Guitar Books

  • AHUAI
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    "Bert Weedon's Play In A Day" remains one of the world's most successful guitar tutors. It is as much as legend as the stars that have learnt from it including Eric Clapton, Mike Oldfield, Paul McCasrtney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Sting, Brian May, Pete Townshend and many, many others! "Play in a Day" is easy to use, with plenty of tips for selecting the right guitar, the correct amplifier, how to hold your instrument and plenty of tunes and exercises to get to grips with.
  • AHTQY 7 years +
    7 years +
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    "Guitar Basics" is a landmark method for young guitarists. It starts at absolute beginner level and progresses to Initial/Preparatory Grade. The method is set out in fifteen stages and contains original pieces and traditional tunes in an array of styles including classical, folk and world music as well as well-known favourite film and TV themes such as "James Bond", "Batman" and "The Flintstones". There is a thorough introduction to standard notation, with sections on chords and TAB, whilst ensemble pieces are ideal for group teaching, including 'Wider Opportunities'. The enhanced CD provides accompaniment parts, teachers' notes and tips for parents which are easily downloaded, or it can be simply used to play the fun backing tracks.
  • AKUKU
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    Make your music come alive with this indispensable guitar guide There's no denying that guitar players have cachet. The guitar is an ever-present part of our collective musical heritage, and the sound can be sensual, aggressive, or a million things in between. Whether you're hoping to conquer Free Bird, Bouree, or Bolero Mallorquin, you need to learn to walk before you can run. Even once you can run, you need something to help you clear hurdles along the way. That's where Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, comes in. It's your complete compendium of guitar instruction, written in clear, concise For Dummies style. It covers everything from positioning and basic chords to guitar theory and playing styles, and even includes maintenance advice to keep your instrument sounding great. It's an amazing resource for newbies and veterans alike, and offers you the opportunity to stretch beyond your usual genre. Forge the sound of rock, blues, classical, and more Understand the music theory behind guitar mastery Express yourself through your own compositions Perform practice exercises for muscle memory and dexterity Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, includes access to audio tracks and instructional videos to guide you through the lessons and inspire you to play often, which is the number-one key to success. You get advice and instruction from some of the most respected guitar teachers in the business, plus online resources, for less than the cost of a single lesson. Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is the key to bringing your music to life.
  • AOLGJ
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    This is a complete practical guide with 200 step-by-step photographs, illustrations and musical exercises. It explains all the techniques of electric guitar playing, from basic set-ups to advanced scales and modes. It shows you how to master blues, rhythm guitar, rock 'n' roll, power chords grunge, riffs, Indie rock, wah-wah effects, funk, disco, jazz, reggae, country, electric slide and bass guitar. It features fascinating information about influential electric guitar heroes, such as Chuck Berry, George Harrison, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Steve Howe, Bob Marley, Mark Knopfler, Angus Young and Stone Gossard. It includes a comprehensive glossary of guitar terms. The electric guitar's versatility, along with its melodic and rhythmic potential, has established it as an icon of modern music. This book will get you started by guiding you through all the basic techniques you need to know, as well as exploring more advanced techniques for experienced players wishing to expand their repertoire. The book features many different genres of music, such as rock 'n' roll, jazz, heavy rock, metal and blues.With expert step-by-step instructions from a professional guitarist and over 200 photographs and musical exercises, this manual is an essential guide for every aspiring guitar player who wants to improve their skills.
  • AIHKX
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    Serious about jamming, understanding, and creating guitar-driven music? Easy. With an approachable and engaging style, Guitar Theory For Dummies goes beyond guitar basics, presenting the guidance intermediate to advanced players need to improve their improvisational and compositional skills. Plus, with access to audio tracks and video instruction online you can master the concepts and techniques covered in the book. Key content coverage includes: pentatonic and major scale patterns; the CAGED chord system, chord progressions, and playing by numbers; roots, keys, and applying scales, plus modes and modal scales; intervals and chord extensions; popular song references and theory applications that help you understand how to play popular music and contemporary guitar styles, and create music of your own. This title also features companion audio tracks and video content hosted online at Dummies.com The expert instruction and easy-to-digest information provides comprehensive guidance on how to apply music theory concepts to fretted instruments If you already have a handle on the basics and want to know more about the building blocks and theory behind guitar music, Guitar Theory For Dummies has you covered.
