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post Jul 3 2010, 04:20 AM
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Has anyone purchased / used the Andy James Learn Shred Guitar in 6 Weeks DVD set over there at Lick Library? (I hope I'm not getting myself in trouble by referencing that site here biggrin.gif).

http://www.licklibrary.com/store/andy-jame...ek-16-6-dvd-set

Curious if anyone has a review to share on whether it's any more/less worth it than any other DVD on the market.

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post Jul 3 2010, 04:30 AM
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Anything Andy James does is worth buying.......that dude is a BEAST. I have a few of his DVD's....although not this one......and the DVD's are AWESOME!!!! smile.gif
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post Jul 3 2010, 05:12 AM
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QUOTE (lcsdds @ Jul 2 2010, 08:30 PM) *
Anything Andy James does is worth buying.......that dude is a BEAST. I have a few of his DVD's....although not this one......and the DVD's are AWESOME!!!! smile.gif


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post Jul 3 2010, 05:17 AM
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I have almost everything that he has ever come out with. It's great and fast paced. But i still play slow which is a reflection of me not putting enough time. And also goes to prove that we can buy the BEST instructional dvd out there but it aint' gonna do squat if we dont put in the time to practice it/ drill it. I cant play 80% of the stuff in them. If one is practical then I believe there is plenty of material already available which is enough to practice/ study. But if one wants to invest in the wow factor of merely 'watching' and maybe pickin up a few very expensive (most probably already heard) tips OR is VERY serious to develop a plan on how to study from these DVD's and sticking to it, no matter what ... then go for it smile.gif ... Sadly, most people watch instructional vids as a documentary nowdays.

I buy his dvd's more so coz im a fan. Danny Gill is a better teacher. I recommend his DVD's too.

p.s - Your subject heading 'full shred ahead' is his web lesson series which is different to this dvd set.


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post Jul 3 2010, 05:45 AM
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All Andy's play awesome.. so to get awesomeness, change your names to Andy. biggrin.gif


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post Jul 3 2010, 05:52 AM
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haha. wrong title, and o.k.
Christian "Andy" biggrin.gif


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post Jul 3 2010, 08:28 AM
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I was actually came across this not so long ago, looked very interesting DVD Set and actually helpfully laid out step-by-step. I might get it and start learn shreding heh smile.gif

Let me know if it's good and what kind of level of playing required!

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post Jul 3 2010, 08:34 AM
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QUOTE (Azzaboi @ Jul 3 2010, 12:28 AM) *
I was actually came across this not so long ago, looked very interesting DVD Set and actually helpfully laid out step-by-step. I might get it and start learn shreding heh smile.gif

Let me know if it's good and what kind of level of playing required!


I purchased week 5 of the set but will take a week to get... I'll let you know what I think of it when I get a chance to watch.

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post Jul 13 2010, 08:11 PM
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Just a followup - I recieved the DVD yesterday and watched it. Frankly, it's just another instructional DVD - the series, in my estimation, is geared towards leading you thru all the modes, both pentatonic and scales, then the instructor gives a demo of how they can be played (stepping you thru the licks he applies) to a backing track.

In the DVD I got, he gives 4 licks at the end of the DVD used by Yngvie. The other DVDs do the same thing, I believe, except using another artist like Paul Gilbert licks, etc.

Andy burns thru each lesson, quickly - I think what is expected is that you have to rely on rewinding because he's just trying to cover everything quickly - if you miss something - rewind.

Another thing, every note he shows in a lick, he says "Letter string, Fret number", so if he shows a lick consisting of 15 notes, expect to hear him say (very quickly), "A String, 10th fret", "A string 12th fret", then down to "G String 10th fret", etc. for the whole lick. Which is fine, but having to listen to him say that for every note gets really monotonous and difficult to hear the note he is actually playing. I found it irritating.

I won't be getting any of the other DVDs as I think anything you would want to learn is readily available on this site. The only up-side to the series is getting to watch Andy shred - he really is amazingly fast, but he has a really awkward playing style IMO. He uses his first three fingers for all 3 note per string scales and for his pentatonic runs, using his little finger only on some transitions where I think he has no choice because of the distance of a transitional note. The backing tracks he uses for his real-time examples is blazing fast, so it's definitely not for beginners if you're trying to play along, but the subject matter itself is for 1st and 2nd year students.

