Book 3 in the best-selling guitar course. Learn about modern altered chords, music theory, syncopated rhythms, the pull-off, new classical techniques and more. Includes Wonderwall, Imagine, Can't Buy Me Love and more.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I attended a military boarding school for 7 years, where amongst
other things I learnt to shine shoes, fire guns, play rugby, march
and salute. 5 more years were spent before and after university
pushing pens in accountancy offices. I've also worked on a
building site, swept floors and cleaned toilets at the crack of
dawn. I took up guitar at the age of 23 and travelled to Australia
as a "£10 Pom". After returning to the UK, I taught guitar, toured
Europe with a theatre group, and ran Bunjies, a folk
club/vegetarian restaurant in central London. Somehow I've
managed to make a living out of music most of my life - by
performing, writing songs and teaching.
Okay, I'll come clean. Do I have a sociology degree? No (though
I admit to one in economics). Am I a trained psychologist with
letters after my name? No. Am I a recognised philosopher? No.
Am I a medical doctor or nutritionist? No and no again. But I
believe that the very absence of these kinds of qualifications has
enabled me to look at human behaviour and lifestyle matters with
a fresh, unbiased and truly open mind - and thereby to see the
wood from the trees. I did something similar in the music area
some time ago.
In the late 1970s I persuaded a well-known company to distribute
my guitar tuition books (for non-classical music), and about 2
million have now been sold. The approach I took then is
analogous to the one I used for this book. Because I had not been
trained classically and had started playing relatively late in life, I
observed other guitarists with a keen eye, fresh pair of ears and
an open mind. I realised that instruction books then had two
major flaws: they included no modern material and concentrated
almost entirely on the left hand, i.e. the notes and chords. It
became clear to me that the rhythmic side of music - particularly
for non-classical accompaniments - was of at least equal
importance to pitch. So my tuition books provided 6 distinct
rhythm styles and modern songs as examples. These proved to be
extremely useful for beginners to play a whole variety of songs
with just a handful of chords.
When I looked at lifestyle, I became aware of an apparent
paradox: the significant increase in our material wellbeing had
been accompanied by an equally significant increase in our
physical and mental problems. On the following pages you'll find
an abundance of persuasive statistics as well as the analyses and
conclusions of experts who have studied the excesses and stresses
in the developed world. Taken together they provide a convincing
explanation for this phenomenon - convincing enough for me to
alter my diet, exercise more, simplify my life, and to view myself
and the world in a different, more positive and constructive way.
Do I practise what I preach in this book? Yes, I believe I do,
though that's perhaps for others to judge.