  • ANBIZ
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    Gretsch electric guitars have a style all their own - a glitzy, wacky, retro charm that over the years has drawn players from all kinds of popular music, from timeless stars to unknown teens. The Beatles, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer all made their mark with Gretsch, and new bands continually discover and fall in love with the Falcons, Gents, 6120s, Jets, and the rest. The Gretsch Electric Guitar Book comes right up to the present, including Gretsch's alliance to the powerful Fender company, a move that has done wonders for the reliability and playability of the modern Gretsch axe. Every great model is here, but the book also tells the story of the lesser-known guitars and the projects that almost never happened. There are archival and fresh interviews with Gretsch personnel over the years and with many leading Gretsch players, including Chet Atkins, Billy Duffy, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer. In the tradition of Tony Bacon's best-selling series of guitar books, his updated and revised story of Gretsch is three great volumes in one: a compendium of luscious pictures of the coolest guitars; a gripping story from early exploits to the most recent developments; and a detailed collector's guide to every production electric Gretsch model ever made.
  • AETDJ
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    Take over from Richie Blackmore and play with the ultimate legendary rock pioneers, Deep Purple! 8 rock classics, transcribed from the original recording for guitar, in standard notation and tablature with melody line and chord symbols. A specially recorded sound-alike CD includes stunning backing tracks to play and sing along to as well as full performance demos. This guitar book is compatible with the bass and drum books so you can also get together and form the best Deep Purple covers band in town! Other titles in the "Authentic Playalong" series include Green Day, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, REM and the compilations, New Rock Anthems and Classic Rock.
  • AJLVZ
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    Updated with the latest bass guitar technology, accessories, and more The bass is the heart of music. So leave center stage to the other musicians--you have more important work to do. You can find everything you need to dominate bass in Bass Guitar For Dummies, 3rd Edition . You'll get expert advice on the basics, like deciding what kind of bass to buy and which accessories are necessary and which are just nice to have. Plus, you'll get step-by-step instructions for getting started, from how to hold and position your bass to reading notation and understanding chords, scales, and octaves to playing solos and fills. Features access to videos on dummies.com Offers new musical exercises as well as updates to charts, illustrations, photos, and resources Includes bonus CD with audio clips of all the examples in the book Whether you're a beginner picking up a bass for the first time or an experienced player looking to improve your skills, Bass Guitar For Dummies is an easy-to-follow reference that gives you just enough music theory to get you going on your way fast! CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
  • ACJTE
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    This latest entry in Backbeat's best-selling handbook series starts by exploring the humble beginnings of blues guitar through the early decades of the 20th century, moving into profiles of such players as Robert Johnson, Charley Patton and Son House. As the story moves into the 40s and 50s and blues players migrate to major urban centres author Adam St James follows the evolution of the music at the hands of such electric blues kingpins as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and B.B. King. Then it's the blues-rockers of the 60s, 70s, and 80s (including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Stevie Ray Vaughan) before the story comes up to date, with blues flame-keepers such as Keb Mo' or Duke Robillard, and some not-quite-traditionalists, such as Robben Ford or Derek Trucks. A comprehensive tutor for mastering electric and acoustic blues follows this historic overview. Starting from the very basics it leads you into more advanced rhythm and lead techniques, before examining four key styles: acoustic blues, classic electric blues, blues rock and jazz blues. The many exercises in the tutor are supported by specially recorded audio tracks on the accompanying CD.
