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Justinguitar.com Beginners Songbook: 100 Classic Songs Specially Arranged for Beginner Guitarists, with Performance Tips! Spiral-bound – November 20, 2014
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Justin's Beginner's Songbook is the perfect tool to help me practice strumming patterns while learning some singalong tunes.
Contrary to some other reviewers of this book, I like the book's set-up. New chords are given at the beginning at each stage only. There isn't a section that gives you chord diagrams so it forces you to memorize chord diagrams as you progress through the book rather than rely on convenient chord diagrams above every lyric. It isn't a chord reference book so if you're looking for that, there are plenty of cheap ones on Amazon or even free on the internet.
The chord name is given above the words of the lyrics and on the corresponding page Justin gives his recommended strumming pattern as well as some tips and trivia. There are other chord strum-a-long books out there but most of them usually just give the chords and the lyrics and not much else. You definitely get a bit more with this book. That being said, if you are familiar with Justin's videos, there really isn't anything new in the book from what he says/does in his videos. So if you are looking for something new, you may be disappointed. I purchased this mainly because I am a visual learner and seeing strumming patterns and lyrics right in front of me makes learning a lot easier (as opposed to watching Justin's videos over and over again). If you have surpassed the beginner level in Justin's guitar course, I'd recommend skipping this.
The song selection is great! With 100 songs, there is something for everyone across every skill level. Artists like Taylor Swift, Eric Clapton, Otis Redding, Don MacLean, Bob Marley and Johnny Cash are represented in the selection.
I definitely recommend using this book with Justin's free online videos on YouTube or on his website as it gives the book's lessons more context.
I ordered this book through a third-party seller supposedly located in Indiana, USA. Dispatch was quick but it took a while to arrive because it actually was shipped from overseas. As of this writing, Amazon doesn't offer this title directly but don't let that stop you.
Highly recommended for beginners really looking to develop their skills and creativity.
Although I like chords and advice, the book is much simpler that video lessons, where Justin sometimes shows more advanced strumming and explains nuances of playing: for example for "Mad World" there is explanation of more advanced technique and intro playing, and for "House of Rising Sun" video contains explanation how to play it in style of "The Animals".
For "save tonight" in video justin shows different finger position for g chord and more advanced strumming pattern, but this isn't shown in book.
Justin is an excellent teacher, he is personable, he stresses technique, and this book contains some great songs.
There are 9 stages, with 10 songs within each stage. Furthermore, there are 10 bonus songs to be tried when stage 9 is completed.
The chords for each song are well positioned above the lyrics, and songs are accompanied by and introduction as well as extra strumming challenges to come back and try after certain stages are completed.
The spiral-bound edition makes it very convenient to flip through.
Justinguitar.com Beginners Songbook: 100 Classic Songs Specially Arranged for Beginner Guitarists, with Performance Tips!
One big problem, this book is small and I guess I should have paid more attention in the description, but it's a MUSIC book. Who makes small music books? I have no idea why they skimped here! It's a huge disappointment so far and I may send it back before the 30 days is over.