For players at every level of proficiency, I believe that The Alchemical Guitarist DVDs have something to offer. As that first lesson I described attests, Richard Lloyd has cracked open the secrets of the instrument, and is sharing them with us. I think that opening with a discussion of Pythagorean musical theory, and winding up teaching us the opening notes of one of Hendrix’s greatest tunes is a pretty cool way to start.
Not only does Richard Lloyd teach us how to play, he gives us a full understanding of the guitar, and music theory in general. The Alchemical Guitarist is the perfect title for what he accomplishes here. On a personal note, I have not been playing much lately, and my little old Fender was collecting quite a bit of dust. But watching these DVDs has gotten me excited about it all over again. I have learned a lot from the lessons, and enjoyed them immensely as well.
I believe that there is something for every guitar player with this set, but for a beginner, the DVDs are true godsend. Not only that, but the price of the set is probably less than what you would pay for a single one-on-one lesson. The Alchemical Guitarist is the real deal, no question about it.