I've already spent some time with DVD
1 - what a blast, and how
helpful. This is a gem and well worth the money. It's
extraordinary valuable seeing and hearing Frank "do his
thing". I' already picking up some neat
techniques and am excited about jumping in further.
p.s. Good job with the video production
... it is very RICH in content.
It appears to be everything I had hoped for -
it's gonna take
a while to absorb all that stuff!!
The title list is a bit deceptive - there's
a list of songs/topics
covered, but it only scratches the surface!
Frank is constantly throwing out these
great 'nuggets' of info.
You probably couldn't list all the things
Frank talks about!
Feel like I'm getting a big bang for the buck
This will be a great learning tool! You did
a great job on this James!
I'd be happy to endorse or pass along an
review to potential buyers. Now that you
are offering these DVDs, I intend to keep purchasing as they are
I just LOVE watching Frank play and
A n d y S i c a r d
When Jim Moss posted
The Frank Wakefield "Ultra Clear"
were ready for shipping, I jumped to and
ordered Lesson #1.
Here is my review...
I really think Jim Moss should change the
the DVD Series from "Ultra
"Up Close and Personal". (Just
The DVD is clear and concise and an
excellent learning tool.
I say "Up Close and Personal"
because you actually feel that
you are in a private lesson with Frank.
The up close filming allows you to closely
examine Frank's hands,
the structure & wood grains of the
mandolin and even the dust-bunnies.
You can even see the scar on Frank's
thumb (hmmm I may have to
ask him how that happened, probably a woman
thang :-) ~)
OK, back on track here... Seriously...
You can see all the subtle movements in
hands and fingers thus creating the feeling in
This DVD far surpasses any VHS
The videography of the DVD is crystal clear
and the positioning of camera angle allows you see his left and
right hand technique
and how Frank attacks a song with his pick
You are one with the lesson and not just
There are a combination of 11 or 12
techniques and songs on the DVD Lesson #1. It is so well
choreographed that within these lessons there are 165
Chapter/Indexes. These indexes are placed at all the critical places
in the song or technique enabling you to repeat the phrase and
enhance the learning process at your own pace.
With a click of your remote control you can
repeat a section or technique over and over again as you like.
Included in the DVD Lesson #1 are
demonstrations of Cross-picking, Right and Left Hand Techniques,
Blues Progressions, How to tune down the strings, and Split
Frank even shows you how to do an Earl
Scruggs Banjo Run
on the Mandolin.
The DVD is serious and straight
forward. Not a lot of Backing Talkwards (Talking
Backwards). It does depict Franks Southern Gentleman approach
and Signature Sound of that which is near and dear to his heart...
Frank will show you the traditional way to
learn a song and then he might say, "Now I will show you my
It is hard to say which is my favorite
lesson although I am partial to "Get
Up John", "Home
Sweet Home" and the "Blues
Progression" lesson. Others
included in this DVD are: "Black
Berry Blossom", "Devil's
"Boil Them Cabbages",
"Grand Father's Clock",
"Right Hand Technique",
"Left Hand Technique",
"How to Cross-Pick",
There is no book or tab included. Don't
freak out! You don't need tab... or notation... and I was a
Tab girl. All you need is your DVD, your eyes, ears and your
If you haven't had the pleasure of taking a
lesson with Frank or attending one of his workshops, this would be
the next best thing.
A DVD lesson that any mandolin player would
want to have in their library collection.
The quality and professionalism of this
****! A job well done!
Got the DVD. Works great in BOTH my DVD
players, including the one that was rated "bad" on you
list. As for how I like the DVD itself, I think it's
great. I love Frank's "teaching" and it's great to
be able to just repeat a lesson over and over. DVD is so much
better than VHS.
Anyway, as I said, I love the DVD.
Keep me informed when the other volumes are finished.
#2 is a lot of bang for your buck (so
There is a good month or two of studying here!
They Keep Getting Better!
I started to watch DVD
#2 and immediately jumped
around and taught myself Sally
Goodin within minutes.
It was fun to play along with Frank and learn
a new tune
or at least a new version. Then
tonight I decided to just
sit and go through the entire DVD instead of
piece mealing it.
It starts with open tuning and duo style
picking. There are 3 songs
that are in the G tuning. The right hand
technique is also reviewed,
slowed down at times to really understand the
Duo Picking Technique.
Things are not belabored on this DVD, that is
the beauty of the pause
and reverse button ~ ahhhh ! A few songs
in this category...
Mountain Rag", "Why
Not Confess", and
Next is Kick Offs. There are
approximately 9 or 10 songs that
Frank demonstrates Monroe
Breaks and how he would kick off
song with a real bluesy sound, following with
Frank's statement... "Now I will show you my way!"
He does a lot of dragging the
notes and sliding the notes like a fiddle
Everything seems to flow on this DVD.
Again, clear and concise. "Get
on Your Knees and Pray" is pretty
darn good. He even gives
the entire mando break to learn in three
parts. I liked
Finally he ends with examples of 7 or 8
Breakdown" is focused on both the
right and left hand
technique and the proper way to play this
tune. I think this one will
be my biggest challenge to make it sound
A few others, "Roanoke",
"Ragtime Annie" and more...
For all 20 categories and songs on this
Lesson DVD check out
the website http://www.candlewater.com/.
Yada yada yada, not financially involved
not involved in any way not stalking anyone...
or rubbing up against anyone... Sonia... can
ya hear me now?
Just reviewing this and havin fun!
Sounds resoundable... :-)
Check it out!
It's a keeper. I've never told you, but
what you are doing is truly a gift
to the music. It is one of a kind
and gives the gift of bluegrass to
anyone who wants it. It also gives the
gift of Frank's personality, too.
And if he goes to the islands and I don't get
to do a camp, tell him I'm
going to boycott bananas.
Last night I viewed part of the DVD#1 and I
must say that that's gotta be the best way to teach mandolin. I had
a non-playing mandolin friend with me who always asked me "how
do you do that?" Now after seeing Frank, he's substantially
demystified. I'm very impressed with the whole method. Frank is such
a character that even if he wasn't teaching mandolin on the DVDs it
would still be immensely entertaining.
Great Job Jim,
Empire Music Werks
Dania Beach, Florida