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The Very Best of Johnny Cash (Strum It Guitar) Paperback – June 1, 2002
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It's a a keeper.
ps i'm not back ay school i've said what i wanted to say.
The problem with this book is that it's aimed squarely at beginning guitarists. And here's the catch: Johnny's style was so simple (on paper) that while it certainly doesn't need a "note-for-note" examination, several paragraphs on his right hand strumming style would've been helpful.
For people looking for a simple book with little explanation, this is a good book. For intermediate guitarists who are "way beyond" Johnny's simple gifts, this book may not help you.
The thing with Johnny is that he used his capo quite a bit (on his earliest best recordings). He generally played "E" forms (E>A>B7), and capo'd a lot at the first fret. That is all explained in the book, but a lot more depth would've helped.
Since Johnny's style is so simple, what would've helped the book would've been a page grouping all of Johnny's strums. Suggesting some practices, variations, etc.
It would've also helped if the author would've stated: "Yes, folks, Johnny's style was incredibly simple, but you have to practice so it sounds just like a snare drum." Amazingly enough, there are no drums on the earliest Cash recordings. What you "hear" as a snare drum (played with brushes) is Johnny's rhythm style, and it's very hard to duplicate without a lot of practice.
Beginner friendly, but also suited to the polished professional.
Most of the songs note that a capo is required. That is not a work-around for Johnny Cash's tuning at all. Go and get yourself a Victor capo, just like the man used to use.
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Its a book wtf do you want from me! Nothing to really review but i can say if your a beginner and cant read sheet music your better off just getting tab of the netPublished on December 30, 2011 by Jeremy