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Guitar Player Repair Guide: How to Set Up, Maintain and Repair Electrics and Acoustics
Guitar Player Repair Guide: How to Set Up, Maintain and Repair Electrics and Acoustics
by Dan Erlewine
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute MUST HAVE for anyone who plays Guitar, 6 April 2001
I cannot praise this book enough. It unravels the mysteries of the "pro-setup" that a music store will charge you the earth for. Even if you never pluck up the courage to tinker with your axe, it will help you identify any problem yourself and make you able to communicate this to a repair shop. Even the most unscrupulous repairman will think twice about ripping you off, if he thinks you know what you talking about!!
The author is obviously up there with the best of the best and is more than willing to share the tricks of the trade that he has picked up over many years. He explains everything in a clear, concise and often entertaining manner and always tells you what you can tinker with without damaging your instrument and what could be risky!
The interviews with famous guitarists such as B.B and Albert King about their weapons of choice and their setups are well worth the asking price alone...and if you have a cheap guitar to build up your skills on, you may never have to put the love of your life into the shop again.


Electric Guitar Coach
Electric Guitar Coach

4.0 out of 5 stars Electric Guitar Coach, 30 Mar 2001
This review is from: Electric Guitar Coach (CD-ROM)
It has been a long standing dream of mine to be able to play guitar. I listen to mostly alternative rock so the tracks listed on the box made up my mind to finally take the bull by the horns and go for it.
Within hours I was producing some recognisable sounds and found myself playing along to one of my favourite Green Day tracks - Good Riddance (Time of your life). The package is very well structered into levels with each level being subdivided into categories. At the end of each level are a few well known songs for you to try out your new skills. All of the lessons, exercises and "cool trax" (their term - not mine!) are broken down into bite size chunks with video clips and then brought back together for you to play with or without a virtual band as backing. It covers all of the common left and right hand techniques that the "real boys" use such as palm muting, slides, bends, fret hand muting, etc as well as giving you a solid grounding on how to read guitar tab notation which is readily available across the web.
My only gripe with the whole thing is that it tends to gloss over the music theory and jumps straight into getting you playing. Whilst this sounds like a good thing, it does limit you in trying new things once you have covered the exercises. What it does do is to install confidence and spurs you on to achieve the next goal it sets.
To sum up, its an excellant starting point for the absolute beginner but don't expect to be still using it 6 months down the line - you will have moved on. Complete the course though, and you will be able to convince your friends you really can play that nice shiney guitar you've bought. My personal fave is the Clapton riff from "Sunshine of your love". It'll get 'em every time!


Electric Guitar Coach
Electric Guitar Coach

70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Electric Guitar Coach, 30 Mar 2001
This review is from: Electric Guitar Coach (CD-ROM)
It has been a long standing dream of mine to be able to play guitar. I listen to mostly alternative rock so the tracks listed on the box made up my mind to finally take the bull by the horns and go for it.
Within hours I was producing some recognisable sounds and found myself playing along to one of my favourite Green Day tracks - Good Riddance (Time of your life). The package is very well structered into levels with each level being subdivided into categories. At the end of each level are a few well known songs for you to try out your new skills. All of the lessons, exercises and "cool trax" (their term - not mine!) are broken down into bite size chunks with video clips and then brought back together for you to play with or without a virtual band as backing. It covers all of the common left and right hand techniques that the "real boys" use such as palm muting, slides, bends, fret hand muting, etc as well as giving you a solid grounding on how to read guitar tab notation which is readily available across the web.
My only gripe with the whole thing is that it tends to gloss over the music theory and jumps straight into getting you playing. Whilst this sounds like a good thing, it does limit you in trying new things once you have covered the exercises. What it does do is to install confidence and spurs you on to achieve the next goal it sets.
To sum up, its an excellant starting point for the absolute beginner but don't expect to be still using it 6 months down the line - you will have moved on. Complete the course though, and you will be able to convince your friends you really can play that nice shiney guitar you've bought. My personal fave is the Clapton riff from "Sunshine of your love". It'll get 'em every time!


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