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Creative Guitar 1: Cutting Edge Techniques v. 1 [Paperback]

Guthrie Govan
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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd; Pap/Com edition (30 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860744621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860744624
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tired of the old ways of playing? Want to break out of a guitar rut? Learn to play rock guitar like a horn section, or a synthesizer or even like a drummer. Aimed at providing advice and direction for the frustrated guitarist, Guthrie Govan focuses on how you can expand your potential by refining your playing techniques, allowing you to tackle more complex riffs and solos. Using some of the most influential rock players of our time this book explains how to develop a more accomplished style, providing advice on borrowing licks from other instruments and using exotic scales, with each example played on the accompanying instructional CD.

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5.0 out of 5 stars More text for your money. 3 Feb 2004
Like many good educational books, there's an informal narrative throughout, used judiciously to reinforce concepts or alleviate any doubts the reader may feel towards drier exercises.
The format is unlike most educational books about the guitar I've read. It was a welcome relief to see a lot more writing to explain the usefulness of exercises and how I could use them in different ways as my playing improved.
The introduction is comprehensive, outlining what can be done with the guitar and what guitarists can achieve (through practice). This is quite a few pages and covers the all the core skills in an enthusiastic but systematic fashion, providing lots of practical advice; a reference book in itself.
The topics covered (Exercises, Theorey, Scales and Chords) are well rounded, not venturing far outside the realms of what is immediately useful but making references to guitarists to research if your interests lead you in that direction.
The attention to detail regarding techniques for each exercise is the best I've read. It goes far beyond providing some tablature. At no stage did I feel I'd been left with a strange bit of atonal tablature, the meanest exercises come with a few words of solace, cajoling or a description of the benefits to your playing.
This book is distilled good guitar teacher, balancing the pursuit of technical proficiency with the pleasure of playing and interacting with music and fellow musicians.
The foreword says the book is aimed at guitarists who've got so far and hit a rut. The level of proficiency isn't rigidly determined, and I can see aspects of the book that would be rewarding to any of the guitarists I've ever met, rut or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 18 May 2011
By Coco
This book is exactly what I was looking for. I don't think it would suit absolute beginners, but it is aimed at intermediate players who feel their playing is in a kind of dead end. If you're sick of playing the same old pentatonic over and over again... it is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different from most other tutor books 5 July 2010
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This book reaches parts that other books don't. The written introduction (that takes up about a third of the book) is informative as well as very entertaining. It answered a lot of questions that I had but didn't like asking other guitarists for fear of being thought of as "uncool." I am just starting the excersises and would like to point out that this book is definitely NOT for beginners. Unless you have a fairly good knowledge of music and the guitar I think you would struggle. I would say this book is for Intermediate students who want to improve their technique and undertanding of theory including scales and modes. Modes are starting to make sense to me now whereas other books just seem to skim over the subject. There are also excersises to improve flexibility and speed. all in all its an excellent book and I will definitely be buying the 2nd one in the series as soon as I manange to get through this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any serious guitar player! 16 Mar 2010
I've been a student of the guitar and music theory for nearly 20 years but always enjoy reading new material and continue learning and seeing things from different perspectives.

I wish I'd had this book when I started out playing as it gives you all the basics in a really digestible but comprehensive manner. Guthrie is a seriously good player and because he understands this stuff so well he can really put it across to the aspiring guitarist. He clear understands the minds of a student and can pre-empt the ruts/pitfalls before you do them.

Overall this book is a must-have for the aspiring guitarist. Plus, if you're up to it, I would recommend Guthrie's second book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. 10 Aug 2013
By MinkyR
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Guthrie is exactly what any student would want in a teacher: an excellent communicator, encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject, and a most humble and egoless personality. The book covers all the relevant areas and is presented in a logical and systematic fashion. Whether you're beginning, or have been playing for a while, this book will meet all your needs and will no doubt be one you'll reference and come back to time after time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot stress how much you need this book!! 21 Oct 2011
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I bought this book on a single recommendation, if you do not know Guthrie Govan, please go onto YouTube now and just see. Not only is he an extension to the guitar but he also knows all the theory behind it, and in this book combines the two. Whether you are an absolute beginner or intermediate to advanced guitarist I highly recommend buying this book along with the second one. I'm an advanced guitarist currently taking my degree in music and performance at university and even though I know most of the areas he covers, it's always great to get other peoples renditions of it! Best guitar books I've ever owned, must buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 Sep 2010
Detailed and humorous advice from one of the most exciting guitarists around. Follow these instructions and your playing will leap forward - but it could involve some hard work and practise!
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