Shady Grove: Acoustic Guitar Solos by Jerry Garcia
|The "Shady Grove: Acoustic Guitar Solos by Jerry Garcia," Dix Bruce transcribed all the melodies, lyrics and chords to all the songs (13 official cuts as well as one bonus "mystery" cut) plus all of Jerry's guitar solos and several of his backup parts presented in both standard notation and tablature. It's a great collection of Americana songs played and sung with wit, soul and sincerity. Learn to play them all!
The mandolin book with David’s solos is also available! The book includes David Grisman's mandolin solos from the "Shady Grove" CD. It does not contain melodies or lyrics like the guitar book. (See below.)
1. Shady Grove, 2. Stealin’, 3. Off to Sea Once More, 4. The Sweet Sunny South, 5. Louis Collins, 6. Fair Ellender, 7. Jackaroo, 8. Casey Jones, 9. Dreadful Wind and Rain, 10. I Truly Understand, 11. The Handsome Cabin Boy, 12 Whiskey in the Jar, 13. Down in the Valley, 14. Mystery Bonus track.
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Shady Grove: Acoustic Guitar Solos
Like someone who thinks a manual is more suggested reading material than it is instructional scripture, I skipped straight to my pre-determined test drive "Jackaroo" (a.k.a. "Jack-a-row"). With guitar and remote in hand, I cued up the track on my CD player. Several things became quickly apparent: 1) Jerry's seemingly effortless lines belie their actual complexity; 2) I’m clearly better served in front of a computer than a microphone; and 3) with a little practice and patience, and Dix Bruce's help, you, too, can play... like Jerry Garcia.
One of the nice things about "Shady Grove" is that the book doesn’t just leave you to your own devices, giving you sheets of music and nothing more. Instead, each song has accompanying tips, tricks, pearls of wisdom that serve as a running commentary to help the reader better understand what Garcia is doing...Another nice touch is that on tracks such as "The Sweet Sunny South," Dix transcribes Garcia's banjo parts so we six-stringers don’t feel neglected.
... should appeal to players at just about any level. For beginners, who are likely to be concentrating on learning songs in general, "Shady Grove" is a resource they can grow into, learning the chord progressions and overall feel of the songs at first, and later tackling the lead lines when they’re ready. Those who will find the most utility in the book, however, will be intermediate players looking to bolster their lead skills, as well as more advanced players who wish to expand their repertoire to include folk and bluegrass lines.
Review from Dirty Linen magazine, Oct/Nov 2001
"ambitious...offers a revealing, and relatively accessible, point of entry for those wanting to gain familiarity with Garcia's...playing."
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