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A few weeks ago I found Erich's website when I was looking for some country styles. I had been concentrating on blues prior to that. I liked his YouTube videos so I bought a couple of his modules. They were, well ... ok. As I said, I had found a couple of REALLY good blues teachers.
So, when he announced this book I was a bit skeptical. But, I thought I would at least check it out for $3.99.
I kind of speed read through it and I am AMAZED! He has done an awesome job on this book. Not only the book. There is a ton of supplementary videos and other resources linked to just where you need them in this book.
I HIGHLY encourage anyone just starting out to get this book now. For beginners like myself that have already gotten a head start, it has some good info in it too. More advanced players may not find it useful.
Seeing the great number of positive reviews on Amazon for this book, I ordered it, and hoped to pick up some pointers, but unfortunately, I was incorrect. One apparent reason for the many positive reviews and the author's claim it is the "#1 Amazon bestseller" (quite unlikely since it's been available only for a few months and is gotten mainly through mail, not at music stores) is his frequent pleading to the reader---SIX times through the book's pages---to click on the website given to email positive reviews for posting on Amazon.
But to the specific problems in the book's content:
1. The book's exercises are all drill, with nary a single song given to practice them. One learns guitar techniques and learns to enjoy the guitar mainly by playing songs. This is a serious flaw.
2. He omits many basics, the exclusion of which can get beginners practicing incorrectly, leading to even more difficulty in unlearning those errors later, e.g., chord changing, the kinds of strings and how to put them on, etc. The book purportedly is for both acoustic and electric guitarists, but he says virtually nothing about the latter, for instance, the use of power chords. On the other hand, he will sometimes go into excessive complexity for beginners to sort through, e.g., listing dozens of fingerpicking patterns, rather than giving a few most useful and versatile ones.
3. He develops unrealistic expectations about practice and proficiency. Note the book's subtitle: "How anyone can quickly become a strumming, chords, and lead guitar ninja.Read more ›
My frustration in the past was that I had no finger strength, little flexibility, and small hands.
This course starts with basics like posture, anatomy of the guitar and the usual basics, like tuning, etc., but quickly moves to dexterity drills and other exercises to increase strength and reach -- the things needed to play any style of music on the guitar. I have been practicing the exercises, and already feel like I am further along than I was with the expensive lessons.
He also started with 3 basics of left hand mechanics: use finger TIPS to fret, fret just behind the fret, and keep some room between the neck and the palm of the left hand. Using those three tips, I have already improved.
I skimmed over the rest of the book because it quickly gets into material I am not ready for. I want the music theory, chord progressions and it is all there when I am ready for it. There is depth to this material, so I will be using it for quite a while.
This is an excellent book, with lots of encouragement from the author for the student. He has solid advice for everything except what to do about my small hands! I recommend this book for beginning to intermediate guitar students. There is a lot of material for advanced students, but I don't feel qualified to express an opinion on that material at this time.
I purchased the Kindle version, which has lots of links to other resources,
His motivation is spot on. Practice will in fact get you there. That's true in life. However, his example of Michael Jordan missed the mark a little. If you practiced as much as Michael and you were five foot eight inches tall it would be a little harder to get into the NBA. That said if you only buy one guitar skills book, this might be the one. I have been at it many years and have already learned some new things. The guy can be inspirational, which ain't bad as a teacher.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thorough coverage of theory and technique. Lots of valuable links to videos and other resources. I like to refer back to some of his explanations.Published 2 months ago by John R Haught
Excellent introductory book for guitarists. Hugely helpful in outlining the basics. Buy this book!Published 2 months ago by Antipodean Gonzo fan
Great book. Full if good information and exercises. It is well written and has a nice size type, making it an easy read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hapkido 47
This is a waste of time and money even when it's freePublished 4 months ago by Hernan J. Aponte Malave
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