From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–The information in this title could take a lifetime to fully absorb, which is a good thing. Fleming starts with a basic introduction: the care of the instrument, tuning, how to hold it, various accessories. The lessons cover hand positions, scales, and chords, and illustrate the basics of music theory and style with examples from famous songs. Mini-biographies of great guitarists and a discussion of their instruments and what they brought to their music are also included. The styles cover rock and roll, jazz, blues, classical, country, folk, funk, and salsa–a little something for just about everybody. The author backs up the profiles with easy-to-find song examples. There is also a handsome section with portraits of important guitar models and lists of musicians who have used them. Beginners will learn much from this book. It is a thorough immersion into the subject and a great starting place. It reads like a big glossy cookbook to which guitarists may return to sample the instrument's many possibilities.–Will Marston, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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