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The Heavy Guitar Bible: A Rock Guitar Instruction Manual Paperback – December 1, 1986

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Lane Music; 1 edition (December 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895240661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895240668
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since playing classical guitar for a few years and recently picking up an electric I've been diving into really "getting it" as far as a path for learning and understanding the big picture of what's involved in playing the electric guitar. It's truly a different instrument than the acoustic, and a practice regimen is a difficult challenge to plan. This book, while serving as a great practice reference will give every electric/rock guitarist a complete explanation as well as instruction on the full array of "elements" that will make up your skills not just as a player of a guitar but someone who can work towards "owning" the instrument. From scales, chords, soloing and rhythm, this gives such a clear overview of the art of electric guitar that only now after reading this cover to cover have I found a new inspiration and clear direction on what I need to do to "get there". "There" being the goal of playing with other musicians and improvising knowledgeably.

If you're looking for a book to help make you feel comfortable that you're studying the right things, get this, read it cover to cover and then go from there. Outstanding, a must have. I wish this was the first book I bought on electric. While at first the book will seem rough around the edges from a design and editing standpoint, it will soon become obvious that this is truly a labor of love for the author.

I will add though, that this book should function as the center of the wheel of your quest to learn.
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I bought this book over 12 years ago after growing frustrated with what my local guitar instructors were teaching me. For the price of one weekly guitar lesson I got this great book that opened up many doors. I never took another personal guitar lesson again. I gained so much from this book that I felt compelled to write this review all these years later since it has been just that important to me. This book is an outstanding beginner-to-intermediate learning system. The fundamentals are clearly described and everything is very easy to understand. This book can easily take an absolute beginner and help them get really good much faster than any other book I have ever seen. The book aims to get you familiar with your guitar and able to play up and down the neck using runs taken from the Pentatonic scale which is the backbone of Rock guitar. This book will help you get past the beginner level and very solidly into the intermediate playing level and does so in the clearest and easiest way. This is THE must-have book if you want to learn to play guitar in the most efficient manner. This book provides a very solid foundation to build your advanced musical skills onto. I highly recommend it!
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This book is over 20 years old but has more information than a good deal of guitar teachers know. It explains many things for the guitar extremely well. You can not go wrong with this book; especially if you are learning electric guitar.
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This book opened up the neck of the guitar for playing lead like no other. Daniels diagrams the neck and shows you how to play lead licks in the pentatonic(Blues) scale allowing you to play almost immediately. Clearly written and laid out from basics to advanced. I would highly recommend it!
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Bought this book 10 years ago and it proved to be the best guitar book for any blues or rock interested newbie. Wonderfully written in style, approach, even the fonts and graphics. Not a huge book, but it has the essence...and teaches it very, very effectively.
Alas, lost my copy after loaning to my son (who learned even quicker BTW and quickly passed me), especially as my time to play diminished.
Recently I wanted to reteach myself, and sought out this book...was aghast! at the fact that it is out of print...Luckily, got one of the last new ones (thru amazon). Just as good now as it was then...possibly better as I have seen in the intervening years how few 'teaching' books attain this level.
I shall cherish it for it's own value, and the memories, forever.
Net: Highly, highly, highly recommended....a great achievement by the author worthy of note on his tombstone some day...
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i picked this book up almost 20 yrs ago that's hard to believe, and i'm living proof this book really works if you apply yourself to it (...). this is for those folks who don't really care about the theory thing or learning songs per say or reading music. but it is very geared to the person who wants to learn to play the guitar by feel, very easy to understand anyone can sit down with this book and learn the lessons, you WILL get out of this book exactly what you put into it and that's a promise i can say. very well written easy to understand terms for the beginer as well as the professional guitarist. i find myself constantley refering back to it just to freshen my skills. if you really want to learn this is the holy bible for the guitarist
richard lee wilson
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