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NEW! The Ukulele Toolbox - Volume #1 & 2

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The Ukulele Toolbox - Volume #1 & 2

A comprehensive course for mastering the uke! This DVD is jam-packed with invaluable musical information, from the most basic chords and strums for beginners to a myriad of musical ideas and techniques for those with some uke experience.

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NEW! Par Avion - Global Guitar Adventures Documentary

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PAR AVION - Global Guitar Adventures

A documentary collection of rare footage featuring many of Bob’s adventures, spanning over 30 years and dozens of countries. See concerts, collaborations, and interviews from 1978 to 2010 - an intimate and stimulating view of one of the world’s great musical ambassadors.

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NEW! Bob Brozman LIVE IN GERMANY

BOB BROZMAN: LIVE IN GERMANY

This latest version of Bob's live performance has been highly anticipated by fans for several years; the concert features 15 songs, plus an interview with Bob, Guitar Workshop feature, and Photo Gallery.

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NEW! Slide Guitar for Blues - Lap Style

Slide Guitar for Blues - Lap Style
Volumes 1 & 2

Bob's new course in lap style slide guitar will open up exciting musical ideas and powerful techniques for anyone who wants to get into the real blues sound.

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Rhythm in Your Riffs - DVD Learn to Play Bottleneck Blues - DVD Bob Brozman's Guide to Roots Guitar Styles - DVD Ukulele Tunes and Techniques - DVD
Traditional Hawaiian Guitar - DVD Traditional Caribbean Guitar Bob Brozman in Concert - Video and DVD Ledward Kaapana an Bob Brozman in Concert - Video and DVD

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The Ukulele Toolbox
Volumes #1 & 2

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A comprehensive course for mastering the uke!

The Ukulele Toolbox - Volume #1
2 hours
Music and Tab file on DVD to view or print.

This DVD is jam-packed with invaluable musical information, from the most basic chords and strums for beginners to a myriad of musical ideas and techniques for those with some uke experience.

You'll learn to play in a variety of keys and American roots music styles including blues, early jazz, ragtime, and basic Hawaiian. Bob provides exercises, music theory, strumming and fingerpicking techniques, rhythmic variations, scales, harmony lines, major and minor chords and progressions, and much more.

If you are a beginner, this lesson will get you off to a great start. More experienced strummers will soon learn new and exciting ways to make music on this unique instrument, adding spice and excitement to your songs.

The Ukulele Toolbox - Volume #2
90 minutes
Music and Tab file on DVD to view or print.

Bob brings it up a notch as he starts off with a catchy 8-bar Ukulele Rag, then explores diminished chords, vamps, chord substitutions, advanced strumming and fingerpicking variations, rhumba rhythms, chord melodies and lots more.

He continues his exploration into American roots music styles - blues, ragtime, early popular songs, and '20s jazz - plus Bob's 2-finger system for Hawaiian, African, and Mexican sounds. He discusses music theory, chord voicings, harmonies and many other topics that will add to your overall musicianship. It's hard to overemphasize how much Bob packs into this lesson!

The Ukulele Toolbox will help players at all levels master this versatile little instrument. You'll be amazed at all you can do on the ukulele!

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UKULELE TUNES & TECHNIQUES with Led Kaapana


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Slide Guitar for Blues - Lap Style
Volumes 1 & 2

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In this two-volume series, Bob Brozman offers exciting musical ideas and powerful techniques for anyone who wants to get into the real blues sound.

Slide Guitar for Blues - Lap Style
Volume #1: The Basics and Beyond

Level 3, 60 min.
Includes tab.
Bob uses a variety of instruments to teach funky blues tunes, cool riffs and adventurous improvisations. Playing in open D and open G tunings, Bob passes along all the sounds and techniques that make up this compelling style. He teaches pieces that range from the “deep roots” one-chord renditions of Charlie Patton to modern-day country/swing blues.

You'll get instruction in the use of the round-nose bar and how you can attain quality vibrato, pitch precision, good tone, blue notes, rhythmic effects, and control of the slide. Bob details licks, turnarounds, and improvisations along with numerous exercises and right hand picking drills to help you develop your picking strength.

