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The Guitar Player Book - The Ultimate Resource for Guitarists Paperback – October 1, 2007
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About the Author
Mike Molenda A seminal member of the San Francisco punk/new wave community in the mid 1970s, Molenda is listed in Who's Who in California Rock for his band Silhouette and as a solo artist. Molenda's compositions and productions have appeared in the Michael Douglas film The Game, on TV's Spin City, a 2003 PBS documentary on the Indian occupation of Alcatraz. In 1998, Molenda became editor in chief of Guitar Player, and helped increase the magazine's circulation from 128,000 to 150,000 (including a subscriber base of more than 117,000 - the largest of any gear magazine at any time) in a tough and competitive marketplace. Foreword by Les Paul. Les Paul not only established himself as a rock-n-roll icon, but assured his immortality with the development of the solidbody electric guitar. A popular guitar player of the 1940's, Paul focused his talents on both music performance and electronic design. Today Gibson makes eight different versions of the solidbody, ranging from the Les Paul Standard to the Les Paul Melody Maker.
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Top Customer Reviews
Note that this book is perhaps best suited for those who play rock, blues and metal, and perhaps less oriented towards jazz, country, and other styles. If that fits you, it's worth checking this out. Happy playing!
Dont get me wrong, it has great texts from Hendrix to Segovia and his hate for the electric guitar, and it ranges from you guessed it, 1966 to 2006. But I found some of the material maybe a little eclectic, maybe in their attempt to present variety, we got a headless collage of pretty short, one page interviews. Some of the interviews are just getting on with the talk, and then are suddenly finished, leaving you wanting to know more from the artist.
Some artists are missing, like Robert Cray (how?!) and some less unknown players are featured.
It's no secret that although versatile, Guitar Players is aimed for the elite of players (The ones that can sight read) and you'll find yourself skipping the pages if you cant read notes, specially Frank Zappa's colum from the 80's. All other columns and tips are pretty much the same, and a CD would've been a great addition. (No, I'm not learning to read, I'd rather spend that time playing)
The section on most famous pedal effects is great (Distorto!) and there are some valuable tips from players to further your technique of the instrument.
In all, a very nice book for those that have been fans of the magazine, or those that like me bought it from time to time.