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  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA; Pap/Com edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592579639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592579631
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Hodge is a songwriter and arranger who writes lessons for both Acoustic Guitar and Play Guitar!. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Playing Bass Guitar and is also the lead editor and columnist for guitarnoise.com.

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David Hodge teaches guitar, ukulele, bass, piano and other various instruments, as well as music theory and songwriting in Berkshire County in the southwest corner of Massachusetts. In addition to his private students, he also teaches group classes at the Great Barrington South County Center of the Berkshire Community College.

Since 1999, David has been the Managing Editor and Senior Writer for the highly praised, free online tutorial site, Guitar Noise (www.guitarnoise.com), where his lessons are read by over two million people from more than a 160 countries across the world and have earned him an international reputation as a teacher with an easy, down-to-earth style. He also regularly contributes to Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

He is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide Guitar" (Alpha Books, October, 2010), "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Rock Guitar" (Alpha Books, March, 2010) and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Bass Guitar" (Alpha Books, September, 2006) He and Nashville songwriter Casey Kelly (who's written hits for George Strait, Tanya Tucker, Kenny Rogers and others) are co-authors of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Art of Songwriting."

David occasionally performs in the Berkshire area and also backs up other local musicians at their shows as well as on their recording projects. When the call goes out for a Tahitian ukulele, chances are likely he'll be there!

He also performs frequently at FODfest, a series of free concerts sponsored by Music In Common, held to celebrate the life of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was murdered in Pakistan in 2002. One of David's fondest musical moments was when renowned harmonica genius Corky Siegel played solos on "Man In Black Blues," one of David's original songs, at the FODfest show at the Village Players' Theater in Oak Park, Illinois October 28, 2009.

For more information, visit his website at www.davidhodge.com.

Customer Reviews

I'm loving every minute of learning how to play.
avid reader
This book is an excellent addition to your library for your life-long mission of learning the guitar.
M. D. Yoke
Very clearly written; CD examples are well recorded too.
Bass and Mix

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Yoke on April 3, 2010
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At the age of 42 I picked up a guitar with the serious intention of learning to play. It is now nearly six years later and I am still very much a student. The guitar, for me at least, is a fairly complicated instrument to play well. Also, there seems to be as many methods of learning guitar as there are teachers. I am a software engineer by trade, and my desire is to understand deeply why the guitar is built the way it is, and also, I want to understand enough music theory so that I can apply the guitar to create music on my own. I am not simply interested in memorizing chord charts and scale patterns.

I first stumbled upon David Hodge on the excellent Guitar Noise web site (...). In my opinion, he is an excellent teacher, and in fact it was through his lessons on Guitar Noise that I actually learned to play some actual songs. So, when I found out he was writing this book, I bought it the on the very first day it was available.

I haven't made it all the way through the book yet, but the material I have been through is excellent. In my opinion, this book is a very nice balance between readability, music theory, and guitar technique. Over the past six years, I have accumulated quite a few books in the quest of that 'eureka' moment where I can be like Neo and say "I know guitar". There are not many that really help that much in the quest. This book is an excellent addition to your library for your life-long mission of learning the guitar.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By PatriotsBiker on December 8, 2010
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I got this book after a few years of playing a strummy, campfire style of guitar - even on my electrics. I am a Rock fan first and foremost, so what I was playing didn't exactly match my preferences. Down, but not out, I eventually learned what it is that I NEEDED to learn. At that same time, this book jumped into my hands. Sure enough, it covered these techniques, and did so in simple enough fashion so that an old-timer like myself could follow along with ease.

The book is more than just a couple chapters on power chords and a Pentatonic scale. The author talks you through technique after technique in a non-song specific manner. At first I was a bit disapointed that I would not be learning "XX rock riffs" or "XX Rock Licks" as advertised on various websites. Instead he taught me the techniques to perform these "riffs" and "licks" I so often hear about. All of a sudden, a song like "La Grange" by ZZ Top or "For Whom The Bell Tolls" (or really, countless others) made sense to me. I took off running.

Fast forward 6 months. I find myself playing with a bass player a couple of times a month and we're playing everything from the older strummy style I was so used to, to the Rock jams I didn't think were possible for a long, long time. I've even taken a few simple solos during these sessions and could probably do more. What i didn't expect was that even my strummy style'd songs were vastly improved.

Lastly, his handling of theory is easy to read and understand. All books, big or small, must tackle music theory in some manner. It's part of the game. We play a music instrument. We play music. The Music we play isn't based on the oceans' tides or methane PPM in some dairy barn. It's based on the heavily-avoided-by-guitar-players music theory.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Schlesinger on October 23, 2010
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I like the format of the book, as each chapter goes over one or two key techniques. Hodge writes in a conversational style, as if he were right there teaching you. There's a lot of text in each chapter, and you really need to read it to get the most out of the book, rather than just jumping from one tabbed-out example to another as many books do. I'm putting the lessons to the test, and have created a blog in which I'm going through one chapter at a time. Not sure if Amazon will let me post a link to it, but search blogspot for dBchronicle and you should find it (it's [...])
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on May 30, 2012
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I'm a 50 year old lady who recently bought herself a left handed red electric guitar. I'm loving every minute of learning how to play. This book is helping me along the way. I like the conversational tone of the writing. I find it keeps my interest & keeps it fun. The CD is a nice bonus. Kudos to the author for mentioning the added thought processes left handed players encounter along the way. I'm enjoying learning the intricacies of the instument. I am thrilled with my accomplishments like moving back & forth between chords, and learning the first few lines of one of my favorite songs, House of the Rising Sun. Like I said, I'm diggin the fun and the book is helping me smile. Rock On!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Macmichael on June 13, 2012
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I have been searching for a good guitar teaching method from the hundreds out there to choose from, and Dave Hodge's book helped me more that most other ones i tried. His book gives you the understanding of what you are doing and why. Plus the included CD really helped me figure out what i am doing is supposed to sound like! Dave's book helped fill in the missing details other teaching methods seem to leave out, and it has helped me become a more rounded player, even the musical theory end of things too. You can waste your money learning the guitar many different ways, but dave's book is really worth the money- Recommended!
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