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The New Complete Guitarist Paperback – December 1, 2003
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A coffee table book and a through instruction manual in between the covers. -- Discoveries
An appealing book in the style of the Eyewitness series, this should be both popular with and useful to students. -- School Library Journal
Highly recommended for guitarists of all levels. -- The Guitar Magazine
About the Author
Richard Chapman is a respected guitarist, journalist, and media personality. He has taught many leading performers and acts as a consultant to the auction house Christie's in London as an authority on the history of the guitar.
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Some readers have complained that the book uses terminology that is not explained until later in the book. This is sometimes true, although it is fairly easy to locate the explanation elsewhere. The book should be considered more of a reference book (or something between a reference book and an instruction book). I would probably not use the book as my sole source of instruction, however, because some topics need to be elaborated on more thoroughly and this book avoids verbosity. None-the-less, if you only purchased one guitar book or needed a supplemental guitar book, this would do you extremely well.
Readers should also checkout the classic "The Guitar Handbook", by Ralph Denyer as an alternative or an addition to The New Complete Guitarist". Although similar, The Guitar Handbook provides a different, but welcome perspective to similar topics.
It is much more comprehensive than how I used it. The book continues with different scales (pentatonic, blues, jazz, etc) as well as how to set up different amp, head, pedal combinations. It finishes with studio stuff. When it says "Complete", it is. And it's very easy to read and understand with great pictures and diagrams. For anyone who has ever asked me how to learn guitar, I recommend this book to them.
One gripe would be that some of the theory later in the book shifts to standard musical notation, straying away from tablature. Since I use tab and much of the other content includes tab, this was a bit disappointing. However, this did not shift my overall enjoyment of the book.
If you are looking for a great reference on scales, modes and modal relationships, this is worth a read. (There is more content than scales and modes, but those are what my prime interests in this particular book were)
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it has been a valuable tool on my way to learning the guitar.