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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT for Beginners! July 29, 2013 by Christy D. : This is just a fantastic beginning book for someone looking to learn how to play. Not only do the instructions make it so easy to learn and are easy to follow, the videos are even more helpful. I know that my children will also benefit from this as well because they also share my love for music and once they are able to play their favorite songs it will mean that much more to them! Awesome book!! --Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC GUITAR LESSON BOOK!! July 22, 2015 by Jaime: This is a wonderful book for guitar learners of all ages! It is very interactive. I've never seen a guitar instructional book such as this! Every page explains how to play or the content in a very simple manner. I've been looking for a guitar instructional book that actually helps you learn and teaches in a very simple yet exploratory fashion. This is that book! I've had a hard time in the past with guitar playing and trying to get it completely right but this really helps the way things are explained. -- Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Grace in 10 Minutes! by EPeterson: I am new to guitar, having attempted to teach myself in the past with little success. However, after a mere ten minutes of starting the book, I was singing and playing Amazing Grace for my family very comfortably. I chalk the book's success up to two things: firstly, the level of descriptive detail in everything is thorough and easy to understand without being overwhelming. And secondly: The videos! They rock! Geared toward beginners, I recommend this to anyone considering learning the guitar- it's a great place to start! -- Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tool for Learning to Play the Guitar Sept. 18, 2014 by DJB: Guitar Adventures is an excellent tool for beginners and for those who need encouragement in their playing. I have a guitar that has been sitting in the corner for a year but this book has made me want to dust it off and give learning the guitar another go. The lessons are in a simple format and are easy to follow. The gratification of being able to play a song after the first lesson is great for those of us who want instant results in a new endeavor!

5.0 out of 5 stars Music Educator: Highly Recommend! January 17, 2014 by Rachel Blackmon: I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Music Education. I am working through this book to further advance my skills on guitar beyond the introduction provided by my college. This book starts at the absolute basics, so you can teach yourself right from the beginning using this book. From an educator's point of view, this is a great guide to teaching yourself guitar or working on it with a music teacher. It is the best guide that I have found for teaching beginner guitar. -- Amazon

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As a guitarist and guitar teacher, for over 25 years, I was always looking for a book that would teach beginner guitar in a fun, clear, and useful format. Since I could not find one for my students, I decided to write one myself. Guitar Adventures is the product of these efforts and is designed for Beginner and Intermediate guitarists.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Steeplechase Guitar Instruction
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479106194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479106196
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jon M. Acheson on November 1, 2012
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Damon Ferrante's Guitar Adventures, which I've just worked my way through (61 lessons in about as many pages), is extremely clear and to the point. Damon moves you from basic knowledge of the fretboard into basic chords. There are just a few diagrams on each page, so it is very easy to follow. He ends each section with checklists and reminders for reinforcement. Within a few hours the beginning student will make rapid progress into this book and learn about root notes and major, minor, augmented, and diminished chord structures. Damon's approach is about fingers and notes and movement along the fretboard, not just memorization of chord charts. He doesnt try to do too much in this first book, but it does progress and build as it goes. Music theory can be daunting to beginners or anyone who doesnt actually read music, but Damon's stripped down clarity makes it easy both to play the guitar right away with a variety of chords as well as gain some fundamental musical literacy along the way. It's a simple book meant to quickly advance the beginning guitarist. Coming from a talented multi-instrument musician, music teacher and composer, the book is a very clear approach for learning how to play acoustic or electric guitar. The added free video channel lessons are excellent reinforcement for visual learners.
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This is an amazing book to have put real teaching techniques and experience into a step by step lesson guide. Would highly recommend having seen the success of this book in person.
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I love that I can take my iPad anywhere and still be able to look at this book. Being a visual learner, the pictures throughout the lessons make finger placement easier. I enjoyed the aspect of the book that hit on different genres of music briefly even at just a beginner and intermediate level. Again being a visual learner the videos themselves really helped as well. Being able to actually see the placement on the guitar and where to strum would be a key to my success in learning the play the guitar. The organization of the videos is set up well and makes it easy to follow along. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who is just beginning their adventure in guitar.
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This book is a wonderful help for me as a beginner player. Damon's teaching style introduced me to the world of guitar music and gave me an understanding of music in general that I cherish. The concept of a lesson book with graphic explanations and the free online lessons makes this book a tool that I can work with. The approach of building your skills at you own tempo works well and the texts and illustrations are very clear. And what is really fascinating are the recommendations to listen to artists using the cords
relevant to the lessons that you have just worked on. What could be more inspiring!
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These guitar lessons are so simple to follow. I'm already on lesson #31 in just two weeks, mastering the instrument! I've tried other guitar books in my past with no hope of ever learning. Thanks to Guitar Adventures, I can now jam out.
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My daughter is 15, plays piano a bit and the clarinet well. She has a classical guitar that she messes with. I got her this book to help her along the way. She says that it is the best ever! It also directs her to some web sites that are excellent tools. This book makes for a quick study. Her fast progress is very encouraging. While I, myself, do not play; she highly recommends this book.
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I was very pleased with this product and the fast delivery...Very impressive....I've looked at several online videos for guitar chords..some were pretty good ..but the step by step instruction in this book is fantastic..whether you are a beginner or experienced player ....I would recommend this book to anyone!!!!
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I got this to learn guitar myself and I have tried other teaching methods and books in the past. This is one of the best teaching books about learning to play guitar on the market. It is so easy that my grandson and granddaughter can learn as well. It lets you play right away and is not boring. It includes a video course so that you may also see the chords and hear how they sound.
Each section ends with reminders and checklists and it is a really great basic technique book that is meant to advance the beginner fairly fast by learning the chords through the songs. I like the fact that I can play right away so that it feels like I am making progress and enjoy the simplicity of the songs. By being able to master a song with the lesson I believe that I will finally enjoy my guitar more and play more often.
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