StevieSnacks/Texas Blues Alley recommendations?

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  1. BadBrad

    BadBrad Strat-O-Master

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    I'm looking for some recommendations from anyone who has used the Texas Blues Alley (used to be StevieSnacks) materials.

    I play mostly acoustic (old time, folk, bluegrass) but dabble in electric blues now and then. Lately I've gotten back into blues, and specifically Texas blues, and I found the Texas Blues Alley instructional material. I was going to dive right into some of the SRV Style song lessons, but then decided that learning more of the basics might be helpful. So I bought the Essential Fretboard series and went through it. It was good, but mostly review for me.

    Now I'm wondering what to do next. I think the Albert's Influence series would be good before getting into the SRV style stuff, but I'm wondering if there's another basic/woodshed level lesson I should do first. I think the 5 Essential Blues Boxes would be more review. Has anyone here done the 5 Boxes Essential Licks series? Is it worthwhile? I'm wondering whether to buy that one next or go right to Albert's Influence.
     
  2. BlueCajun

    BlueCajun Senior Stratmaster

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    Hard to say. I've often wondered about his various "essentials" lessons. I've been playing quite a while but have sometimes wondered if it would be worthwhile to take some of them as refreshers and hopefully learn something new.

    I can say that I've tried his "Whiskey, Wine, and Gin" lesson and liked it a lot. The lessons are really well done with multiple video angles. I also recall it being cheaper than the Albert's/BB's/Freddie's Influence lessons. So if you have a particular SRV song you'd like to learn the style of, it might be worth going that route.

    But if you should decide to go with the 5 Essential Blues boxes, please report back or drop me a PM to let me know if you liked it. Thanks!
     
  3. screamineagle

    screamineagle Senior Stratmaster

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    Be careful of Albert, his sound really cant be replicated, ya he played his guitar upside down but there is something exclusive about him.
     
  4. BadBrad

    BadBrad Strat-O-Master

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    I wouldn't say I want to replicate Albert, but I do like his style, and he was a huge influence of SRV's playing, so I thought it would be worthwhile to learn his style before diving into the SRV tunes.

    I love the song Tin Pan Alley, so I'm definitely interested in the "Whiskey, Wine, and Gin" lessons. Likewise for "Texan Floods".

    For the SRV song lessons, I also wonder whether to start with the beginner or intermediate level. I'm pretty sure I can learn the intermediate level just fine, but I wonder if learning some of the more basic beginner licks would help with learning to improvise.