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Not very good
on 29 January 2014
When I started playing guitar a couple of years ago, I bought this book. As I was a complete beginner I thought this book was pretty good. It had dexterity exercises, it told you where to notes were on the fretboard, it mentioned chord charts and key signatures (rather briefly). But when I actually started taking lessons, learning songs, developed my technique, developed my theory knowledge, and started working on improvisation and composition, I realized what a waste of time this book was. It does not show you how to play. In fact after reading it, I come to realize that it is more of a motivational book which briefly touches upon basic musical concepts on guitar. The author writes endearing and motivating passages on why you should practice and not quit, why you should put the hard work in to become a good player...but I knew that! I knew that before I even picked up the guitar for the first time. I knew that before I even knew what a C chord was!
The font in the book has been printed so large you could actually condense all the pages into a little leaflet easily rather than a book (rip off I must add). But in all seriousness when you're a complete beginner, and you need to learn to play, to get a few licks under your fingers, staring at pictures of chords, or reading about how to be motivated and practice (which makes up 80 per cent of this book), really is not going to help. But the main point in all of this is not to bang on about how much I found it unhelpful. The guitar tuition market is absolutely flooded with products that claim to make you an amazing player or in this case a "guitar ninja" but by the end of this book you wouldn't even be able to play a cool half baked metal riff. I reiterate it's not about me and my disappointment, it's about standards, it's about getting rid of the flotsam and jetsam in the market, beginners on a tight budget don't need to blow their money on rubbish! I'm seeing all these five star reviews and thinking, how much did they get paid to write that?