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Good tutorial spoilt by the audio
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.