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Of extremely limited use to an autodidact
on 9 February 2010
To be fair, this book is probably not intended as a tutorial for a self-taught guitarist, but take heed: there is no tablature, only stave.
While that's probably fine for someone learning with a teacher, it means that the learner cannot know where on the fretboard to play these patterns, (guitar being an instrument where the same note may be played in several different places). Learning how to read standard notation is important, but standard notation was not designed with guitar players in mind, and you will therefore need someone in the know to talk you through this book.
Furthermore, the scales and arpeggios included only cover two octaves at most - all that is needed for Grade exams. Therefore, anyone hoping for a fretboard workout is not going to find it here.
Any decent guitar tutor book will have far more than this book contains, and more usefully presented.
I bought this book to assist in teaching my daughter, but it didn't have the information she needed. If you are not using this with a teacher, and you don't already know where on the fretboard to find the patterns, then you'd be well advised to look elsewhere.