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How to Play Guitar: Everything You Need to Know to Play the Guitar Paperback – December 10, 2001
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Roger Evans has helped nearly half a million readers learn to play an instrument on their own. His other books include How to Play Piano and How to Play Keyboards
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is better than them all!
Yes, this book is basic. It teaches guitar as if you've never come across one before: from the parts of a guitar, to how to position your hands, to how to purchase your first guitar, and how to keep your nails before playing. It also teaches how to read sheet music and tabs, and offers advice on how to practice (a little each day, never in front of others). This might be a negative for those who already know these things (in which case, 20% of the book isn't useful to you), but I thought I knew these things only to discover my form was off (e.g. position the strumming hand slightly behind the sound hole) and that I should learn to play with my fingers before using a guitar pick.
This book is incredibly comprehensive, with one lesson building on the next. You'll learn basic and barre chords, brush stroking, 3 types of finger picking, and a little bit about hammer ons, pull offs, note bends, and harmonics. What's more, you'll learn how to take care of your guitar (ex. what it means if there are buzzing noises; how to travel with your guitar).
My only tiny complaint is that there are a few exercises with songs I've never heard of, so there was no way to know whether or not I was playing them correctly (ex. Tum Balalaika - Yiddish Folk Song, or Early One Morning- English Folk Song; Yankee Doodle I knew).
If you're a beginner like me with minimal exposure to guitar playing and music theory, this book is for you. Certainly use this before taking lessons (which, from personal experience, is a waste of money until you can't go any further on your own).
Thanks to this book, I am currently at the height of my guitar playing prowess. I will be going back to it for a long time.
I *HIGHLY* recommend this book above all others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Am a very beginning guitar player. I started this month, again. This book is the best I have ever seen. Lots of instruction and why and how to. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Dillon
This is a nice book for a quick "teach yourself guitar course," but there are nicer and more concise books out there. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeremy
Read this book from cover to cover. I didn't learn much in terms of playing the guitar.Published 3 months ago by Karla Stagray
Old book. New techniques are better. I learn more from others.Published 3 months ago by William L. Meggers