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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Craig Publishing (8 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908707097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908707093
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ben Parker is an established professional musician, songwriter & producer and has been teaching Ukulele, Guitar & Piano for over 10 years.

He also tutors actors for film & television - in this capacity his credits include The John Lennon biopic 'Nowhere Boy' and Robert Pattinson drama 'Bel Ami' . He also fronts his own band Chains (www.chainsunchained.com), and develops young artists for major record labels. For more information about Ben, you can visit his website here - www.benparkermusic.net

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. Carter on 17 Jun. 2013
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Starts off with one string & works up. If I can understand it anyone can! My playing has improved consistently.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By murph-hendrix on 5 Sept. 2012
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After reading this book I feel that I am quite an accomplished guitarist given the length of time I have been playing. I would really recommend this book to all budding guitarists as a first step.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By sophie cheyne on 15 Mar. 2013
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Taught me loads about the guitar and how to begin it and easy to understand perfect for just starting learning
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By BethMcG on 1 Oct. 2012
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My hubbie bought me a guitar for xmas last year but I've never quite got around to learning it properly - so it finally felt liek time. cought a couple of beginners books and this one was great, nice and simple and easy to follow. It's ages since I read musci so I liked being able to follow the TAB diagrams, but it's also re-teaching me to read music properly as well, so best of both worlds. Good wee book !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anthony McColl on 21 April 2013
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Thought this book was great, some beginner books (if you're an adult) tend to insult your intelligence. But I thought this one gave good instructions, and a very solid basis to start your guitar playing journey.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By redrobin on 30 Jan. 2013
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good value, quickly gets you started. A complete beginner I found this book a big help,I would definetly recommend many thanks.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Pegster on 24 Feb. 2014
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I'm taking music as a GCSE option in school, and almost everyone can play an instrument, but me! I know a lot about music already, and how to tune a guitar, and how to play a few songs, but I didn't know enough to actually play the guitar… Every module, we have to perform a solo, and I usually sing or play piano, but I don't actually get lessons on either, so I don't excel in either. And I always wanted to learn guitar, and have one to practice at home, but I could never get lessons, but because of the post 16 music students and the awesome guitar teacher, I learnt quite a bit, and my mum surprised me and got me an acoustic guitar for christmas and this book! Everyone I spoke to advised me to learn 3 or 4 chords, and then learn to switch between them quickly, to a strumming beat, and eventually you'll pick it up.

What I found very useful is at the back of the books there are 3 pages that have the major, minor and seventh chords! So I've mostly been looking at the chords and tried them on my guitar, then tried switching between them. I haven't really read the start of the book because it tells you how to tune the guitar, how to hold it, how to hold a pick/plectrum and use it, and well because of my knowledge, I already knew this stuff, but if you don't I recommend getting this book! Because it does start with the very basics, and gives you a few short music lessons and simple string exercises. After the book covers the basics, it goes on to show you how to put your knowledge to use, and it has the sheet music for simple sings like Twinkle Twinkle little star, and Mary had a little lamb :) These songs are obviously easy, but it gets you used to the fret board, and practises you to move your fingers quicker!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Bridget on 21 Sept. 2012
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My grandson has just started high school and is choosing Guitar as his musical instrument. I looked around for a book that looked easy enough for him to follow as he hasn't started reading music yet either. His dad look on amazon and suggested I get him this one as it does teach them how to read and follow music but also how to use diagrams and follow the photos and illustrations as well, so he can do either....It got a big thumbs up when i gave it to him!
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