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A great help.,
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This review is from: The Justinguitar.Com Beginner's Guitar Course (Book & 2 Cds) (Paperback)
I purchased this book, along with Justin's Beginner's songbook, last July and started his course at the beginning of August. I'd never tried to learn guitar before and at 36 years old I thought I wouldn't have the dexterity I had as a kid and I'd struggle. Well, I finished the course in February, followed his Strumming DVD and then started his intermediate course (free online). I know around 18 songs from memory, can play a good many different barre chords up and down the neck and learnt 4 different scales so I can improvise solos to backing tracks as well as learnt a little music theory.
Just learning from youtube as well as having the book means you have both a visual and written pathways to learning. You don't have to keep pausing a book, like a youtube clip and you can really absorb the information better. On bits where the book might not be clear, the practical demonstrations from Justin on youtube help with that so both accompany each other perfectly. What I've realised after nearly a year is that I didn't just buy a book for learning guitar but placed myself into some sort of guitar learning ecosystem. I had a book, youtube clips, website info and a forum of helpful posters as support and knowledge.
I've never tried to learn guitar before so nothing to compare it to, but I just don't see other books or online guitar courses that off so much for such little money. You can't really go wrong getting this.