17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Professional, educational and descriptive...but not very fun,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Guitar Handbook (Paperback)
This is a great book in terms of its description of guitar players, guitar technology and overview and explanation of both basic and advance guitar techniques. Its great as REFERENCE material, as it introduces you to the in-depth study of scales and chord constructions.Open chords, chord substitution, 7th, 9th, power chords, diminished chords-you will find it all here.There is A LOT of theory so it might be a little tedious to take it all in .The book is broken down into section according to which particular aspect of the guitar is being studied-there is the Beginners section with introduction to open chords, chord progression and tuning, the Rhythm guitarist, the Melodic guitarist and the Advance guitarist(advance techniques like hammer-on's, bends etc) as well as many other sub-sections with useful techniques and diagrams. The book certainly covers all the basics, but still a lot of work is left to your imagination-there is a brief description of sweep-picking, harmonics and arpeggios, but you won't find a lot of popular riffs and licks here-you have to pretty much make up your own exercises and figure out everything yourself.The author is a great gutarist,but he won't do ALL the work for you. If you are a beginner this book will have a wealth of information, although you'll have to devise your own practice plan, but if you are looking for tips on advance guitar techniques you might find that this book lacks depth in that department.Overall this book serves as great reference material for both acoustic and electric guitarist and i think it deserves its "Guitar Bible" title.There is an amazing section on guitar perfomance and technology, with an overview of guitar repairs, effects pedals and recording.Keep in mind that actually only one third of this book is focused on guitar teaching-the rest is guitar history, perfomance and trivia.Very useful if that is what you are looking for. Anyway, if you want to go through this book page by page, good luck because i couldnt -technical overload, but if you just need occasional reference and explanations then this is the book for you.