Tommy Tedesco -- For Guitar Players Only Paperback – 6 Jan 2008
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This book is all about how, in his own words, he played in Los Angeles studios almost every day; the work, his approach, get booked, how to get the job done, get along with other players and leaders, get paid, and generally how to have a successful career as a session player. He shows a whole lot of actual scores - the stuff as written - and how he approached some pretty sketchy outlines of what music directors would want him to do. The book is like sitting down the pub for a long session and having the greatest studio player tell you how to succeed, what to do, what to look out for as a player.
You won't find studio technicalities in this book, or which effects pedals, amps or guitars to buy. But if you are hoping to play in the business and keep your career going for decades, you owe it to yourself to read this book. (It's one of a new series from the Dale Zanek publishing house, now re printed by Alfred Publishing. These books became pretty much unavailable for 15 years so it's nice to see them back.)
You might also like top read Steve Morse's book about being a rock player and life on the road in his book Guitar One Presents Open Ears: A Journey Through Life with Guitar in Hand
This book provides a huge amount of information for the fledgling studio guitarist in a straight-talking "shoot-from-the-hip" style.
However it is not a dry instructional book and is doused with many anecdotes of Tedescos life as a top gun many of which are taken from his other book "Tommy Tedesco - Confessions of a Guitar Player".
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His passion comes through, but he doesn't attempt to make it perfect. It's almost as if he were talking to you, teaching you one minute, and regaling you with stories and anecdotes the next. It's very "stream of consciousness" and without apology.
Do not look at or expect this to be a teaching method in the truest sense of the word. Rather see it as a glimpse of what it might have been like to sit at the feet of a man who had a lot to teach you, but didn't have all the time in the world to do so. One thing that is very clear, is what you see is what you get with Tommy. No punches pulled, and if you approach it with respect of what he became, and look at it as the words of a man, a mentor, opinionated, wrong at times, and human....you can walk away with some very valuable lessons.
The exercises themselves will challenge most people, but the book as a whole, is a gem.
And great advice with practical and very useful exercises. It's all there. If you don't know Tommy then you must dig into this.
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