A continuation of the sound established on his Alligator debut, I Smell Smoke is even more impressive than its much-heralded predecessor. While vocally Michael Burks still invites comparison to Albert King, especially on gospel-fried ballads like "Lie to Me" (the Flying V guitar he sports on this album's cover shot further reinforces the similarities between the two artists), his guitar work has become more electrified and confident. With a tone sounding at times like Eric Clapton's psychedelic work in Cream and a rugged four-piece band supporting him, this is a tough, uncompromising contemporary blues/blues-rock/R&B album that doesn't pull punches. Co-produced and mixed by veteran Jim Gaines, the sound is professional but not polished, with Burks' strong persona commanding attention. However, the songs – which are far above average – are as important as the performance. Mostly written by outside sources, Burks avoids the crowd-pleasing covers that populate his live shows, instead digging into obscure tunes such as Latimore's "Let the Doorknob Hit You," delivering them with his gutsy punch.
The Afro-Cuban Big Band Play-Along DVD gives the drummer/percussionist an opportunity to play contemporary Afro-Cuban music in a big band setting. Playing tunes from the Latin Grammy-winning group Afro-Bop Alliance, drummer Joe McCarthy focuses on three of the predominant groove categories of mainstream Afro-Cuban music: mambo, cha-cha-cha and 6/8 Afro-Cuban. State-of-the-art camera work gives an in-depth look at Joe’s multi-level approach to playing these exciting rhythms, while his focused, straight-ahead concepts take the mystery out of applying these grooves to the music of today. The DVD features play-along tracks (minus the drums), an E-book containing the complete charts and examples demonstrated on the DVD, and bonus tracks of additional tunes from Afro-Bop Alliance.
In the traditional SongXpress style, your instructor will give you step-by-step instruction to have you playing all the chords and familiar melody lines allowing you to impress family and friends in no time. Everyone will think you've been playing guitar for years!
You the tools you need to get over the musical speed bumps – without crashing and burning as you go. It’s all a matter of getting your right- and left-hand mechanics working correctly, and Steve has powerful advice and well-thought-out exercises to help you. Using tunes like "Old Joe Clark," "Soldier’s Joy" and "Big Mon" as drills, Steve works on your hand and pick coordination and shows how to practice for best results. Tips on left-hand fretting positions (keep a light touch, very little skin on the back of the guitar neck), combined with how to hold and move your picking hand (use a wide swing with proper depth of pick; right hand should act as metronome or pendulum) help solve mechanical failures that often slow you down.
Learn the fine art of backing Celtic tunes on guitar! The rhythmic center of one of today's hottest Irish bands (Solas) demonstrates the strumming patterns, bass lines, accents and syncopations that he uses to drive a tune forward. You'll discover how adding minor chords and other substitutions add interest to a basic three-chord tune, and will be playing both simple and complex accompaniments to more than a dozen great reels, jigs and hompipes.
A high-octane course in Scruggs-style banjo. Tony Trischka will take your playing up to the next level with a host of terrific tunes and invaluable instruction. Learn some of the traditional instrumentals that form the essential repertoire for every aspiring picker. Discover the inner workings of each tune, and how to employ rolls, chokes, slides and inversions to achieve an authentic Bluegrass sound.
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3 is a Blu-ray containing 50 shorts on 2 discs with special features. It was released for Blu-ray on August 12, 2014
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2 is a Blu-ray and DVD box set by Warner Home Video released on October 16, 2012. It contains 50 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.