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Dix Bruce, a musician, composer, and writer from the San Francisco Bay Area, was born and raised in the Midwest. His interest in American folk music, jazz, and original composition are blended into a unique vocal and instrumental sound. His compositions are fresh and his energetic, exuberant stage personality, along with his driving rhythm and lead work, set the tone for a warm and exciting performance. He began playing guitar at age twelve. After college, he relocated to the Bay Area where his interest in hybrid acoustic string music led him to David Grisman's prototype quintet in the mid-1970's.
teamed up with the mandolinist and edited the magazine Mandolin World
News from 1978 until 1984. In 1978 Bruce formed the band Back Up and Push to explore the emerging
possibilities of swing and jazz on acoustic stringed instruments. The band
toured the west coast throughout the 1980s and accompanied Bruce on his
release Tuxedo Blues, which features many of his original instrumental and
Dix Bruce - Basic Swing Guitar - DVD
Swing and Jump Swing music has enjoyed a phenomenal popular resurgence in the last few years. Both the current and classic bands build their sound on swinging guitar rhythms. In this video lesson, Dix Bruce will teach you all the basics that you need to know in order to play this energetic music including: moveable chords, how to get that "swing feel", right and left hand techniques and how to transpose hundreds of songs to any key effortlessly! By the end of the lesson you'll know swing and jazz chord forms and have the basic tools to play with any swing or jazz band. Songs include: "Lady Be Good, Take Me Back to Tulsa, Minor Swing, Careless, Sweet Georgia Brown, Honeysuckle Rose, Blues in Bb #1, Blues in Bb #2, Rose Room, I Got Rhythm".
(84 min) Booklet included.............................................................Price - $29.95
Dix Bruce - Basic Country Flatpicking Guitar - DVD
Dix Bruce carefully teaches lead and backup guitar to nine great and classic country, bluegrass, and folk standards, ballads and hot breakdowns played by musicians the world over! Dix demonstrates the basic "bass note / strum" technique and shows how melodies can be easily integrated into known chord patterns. You'll first learn leads on the country classics "Worried Man Blues, Lonesome Valley, Storms are on the Ocean" and "Handsome Molly" in a variety of different keys. You'll also learn the all-time guitar hit "Wildwood Flower" and how to transpose it from the key of G to the Key of C. Dix also demonstrates more complex leads on "Redwing, John Hardy, Jimmie Brown the Newsboy" and more on the invaluable skill of transposing a song from one key to another. The instruction in this DVD will prepare you to play flatpick leads in virtually any country, folk, and bluegrass ensemble.
(79 min) Booklet included..............................................................Price - $29.95
Dix Bruce -
Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm - Vol 1 -
Book and CD
Learn 12 great swing standards recorded by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Quintette of the Hot Club of France. Play along with a great gypsy swing rhythm section and learn chords, comping and melodies - then let the band back you up as you solo! For each song you will learn melodies and chord progression, moveable closed swing / jazz position chords and swing guitar rhythm comping. Songs include: "Avalon, The Sheik of Araby, Some of These Days, After You've Gone, Baby Won't You Please Come Home, Swing in Minor, Chicago, China Boy, St. Louis Blues, Rose Room, Dark Eyes, Swingin' 42".
Notation, tab, chord diagrams and lyrics.....................................Price - $16.95
Dix Bruce - Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm
II - Book and CD
Learn 12 more great Gypsy Swing/Hot Club standards in the style of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and The Quintette of the Hot Club of France. Just like with the original set, you'll play along with a great Gypsy Swing Rhythm Section and learn chords, comping, and melodies, then let the band back you up as you practice chords and soloing. You play all the leads while the band backs you up. Beginners can practice basic skills while more advanced players can hone their improvisation chops, each at their own individual learning pace. You'll learn moveable closed position swing/jazz chords and practice playing them with the swing guitar comp. We've also included information on basic chord substitution along with exercises on transposing melodies and chord progressions to different keys. These are essential skills for any swing/jazz musician. You'll also explore some basic chord melody passages! Book/CD set includes standard notation, tablature, chord diagrams, lyrics, playing tips, and more. Each song is presented on the CD at slow and regular speed. First you’ll hear the melody played on guitar at a slow speed with just guitar backup, then it's repeated at regular speed with the band. The back up band is a classic Hot Club- style rhythm section with two acoustic rhythm guitars, string bass. Songs may be repeated, at slow or regular speed, as many times as you wish in order to perfect phrases, melodies and solos in a band context. Songs include: "Back Home Again In Indiana", Chinatown My Chinatown, Clouds and Shadows, Django's Djazz Bues, E Chocko, Limehouse Blues, Margie, Red Wing Swing, St. James Infirmary, Stumbling, Swing Guitar Rhythm, Tiger Lag, Whispering".
