Bottleneck Blues and Beyond - DVD 1

Mike Dowling
110-minute DVD, Includes tab book
  • Code:DLDOWGT21
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)
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Guitarist Mike Dowling has made a lesson detailing the slide technique that he has mastered during his long and fruitful career. Whether you're a fingerpicker ready to incorporate the slide or a slide player looking for new challenges, this lesson is a must. East coast style Piedmont blues is Mike's forte, and in this comprehensive, articulate lesson workshop he helps you negotiate the pitfalls as well as the possibilities inherent in fingerpicking, bottleneck style.

Mike loves nothing better than making an old song sound new and he'll teach you how to do just that with techniques that are guaranteed to add creativity to your playing. Using traditional blues examples as well as his own original compositions, Mike never loses sight of the melody as he explores often overlooked techniques that are sure to enhance your slide playing. You'll learn how to incorporate fretted chord forms with your slide work and crisp right-hand patterns that will keep it all moving along. Mikes teaches new turnarounds and syncopations, damping techniques for the right- and left-hand, and refinements for vibrato that will make even the simplest lines sound musical. Using primarily D tuning, Mike teaches non-bottleneck tunes he's adapted to the bottleneck, including Mean Ol' Frisco, Stranger Here,  and Tampa Red's Boogie Woogie Dance in addition to his own Swamp Dog Blues, and the haunting Jan's Song.

Student Review:

"I been enjoying the Mike Dowling "Bottleneck Blues and Beyond"video for about a month. The video has the ability to make it seem as if Mike is right there in the living room. I'm very impressed with the quality of the information in the lessons.... Thanks for making this video available." -- Ray Baker

"Hi Mike! Just a few words of thanks for making the Bottleneck video. I bought it about a year ago and out of all the videos I have, I have to say it is the best! Your teaching has really brought me on leaps and bounds. I was listening to your version of "Key to the Highway" on CD and I was able to pick up some of the movements off the video and now I can play it. It is a brilliant version. Thanks once again." -- Steve Thompson (by email)


Adam Antal 2 years, 1 month ago

I was looking for material to learn OPEN tunings for years and finally Mike Dowling taught me everything I wanted to know! This DVD is great for OPEN D:
Swamp Dog Blues, Boogie Woogie Dance and Stranger Here are three completely different "styles" (in blues). Jan's Song is also in D but it is really similar to Swamp Dog blues but shows you few more tricks in that mindset. Everything is well taught and showed in complete and broken down in sections from multiple camera angle - which you cannot change it's preset/cut.
Regarding Open G Mean Ol Frisco is not too exciting but good to know. The only other Open G in this DVD is the G version of Stranger Here so you get to learn that in both keys.
All in all the DVD, the songs and Mike Dowling is the best. Only one area of opportunity though is the written material. The tabs are good but not always exactly the same what Mike shows. Also not everything is tabbed. Mike shows Amazing Grace (with slide unlike his album version) and That Train That Carried My Girl From Town and an Eight Bar Blues really quick as a idea or small sample and they are not tabbed at all. Sure you can get it from the DVD but it would be more comfortable to have the tab.
Anyway this is the best tuition DVD I ever watched. I instantly became a Mike Dowling fan, already downloaded bunch of his music from itunes - he's the best! Thank you!

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