Slide Guitar for Blues - Lap Style
Volume #2: Advanced Techniques

Level 3, 60 min.
Includes tab.
Bob takes lap blues playing to the next level. Starting off in G tuning (you'll also learn open C and D minor), Bob concentrates on the deep blues "Delta notes." He runs through “sharpening” exercises using bar hammer-ons combined with open strings and alternate pick strokes; drills designed to help you get your rhythm together; and practice jumps and slides to allow you to play faster without sacrificing tone.

Bob explores the blues classic Rolling and Tumbling, starting with a stripped down version and then taking it to increasingly more challenging levels. You'll learn numerous turnarounds and get plenty of play-along examples for great practice sessions.

More advanced moves follow as you learn how to maintain a steady bass groove while keeping country/swing blues rhythm and melody going. You'll employ two-hand damping to get staccato chords to contrast with melody notes, harmonics, sweep picking, raking and other special effects.


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Rhythm in Your Riffs:
Strums, Patterns, and Grooves for Acoustic Guitar

Level 3, 70 min. video
Includes tab
Available in PAL Format

Now available on DVD and Video!*

Bob explores many aspects of rhythm guitar and investigates the elements of meter, and what makes a good "groove." He helps you develop your coordination through a variety of drills, leading you in hand- and foot-tapping exercises so that accents, swing rhythm, polyrhythms, triplets in blues playing and other meters become second nature. Moving the exercises to the guitar, Bob shows how to incorporate these techniques into songs using strumming patterns, string slapping, fret tapping, hammering, damping, and other devices that will put emphasis and movement into your music. Fingerstyle players will be especially intrigued by the ways that Bob works these subtleties into his blues and ragtime picking. Use them to make your own music more dynamic while learning to stay 'in the pocket' of the groove.

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Learn To Play Bottleneck Blues
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Taught by Bob Brozman, this three-tape or three-disc series follows the path laid out by the original masters - with the advice and skills of a modern blues innovator as your guide! You'll build your repertoire, deepen your understanding of blues traditions and create your own distinctive blues voice.

Video / DVD* #1
Level 2, 90-min.
Includes tab

Features powerful techniques of Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton and Bukka White. You'll master licks, runs, rhythmic devices, tunings, use of vibrato and harmonics and other true Delta sound essentials. Songs: Walking Blues, Can't Be Satisfied, Crossroads Blues.

Video / DVD* #2: Advanced Technique
Level 3, 70-min.
Includes tab

Bob's complete blues toolbox! You'll get a real work-out and master these showpieces, each brimming with material to challenge more advanced guitarists: Come On In My Kitchen, Delta Memories, Rollin' And Tumblin'.

Video / DVD* #3: Repertoire
Level 3, 75-min.
Includes tab

Add depth and range to your playing! Bob demonstrates the power and richness of the styles of blues greats Bukka White, Skip James, Tampa Red and Charlie Patton. He teaches Old Dog Blues, Cypress Grove, Telegram Blues, Green River Blues, Pony Blues and others, in a variety of major and minor open tunings.

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Bob Brozman's Guide to Roots Guitar Styles
(formerly "Hot Guitar Techniques From Folk To Jazz")

In this two-tape series, Bob Brozman unleashes his powerful fingerpicking technique designed to move you beyond basic folk style into blues, jazz, ragtime and swing! These videos will improve your guitar arrangements and help you develop a wide variety of instrumental techniques.

Bob Brozman's Guide to Roots Guitar Styles
Blues, Ragtime and Swing - Vol. #1
Level 3. 75 min. Includes tab.

Here Bob fully explores the guitar's rhythmic, harmonic and melodic possibilities. He covers chord voicings and inversions, picking patterns, ragtime fingerstylings, compression strokes and other important right-hand techniques, plus several rhythmic patterns and two-hand damping. Songs: Salty Dog Blues, Jazz'm Blues, Sister Kate.

Bob Brozman's Guide to Roots Guitar Styles
Blues, Ragtime and Swing - Vol. #2
Level 4. 65 min. Includes tab.

