The Guitar Handbook Paperback – 27 Nov 1992
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I'm so glad I came across this book. It contains everything I could possibly want to know in a clear and concise manner.
Not only does it explain chord theory and how to play the guitar, but also chapters on famous players, how guitars are built, how to maintain your guitar etc.
I guess if you're an advanced player, you will probably know everything it contains, but it may well be a useful reference book for you.
Of course, there's a lot of competition in the coffee table sized gear-and-players books.
Where this book really scores, though, is in the guitar playing sections. These will take you all the way from basic music theory to jazz altered chords, playing solos in octaves and that incredible Mark Knopfler style arpeggio which takes a year to learn and impresses the socks off absolutely everyone you will ever meet. And then there's the polychords...
We spent most of 1984 and 1985 working through the more advanced techniques. It transformed myself and my co-worker as players.
I'm not sure that I would recommend it to a beginner. But whenever intermediate players - people who can already play in time, do little solos and play extended chords - come to me for lessons or advice, I always point them to this book first off.
The current edition has been updated and improved over the one we first had. For the cost of a couple of sets of strings, it's a bargain.
A couple of words of advice about this book.
First, never, EVER lend your copy to ANYONE. I lent my original copy out once too often and had to buy it again - and, yes, I _did_ buy it again.
Second, really work hard on the advanced techniques. Ralph Denyer explains what to do, but you can only learn how to do it by practicing. When I said that the arpeggio took a year to learn, I wasn't kidding.Read more ›
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Even though it was second hand this book was in excellent condition and in fact looked liked new. Very good and informative book. Would recommend to all budding guitaristsPublished 2 months ago by biglorrs
Bought to replace a copy I'd had on long term loan. Full of interesting information.Published 19 months ago by Frit
the book is very nice and nice condition. it look like new. thank you . I am very happyPublished 20 months ago by Marco
This is the guitar Bible, Kouran and Torah.
No offence intended but you can't advance without gaining some of the knowledge contained within. Read more
It's got everything. Any guitar player who aims for semi pro or above playing should own this book. the theory tailored for guitar players is one of the best things this book... Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2013 by Mr. P. N. Johnson
This book is used by many musicians who play the guitar, it is a mine of information. I rerceived mine promptly and in good condition. Read morePublished on 1 May 2012 by G. Robertson
This book has taught me more about guitars than any other guitar book.
There is so much to learn from it and I certainly recommend it to learners and
experienced guitar... Read more