Fingerstyle Revisionist: Adagio Songbook by Adrian Legg & Truefire.com
Author: Adrian Legg
Style: Acoustic Fingerstyle
Level: Late Beginner / Intermediate
Length: 3 hr, 41 mins
Features: Tabs/Notation as .pdf & .gp5 files
Course Link: Fingerstyle Revisionist: Adagio Songbook
- Queenie’s Waltz
- Mrs. Crowe’s Blue Waltz
- A Waltz for Leah
- The Irish Girl
This week’s review is all about the “Fingerstyle Revisionist: Adagio Songbook” by Adrian Legg and Truefire.com. Mr. Legg wasn’t known to me before the course but ever since I layed my hands on this course I started to learn more about this fascinating musician. Adrian Legg was voted “the best aocustic fingerstyle player” four years in a row between 1993 and 1996! He has shared the stage with many proclaimed artists such as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai! That actually speaks for itself and you can bet that whom you’re facing here in front of you screen in Fingerstyle Revisionist: Adagio Songbook is someone who knows his skills. My personal impression of Mr. Legg, after going through the course and listening to some live performances that are recorded on YouTube, is, that of a musician who really connects with music, with the tune and the idea behind it. This cristalizes clearly when you go through the songs.
Usually I’m going through the course, song by song, telling what you can expect from it and what techniques are included that may help you grow as a musician. However, this review will be slightly different. Technically speaking there have always been two approaches to songs: learning new songs and studying new songs
Learning songs means you learn to play the tune, learn the form of the song/piece and slowly but surely learn to play it at the original speed and without any mistakes. However, this does exclude going deeper and studying things connected with a song that, in my humble opinion, is a very important to clearly catch the idea and the very essence of a song.
Studying songs on the other hand means doing all that but also engaging into the history of a song, learning the circumstances that formed the song to know what you are talking/playing about. You may not have a huge selection of songs in this course, however, the amount you can gain from them is huge! Once you decide to really engage into the songs and to study them in depth, you are going to make progress on a musical level.
The reason why I think it is kind of difficult to approach this review song by song is that the genre is difficult to categorize. If you check out the video at the end of this review showing the introduction to the course you will get a preview of all songs. However, in this review I will mainly focus on my impressions that I had while working my way through the sections. Let’s get started with the most obvious I had to learn when doing my homework on Adrian Legg. Let me quote Richard Chapman:
“Impossible to categorize as a player. Adrian Legg incorporates virtually every genre in a virtuosic instrumental style with effects. He brought electric approaches to acoustic playing, creating a modern cross-over amalgamation int he tradition of electric folk playing that goes back to the 1960s.” (Richard Chapman, “Guitar”. 2005)
Once you decide to study a song instead of merely learning it you can gain so much out of almost any song. If you take a look at it, break it down, bit by bit, you are able to fit whole weeks of studying. You get chords, you get pattern, you get techniques such as slides, bends as well as alternate tunings.
Many of the songs in this course consist of alternate tuning to make it more accessible to play the tunes. If I were to carefully put an overall theme to the songs I would most likely say that the tunes are ballads. Although there are many songs that include “Waltz” in their names, they are not Waltzes in its original form. Most of the time the original idea, as stated by Mr. Legg during the course, started as a Waltz but later on turned into a variation. As stated above, it is extremely difficult to draw a frame around this tremendous player whom I would without a doubt call a virtuoso.
Each song consists of several parts, including an introduction, a performance at original speed as well as a breakdown into various parts explaining each building block in detail, so you are well prepared to work down the song as you progress with the course. Each piece comes with a .pdf file as well as a .gp5 file for you to either print out or play and learn on screen. There is one thing I definitely have to highlight. The pdf files are packed with valueable information about the song, how to play it and therefore fits those players very well that prefer to study songs instead of learning them.
The course overall is meant for late beginners and intermediate players. It believe that’s quite fitting since the tunes in this course aren’t particularly difficult to learn. There are many things you can draw from them that can be achieved with a basic knowledge of the guitar.
If you are a (late) beginner or intermediate player or if you are looking for a course with accessible tunes that will bring your audience onto the floor and dance while you entertain them with these melodic tunes you’ve come to the right place. In this course you will learn a lot about what makes Adrian Legg such an outstanding musician and person!
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This course was kindly provided by www.TrueFire.com
You can find the course following this link: Fingerstyle Revisionist: Adagio Songbook