Bob teaches the popular 32-bar song form and the distinctive chords and rhythms that characterize swing, Gypsy jazz guitar, '30s Cab Calloway-style and calypso. He covers palm harmonics, minor key jazz/blues and a variety of rhythmic exercises in this examination of the roots of American guitar music. Songs: Hot Moments With You, Dear; Blue Devil Blues; Dog And Cat.


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Traditional Caribbean Guitar: Calypso and Other Island Rhythms

Level 3, 80-min. video
Includes chords and lyrics
Available in PAL Format

Add a touch of the islands to your guitar playing! The wild pulses, danceable syncopations and playful lyrics of this traditional folk-based world music will spice up your entire repertoire. Highlighting a variety of fingerpicking and strumming patterns, tempos and keys, Bob details all the elements of the single- and double-tone forms. You'll master the components needed to play hundreds of calypso, tango, samba, waltz, mazurka and Latin-jazz songs, plus an array of substitutions and variations. Songs: Uncle Joe, Down The Road, Death Calypso, Poor But Ambitious, Cinemascope Calypso, The Five-Year Plan, It Happened In Monterey

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Ukulele Tunes and Techniques

Level 3, 55 min. video
Includes tab
Available in PAL Format

Now available on DVD and Video!*

Bob jumps right into this fascinating lesson with a potpourri of strums, rolls, triplets and syncopated fingerpicking patterns for the ukulele. You'll combine all these techniques on the traditional Hawaiian piece Hi'ilawe, and segue into a medley of other traditional songs, Tomi Tomi and Meleana'E. The Beach at Waikiki and My Own Iona will add to your repertoire of chord shapes, progressions and parallel harmony lines. The blues is not normally associated with the uke, however, the instrument can play funky chord progressions, turnarounds and down-and-dirty blues licks. Bob shows how chord inversions and extensions can create a full-blown blues instrumental. The lesson moves on to arrangements of early jazz standards Sweet Georgia Brown and I'll See You In My Dreams, with hot chord solos and fingerpicking melody. As a special feature, Bob introduces the Hawaiian ukulele master Ledward Kaapana, one of the world's greatest players, as his special guest. This video will give you an excellent overview of the ukulele's potential for a variety of musical styles.

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Traditional Hawaiian Guitar

Level 2, 85 min. video
Includes tab
Available in PAL Format

Now available on DVD and Video!*

Get the real Hawaiian steel guitar sound! This video for guitarists, DOBRO®, lap steel and pedal steel players covers bar techniques, hand positions, scale patterns, Hawaiian tunings, vibrato, harmonic "chimes" and more. Bob shows turnarounds, string pairs, slants with the bar, and how to obtain the thirds and fifths of each chord. He stresses the importance of using palm harmonics and explains some incredible secrets for getting sounds up and down the neck. You'll learn to play four Hawaiian classics - Mai Kai No Kauai; Maui Chimes; Moana Chimes; Uhe, Uhene - and grasp how this music has profoundly influenced today's bluegrass, country, Western swing, jazz and Tex-Mex styles.

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Bob Brozman in Concert

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This 90 minute concert video was recorded at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, California. Bob's wide ranging solo show, complete with wild guitar playing and sardonic humor, captivates from start to finish. Titles include: Zonky, Highway 49 Blues, Down the Road, Phonograph Blues, Hawaiian Medley, La Vie En Rose, Ukulele Spaghetti, Love In Vain, Telegram Blues, Green River Blues, Backwards Blues, Minnie The Moocher, Cinemascope Calypso, Old Dog Blues, Dinah, Meleana E, Come On In My Kitchen, and Train Song

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Ledward Kaapana & Bob Brozman in Concert

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Bob plays Hawaiian steel and slack key, joining Hawaiian slack key guitar master Ledward Kaapana performing on many instruments (including: 6 string, 12 string, autoharp and ukulele). Together the two perform songs ranging from Hawaiian standards to slack key favorites at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh. The concert begins with some amazing solo songs from Ledward, after which the two perform duets rich with inventive improvisation, as if by telepathy. A combination of beautiful tones, dynamics and humor make this a very enjoyable tape for musicians and music lovers alike.

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