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4.7 out of 5 stars

on 27 June 2017
As a guitarist Mr Stetina is without doubt a talented man, and his book, Metal Lead Guitar Volume 1 is certainly a worthwhile introduction to the subject for the person already with a little experience of playing the guitar, I would suggest. I have no complaints so far in regards to the quality of the tuition, but I do have several gripes in regards to the audio which accompanies it. First, it no longer comes with a CD, but rather as a download. I don't have any real problem with this in itself, but I do wonder whether the original disc was free of the things I find niggling me. First, the sound is so drum and bass heavy it gets in the way of the very lead guitar you want to hear and learn, and it isn't helped by what I consider a little over the top with the distortion. And it isn't helped much by bunging it onto CD to play on your CD player. This all gets a bit tiring after hearing it a few times. Yes, it might be metal but for clarity toning it down a little might have helped. Second, for the individual riffs there is no metronome keeping time. Thirdly, and for me worst of all, is the very peculiar arrangement for the solos. Take solo 1: 12 bars of introduction which you want to skip, then the 19 bars for the solo itself, then strangely and irritatingly, another 6 bars of the intro before the solo starts again, minus the lead guitar, so you can play along with the backing. Why not just have the solo, with a brief intro, and the same thing minus the lead guitar as the next track? To be honest the audio is a bit of a mess unfortunately, and whilst on the cover it says newly revised and updated that clearly doesn't refer to the sound quality.
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on 23 September 2016
I have several of Troy's books and they are all very impressive. Having read through the book I realise that it's a little advanced for me at this point. I am currently working through his Metal Rhythm Guitar Vol. 1 which is an excellent introduction to playing electric guitar.The explanations are very clear and there is very good integration of theory and practice. You won't go far wrong using Troy's books. Get hold of this book by all means but if you're a beginner start off with his Metal Rhythm Guitar Vol. 1.
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on 4 June 2018
This is a great book on metal lead playing. It introduces a lot of different techniques and gives you plenty of exercises that you can use in an actual musical context.

One piece of advice: unless you're already a half-way confident lead player in terms of speed, buy the Lead Guitar Primer. Otherwise, while you may get past the first song, the second one shoots up in difficulty dramatically, and you'll have to have a lot of practice to master it.
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on 28 March 2011
OMG i have done about 8 hours out of the "lead vol one", and my lead guitar skills already have drastically improved!!

ive been playing things (lead guitar anyway) wrong for all these years (15yrs self taught), this book gives you skill sets to become efficient at lead playing. With solos working though skills and techniques, all while getting more difficult!!

Ive almost started again with my technique from holding the pick to bending and vibrato, but with the knowledge i have already accumalated, its all coming together great!!

Any beginner/inter guitar playing struggling with lead/solo playing GET THIS BOOK NOW!!!


.....and as the user below said this book isnt just for metal guitar , you can apply this book to any style of lead playing, including blues and rock, since the licks are similar between styles!
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on 7 January 2017
Easy to follow but highly effective. Troy certainly knows his stuff...excellent work.
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on 8 August 2016
These books are a brilliant learning tool highly recommended. Buy the complete set.
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on 3 July 2015
Troy Statina's books are superb bought 3 so far I intend to buy more of his. would recommend this book not just to metal guitar players.
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on 2 July 2014
Great introduction, and useful for dipping into to focus on fundamentals for a while. You will be shredding in no time if you work through this.
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on 31 October 2015
excellent book
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on 25 October 2013
As a 75 year old who had a Stratacaster given as a birthday presents this book has been of considerable benefit (I did play Bass in the 60s) The book just works so well, but you do need a background in playing and music to get the best from it. I have mastered the book in less than 2 months.
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