  • ALBCG
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    Learn the secrets to achieving your ultimate sound Whether amateur or pro, guitarists live for the ultimate sound. Guitar Amps & Effects For Dummies provides the information and instruction you need to discover that sound and make it your own! Written in the characteristically easy-to-read Dummies style, this book is ideal for beginners and experienced musicians alike, and can help all players expand their skill set with effects. Guitarists tend to be gearheads when it comes to sound, and this book provides guidance on topics ranging from the guitar itself to amps, pedals, and other sound technology. Amps and effects are the unsung heroes of guitar music. While most people recognize the more psychedelic effects, many don't realize that effects are often responsible for the unique quality of tone that can become a musician's trademark. Certain effects work on the volume or signal level, others work on the environment, and still others work on the bass and treble content. Guitar Amps & Effects For Dummies covers them all, and shows how effects can not only add something extra, but also "fix" problematic areas. Topics include: Gain-based effects, like distortion, compression, volume pedals, and gates Tone-based effects, including graphic and parametric EQ, and the wah-wah pedal Modulation effects, like the flanger, phase shifter, and tremolo Ambience effects, including reverb and delay The journey to incredible guitar music never ends. No matter how experienced you are with a guitar, there is always room for improvement to your tone and sound. Whether you're looking for the sound of angels or thunder, Guitar Amps & Effects For Dummies will help you achieve the music you hear in your dreams.
  • ALOVB
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    The perfect companion repertoire book to Bert Weedon's best-selling guitar tutor Play In A Day. Packed with tunes from all styles of music for the beginner/intermediate player, and suitable for both electric and acoustic guitar players.
  • AGLJX
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    Ibanez is the most important Japanese guitar brand, and this new book tells the story of its electric guitars, tracking the fortunes of this impressive brand. At first the guitars were cheap and basic, and in the 1970s Ibanez was best known for its copies of leading Gibson instruments, including Les Pauls, SGs, and Explorers. As the Japanese music industry gained maturity and increased quality, Ibanez made more assured instruments with original features; and in the late '70s and early '80s, it hit new peaks of achievement. The big break came in the late '80s with the arrival of Steve Vai's impressive and spectacular JEM signature models. In recent years, the company has continued to provide great modern electric guitars. Ibanez guitarists featured in the book include George Benson, Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Allan Holdsworth, Pat Metheny, Steve Miller, Joni Mitchell, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Lee Ritenour, Joe Satriani, John Scofield, Paul Stanley (Kiss), Mick Thompson (Slipknot), Steve Vai, and Bob Weir (Grateful Dead). The book is in the tradition of Tony Bacon's best-selling guitar series, with a carefully researched story, including exclusive interviews with Vai and Satriani, a gallery of full-color pictures of famous guitars and players, and a reference section detailing production years and specifications of all Ibanez's electric models.
  • AHRYB
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    Have you ever dreamed of being able to pick up a guitar and perform before a crowd, whether it be in the supercharged atmosphere of a rock concert or the ambience of a blues or jazz club? This detailed book is the ideal guide to accompany aspiring guitarists on their journey of musical discovery. How to Play the Guitar is the beginners' introduction to guitar playing and basic musicianship. It tells you what to look for when choosing your first instrument and amplifier, demonstrates the techniques used to form and pick notes and chords, and shows how you can greatly extend your abilities by learning to read musical notation and tablature.
  • ABOWM
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    Get the fast-track to guitar stardom with this inspirational, step-by-step visual guide. From developing your skills as a performer to learning chord sequences and choosing the right kit, "How To Play Guitar Step By Step" is the ultimate self-improvement guide for all aspiring guitar heroes. Ever dreamt of soloing like one of the guitar greats? Or forming your own band but no idea where to start? Guitar greatness is within your grasp with this ultimate visual guide featuring ten professional easy-to-follow lessons as well as an accompanying DVD-ROM that will keep you motivated and inspired as you progress. Advice on technique and guitar maintenance will keep you looking and sounding your best and the handy directory of chords and scales will have you reaching for the book time and time again. Whether you're starting from scratch or building on existing skills, "How To Play Guitar Step By Step" hits all the right chords progressing you from beginner to guitar hero in easy-to-follow stages.
