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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acoustic Guitar Songs: 0 [Kindle Edition]

Alfred Publishing
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Start playing whole songs—not just chords!

This unique songbook will have beginning guitarists playing songs from their favorite classic and contemporary artists immediately. Instead of hours practicing chord progressions or strumming simple songs, you’ll learn to actually play the music with simplified arrangements of the songs and technique tips scattered throughout the music. This collection of more than 30 songs features the work of artists from Jerry Garcia to Green Day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9696 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (1 Aug. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NIH53K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #489,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this for your kindle 19 Dec. 2013
By Doog
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No problems with the content but its un-readable on a kindle and even using it as an e-book on my lap top its still not much use. It may seem a good idea to be able to carry all your music on a portable device but in this case its not.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Hard for a Beginner 25 Feb. 2013
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I have been playing for four months and can play some songs in their entirety now. This book is not an idiots guide. Some of the songs ask you to tune your guitar differently for each song, which I don't think is something that a beginner should be doing. The songs are far too hard for a beginner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide for middle-aged folks like me. 8 Jan. 2009
By Zora C. - Published on
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The guitar was not my first instrument and I had been reading music for over 40 years when I picked it up, so that explains the difference between the first rater's comments and my own.

After two weeks of playing the guitar, I was wanting more than I was learning by ear and from random acquaintances, and this book (along with iplaymusic's how-to guitar lessons with CD) filled my need. The music is, however, more from my era (born in mid-1950's), and younger musicians would do better to download some chords and tabs from any of the free music sites on-line.

This book is more useful than just chords in that it offers fingering advice, rhythmic specifics (the hardest advice to find, in my experience, in learning the guitar), and all in standard musical notations.

I've two years of university music theory/comp, and from that knowledge base, I applaud the music theory sections. I believe that they would help a novice, picking up guitar as the first instrument, to understand what is going on with harmonic progressions in pop songs.

Some of these songs are beyond my ability, still (the acoustical Layla, for instance, or some of the more complex fingerpicked songs), but at least one, Horse with No Name, should be playable within hours of getting the book.

Ideally, you'd have a CD or MP3 files of these songs, as recorded by the original artists, to begin to link staff and TAB notation to the sorts of sounds we're familiar with.

The introductions concerning musicianship and the recording artists themselves are really quite interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for absolute beginners 21 Dec. 2009
By William - Published on
If you are really a beginner, don't let the title of this book fool you, it is not for you. I bought this book about 3-4 months after I started learning the guitar, but couldn't get much out of it at all. The "lessons" at the beginning of each song should not be called lessons at all. More like a couple of pointers that do little to help a beginner figure out how to play the song. The chords are there, but there is nothing to help a beginner figure out the rhythm and the strumming patterns. I'm only now just starting to get some use out of it, now that I have almost a year of playing under my belt, but many of the songs are still a struggle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Book 12 Dec. 2008
By Frederick E. Engle - Published on
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As someone who is new to playing the guitar I found most of the songs to advanced for me to play, I have been taking lessons for 7 months.
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4.0 out of 5 stars no IDIOTS here thanks 24 Jun. 2011
By Randall Deason - Published on
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This is a very helpful book for anyone attempting to teach themselves to play a guitar. It covers many aspect needed without making you feel like a complete "IDIOT" like many of the other methods that I have tried.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 5 April 2014
By Richard M. Wood - Published on
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Has some really good songs and info.
Would be better with complete TABS and not just the intro. Overall great book!
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