this is how this book surprised me so much:,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The CAGED System and 100 Licks for Blues Guitar: Learn To Play The Blues Your Way! (Taschenbuch)
I really like this book.
I expected it to be an average because it was not very expensive, but as it turned out I got a book which I think is certainly one of the very best.
Let me explain it a little bit.
I learned the "boxes" which is nothing else as a pentatonic scale which is pretty much the same thing what Joseph explain as CAGED system. This is the easy part. And as soon as you can play the pentatonic scale plus the curl notes, plus the blues notes, you develop a real hunger for licks. Just as they say: the scales are the letters, the licks are the words - and if you put the words one after the other you got the story - you got your solo part. So I have spent a lot of time searching for licks on Youtube.
And I can tell you: you can find a lot if you know how to search for it but then at some point you want to have more and better and quicker - so I started to search for books I could buy. One of my first nearly instinctive searches was on Amazon and then I chose a nice looking and not very expensive book, so I didn't really expect anything special.
And this is how this book surprised me so much. The book is really a masterpiece in balance and precise teaching. Very simple and yet sufficient. The licks are beautiful and what's more they are very authentic - something you really need at the beginning.
And the best thing is his method of putting the licks already into the "sentences", into sweet little solos. So what you learn additionally is not only the 100 words - the 100 licks - but also how to put them together and when. This is really good. It really make a huge difference. And so I just want to thank the author Joseph Alexander for this book, for his clever method and I just wish he would give as another 100 licks soon.