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The Hal Leonard Acoustic Guitar Method: Cultivate Your Acoustic Skills with Practical Lessons and 45 Great Riffs and Songs (Hal Leonard Guitar Method) Bk/online audio Paperback – June 1, 2004
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I purchased this book with the Complete Guitar Method series. This is an awesome supplement to that book. The included songs are fantastic, and the tab makes this very easy to use for those of you who don't read music. I've got mixed feelings as the title lead me to think this was something it was not. However, I am happy I have this book because I now have some great songs ready at hand when I need them.
I searched through OLGA and a few other tab sites for these songs, and the quality of the book shines. When you get tabs from the net you get someone's interpretation of a song. When you get this book, you actually get the song as it was actually written. Keep that in mind. I know it's not true of all tabs, but sometimes you should really consider a real book rather than what could possibly be a sloppy rendition from a tab site. Free tabs are great, but you can actually rely on this book to give the true song.
Buy this for the songs, not for the "lessons." It is worth the money just so long as you realize this isn't for the beginner.
While browsing through the guitar section at a local bookstore, this book caught my eye because it shows real world examples of the techniques I've been currently practicing.
Again this is not for the beginner nor is it intended to be. But if you have the basics down and want to push your guitar playing to the next level this book will certainly get you there.
I think, over all, it's a good buy. But if you're just learning guitar, I'd wait until you got through Hal Leonard' s guitar method books (1-3), or some other basic guitar method. After a brief review of stumming patterns, the book takes off quite quickly with difficult syncopated rythyms and fancy chords.
The other thing is that, even though it boasts having a lot of songs,I think around forty-five, most of them are just a few measures and riffs from those songs. Only at the end of each chapter is there a complete song to learn.
As opposed to being a complete guide, this slim volume offers a little bit of basic info on strumming patterns, fingerpicking techniques, uses for a capo, alternate tunings, slide use, etc.
As to the supposed 45 songs: only 7 songs are tabbed in full; the rest are actually just riffs or chord progressions--with little or no instructional material specifically pertaining to them. Many of the riffs and progressions are not even featured on the accompanying disc.
Of which, the 7 full songs are recorded as full-band tracks (minus vocals) at normal speed; there are no isolated acoustic guitar parts or slow versions. In other words, they aren't much good for helping you pick out the nuances. Song choice is problematic, too: "Name" is a fine tune, but why offer a song that requires restringing your guitar to accommodate a very unusual altered tuning? Why not offer a tune in the more common open G, for example?
Despite all these substantial flaws, there are bits and pieces of useful information to be gleaned for beginning and intermediate guitarists. Just don't expect too much. It's best to think of this volume as a seven-song tab book that also includes brief orientations to complex topics better treated in depth elsewhere.
The fact of the matter is there are 7 (seven). Including Barely Breathing, Dust in the Wind, Here comes the sun, Name, Wildwood Flower, Cross Road Blues and Angie. The other 38 "songs" are segments between 2 and 6 measures.
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This looks to supply all the wanted information, once I get to the point in utilizing these skills.Published 16 months ago by Marc H Fries
again i bought this for my cousin and i don't know how he likes itPublished 24 months ago by tigerera2010
and since im one this book works for me....ive been studing it for a couple of weeks now...once you have the chords and notes down the rest is fun...enjoyPublished on June 11, 2014 by bayou bob