Sonic Shapes: Expanding Rock Guitar Vocabulary [DVD] Review

artist: Page Hamilton date: 02/19/2015 category: compact discs
Page Hamilton: Sonic Shapes: Expanding Rock Guitar Vocabulary [DVD]
With Page Hamilton's work on Helmet compositions, the ideas in this instructional DVD demonstrate clearly his unique ability to reach for that uncommon chord and scale to produce both unusual and unconventional sounds and harmonies.
 Sound: 9
 Content: 9
 Production Quality: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 8.7 
 Reviewer rating:
 9 
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 8.3 
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Sonic Shapes: Expanding Rock Guitar Vocabulary [DVD] Reviewed by: logicbdj, on february 19, 2015
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Sound: Page Hamilton's instructional video "Sonic Shapes" (published by Hal Leonard) is clear in quality and firm in its content. Hamilton takes his jazz background and develops unique tones and note voicings not typical in rock music and, as a result, not typical in rock-based video instruction. He defies the listeners to train one's fingers and brain to play what is heard, as well as concepts to help break a person free from practice and playing habits. If you're looking for the "non-traditional," this video packs a very nice punch. // 9

Overall Impression: With Page Hamilton's work on Helmet compositions, the ideas in this video demonstrate clearly his unique ability to reach for that uncommon chord and scale to produce both unusual and unconventional sounds and harmonies. Most instructional videos may offer new insights, but often when dealing with similar scales, chords and progressions. Conversely, Hamilton's distinctive take on music is what gives the band Helmet its matchless sound, and many of his ideas to do just that are presented well in this video. If you are looking for fresh ideas, this video is worth the investment. // 9

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