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Little Grey Wolf
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The Dictionary of Strum and Picking Patterns is an excellent reference for all the major styles of rythym and finger picking patterns in all the major styles of popular music.
This is an excellent book for the guitarist who wants to be able to backup the vast majority of, if not all, popular music they will ever encounter. This is also an excellent book for the song writer/guitarist who wants to be able to compose in any popular style of music. Just go to the table of contents, pick the musical style you want, go to that chapter, either pick the pattern you want to use out of the table of contents or try them one by one until one speaks to you, listen to the cd, get it down then start writing that song, practice backing up songs that use it, create your own pattern or...
The book itself, in addition to a section on equipment and an introduction that briefly covers some strumming and finger picking techniques, contains chapters on blues (sections on the shuffle, rag, Texas, hoochie coochie man, boogie, boogie/rock and urban styles), rock (basic, shuffle, rock boogie, rock boogie shuffle, bo diddley style, hi-heel sneakers, rock/funk, 6/8, 6/8 arpeggio, reggae, latin, swamp, rockabilly, ballad), R&B/Funk/Soul (sections on sparse soul, basic soul, uptight funk, sliding funk, funk ballad, disco/scratch, soul shuffle, soul 6/8), metal punk and grunge (sections on power chords, metal riff w/sustain, metal rock riff, fast muted metal lick, metal boogie, metal open string, funk/metal, punk), country (bluegrass, carter style, country, honky tonk, bluegrass waltz, country waltz, travis style, banjo roll, cajun) and folk (ballad arpeggio, waltz arpeggio, calypso, basic, march). Strum patterns are written using rythym slashes. Finger picking patterns are written using tablature and standard music notation. At the end of each chapter are references to similar patterns in other chapters.
The cd contains a brief example of every pattern in the book. Each pattern in the book has a numbered reference to its cd track.
I would have given this book five stars if each example on the cd were at least three times longer and the book was in a guitar case book format (4 1/2" x 12"). Other than that, excellent guitar resource. If I could only buy one book on strumming and finger picking, this one would be it.