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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar Paperback – October 5, 2010
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
This book also gives plenty of exercises and short song tracks to learn. I must also praise the theory aspects that you will learn from this book. The book also makes short stops to cover many musical genres like, country, folk, blues, rock and classical. There is also a further study section at the back.
In all this an excellent book.
Many guitar books will saddle you with snippets of riffs that sound cool but in the end the new player doesn't know what to do with them, has little musical framework,except maybe that such and such is an example of so and so's signature style. YOu can't do anything with that kind of talk.
At one point in my life I realized I had to get the music at least as much into my head as in my fingers or the guitar would sit in its case. I thought I'd read through this book quickly since I am a pretty experienced player. However I've had so much fun working out bad habits that I've been happily plying the middle chapters for weeks. It is the most useful guitar book I own.
I intend to give copies to my jaming friends for the hollidays.
Unlike countless method books out there, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar progressively explores the guitar in a thorough manner, shining light on all the details that new guitarists need to know. The book starts right from the beginning, by describing the different types of guitars you can play, how to get your guitar in tune, sitting and playing positions, and guitar anatomy. As you progress through the book, you'll learn how to strum chords, read music notation and guitar tablature, fingerpick, play unique guitar techniques (like bends, slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs), create accompaniments and solos, and even play in alternate tunings. To help you assimilate what you're learning, plenty of songs are used throughout the book to get you playing music and using these techniques in real-world situations, instead of aimlessly practicing concepts and exercises in a vacuum.
As you work through each technique, music theory is gradually introduced in a clear and unintimidating fashion, so that--by the end of the book--you'll not only be a good guitarist, but you'll also know how to understand chord and scale construction, and how to read music.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book makes sense to me. I wish the cd was a dvd but it still works nicely. This was bought for an addition to another dvd set I have, and it works nicely together.Published 1 month ago by Dina Peterson
A very comprehensive guide for beginners. It's not easy to learn a new instrument without a teacher, but the CD fills this void.Published 3 months ago by DesertDeb
Outstanding book for beginners. Enough info to keep someone busy for a long time if you learn everything that is in it. I started guitar 70 yrs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert J Sears
Bought this for my boys when we got them some beginner guitars. While as tends to happen, one of them didn't really stick with it, but the other has and the book has been useful.Published 7 months ago by DMK
While this book title may suggest that you'll only learn a limited amount, the fact is that this is an excellent, well written book for the beginning guitarist. Clear explanations. Read morePublished 15 months ago by watchman
This book helped me a lot learning to play the guitar. Now if I could just get past the arthritis in my left hand, I'd be able to learn the guitar much faster.Published 19 months ago by Jene Moseley
good instruction but the songs for practice were written in 1895 Come on guys put some rock blues or something that resembles this century's musicPublished 21 months ago by Tower of Power