Notation, tab, chord diagrams and lyrics.....................................Price - $16.95
Dix Bruce - Guide To The Capo - DVD
This DVD teaches everything you need to know about using a capo. Dix Bruce teaches basic music theory that explains how the capo works and why. You’ll learn all the fundamentals of placing several different styles of capos on both acoustic and electric guitars. You’ll learn how the fret position of the capo affects what key you’re playing in and how to use the capo as an artistic tool. Dix demonstrates several songs with special capoing techniques including how to use a partial capo to simulate an alternate tuning, how to use two capos on one guitar and how to use capos on two different guitars at different positions when you play in a duo or band. Great for guitarists of all levels!
(73 min)..............................................................................................Price - $14.95
Dix Bruce - String
Band Classics For Guitar - Book and CD
Songs include: "Dance All Night, You Ain't Talkin to Me, Money Musk, There's More Pretty Girls Than One, Fire On The Mountain, Gypsy Girl, Pig Ankle Rag, Wild Bill Jones, Sleeping Lulu, Meeting in the Air, Hawks and Eagles, Who Broke The Lock, Way Out There, Carroll County Blues, Old Jimmy Sutton, Devilish Mary, Way Down the Old Plank Road, Tater Patch, My Dixie Darling, Free Little Bird, Been All Around This World, Goodbye Miss Liza, Lee Highway Blues".
Notation and tab..............................................................................Price - $19.95
Dix Bruce - Teach Yourself Country Guitar - Book, DVD
These lessons teach all the basics that will get you started playing country guitar. You will learn all the important major, minor and seventh chords, practice these chords in traditional American country and folk songs, and use these songs and chords to master different accompaniment techniques. Also, basic backup, beginning flatpicking and fingerpicking, how to transpose and how to use a capo. The accompanying CD demonstrates all songs and techniques at slow and regular speed - the faster speed has a drum and rhythm section back-up so that you can jam along! Songs include: "My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains, Handsome Molly, I Ride an Old Paint, Red River Valley, Shady Grove, Home On The Range, Going Down This Road Feeling Bad, The Cuckoo, I Get Blue, Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms, Bury Me Beneath the Willow, Some Drink, Life's Railway to Heaven, The Nine Pound Hammer, Sweet Sunny South, I'll Love You Still, Don't Let Your Deal Go Down, Children Go Where I Send Thee, Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho, Don't That Road Look Rough and Rocky, Fair and Tender Ladies, In the Pines, The House of the Rising Sun, Nobody Sleeps At My Place, Wildwood Flower, Devil's Dream, Darling You're a Fool".
Notation and tab..............................................................................Price - $24.95
Dix Bruce - Christmas Favorites
Guitar - Book and CD
Songs include: "Angels We Have Heard on High, Auld Lang Syne, Away In a Manger, Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabela, Children Go Where I Send Thee, Deck the Hall, Ding Dong Merrily on High, Go Tell It On The Mountain, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, Here We Come A'Caroling, Hey Ho Nobody Home, I Saw Three Ships, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, Jingle Bells, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Joy to The World, O Christmas Tree, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Come O Come Emmanuel, O Holy Night, Rise Up Shepherds and Follow, Silent Night, The Coventry Carol, The First Noel, The Friendly Beasts, Toyland, Up On The Housetop, We Three Kings of Orient Are, What Child Is This"
Notation and tab..............................................................................Price - $17.95
Jazz Guitar Chords & Arpeggio Patterns - Stacy McKee - This unique book includes 300 jazz guitar chord formations and matching single note arpeggio patterns in a quick reference format that no one has ever done before! Cross indexing makes this manual extremely easy to use and regardless of what style of music you play, we know you will find this to be a valuable, "must have" addition to your library. Stacy McKee was the featured guitarist with "Les Brown and The Band Of Renown" and for a limited time only, we will include an exclusive copy of his book FREE with your first order!
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