Epiphone's number one selling model is more than just about the price. The Epiphone LP Special II is a great way for beginners to get started on guitar with real Les Paul tone and feel. But seasoned pros love the Special II also because it's a great-sounding, workhorse guitar that lets them leave their more expensive axes at home.The authentic LP power starts with an all-Mahogany, trademarked Les Paul body with a bolted-on '1960's' SlimTaper(TM) Mahogany neck featuring a Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay. The Special II is voiced by a pair of hot open-coil Epiphone 700T and 650R Humbucker pickups, giving it massive, unmistakable Les Paul tone. Like all of Epiphone's electric guitars, it comes standard-equipped with 500K potentiometers for the master volume and master tone controls, plus Epiphone's heavy-duty 3-way pickup selector toggle switch and exclusive non-rotating heavy-duty output jack. This value-champ also now features Nickel hardware including the Epiphone LockTone(TM) locking Tune-o-matic bridge and Stop-bar tailpiece for amazing sustain and even more mind-blowing value. It comes in your choice of Ebony, White, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Vintage Sunburst finishes and also in a special Wine Red version with black hardware. There is even a left-handed version in Heritage Cherry Sunburst or Vintage Sunburst finishes for southpaws.The Epiphone LP Special II comes with the famous Epiphone Lifetime Limited Warranty, featuring Gibson 24/7/360 Customer Service and Support and warrants the instrument against defects in materials or workmanship.
Designed to motivate and inspire students, Guitar Sherpa's innovative learning systems employ a hands-on, contextual format. Students 'play' their way through Guitar Sherpa curriculum rather than working through tedious examples and exercises.Trey Alexander, winner of Guitar Player's Guitar Superstar award, opens up his big bag of improvisational, theoretical and technical chops to reveal the blazing techniques and high-level concepts that he has cultivated over years of intensive study, live performances and a tenacious dedication to his craft.Atomic Rock guides your development of the essential skills needed to succeed in today's modern rock arena. You'll learn fretboard navigation concepts and a variety of right and left hand techniques to facilitate easy movement both vertically and horizontally across the neck. Trey also drills down on a wide range of improvisational skills that will help you develop strong melodic statements and distinctive rhythmic grooves.Atomic Rock covers a broad range of modern rock concepts, including Trey's award-winning 'Modern Equivalent'. This course is designed to expose you to the variety of contemporary grooves, rhythmic patterns, techniques, phrasing and theoretical approaches that today's rock Guitarist must master. You'll work through ballads, up-tempo power grooves and jazz rock styles and also study expressive devices such as legato, tapping, sweep-picking and the use of harmonics to enhance a tune's melodic structure, avoiding shred for shred's sake.Atomic Rock is a hands-on playing course - you'll be rockin' out from the very first lesson and will quickly develop a raging addiction to your Atomic Rock practice sessions. Hands-On Learning Tools included with Atomic Rock Guitar: Text Lesson Guide, Standard Notation, Guitar Tab, Power Tab Files, Power Tab Software, Practice Rhythm Tracks, Bonus Material. Secure PIN enclosed in DVD package for quick and secure download of learning tools.
Rev. Gary Davis was an incredible ragtime guitar player. His arrangements illustrate what has become known as the Piedmont guitar style. As a young man Rev. Davis played in a string band with the legendary Willie Walker. Several of the tunes featured on this double DVD lesson come from Walker's repertoire, i.e. Make Believe Stunt. Rev. Davis used to talk about Blind Blake's sportin' right hand and you can hear this influence in all of Rev. Davis's ragtime playing. These are challenging and difficult multipart arrangements. Ernie Hawkins teaches each section phrase by phrase and carefully shows you the right hand picking as well as the left hand fingerings that were unique to Rev. Davis's approach. You will be able to easily follow the instruction with the tab/music booklet. Also featured are split screen segments where each section is played slowly and you can study the movements of each hand. As a bonus we have included various audio performances of Rev. Davis playing each song.
'The Open D Tuning (D A D F# A D), also referred to as the Vestapol tuning, is a powerful and evocative tuning that was widely used by guitarists in the 1920s to play country blues, ballads, rags and folk tunes. In this lesson I focus on arranging five of my favorite blues melodies in Vestapol plus an original instrumental.The religious tune When I Lay My Burden Down was in the repertoire of both Black and White traditional guitarists. I have arranged it in an Elizabeth Cotten/Mississippi John Hurt style. The beautiful blues Goin' To Germany was recorded by the Cannon's Jug Stompers in the 1920s. I have always wanted to find the right setting for this melodic country blues and the Vestapol tuning gave me the feel and textures that I was looking for. Sam McGee played guitar behind Uncle Dave Macon when he recorded, I've Got The Morning Blues in Vestapol. This is a fun tune to play and leads nicely in to Hesitation Blues, a song recorded by many artists. My arrangement tries to combine a sliding jug sound with some funky blues licks. Peg Leg Howell's Skin Game Blues is a rare example of an early blues song with three distinct sections. Peg Leg played this with a bottleneck but for our arrangement we will rely on our fingers to make the notes sing out.We finish the lesson with Innocence Abroard. An original instrumental that ties together the right and left hand techniques we have studied.A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD. Each tune is taught phrase by phrase and played slowly on a split-screen. Bonus audio tracks of the original 1920s recordings are included. These are the records I first heard that influenced me to rearrange the melodies to the Vestapol tuning.' Stefan Grossman
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