At one point he actually said, "so you probably won't be able to play this fast, but if you practice it slowly, you'll get faster over time and then be able to play it...". Whatever, lol.

Ok, so I hope this helps - in summary - everything you need to learn is on this site - it's just not clear where to find it all unless you already know what you're searching for. Personally, had I seen this DVD, I wouldn't have purchased it. But it is fun watch Andy play.

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post Jul 13 2010, 10:49 PM
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Well honestly it looked quite advance for me so I looked at 'Lick Library - Danny Gill's Rock Guitar In 6 Weeks' instead, which seems the same type of idea, except the basic. Also spread across 6 DVDs.

I would say so far it's simple but good, it really starts off with the basic but explains things and build on them clearly. Danny Gill is a good instructor who slows down and explains (rather than an awesome speedy guitarist who inspires a lot but doesn't explain). Rather than a wow factor, it gives you a good grounding.

Learning the licks like Slash along with the theory and scales which created it is a good way for me to understand.

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Another thing, every note he shows in a lick, he says "Letter string, Fret number", so if he shows a lick consisting of 15 notes, expect to hear him say (very quickly), "A String, 10th fret", "A string 12th fret", then down to "G String 10th fret", etc. for the whole lick. Which is fine, but having to listen to him say that for every note gets really monotonous and difficult to hear the note he is actually playing. I found it irritating.

I agree, these DVDs have the same issue, you have to follow the DVD carefully and pause it a lot to follow, but he does also recap some of it. It really need a tab book to go with it!

Lick Library - Danny Gill's Rock Guitar In 6 Weeks (not the shred one)
Rate: 7.5/10 (great for beginner/immediate rock guitarist and improving advance guitarist which want to relearn the basics)

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post Jul 14 2010, 04:37 AM
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Yes, all these DVDs are just inspirational / motivational stuff. I have seen so many videos in YouTube and DVDs and I think its just a way to make some money for these best guitar players. smile.gif Most people will look at it once or twice then stack it in the shelf. I did the same. The best teacher I have found till date is Paul Gilbert and I watch his videos on YouTube very often than any others.

So, my point is all these videos really lacks what you are looking for as a beginner or intermediate player. These guys just seem to shred and make you feel "you really can't do it". These DVDs hide the fact that they practiced 16 hours a day for years and got to that level. We just want to get to that level fast and we don't really devote time for that. We think following the DVD fully should get us to that level as well and then demotivation and other factors come into play.

GMC worked best for me because I watched Kris's sloppy playing and the fact that he actually was convincing every beginner player like me that I could do it if I practiced hard. He kept on saying in his videos that you gotta practice it this way and you are probably play it this way in the beginning, etc.. just like I used to do. And of course he was funny as well. smile.gif

So, bottom line is instructors really need to focus on grasping the interest of the learners than grabbing the money. biggrin.gif And I hate videos that say, here is slow (and he is shredding).. and a little fast and he is striking lighting fast. biggrin.gif But probably thats what they can do in that short amount of time for the video.

Anyway, the bottom line is its all gonna depend on how much time you can put in practicing. DVDs might help you boost your motivation but unless you practice, nothings gonna change. GMC or any other site has already tonnes of learning materials. You just have to dedicate yourself into guitar playing. smile.gif

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post Jul 14 2010, 04:32 PM
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Oh, I watched quite a lot Andey James instructionals, besides of being great musician he is very good instructor, you can't go wrong with Andy...


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post Jul 14 2010, 05:00 PM
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I just watched this guy on youtube and he shreds mean. Is that an LTD he's playing?


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post Jul 14 2010, 05:28 PM
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QUOTE (Zsolt Galambos @ Jul 14 2010, 05:00 PM) *
I just watched this guy on youtube and he shreds mean. Is that an LTD he's playing?

Just like your I think Zsolt.....except black. I think he is getting a signature model but I could be wrong.....and probably am..... laugh.gif
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