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Acoustic Guitar Songs for Dummies [Paperback]

Hal Leonard Corp.
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April 1 2006 For Dummies
(Guitar Collection). This songbook will have even beginning guitarists playing 34 of the best acoustic rock songs ever with the help of performance notes and guitar tab arrangements. Songs include: About a Girl * Angie * Blackbird * Crazy Little Thing Called Love * Drive * Dust in the Wind * Free Fallin' * Iris * Landslide * Layla * Leaving on a Jet Plane * Maggie May * Tears in Heaven * 3 AM * You've Got a Friend * and more.

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Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT for "Dummies" Nov. 16 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I gave this book only three stars because of the misleading title. It is a good book for someone who has a lot of practice. The beginner will get very little, if anything, out of it. Contrary to the cover claim "The fun and easy way" there isn't really a lot of easy stuff in here. For the intermediate to advanced guitarist it could be a four or five Star book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't be lured by this title - not for the faint of heart June 16 2008
By Craig G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Don't be lured by this title - this book is not for the faint of heart. I picked up this book because I'm a beginner acoustic guitar player. This is not a fake book or a "beginner's" guitar book. The songs are very well transcribed and no detail is left out. One major gripe is the chord chart at the end is very basic and doesn't include half of the chords used throughout this somewhat advanced guitar book. Good book for an intermediate player but not for a beginner.....which the "Dummies" title often suggests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The tips you need.... April 14 2006
By Arena Connery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ever tried TAB? This book has detailed performance notes and tablature for 34 guitar classics. Herriges uses five different icons to break each songs down and tell you what to focus on. His guitar notation legend is also very helpful, explaining concepts like pre-bending, wide vibratos, and tapping. The very last page is a chord chart with fingerings. So now you've got the fingerings and tips for pieces like 'Free Fallin,' 'Leaving on a Jet Plane,' 'Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),' and 'Iris.'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spot on transcription! Oct. 11 2007
By Sean Sevrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After years of wanting, I finally purchased an acoustic guitar. Naturally I wanted a quality book to start playing. I chose this book for its full transcription of the songs. I play piano and have experienced the full song transcription versus the "easy piano" sheet music. This book doesn't simply include just the chords or just the voice, it's the full guitar track in both notes and tab. The book does show the chords unlike the other review says (2nd to last page). It also include notes on each song to help you understand how the artist plays it. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not simple, but a good book to learn on Sept. 10 2010
By Scotter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While the book is in no uncertain terms "For Dummies", the book contains enough popular acoustic songs to keep the beginning player interested, while allowing them to grow as they progress.

I've used this book for about a year, in parallel with leasons from an instructor, and it has exceeded my expectations. The performance notes won't make much sense to a true beginner, but in conjuction with leasons, are extremely helpful in excelling quickly.

Some criticisms, the book is mis-labeled. It is not a book for beginners learning how to play acoustic guitar from a book. Rather it is a compendium of acoustic songs & tab, period. The chord chart is incomplete for all the chords used in the book, but unfortunately, that's not uncommon. Performance notes often use terms beginners will be unfamiliar with.

Still, with a wide range of very good songs, I recommend it. Just make sure you take lessons if you're looking to actually learn how to play. :)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book April 14 2010
By L. Milenkovic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm just starting to learn how to play the guitar, so everything is a struggle, but this book makes it a little easier and it is fun when you start to hear yourself playing songs that you recognize.
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