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The Guitar Handbook Paperback – 27 Nov 1992

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 2nd edition (27 Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033032750X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330327503
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.5 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.Read more ›
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I've owned this book for years, and I've also been playing guitar for years, and I've found one really does go with the other. I would class myself as an average guitarist, but beyond what most teachers can teach. As such this book has been absolutely invaluable to assist in those "how the hell do they do that?" moments. If you've already got some playing experience, this book is useful on so many levels, if you're a beginner, it's a good place to start. I've been dipping in and out of the various sections of the book as my playing and experience has developed over the years, and the information is always there, from the different types and styles of guitar, to prominent guitarists of the ages, to setting up and construction of the guitar, pickup wiring diagrams, chords in every key, stage craft, using PA and recording equipment and guitar synths, what more can a book deliver? Spend your money, this book would be good value at ten times the price!!!
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By A Customer on 11 Aug. 2004
I'm just a beginner guitar player and although I'm having lessons, something hadn't quite clicked with chord structures and theory, so thought I'd buy a few extra books to do some extra study.
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.
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By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Feb. 2004
We bought the original edition of this book when it was fresh and new in 1984. The immediate attraction is the in depth profiles of key players and the well laid out, detailed sections on hardware of all kinds. This is the kind of book you can have fun browsing through, dreaming of all the gigs you're going to play and picking up really solid advice from the maestros while you do it.
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.
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