  • ACVES
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    This third in a series of hardcover books joins the award-winning titles "The Stratocaster Chronicles" and "The Soul of Tone" by author/historian Tom Wheeler. "The Dream Factory" features hundreds of full-color photos of incredibly rare, collectible, and limited edition handcrafted guitars. In over 600 pages, learn the fascinating tale of the Fender Custom Shop and its illustrious artisans as only Tom Wheeler can tell it. It features: foreword by Billy F Gibbons; and, over 630 images illustrating the first master builders and their humble beginnings through the many changes up to present-day operations. It includes many one-of-a-kind custom guitar masterpieces and reproductions of acclaimed guitarists' instruments, such as Eric Clapton's Blackie, Jimi Hendrix's Monterey Strat, Stevie Ray Vaughan's No. 1, and many more. It is a must-have for all guitar enthusiasts! It includes unprecedented view inside one of the music industry's most creative and prolific custom instrument shops. It offers fascinating interviews and stories from the men and women who set the standard for guitar greatness. It features behind-the-scenes looks at how playable works of art are created.
  • AWJRG
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    The Martin Archives is a unique inside look into C.F. Martin and Co. s reign as America s oldest and most revered guitarmaker viewed through a selection of images, correspondence, documents, and reproduced artifacts chosen from some 700,000 items the company has amassed over nearly two centuries. Many of these have lain unseen in the Martins attic or vault for generations. From the concert halls of the pre Civil War United States to the Grand Ole Opry stage to Woodstock, Coachella, and beyond, Martin s instruments have been on hand to give voice to the human spirit. The Martin Archives offers insights into those instruments and the persons who made them, as well as the times the Martins lived through. While some guitarmakers predate the advent of the business computer, Martin predates the typewriter, electric lights, and even the steam locomotive, and its archives reveal what an interesting ride that s been. In addition to all that is on its pages, The Martin Archives also contains pockets with reproductions of illuminating bits of its history, including old company records, letters from stars such as Gene Autry and Jimmie Rodgers, the purchase order for the first D-45 guitar, a handwritten history of the company on its 100th birthday by Frank Henry Martin, and other palpable delights.
  • BLKRB
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    The way we make music today is in constant flux, and that is especially true for the guitarist. The New Electronic Guitarist surveys the expanding landscape of digital hardware and software applications for electric and acoustic guitar. The book provides an introduction to the nature of sound, synthesis, signal processing, and MIDI as they relate to guitar and often to the broader family of stringed instruments. Along the way, author Marty Cutler provides a history of guitar synthesis as it evolved from elaborate proprietary systems, culminating in cutting-edge tools that enable guitarists to adapt their favourite guitars to modern digital-recording techniques and virtually any synthesizer. Cutler offers an admittedly subjective take on a number of products, including pickups, MIDI converters, guitar-modelling systems that enable one guitar to take on the characteristics of other guitars, guitar processors, software and hardware synthesizers (including an overview of common and emerging synthesis types), digital-audio workstation software, and much more. The book s scope ranges from stand-alone creative tools to software systems for computers and mobile devices. Each product under examination will include special tips and setup directions for guitar, along with Cutler s insights gathered from more than 30 years of experience in the field.
  • AJHSK
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    Is the sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard really the greatest electric guitar ever made? This books aims to answer that question, even if so many players and collectors have already sounded a loud Yes!. Famously played by Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, this fabulous instrument, known simply as the Burst, has become a legend. Through a series of interviews with players, collectors, guitar-makers, dealers, and more, Sunburst unravels a myth and puts into sharp focus how 1,400 or so guitars produced at the end of the '50s became the most desirable electrics of all time. This guitar - a solid body electric with mahogany body, twin humbuckers, and a two-colour sunburst maple top - was first made from 1958 to 1960. The book examines those originals, the various reissues over the years, and the latest efforts by Gibson to re-create the hallowed guitars in its original factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sunburst is the latest book in Tony Bacon's bestselling guitar series, with a thoroughly researched story partnered by a gallery of full-colour pictures of great guitars, rare memorabilia, and famous Burst players - from Keith Richards to Joe Bonamassa and Jeff Beck to Billy Gibbons. Its reference section reveals production details and dating clues for this most enigmatic and revered instrument.
