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The Guitar Handbook: A Unique Source Book for the Guitar Player - Amateur or Professional, Acoustic or Electrice, Rock, Blues, Jazz, or Folk Paperback – October 20, 1992
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The most comprehensive resource available for beginning and experienced guitarists alike, whether acoustic or electric. Completely redesigned and with many more full-color photos than the original, this new edition surveys recent models and profiles current masters, includes an expanded lesson section, and encompasses 10 years of technological change in recording and amplification.
About the Author
RALPH DENYER was a vocalist and guitarist for Blonde on Blonde, a psychedelic rock band that formed in Newport, South Wales in 1967. The group disbanded in 1972.
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It covers tremendous ground that I have not found in any other book since encountering it in terms of playing guitar.
If you want to learn guitar from the very basics to the most advanced concepts in order to play your own music, buy this book! You will not regret it! I am buying this book today at long last!
There're some books you buy and they just sit on the shelf collecting dust like "The Jazz Theory Book" which I just couldn't get into because it was too heavy and overwhelming for my music education or rather lack of it. I'm not saying it's a bad book but just that you need to be ready for it.
Now this Guitar Handbook right here, it doesn't expect you to have a particular level of musical education. All you need is to enjoy playing guitar and have the desire to improve your playing. You sort of pick it up and read it and learn new things when you have the time. Or when you want to know something you go through this book and likely to find it. Author explains things adequately and concisely.
It starts with some history about the guitarists we all know and love, but it's not about things like what so and so likes to eat for breakfast.. but rather useful things such as where the artist is coming from (musically) citing their inspirations, playing styles and types of guitars they've used. This is useful info, because it gives you ideas about your own styles and musical directions.
After that there is a section on what makes up the guitar, its parts and their functions. Also very useful for several reasons such as knowing the guitar you already own, maybe changing certain things to improve the sound. As well as giving you an idea of what to go for on your next guitar.
Then goes the section on playing the guitar. This is the main part of the book and it tells you How to play the instrument. It explains the notes, various chords, their relationship. All this with nice diagrams and pictures of how to press the strings etc. You then learn about the actual notes on the staff, time signatures and all the technical things associated with that business. Then you learn The scales, major/minor/etc. It gets even more technical after that.
Then there's a section on guitar electronics/effects/amps etc. Also introduces the reader to microphones, recording, mixing. Nice overview.
The book ends with a Chord Dictionary (diagram of a chord with finger positions)
Some of the portions of this book are clearly designed to be studied like the part where you learn to actually play the guitar, and understand how the notes and chords work. Yet other portions are more for reference purposes, such as where the guitar's physical design and electronics are explained.
This book has proven useful to me and I enjoy reading it -- so 5 stars!
Another book I recommend is "The Mixing Engineer's Handbook". Although it has nothing to do with guitar-playing, it's also a great book and a must, if you are going to record.
So , how does Amazon improve on such a satisfying product experience? John Garrison at MajRThrift went the above-and-beyond distance to guarantee that the book I sought was the one that he delivered. It took extra diligence, because it turned out not to be the book he had in stock. (That ISBN element is especially critical with a used book.)
Subsequently, he invested countless hours tracking the publishing data, contacting publishers and other book sellers. He found it. It was worth the delay.
Now that I have the book, it remains for me to do the study, practice, and dedication to realize my aspirations: expand the sounds I imagine and bring them to be shared with other musicians and audiences.
Five stars for Ralph Denyer and his book. Six for John at MajRThrift, who facilitated its arrival at my door.
Tom Blanks, teacher, reader, guitar learner