Elvis Presley Guitar Play-Along DVD


The Hal Leonard Guitar Play-Along DVD series is an innovative approach to video guitar instruction. After the instructor talks about the tune and describes a few of the techniques, you have the option to choose any of three viewing options: Player's View with Tab (which simulates looking at your own guitar neck), Wide view with Tab (which is like sitting in front of the instructor), and Player's View with Pick Hand Close-Up (which gives you a top-down view of the neck, and a straight on view of the right hand). Each song has professionally recorded backing tracks in the genre and style of the lesson. You can turn the instructor's guitar volume on or off.


I checked out Volume 21, the Elvis Presley set, which has tunes form his Sun era and the RCA/Nashville era. The guitar work of the great Scotty Moore is featured on such classics as "All Shook Up", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Don't Be Cruel", "Hound Dog" and others. Chet Atkins played on "Heartbreak Hotel" and Hank Garland on "Little Sister". None of the guitarists are mentioned by name in the lessons, which I though was a bit odd. 


All of the transcriptions sounded very accurate, including the original atonal goof on the second "Hound Dog" solo. The tab is easy to follow along with and the instructor seems to know his material thoroughly. If you're looking to add a dash of Rock-a-billy spice to your repertoire, check it out.

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