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Justinguitar.com Beginner's Songbook - 2nd Edition (Spiral Bound) [Spiral-bound]

Justin Sandercoe
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6 Sep 2012 Beginners Songbook
The updated 2nd Edition of the Justinguitar.com Beginner's Songbook is now spiral bound for easy reading and page turns, while remaining the same compact size for jamming on the go. Now you can learn to play 100 classic songs as your playing develops through the course.

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  • Spiral-bound: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales; 2nd Revised edition edition (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780387105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780387109
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 25 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
For the man who has given so freely of his time and knowledge to those of us trying to learn the guitar, I felt that the very least I could do, by way of a "thank you", was purchase Justin's book. I pre-ordered on Amazon and have had a few months with it to date.

Now I work in IT. I have grandiose ideas about my ability to learn from books and these plans never materialise. As a result, I have cluttered every place I have ever lived in with thousands of $ worth of "Teach yourself . . ." type books. All I have learnt is that sleeping next to them (bedside table) or balancing the laptop on them does not assist learning by osmosis. (I have grave doubts now about that technique, but that is another story.)

Justin's book has proved to be an exception to my rule. It is dog-eared already, margins filled with my scribbled pencil notes and has that 'trusty textbook' feel about it. It got that by being truly, truly useful, engaging, entertaining and enlightening.
I cannot recommend it enough. Someone said something about it needing a CD. No way. Justin's lessons are available online. Get with the plan, Stan!

I have a past littered with those weak and failed attempts at learning the guitar. No longer. I am progressing positively, I feel guilty if a day passes without me picking my guitar up. I feel that I can advance from those annoying plateaus in the learning process. This book spurs me on. I give Justin Sandercoe all the credit with his method and, more-over, his making it available to me, free, online and it augments the book brilliantly to be able to follow online when I get stuck. This book has been the cherry on top. It has been a chance for me to feel a little better connected to the man who has given me so much.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not just for beginners! 5 Nov 2012
Something for all early years guitarists in this well thought out learning method.
It's probably just my incompetence but I would also suggest that if you can master the wealth of songs in this book you would be what I would consider to be an intermediate level guitarist at least! There was plenty to interest and inspire me even after 5 years of self study.
.....and what a nice guy!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This book is good as a 'stand-alone' guitar book with songs graded by difficulty. It really comes into its own, however when it's used alongside the justinguitar.com beginner's course (which is freely available). There's a fair selection of songs for each level of the course, but whether they work for you is ultimately down to individual taste.

The printing and typesetting are clear and well laid out, and there are a few performance / more advanced hints for each song.

It's a shame that the book isn't spiral bound, but that's the only niggle.

If you're following the course, and can spot a few songs you like, then the book is excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A. J. Sturgess TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The reason I've opted for 4 stars instead of 5 gel with several concerns made by other reviewers in various reviews.

To bring these together --

The book is VERY hard to use unless you want to risk cracking the spine. It really should have been ring bound. Its frustrating to be studying a song and to have to weight the pages down to stop the book shutting itself. It's smaller-than-usual width also makes it impractical to use on a music stand.

A CD should have been included. The book assumes you know the songs (which are drawn from a very wide and eclectic range of genres and styles).

To get most benefit from ths book you need to be familiar with Justin's website and tutorials. However, as you're reading this online, there's no reason why you can't search out his fabulous website and then dive right in --- but a CD would have let you work offline as well. Maybe Justin will consider making one and marketing it or releasing it via his website?

The book is mostly for people who are singers who accompany themselves, or for those who want to accompany someone else who is singing. It you're looking for tab or notation or melody lines - forget it. What you get are lyrics, chords and tips about strumming styles plus other topics such as hints for fingerpickers.

Chord diagrams are few and far between - so make sure you know your chords or have a good chord dictionary to hand. Having said that, most songs use pretty straightforward chords.


OK - those are the reasons why I knocked off one star.

In all other respects, the book is excellent and can be seen as a combined songbook and teaching/learning/tutorial resource.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 12 Sep 2012
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This is the first beginners songbook I've found that can actually be understood by a beginner! The book is set out clearly and as well as all the lyrics and chords there are strumming patterns and tips for each song. Contains 100 songs from a wide variety of artists.
Great as a stand alone songbook, even better when used with Justin's free online guitar course.
This 2nd edition version is spiral bound so it stays open easily while you play.
A must for all beginner guitar players and worth considering for any player who wants to widen the variety of what they play.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book and its Theory companion... don't give it a second...
I've tried on and off to learn the guitar for about 12 years now. I've never been keen on lessons, they don't fit round my lifestyle well at all. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Stephen J. Elkington
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight forward and easy to follow.
I ordered a bulk buy of this item having friends who recommended it for our group guitar practice. Justin's style of teaching and the book is easy to follow. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Miss R. J. Whitcomb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songbook. I am just a beginner guitar player ...
Great songbook. I am just a beginner guitar player & find Justin's explanations very helpful. Plenty of songs to suit everyone with helpful hints. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for a beginner
Excellent ! I have been trying to learn guitar for a while and this book gives lots of examples with straightforward progression. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Irregular shopper
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing.
This book is for beginners. So why did they not publish every song with every line with the chord above the lyrics? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. W. Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Great service.
Published 2 months ago by Andy Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended.
Arrived on time and well packaged. Very impressed with the book and how it links in with the videos. Recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Professional - a great way to support Justin's videos
Why aren't all guitar tuition books spiral bound? Justin Sandercoe is an enthusiastic professional guitarist who makes great U-Tube instructional videos and has printed a modest... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend!
This little diamond is truly BRILLIANT! Builds you up slowly and you can always refer to the YouTube lessons if needed!!!
Published 3 months ago by Dominic Elsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect present for my 39 year-old daughter
Great choice of songs, excellent learning mode and clear, concise texts. I am glad to see I made the right choice. My daughter loves it.
Published 3 months ago by Diana
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