FRET12 Releases Instructional-Documentary DVD Featuring Legendary Guitarist Leslie West

October 16, 2009

Leslie West is the second guitar instructional release from The Fret12 series, titled The Sound and The Story. Leslie is most noted as being the leader of the hard rock trio Mountain, who VH-1 has named in their Top 100 Hard Rock Groups of all time. Leslie's unique sound can be heard in classic songs including "Mississippi Queen", "Never In My Life", "Theme From An Imaginary Western", and "Nantucket Sleighride". Leslie has put his entire life into music and playing guitar, which has earned him worldwide admiration from his peers in the business. During his career he has recorded and played with Billy Joel, Van Halen, The Who, Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix to name just a few. Eddie Van Halen, Michael Schenker, and Richie Sambora have all named Leslie as an influence on their own music. Leslie also has signature lines with Dean Guitars that include Leslie's personally designed pickup "Mountain of Tone". Leslie also uses Budda Amplification for his live and studio rig.

In The Sound and The Story, Leslie West shares his early experiences in his first band The Vagrants and also shares how the hard rock group Mountain was formed. From techniques and exercises to writing and performing, Leslie gives a comprehensive look at his playing and the ways he has developed as a writer and guitar player. Some of the key video features include: Introduction by Elliott Rubinson CEO of Dean Guitars, Leslie's story as a guitarist and songwriter, tablature book, the story and breakdown of his biggest hits, 14 exercises covering all aspects of the guitar, guest appearances by Zakk Wylde, Joe Satriani, Mark Tremonti, and Corky Laing, layout of Leslie's live rig and guitar setup, live studio performances with vocals, documentary style inside look at Leslie as a guitarist and songwriter, live concert footage, original compositions, and much more in over 2 and a half hours of footage.

"Am I any good? Let me check myself against all this great work he has done" said Joe Satraiani. "So many guitar players aspire to his tone and still do," stated Elliott Rubinson of Dean Guitars. Mark Tremonti also describes Leslie's voice and guitar as a "wall of sound". This DVD will take you inside that wall of thunderous sound and break everything down. No matter what level you're at, this DVD is packed with tons of great lessons. "The tone, the sound, and the feel, this story needs to be told," stated Elliott Rubinson.

And the story continues on the FRET12 website, where Leslie and other artists post updates and participate regularly as their careers advance. The site features a social networking platform with behind-the-scenes video, instructional content, photos, and information to create an immersive experience that gives musicians and fans access to artists they could never dream of.
Leslie West: The Sound and The Story trailer is available for viewing at
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