The year 2012, was kinda a mixed bag for me music wise. It was a year of going back and revisiting a lot of my musical influences, back when I first started listening to music as a young teen and beyond, it was also a year where I discovered some new artists and continued to develop an ever-growing appreciation for Blues music.
The following is a list, in no real particular order of preference, of my favorite Cd’s, DVDs and Guitar Instructional book’s of the past twelve months. Most of which are not new releases for 2012, but just the ones that got the most play time and use in my home and car and what influenced my choice of songs and music styles that I have been learning and playing on the guitar.
I’ll start out with my Favorite DVD’s of 2012.
1) Firstly I would have to mention one of my all time favorite DVD’s, the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Live at the El Mocambo in 1983. I love this DVD. I played this DVD repeatedly every weekend for weeks on end. This DVD is a perfect example of Stevie Ray and the boys from Double Trouble at their absolute best. Such an incredible gig that should be in every guitarists DVD collection.
2) Next on my list would be Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival of 2010. Boy if you’re a guitarist and this doesn’t inspire you to pick up your guitar, then you gotta give it up or change instruments. This is one of the best concert DVD’s I have ever seen. There are heaps of great interviews and performances from the best Blues guitarists from all over the world. Another absolute must have for every Blues, Rock and Country guitarists DVD library.
3) I have also got to mention The Derek Trucks Band Songlines Live 2006 DVD, I only found out about Derek Trucks this year, it was actually on the 2010 Crossroads concert that I first heard Derek play. The Derek Trucks Band Songlines Live DVD is such a wonderful expose of how good Derek is as a guitarist. The Derek Trucks Band is such an extremely talented and experienced bunch of musicians with a very unique sound and this DVD is another “Must” to have in your DVD collection.
Next Up, here’s a couple of my Favorite CDs for 2012
4) In the later part of this year I fell in love all over again with one of my very first musical influences, AC/DC and the album Back in Black. I gotta be honest, it’s been a long time since I really spent some time listening to the good ol’ Acca Dacca. This album is so, so good. I can’t believe it’s been so long since I have listened to one of my all time favorite bands. Keep an eye out next year for a series of AC/DC CD and DVD reviews.
5) While still on the subject of AC/DC, another CD that I played over and over again is the Iron Man 2 CD. I guess this could easily be considered AC/DC’s best of album. I would love to do a review of this album in the next month or two because there are just so many great tracks on this CD, ranging from the beginning of the Bon Scott era right up to their latest albums. This is a Killa CD, I loved it.
6) One of Stevie Rays CDs that I nearly wore out was The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. This 2 CD set has so many great tracks from Stevie and the boys. A great balance between both Live and Studio recordings, and from memory it was cheap, I payed less than $10 for my copy which is such good value. If your into hard rockin blues guitarists and you don’t have this CD then get it, you will love it.
7) Another CD that also got a whole lot of play time was Jimi Hendrix Blues. Man, I absolutely love the way Jimi plays the blues, it is just awesome. This CD had a permanent fixture in my car for about two months solid. It’s actually been a while since I played it, so I think it’s time to give it another spin for a while.
Some Guitar Instructional Books
8) At the start of this year I had an insatiable appetite for Blues, it’s all I listened too and was all I wanted to play on the guitar, so the book that I was attracted to most was a book by Dave Rubin titled The Art of the Shuffle. This is a great book if you’re wanting to learn some different shuffle styles ranging from the late 1800s to the late 1940s. I learned a heap of cool shuffle rhythms from this book and would recommend it to anyone wanting to add some new rhythms to their list of jam tracks.
9) Towards the later part of this year my musical influences were starting to lean more towards Rock, and having a good number of cool rhythms to jam along too from the previously mentioned book, I was wanting to start learning some songs. One of the first books I picked out to learn some songs from was the Jimi Hendrix Experience Smash Hits Guitar Play-Along Volume 47. I love the Hal Leonard books, the tab in these books seem to be as accurate as you will get, and the accompanying CD is a must have in my opinion if you’re wanting to follow along with the TAB. I am only into my second song of the book, which is Fire, but learning some Jimi has been so much fun. Totally recommend this book.
10) So last on the list, but definitely not least is the AC/DC Classics Guitar Play-Along Volume 119 guitar play along book. I have only just started this book, so I am still yet to finish learning the first song, which is Back in Black, but I have had so much fun already using this book. Being able to accurately play some AC/DC is something that I have always wanted to do and this book is about as close to the real thing as you will get. Great book and if your into AC/DC then you will love it.
So there you have it folks, that’s my top ten list of Instructional Books, CDs and DVDs for this year. I bought so much stuff this year (GAS) that this is only a fraction of what I have lying around, all of which I will hopefully get around to writing some kind of review on in the coming months ahead.
All the best for the new year and keep on Rockin.