notation, it is understandable and can be transcribed onto a tab editor with a little effort. A nice touch is that the author includes the intro fingering for each song, the rhythm, the turnaround and the ending. Pretty complete instructions even if a bit unconventional.

Obviously, a tab of any sort will not indicate the specific playing style to be used. For this you will have to listen to the original recordings. Fortunately, these are readily available to download from YouTube or other on line sources.

As noted, this is a small book (about 100 pages), but the information necessary to play every one of Robert Johnson's songs is there. Learning to play those 27 songs should keep even an accomplished musician busy for many, many months if not longer. That makes the book a real value if you're interested in learning to play these songs in an authentic style.

I'm glad I came across this book and should I ever loose it, I would quickly re-order.

Kitaxe
Very good book. Haven't been able to spend too much time on it. It pretty much works out like cross harp (eg. C harp to suck blues in G). Worth it if you have time and energy to spend on this. Hopefully in the not too distant future I will find the time.


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