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Guitar Hero: Guitar Songbook Paperback – October 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Guitar Songbook
  • Paperback: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Music Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423446925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423446927
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.

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Overall, a good book, you can't give it a bad review.
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The page size and binding were both done deliberately to help keep the book open and flat on a table without you having to keep putting your hands on it.
S. Pelan
Really, if you play the guitar hero series and you play the guitar (or want to learn to play the guitar), you owe it to yourself to get this book.
Todd C. Reich

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By S. Pelan on April 4, 2008
I was a little hesitant to purchase this book initially because I feared it may be riddled with video game graphics throughout and just not something I would use. I was wrong and this book is fantastic. Much like the game, once I tried it, I found that it was really well done and well worth the money.

This book contains 40 songs which are very detailed and are written in staff, tab and rhythm slash. There is also a legend in the back to help explain the notations used throughout the book. For anyone who isn't sure about note bending or how to hammer-on, this is useful. I'd also say that the physical layout of this book is better than some others that I've seen and own. The page size and binding were both done deliberately to help keep the book open and flat on a table without you having to keep putting your hands on it. This is really helpful because you want to focus your hands on the guitar not the book when reading it. Only the first and last songs needed an extra weight to hold the pages in place.

I've had this book for just over a month and I've gone from being initially hesitant to realizing this book was very well done and if I lost it, I would quickly purchase it again - and after the Table of Contents, there are no more video game graphics.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Iron Dragon on February 27, 2008
This is a book of select songs from the first 2 versions of the guitar hero game. Many of these songs can be found in other songbooks, but the song that caused me to buy the book was 'Mother' by Danzig. I couldn't find this particular song anywhere else. Sure, there are plenty of tab sites out there you can get the rhythm tab from, but they frustratingly leave out the solo sections that make this song awesome.

Overall, it's a good book. However, I think that the songs included may be a bit difficult for the beginning players the book will probably appeal to. It is with this fact in mind that I give 4 stars instead of 5.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Todd C. Reich on March 2, 2008
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I encountered this book at the NAMM show and it was one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" ideas. The Guitar Hero series is known for its list of more or less legendary rock songs, so this creates an awesome compilation of songs to learn and is a fantastic addition to any (aspiring) guitar hero's arsenal. Almost all the songs are, to some extent, extremely recognizable and they range from easy enough for a newbie to intricate enough for a seasoned guitar slinger. Really, if you play the guitar hero series and you play the guitar (or want to learn to play the guitar), you owe it to yourself to get this book. Hal Leonard puts out fantastic tabs, and this book is no exception. These tabs will undoubtedly leave you much better off than any tabs you could scour off the internet.

Regardless of how you play guitar or what style you play, it never hurts to have a couple instantly recognizable songs in your repertoire, and you can always derive some ideas from the licks and riffs you learn. Plus, if you're a performing musician, this book has a great many songs that are excellent to throw into your show now and then, simply because it's a pretty sure bet that the 12+ demographic will recognize it.

In summary, this book is just plain heavy metal. If you're looking for songbooks, this really belongs at the top of the list.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grant on June 27, 2008
As a guitar hero player who has drifted more into the real deal, I can definitely say that this book is great for people who are just getting into guitar playing, especially former guitar hero players.

The thing I like best about this book is that everything is in music notation and tab, which holds no comparison to online tabs on the net (Hal Leonard always delivers quality products). It really helps to be able to know what kind of note and how each note is played. If you know how to read the time signatures, you can even grab a metronome and build up your speed on the solos while you learn them (my favorite part about the book). The notation legend in the back is really helpful if you're not familiar with all the possible symbols in tab.

Having played through most all of the GH games, I recognize all of the songs easily after playing them hundreds of times on the games. This really helps you learn different sections faster because you can better understand how it really sounds outside of the book. You won't excel at everything immediately, but that's the fun of playing the instrument.

The book has a really good selection of songs from the first two games, although there are a few songs that I wish had made the cut. I think 40 songs is still a good amount to have in the book.

Something I don't like is that I've noticed a few spots that are incorrect (by sound); maybe they just don't sound right to me. I figured out how to play parts the way I wanted to though, tweaking the sound to my liking, so it was no big deal.

I'm sure it's been stated earlier before, but people who are new to the guitar will undoubtedly have trouble with some parts as the difficulty of the songs varies.
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