You can learn from the masters on videocassette

June 12, 1992|By New York Times News Service

Professional musicians don't just take music lessons; some ZTC also give them, via instructional tapes.

The price of taped lessons is about $50 for a videocassette that runs roughly an hour and $70 for a series of six audio cassettes. That compares to about $40 an hour for a private lesson in New York City. Tapes are often supplemented by written material, like fingering charts for guitar.

The main advantages of taped lessons are convenience and celebrity teachers. An obvious drawback is that a tape won't correct your mistakes.

Here's a sampling:

* The guitarists Doc Watson, Jorma Kaukonen and Richard Thompson, as well as Dr. John (piano), John Sebastian (harmonica) and Bela Fleck (banjo), have all produced lessons for Homespun Tapes. Write for a catalog to Homespun Tapes, Box 694, Woodstock, N.Y. 12498.

* The guitarist Eric Johnson is the current best seller for Hot Licks, which also sells guitar lessons by James Burton, Danny Gatton, Nils Lofgren and Arlen Roth, who used to teach Paul Simon. Howard Morgen's fingerboard harmony course will soon be available on two videocassettes. (Hot Licks, Box 337, Pound Ridge, N.Y. 10576.)

* Lessons by the guitarists John Fahey, Larry Coryell and John Renbourn and tutorials on blues masters like Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, the Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt are available from Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop. (The Guitar Workshop, Box 802, Sparta, N.J. 07871.)

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