Top Guitar Books by Skill Level

Whether you're a total newbie looking to learn the ropes (or strings, as it were) or you've been playing the guitar for years, our guitar books are great for any skill level. If you're being taught by a professional or trying to self-teach yourself the basics, a guitar book can really act as the perfect accompaniment to your lessons. Or, if you're not a guitarist yourself but know someone who can't stop playing then one of these books would make a great gift.

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Skill Level: Complete Newbie

1. Guitar Basics

Nick Walker

7 years +

If you know any young musicians who want to take up the guitar then this book gives them a great place to start. Beginning with the basics, they can follow the 15 stages set out in the book to becoming a fully-fledged guitarist with a mix of familiar and original tunes to learn. Fun and easy-to-follow, this is the best book for kids who want to get into guitar playing.

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2. Guitar For Dummies

Mark Phillips

Guitar For Dummies is the best place to start for adults wanting to learn how to play the guitar. With handy instructions and tips for playing the guitar and advice on how to buy and care for your guitar, this book is the perfect tool for beginners. Comprehensive and detailed, with this book you'll be playing the guitar like a pro in no time.

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Skill Level: Amateur

3. Guitar Playing Manual

Martin Hatwood

This book is great for anyone with a basic understanding of guitar playing already but wants to learn more. Martin Hatwood will turn you from a novice into an expert with his various tutorials and tips for being a top guitarist. He uses anecdotes to help you to overcome problems you may have when learning to play so that you too can take your basic skills and work on them until you're a successful guitarist.

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Skill Level: Semi-Expert (You know enough to decide whether you prefer acoustic or electric guitars)

4. The Complete Illustrated Book of the Acoustic Guitar

James Westbrook

Taking up the acoustic guitar is easy with this handy guitar book. With a playing manual, directory of over 150 acoustic guitars and a fascinating section on the history of the guitar, this book is a must for anyone looking to learn how to be an acoustic guitarist. Discover the techniques you need to be the next Johnny Cash with this fantastic book.

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5. Learn How to Play the Electric Guitar

Ted Fuller

If you're looking to learn electric guitar then this is the book for you. There are 200 step-by-step musical exercises with photographs and illustrations for you to follow to help you learn everything you need to about the electric guitar. Plus, there is information about famous electric guitarists, including Check Berry and George Harrison so you can learn from the best in history.

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Skill Level: Basically Jimi Hendrix

6. Marshall: The Book of Loud

Nick Harper

Now, for the guitar experts, there is this brilliant book filled with facts and trivia about guitars and their history. From Marshall, the manufacturers that have made amps for some of the biggest shows and bands comes this fascinating must-read for any music fan. With information about bands such as Iron Maiden and The Ramones and packed with illustrations, this book would make the perfect gift for anyone that loves a gig.

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Grab one of these fantastic guitar books and get playing now.

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    This is a comprehensive introduction to the guitar, including a practical playing manual, a historical overview of the instrument, a directory of over 150 acoustic guitars, and more than 900 photographs and illustrations. It is an easy-to-follow beginner's guide to playing the guitar, with a detailed chordfinder and step-by-step instructions for mastering a range of musical styles, including blues, country, jazz, classical and flamenco. It includes a beautifully illustrated directory of guitars, from the early 16th century up to the modern day, and a complete historical overview of the origins and development of this universally popular instrument. It comes with features on influential acoustic heroes, such as Robert Johnson, Django Rheinhardt, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Julian Bream, Phil Keaggy, and many more. The guitar is a fascinating instrument that has been around in various forms for thousands of years, and it continues to be the instrument of choice for many musicians today. This book will guide you through all you need to know to play an acoustic guitar, from buying the right guitar and learning the basic chords to mastering advanced techniques. A history section covers the evolution and development of the guitar, from the first plucked strings through to the modern instruments of today. The book also includes a fully illustrated directory exploring the many types of guitar in depth, from early 16th-century variants through to steel-strings, resonator guitars, acoustic basses, and more.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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    Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition (9781119293354) was previously published as Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition (9781119151432). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product. The bestselling guide now updated with video demonstrations and audio tracks online The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments in the world, which is why it's so appealing to musicians. Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition gives you everything a beginning or intermediate acoustic or electric guitarist needs: from buying a guitar to tuning it, playing it, and caring for it. Fully revised and updated, with online video and audio clips that help you learn and play along, you'll explore everything from simple chords and melodies to more challenging exercises that are designed to satisfy players of all levels. Additionally, new players can dive into the basics of guitar and accessory selection. Whether you prefer the cool sounds of the acoustic or the edgier tones of the electric, your guitar will get a lot of use as you play your way through the lessons presented in this integral book. But your journey doesn't stop at the last page! With an updated multimedia component, you have access to more than 80 online videos and 35 audio tracks that help build your talent. * Play along with online videos and audio tracks to develop and reinforce your new skills * Tune your guitar, change strings, and make simple repairs to keep your instrument in working order * Choose the right guitar and equipment for your needs * Explore numerous musical styles, including rock, blues, jazz, and country Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition guides you in the development of your strumming talent and who knows where that can take you!
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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.