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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Pap/Com edition (1 Jan. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079351097X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793510979
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By a1guitarcoach on 25 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
Metal Lead Guitar Primer by Troy Stetina, is a MUST HAVE purchase for any guitar player wishing to learn the key skills needed to play lead guitar, whatever your style interests my be.

The book gives invaluable advise, and tips on creating the cleanest tonal clarity, and emphasizes the importance of muscular control and finger co-ordination - rhythmic discipline with techniques such as Hammer-ons, Pull-Offs, String bending, and Vibrato.

All of the written examples are accompanied with CD performances, and encourages the pupil to develop aural awareness and interpretation skills which are a key element in learning solo's by other more advanced guitarists, famous or not!

Also all the exercises conclude with a guitar solo at the end of the 2 chapters, which encourages the player to copy each phrase in turn allowing you break the guitar licks into 'Bite-Size-Chunks' and therefore teach you valuable skills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By highwaystar on 6 July 2012
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I purchased this to assist with my journey into rock god heaven,but soon realised my limitations as this book was in my opinion not for a newbie fret slayer (ideas above my station).There is plenty of good tunes to play but i soon realised it was too advanced for my limited playing ability might suit someone more advanced or someone who picks things up quicker.
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By Dinh Anh Tuan on 26 Dec. 2014
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good book for lead guitar beginner, and the condition is brand-new
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good starting point for lead guitar 16 July 2007
By Miguel - Published on
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Actually, this is a book for beginners. Exercises are written in TAB notation so it's easy to read.
It covers basic techniques (hammer-on & pull-off, slide, bend, vibrato, staccato, palm muting, and more) with special emphasis on avoiding unwanted noise from other strings: playing clean. These techniques are also included in Metal Lead Guitar/Book and Cd (Vol. 1) but I'd better start with 'Metal Lead Guitar Primer'.
It also introduces you into rhythm sense covering up to sixteenth notes, eighteenth & quarter note triplets, rests and rhythmic patterns.
CD includes two songs to solo over (very nice).
If you don't play clean when soloing with distortion or you're starting from the beginning as lead player, try this book, take a metronome and master the included techniques before going into Volume 1 & 2 (I highly recommend them) or other instructional book in lead guitar.
If you really are an intermediate player, this book will be very basic.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A great book for aspiring metal guitar players! 13 Aug. 2009
By Metal_Head81 - Published on
Format: Paperback
I played guitar some in college, but I never developed into a serious player. Much of the problem was that I didn't take the time to learn proper technique. I decided to take up guitar again and this time I decided to take a more serious approach to playing. I ordered Troy Stetina's book since it teaches metal guitar techniques, which is the style I'm interested in. Needless to say, it was money well spent.

I've been praticing an hour or two a day for two weeks and I've seen significant improvement in my playing skills. This book introduces the techniques necessary to play lead guitar, such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, vibrato, string bending, and palm muting. It also introduces basic guitar techniques such as how to hold a guitar, picking, and most importantly, how to mute strings which is essential to playing clean. Troy also introduces some basic music theory and does so in a way that is accessible to everyone. The sections that cover technique are also every accessible and include pictures which are a big help.

The exercises in the book are fun to play and gradually build on each other. There are two solos in this book that puts all these exercises together. The exercises and solos are written in tab so you don't have to know music theory to play them. Later exercises combine tab and some musical notation, but it's nothing a beginning musician can't handle.

If you're a beginning lead guitarist, get this book! It's easliy one of the most accessible guitar books I have read. This book doesn't cover everything but it will provide you with a solid foundation to build on.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good basics 13 Jan. 2007
By Ronny Van Den Bergh - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Troy Stetina series is definitely the best instruction books series you can find today. It is well-explained, you get great exercises and songs to play and you gradually feel your skills increasing. Highly recommended.
Stetina always delivers!! 2 Oct. 2013
By Jon Jamison - Published on
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Love it!! Great for any level of guitar player wanting to improve their skills! I would recommend any of Stetina's books !
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
great starting point 22 Jan. 2008
By T. Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was very helpful. I don't think there's much need to learn his songs, cause they're pretty forgettable, but it has a great lesson on muting, and that's worth the price of the book alone. Really, it's the best first book you can buy for an aspiring lead player. The only beginner thing I needed to learn that this book didn't offer was how best to hold my pick for shredding, ended up learning that from Paul Gilbert's dvd. But yea, Troy's a great teacher, this book alone will do a lot for putting you on the right track as a lead guitarist. It's all the prep you need for most 70's solos, like Sabbath's stuff... 90's and 00's lead stuff should be a breeze unless you get into some of the shred stuff they're putting out over seas.
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