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Grateful Dead: A Step-by-step Breakdown of Grateful Dead’s Guitar Styles and Techniques

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Find out note-for-note riffs and also solos of Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir via extensive analysis of their tunes.

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Hal Leonard
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002YCURA

Customer Reviews

Four Stars

 on February 23, 2018
By Amazon Customer
I enjoyed learning from this DVD. The instruction is simple, yet effective for the intermediate player.


3 people found this helpful.
 on November 13, 2010
By DawgLawyer
When I first put this in the DVD player, I watched this from beginning to end. Great instruction. Fascinating how some parts that I assumed were 1 guitar, were carefully orchestrated harmonies. Good stuff. If you want to learn basic Deadisms with the guitar, this is it.

Excellent, with reservations…

15 people found this helpful.
 on October 12, 2007
By Scott Schellings
I expected more than I got from this release.

May Not be the best way to learn.

3 people found this helpful.
 on November 10, 2015
By Amazon Customer
Not practical to follow instruction by narrative. Fingering not clear just because of difficulty in getting unimpeded view by video camera. Not able to stop and start where needed. Every step is a back-and-forth drag. Should have tabs to help follow along. I’d like to send this back.

Good DVD

10 people found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2007
By Daniel C. Neal
Super instructional DVD. However NOT for the beginner. I am lending it to a friend who plays better until I am ready. Good incentive to practice more.

Very underrated (and unfairly so) by Amazon viewers

43 people found this helpful.
 on July 19, 2006
By Mark Twain
Apparently some people either didn’t read the cover of this DVD or were confused by the phrase, “A step-by-step breakdown of the Grateful Dead’s guitar styles and techniques.” This is an excellent tape, but it is not a concert tape! It is a worthwhile instructional video that teaches you how to play the chords, intros, solos, etc, of these Grateful Dead classics: Casey Jones, Uncle John’s Band, Friend of the Devil, Sugar Magnolia, Truckin’, China Cat Sunflower, Shakedown Street, and Touch of Grey. There are split screen shots and everything can be figured out without using a tab (a good thing, because it doesn’t come with one!). Grateful Dead songs – and especially these – tend to use straightforward chords (there are exceptions, though). All of these songs pretty much use major and minor chords.

Touch of Cool

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 7, 2017
By kristen227
Excellent breakdown of some very epic Grateful Dead songs, paying special attention to the correct positioning of chords and riffs. Very helpful.


28 people found this helpful.
 on October 15, 2007
By RecreationalMushroomMan
Excellent DVD! Clear, concise, and exact licks. The instructor (Nate LaPointe) clearly shows you both the Jerry and Bobby part for each song. That’s the real beauty of this DVD in that you get to see both guitar parts. He also switches back and forth between acoustic and electric guitars and nails the tone of each. The video and audio quality is very good on this disc.

Very Nice explanation of Grateful Dead Guitar

4 people found this helpful.
 on November 8, 2012
By G. L. Thompson
This DVD is very nice in that it outlines and teaches the exact parts to both Jerry and Bob’s guitar work for a handful of Dead songs. If you are a Dead fan, it is great. It really helps you appreciate just hoe they weave the guitar parts together and just how dependent the two are on each other. great to learn from, but just fun to watch as well. Highly recommended if you are a guitar player and a Dead fan. I just wish there was another volume with 10 more songs.

Nice Take

One person found this helpful.
 on September 9, 2013
By scphoto
Nate gives a nice view into the interplay between Jerry and Bobby. I got a better feel for how they formed leads and approached rhythm guitar. It is a special insight into the band and their playing techniques. Really nice to get a feel for songs like Uncle John’s band with its special timing changes, Casey Jones with its down home approach, Touch of Grey and more. Thanks Nate, nicely done!

10 Steps to 'Jerry-style' Solos: Jerry Garcia Lead Guitar Lesson Trailer offers video guitar lesson downloads specializing in the songs and styles of Grateful Dead guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir.

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