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Total Acoustic Guitar - Book/CD Paperback – January 6, 2010
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If you're a beginning-to-intermediate acoustic guitarist looking for a complete resource to help improve your skills and chops, look no further--Total Acoustic Guitar is for you. --Michael Mueller, Guitar Edge magazine (March 2010)
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"Total Acoustic Guitar," by Andrew DuBrock, gets you over that initial hump from eager but idling beginner to musical intermediate. The author tackles three major areas - rhythm, finger picking and lead playing - and guides you through the various steps to become more skilled and confident in each of these important facets of acoustic guitar playing.
After a brief, but surprisingly thorough overview of the basic skills beginners should know by this point (open position chords and simple strumming - including alternate bass style and easy walking bass lines), "Total Acoustic Guitar" introduces the reader to syncopation, playing scratch rhythms and rhythm fills, and using arpeggios as a rhythm technique. You also tackle acoustic guitar power chords and learn some very cool and exotic sounding open string chords that are simple variations on the open position chords you learned when you first started playing guitar.
The fingerpicking section starts out with very simple and basic picking patterns and takes you up through Travis picking and pinching techniques. You'll be able to play some impressive blues and finger style guitar when you've worked your way through this part of the book.
The final section on leads teaches both technique and the basic theory necessary to understand how to apply the techniques to the music you play.
Andrew DuBrock is an outstanding teacher as well as a fine writer. Anyone who's read Acoustic Guitar Magazine at any point in the last ten years is undoubtedly familiar with his work. He has an incredible knack for making the trickiest of techniques understandable to anyone and his writing is as interesting and entertaining as it is enlightening and educational. More important, he can inspire you to take the steps needed to take your playing to the next level. He is encouraging and supportive all along the way, just through his written words alone.
If you've gotten to a point in your playing where you're wondering if you're ever going to be better and make everything click musically, then you should give "Total Acoustic Guitar" a read. If you follow DuBrock's instruction and advice, you will undoubtedly see and hear marked improvement in your guitar playing.
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Best buy ever,absolutely!
I read it over and over again, just love it!
Very good for beginner/intermediate players, it gives you some more understanding on how music works.