St Petersburg, FL (November 6, 2007) – TrueFire, the leading interactive video software publisher of educational content for musicians, announces 335 BLUES, a Master Class with legendary guitarist Larry Carlton.
With over 3,000 sessions, 200 hit records and 100 gold albums to his credit, sixteen-time Grammy nominee and three-time Grammy winner Larry Carlton is perhaps the most versatile and accomplished guitarist walking the planet today. TrueFire founder, Brad Wendkos says, "Larry possesses an extraordinary ability to brilliantly communicate both the art and science of blues guitar."
335 BLUES, Larry’s first course in twenty years, imparts Carlton’s philosophical, technical and musical approach in a genre rich with expression and improvisation - the blues. Larry presents 335 BLUES in three main sections. First up is a series of blues grooves in a variety of feels, keys and tempos. For each groove, Carlton demonstrates three choruses worth of comping and three choruses of improvisational soloing followed by an explanation of what he played and why he played it. Viewers then use the video, charts, tab, notation and practice rhythm tracks to make the material their own.
Carlton then drills down on essential techniques and improvisational approaches in the next section. Bending and vibrato are demonstrated and broken down in unprecedented detail. Use of motifs, space and phrasing are likewise presented in an amazing, ear-opening fashion. Other gems of insight in this section include use of the melodic minor in blues, "knuckle voicings" and recommendations for how to approach both practice and playing.
The third section covers a wide variety of topics ranging from the technical to the philosophical. Tone and how to go about tweaking equipment to achieve it, is presented comprehensively. Insight on recording, jamming and performing with other musicians is likewise addressed. A few anecdotes and even a little show and tell on the Steely Dan studio rig make this section likely to be watched over and over again.
"If you love electric blues guitar, then 335 BLUES may be a dream come true for you," says Jude Gold, Educational Editor of Guitar Player Magazine.
Larry Carlton’s 335 BLUES is optimized for solid intermediate to advanced players and is presented across 4 interactive video CD-ROMs (Windows and Mac compatible), features 80 full-length video lessons, text overviews, practice rhythm tracks, standard notation and interactive Power Tab so you can "see" and "hear" the tab and notation played out at any tempo. TrueFire’s video lesson player features zoom, frame advance, looping and other handy controls.