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Denny Rauen has been named one of the nation's leading luthiers by Guitar Player magazine. Keith Richards, Leo Kottke, Buddy Guy, and Aerosmith's Brad Whitford have been clients at his restoration and repair shop in Milwaukee. All guitarists interested in making their instruments sound their best should check out Hal Leonard's two new DVDs featuring Rauen. In Guitar Setup & Maintenance (00320748, $29.95), he covers: acoustic, electric, jazz, slide, and Floyd Rose-style setups, as well as adjusting the truss rod and intonation. In More Guitar Setup & Basic Modifications (00320873, $29.95), he discusses: installing a pickup, taming the single-coil hum, wiring modifications, tools of the trade, tech secrets and more. Renowned jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli shares his take on the key elements of jazz guitar style in Exploring Jazz Guitar (00320704, $29.99). Filled with dazzling demos, insightful lessons and great anecdotes, this DVD is perfect for newcomers looking to get their feet wet, or for experienced jazzers. It's filmed in hi-def with onscreen music for many of the examples. Sonic Shapes: Expanding Rock Guitar Vocabulary (00320707, $29.99) features axe innovator Page Hamilton, founder of the groundbreaking hard rock band Helmet. In this DVD, he provides detailed demos of his approach to: chords ‐ understanding and building non-traditional sonic shapes; scales ‐ applying unusual scales in a rock context; sounds ‐ using effect combos for radical tonal results; and practicing ‐ using his "Super Chops" method to build high-level technical skills. The disc contains printable PDF files featuring notated examples with tab for all chords, scales and progressions, plus bonus live performances by Helmet! Born without a right hand, guitarist John Denner stunned audiences on the Howard Stern Show and became a YouTube sensation thanks to his unconventional, Eddie Van Halen-style playing, called "amazing" and "inspiring." In this one-of-a-kind instructional DVD, John shares his favorite rock guitar techniques, creative approach, and inspirational attitude, all in high-def clarity! Legato Licks and Fretboard Tricks (00320746, $24.99) teaches lessons on: fretboard tapping, legato phrasing, fretboard strength, whammy bar, speed picking, exploring delay, harmonics and more.
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