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Guitar Books

  • MBOL
    Nick Harper
    • £3.99
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    For those about to rock (and read), this addictive and distinctive book will reveal a whole host of trivia about guitar music.

    Ever since their amps arrived on the stage in 1962, Marshall has been one of the go-to manufacturers for the world's greatest bands and this book collects together thousands of facts and figures about bands ranging from The Ramones and Iron Maiden to today's top acts.

    Very well researched and complemented by eye-catching illustrations, this is a must for any music lover. Among the things you'll be able to find out are the loudest band of all time, the bands responsible for the longest guitar solos and some of the most famous songs to have been banned from the airwaves.
    Bert Weedon
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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 +
    Nick Walker
    7 years +
    • £9.79
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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.
    Hal Leonard Corporation
    • £19.99
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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.
    • £16.00
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    Never before have so many guitars been profiled within a single illustrated volume. 1001 Guitars To Dream Of Playing Before You Die explores in detail the greatest instruments from across the globe: some are of historical or cultural significance and some were made famous by well-known musicians; others are included as examples of technological breakthroughs, innovative design, or extraordinary sound quality. 1001 Guitars features classic names that are known to all-Fender, Roland, Martin, Gretsch, and Rickenbacker-as well as important Japanese brands such as Ibanez, Yamaha, and Teisco; European classics of the 1960s, including Burns, Hagstrom, Eko, and Hofner; obscure models from behind the Cold War "Iron Curtain" such as Defil, Aelita, Resonet, and Musima; and present-day oil-can guitars built in South Africa. Plus many more illustrious models besides. The book includes a striking color photograph of each guitar, which is accompanied by illuminating text that traces the guitar's history and reveals which well-known musicians like to play the instrument as well as the albums on which it can be heard. 1001 Guitars to Play Before You Die is a visually stunning catalogue and will make a fascinating read for guitar aficionados, guitar players, and even those with only a passing interest in the guitar.
    Ted Fuller
    • £7.89
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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.
    Consumer Dummies
    • £14.79
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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 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.
    Rod Fogg
    • £15.20
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    The Ultimate Guitar Course is the ideal instructional for beginner guitar players who are looking to start playing a few chords from day one. It's a graded course that will take you from your very first lesson through mastering advanced soloing techniques. It includes an illustrated book with over 200 images, a laminated wall chart illustrating the guitar chords, as well as a CD-ROM in a slick and easy-to-carry portfolio. The Ultimate Guitar Course book is composed of self-contained one-page lessons with simple, easy-to-follow instructions as well as clear photos illustrating both hand placement and technique. The laminated guitar chord wall chart was designed so players can hang it behind your door for easy reference while you work yourself up from playing 1- and 2-chord songs to more complicated pieces. And finally, access the CD-ROM in your portfolio which includes a complete set of audio backing tracks for you to practice and test yourself. And because the memory stick is small and portable, we've also added the book and exercises in tab and notation right on it so you can take the complete course anywhere you need to be. Why wait? If you've wanted to learn guitar for years but just don't have the time or patience for an expensive guitar instructor, then The Ultimate Guitar Course is for you. The lessons are quick and easy, and you'll be strumming a few chords by the end of your first day!
    Tony Bacon
    • £20.80
    • RRP £26.00
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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.
    • £13.89
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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.
    Patrick Pfeiffer
    • £13.59
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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 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.
    Adam St. James
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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.
    Martin Hatwood
    • £21.89
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    Extensively illustrated and written in down-to-earth language, this "Haynes Manual" is designed to take the novice guitar player through from first steps to confident, competent playing, but each chapter can also be read as a self-contained tutorial in its own right by those who already have some knowledge and skill. During the writing of this book, the author has recalled his own problems from his early playing days, some of which have taken many years and frustrations to resolve, and aimed to provide the reader with answers to many common stumbling blocks.
    Dave Hunter
    • £17.29
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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.
    • £9.89
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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.
    Nick Freeth
    • £8.79
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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.
    • £16.89
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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.
    Dave Hunter
    • £23.39
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    Guitar Effects Pedals: The Practical Handbook opens up the world of effects pedals, vintage and new alike, for the guitarist. In an easy, guitarist-friendly style, the book explores the history of different effects pedals, what each type of effect does and how it does it, the best ways in which to use and combine your own effects, and how to make the most of the pedals you own. It includes exclusive author interviews with a dozen leading pedal makers and designers, plus a cover-mounted CD with nearly 100 recorded sound samples of effects pedals, both popular and obscure. This updated edition includes the addition of profiles of more than 20 other contemporary makers, 50 percent more manufacturer interviews, and revisions to the original text. This is the only book on the market that includes all of these important elements in the examination of effects pedals - a comprehensive history of the art; profiles on both vintage and contemporary (including boutique) units; and expert advice on all aspects of using these tools. For any serious player interested in honing the perfect tone the right way, this is the go-to reference.
  • APMZA 7 years +
    Anthony Marks
    7 years +
    • £4.79
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    This lively book will help young guitarists develop their skills in all aspects of classical guitar technique with over 40 simple tunes to play. The pieces are in single-line format and include well-known and less familiar tunes in first and second positions as well as some simple two-part pieces.
    Tom Wheeler
    • £51.99
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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.
    Jim Washburn
    • £32.00
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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.
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    PRS guitars today appeal to a growing number of musicians, from Carlos Santana to Al Di Meola, from Zach Myers to Mark Tremonti. This book examines every part of PRS history, with an in-depth story, beautiful photographs, and detailed collector's info. Paul Reed Smith set up his first PRS factory in 1985 in Maryland and has devised guitars from the regular Custom and McCarty models, through the outrageously decorated Dragon specials and the controversial Singlecut, and on to recent achievements such as the Mira, Dave Grissom DGT, JA-15, and the S2 models. Dozens of guitars are pictured inside along with players, ads, catalogues, and rare memorabilia. A detailed reference section helps musicians and collectors identify and date PRS instruments, making this revised and updated edition of The PRS Electric Guitar Book a must for all guitar fans
    Tom Wheeler
    • £34.49
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    Welcome to The Fender Archives - part history, part archive, part scrapbook, and part treasure chest. You are invited along on a research expedition, a sort of archaeological dig through several sites: file folders in Fender's offices; the family archives of Don Randall; author/curator Richard Smith's collections; the photo galleries of John Peden and Fretted Americana; jammed metal cabinets in a sweltering warehouse near the Corona factory; and the home of the late Bob Perine in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, just blocks from the beach where he and Ned Jacoby took now-iconic photos of high school kids, surfboards, palm trees, and chrome-clad rocket-ship guitars in Shoreline Gold and Daphne Blue and Candy Apple Red. The Fender Archives looks at the company from the inside. Handwritten letters, production totals, personal logbooks, in-house memos, Leo Fender's drawing-board sketches, financial reports - such documents are freed here from long confinement in cardboard boxes and filing cabinets, dusted off, and promoted from background to spotlight. The Fender Archives sheds new light on the inspirations for revolutionary instruments and amplifiers, their sometimes difficult births and growing pains, the environment into which they were unleashed upon the world, and the motivations and personalities of key players.
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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).