Mike Dowling's Roadmap to Creative Guitar Arranging

Mike Dowling

Simple Concepts for Advanced Playing

90-minute DVD, includes tablature
  • Code:DLDOWRM21
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)
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Master musician Mike Dowling shows you, step-by-step, how to develop unique guitar arrangements for your favorite tunes. Using easily accessible fretboard techniques, he teaches, analyses and deconstructs his creative process to spark new ideas in your playing. 

This lesson is filled with tips and musical advice that will forever change the way you approach your guitar. Mike’s bottom line is to help you “think outside the box,” whether playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star; Mississippi John Hurt’s classic See See Rider; Doc Watson’s iconic Deep River Blues; the big-band swing tune Evenin’; or the gorgeous Mexican popular song Maria Elena. You’ll learn how to use open and altered tunings, bottleneck-slide accents, fretboard harmonies, picking techniques, chord vamps and many other important skills to enrich and enhance these and every song you play. 

Mike’s “roadmap” provides the tools and ideas to get you on your way. Your job will be to access your imagination, incorporating the things he shows you as you bring your songs to life. Then you’ll truly have command of your instrument and your songs will garner attention and respect.

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Adam Antal 1 year, 10 months ago

A truly great dvd if you want to understand alternate tunings better.
See See Rider - MD shows two versions in standard tuning before explaining how to put it into open D. The latter version gets more detailed attention the first two is only played once, but they are tabbed.
Deep River Blues - Again quickly showed in STD (Doc Watson and Delmore Brothers originals) then transcribed to open E (D with capo). Mike shows lots of great riffs and nuances in the open tuning. But he does not play it with slide like he does on his album version. As an example for similarity I am a Pilgrim is showed.
Evenin' is more swing than blues and the majority of the lesson is in STD. If you're interested in spicing up your every day blues chords it's fantastic. Eventually it is briefly shown how to play it in open Em. As an untabbed example Wayfaring stranger and Summertime is demonstrated in open Em and Summertime and St James Infirmary in standard.
Maria Elena is the last song and it is in Open G6 tuning: Open G with a raised 6th string (up to E). This one is too Spanish for my taste but still a good lesson with lots of "not your typical blues" passages and chords in open tuning.

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