  • AWZQC
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    Steve Pitkin has worked with the Fender Custom Shop since 1995, photographing the most incredibly crafted guitars built in America. There is something special about the Custom Shop and the people who work there they love their work and they know their work is loved. These craftsmen are true mojo makers, building each guitar with artistic expression, skill, and innovation. They do this while holding true to Fender s time honoured traditions and working in close collaboration with musicians who rely on these instruments to create their art in a musical form. Each page of this book is made to be interactive, from the highly detailed photographs to the text on their edges. You will discover something new on every page as a window of discovery opens, encouraging your imagination to dream of a masterpiece when it is held in your hands.
  • BRPDC
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    This book contains beautiful, specially commissioned photographs of more than one hundred of the greatest guitars ever made, from original standard-issue Gibsons and Fenders to custom-built one-offs and pre-owned classics. Some guitars are works of art and are hugely valuable, either because of where they were made (and who by) or because of who played them. The stunning imagery is combined with salient facts and descriptions of the guitar and player (where relevant), making this book a fascinating guide to some of the most sought-after instruments in the world today. Stunning modern designs are included alongside the sometimes battered ancient pieces in this eclectic, riveting guide. Features are included on particular guitars and their players, including Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat, David Gilmour's black Stratocaster, Brian May's Red Special, and more.
  • AYHRI
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    The Invisible Line: When Craft Becomes Art is a compilation of seven West Coast artisans thoughts on a subject that is normally left to art historians and PhD candidates. The contributors are all at the top of their respective fields and have been self-employed most of their careers, which gives them a unique insight into the question at hand. Copious photos of their exquisite work offer readers a window into their world.
  • BEJZD
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    This all-colour, fully illustrated practical book brings the unique Haynes 'Build Your Own' approach to a new audience. Comprehensive step-by-step procedures show both novice and experienced guitarists how to build their very own unique, high-spec custom S-type instrument, tailor-made for their needs, for far less than the cost of buying a factory-built equivalent. Various body, neck and hardware options are covered to suit all requirements, along with advice on how to build a guitar to give the desired sound. Details of fine-tuning, along with set-up advice, helps to ensure that the finished guitar will be a joy to own and play.
  • AVWHT
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    The Gibson 335 Book tells the story of Gibson s ES-335 and related models, as played by B.B. King, Alvin Lee, and Eric Clapton, among other virtuosos. It s full of great guitars, cool players, and fascinating historical detail. The book traces the story from Gibson s first thinline models to the company s signature instruments and modern re-creations of today. The book is in the tradition of Tony Bacon s bestselling guitar series, with a carefully researched story, a gallery section of full-colour pictures of the most important guitars and players, and a reference section detailing production years and specifications. The 335 was launched in 1958. It had a double-cutaway body, but the interesting features were hidden inside. A solid block in an otherwise hollow body created a new semi-solid structure, cleverly combining the sonic qualities of a hollowbody guitar and a solidbody. Variants included the stereo 345 and the upscale 355, and players have lined up ever since for a taste of these attractively different flavors. Some of those players featured in the book include Larry Carlton, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Peter Hayes (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), Eric Clapton, Pepper Keenan (Down), B.B. King, Elvin Bishop (Butterfield Blues Band), Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Eddie Phillips (the Creation), Johnny Marr (the Smiths), Lee Ritenour, Andy Summers (the Police), Bill Nelson (Be-Bop Deluxe), and Andrew White (Kaiser Chiefs).
  • ADATF
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    This is a new edition with instructional DVD! Reorganised, and now covering bass guitars, this is a must-have book for anyone who owns an electric guitar, from beginner to pro. From shopping for a first electric guitar to setting customized action, this do-it-yourself primer for owning and maintaining an electric guitar explains the ins and outs of choosing the right guitar; cleaning, tools, and basic maintenance; personalizing and improving on a 'factory setup'; troubleshooting; basic guitar electronics; choosing and installing replacement pickups, pots, switches, and capacitors; setups of the pros; and, much more. This new edition is overhauled from top to bottom and re-organized to make it easy for the reader to make his electric guitar sound and play great. This edition also covers bass guitars. As the author of "Guitar Player"'s popular "Repairs" column, Dan Erlwine has shown thousands of guitar owners how to keep their instruments in top condition.