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The Complete Guitar Player Books 1, 2 & 3: Omnibus Edition [Paperback]

Music Sales Corporation , Russ Shipton
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Jun 2002 Complete Guitar Player
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.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales; Pap/Com edition (Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082561936X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825619366
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 23 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best I've seen so far for beginners 1 April 2005
After having learned the keyboard using "The Complete Keyboard Player" it seemed like the natural choice to choose "The Complete Guitar Player" when I decided to learn the guitar. Before I bought this book I bought "The First Stage Guitar Book" which I was severly unimpressed by because all it seemed to consist of was pages and pages of chord charts and was far too advanced for me. Therefore, when I received my copy of "The Complete Guitar Player" I was relieved to see the familiar mix of instruction to build up technique and skills, and then songs to practice on. The book assumes absolutely no knowledge at the beginning, but as you work through to the end it becomes a lot more sophisticated and should keep me going for quite some time. So I would recommend this book if you are an absolute beginner and want to spend your money on a book that is actually helpful and fun.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to definition - COMPLETE 21 April 2004
By A Customer
This book is a comprehensive course. As you progress through the first fewpages you're taught, not only chords but different strumming techniques,how to use a flat pick, different time signatures and other guitar basics.Within minutes of picking up the book you will be able to play Mull ofKintyre. Progress is quick, so motivates further learning. You do NOT haveto be able to read music, the diagrams are very easy to follow. There arealso instructions on how to play the MELODY of some of the songs.
The CD version has the advantage that you can hear how you're supposed tosound, then work towards that. Without the CD the timing could be slightlyout.
I would strongly recommend this course, the only down-side being theblisters on the fingertips of your left hand :o)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book for beginners 17 Jan 2008
I teach guitar and i now use the Complete Guitar Player Book series as a part of all my beginners' courses.
The main problem you have teaching people the guitar is that they want to learn whole songs, and teaching them the whole song isnt always going to be best for them.
This book has the chords and lyrics for every song complete in it - and beginners love that.
On top of that it has lots of classic songs in there and loads of differant playing styles. The beginner doesnt have to read music but can learn if they want.

A wonderful book!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners! 27 Mar 2010
Someone has written a one-star review of this, so I'm going to put my two cents in and bring it back up to where it belongs.

As a grade 8 level classical guitarist who started with these books (albeit the older editions) I can't speak highly enough of them. They are clearly written and easy to follow, and Shipton deftly sidesteps the more intimidating aspects of learning the instrument by using his own rudimentary notation. His lessons progress gradually from simple strumming through to fingerstyle guitar and further to a little bit of classical guitar and standard music notation, as well as touching on effects such as bends, slides and harmonics. All the while he gives you popular songs to play with these techniques, which brings no end of joy to those who are learning.

Shipton's aim with these books has always been to get interested parties started with the instrument through easy lessons and popular music. After this it is his hope that people will continue on their own path, and learn more about the guitar universe and all its intricacies.

It certainly got me started on my path.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book is ideal for those of you who want to learn the guitar without having to spend a fortune on formal lessons. It has simple, easy-to-follow diagrams and brushes on the beginnings of music theory without confusing those with no musical background. Unlike many other guitar-teaching books, this book starts by teaching you to strum which means you can get playing straight away...It then builds on this knowledge so you can add frills later on. It uses good, popular songs by artists such as Bob Dylan, John Denver etc so you aren't confined to playing nursery rhymes for the first ten weeks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent book with lots of useful info. Will be well used.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 26 Jan 2014
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Very good book. was able to get stuck in right away. very clearly written and easy to understand.Just what I needed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic help 2 Dec 2013
By J. Alm
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have an old copy of this which at the time came with a tuning record. This DVD copy and updated songs book is a wonderful aid in learning to play. I found it better than the older copy I have.

If you are a novice in guitar playing this book is a good start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar book
This is another good book for when you have learnt the basics to progress to harder things and push yourself that bit further the cd helps a lot and it three books in one.
Published 17 months ago by levi
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to play songs on your guitar quickly - buy this book
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Published on 26 Feb 2011 by Fatback
5.0 out of 5 stars its not the book advertised
not what you expect my 7 year old had just started guitar lessons at school and we were asked to get the book advertised i was sent a completely different book which the teacher... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by shelliebean
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Confusing
After playing the piano for almost 20 years I had always wanted to play the guitar as well so finally took the plunge. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by S. Langley
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginners only
I agree, to some extent, with "Enzo". This is a good book for absolute beginners but it's let down by the fact that there is little "understanding" to be gleaned from the text. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2010 by Thincat
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it
this book is perfect for any beginner, a real help with struming patterns, cords and music theory basics.
Published on 14 July 2010 by kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete Guitar Omnibus
I'm bringing down the rating average because the music in this book has no proper music notation. There are a few little scores with proper notation, but why did the author... Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2010 by D. V. Short
5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd time lucky!
I can't praise this book nearly enough for beginners.
At my third attempt I learnt to play using this book . Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2007 by W. Riding
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