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  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd; Pap/Com edition (5 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844920313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844920310
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.4 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Broken down into an 8-week program of speed chapters each with brief goal summary, core lesson, theory and tests, this book offers a fast route to mastering the acoustic guitar. It covers the basics, guides the reader through the essential techniques, and self-tests the student on new found skills.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
Ignore the offputting cheesy sounding title; In this book David Mead takes you from having never touched a guitar through to playing many pleasing exercises in just a couple of months. Everything is presented in plain English and at a comfortable pace, exactly as it should be.
The book treats you like a beginner, but not as an idiot. It acknowledges that you probably know very little about playing a guitar, but never makes you feel stupid about your lack of ability. The more complex aspects of initial learning (eg, barre chords, correct fingerstyle, alternate picking etc) are not ignored or swept aside, but are embraced instead to lay solid foundations.
Highly recommended for beginners - ie, those whom the book is aimed squarely at. Intermediates and perhaps even experts may find a little new material here, but probably not much.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Coyote Mike on 7 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I tried two other guitar books and two DVDs before I discovered this book. The difference here is that there's a new exercise for each day and the exercises build into a varied collection that you can use every time you practice. When the author introduces something a little more difficult like three-finger chords, the next day's exercise will be something for the other hand like picking, which gives you more time to get to grips with the chords and less risk of falling behind. It's an excellent way to learn from a book and I recommend this one highly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By s. jones. on 15 Aug. 2010
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This is very much a beginner guitar book, if you've never picked up a guitar this will help you right from the begining. Due to this it can get a little boring, it's a collection of exercises which will teach you your first chords and learn some picking techniques. Don't let that put you off, to play a song you need to be able to play and this book will give you a foundation.
One thing that did help me when using this book is after I'd done a few chapters I got sick of flicking through the pages all the time, so I photocopied the chords and TAB notations, cut them out and photocopied them again onto another sheet of paper. Buy doing this I condensed 100 pages of writing and exercises into 6 pages of easy to use exercises to use in my practice sessions. The writing isn't ALL waffle but after I read it once that was enough for me.

Recomended book, just photocopy the important bits.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Feb. 2009
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This book was a real find for me. Each lesson builds very gradually on the last, such that in eight weeks (56 days) you can go from knowing absolutely nothing about playing the guitar, to being able to play open chord accompaniments, plus simple melodies using plectrum or fingerpicking.

The basic structure of the book is that each daily lesson gives you a new concept to learn, and then gives 1 or 2 simple exercises to fix it in your mind. The CD shows you how it is supposed to sound. You are then supposed to repeat the exercises from the previous few lessons as well as revision.

After completing this book, I recommend getting the 'Basic Guitar Workout' by the same author. This contains a larger set of exercises of a similar type used in the Crash Course, and is very good value at around £4 or so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 10 Aug. 2010
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A good book that definitely helped to get started with the guitar - would recommend to other beginners, even if it is a little slow to start off with - I was finding that I needed 3 days' worth of exercises to feel suitably challenged to start with, although by later in the book, the expectation of what could be achieved in a day was more sensible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monsieur le B on 3 April 2013
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I have musical knowledge and can read music. I understand different rhythms etc. From this point of view there are parts of this book that are too basic for me. This made me a bit impatient at times and skip pages - not a good idea. However, I could not previously play guitar, only keyboard, and so from this point of view the book very good. I have small thick fingers which, despite anything you may be told, are a big disadvantage. However, I am starting to cope with this even those I am having to adapt some of the chord shapes in the book. A decent buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sirraell on 12 Dec. 2012
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If you have an acoustic guitar and you're a complete beginer then this is the perfect book... easy to follow, with a helpful CD and motivating. Don't be put off by the cheesy title. I wasn't and have no regrets :)
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This is The Book. All the basics are covered, and the book progresses at a steady pace with short daily excercises. Learn to play in 28 days without feeling like you are being slave driven. CD shows you how each excercise should sound if you get it right.
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