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The Art of Playing Rock Guitar Paperback – Dec 1 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Lane Music; 1 edition (Dec 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895248956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895248954
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.3 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This ROADMAP to The Art of Playing Rock Guitar is provided in order to give you an initial working understanding of the fretboard diagrams, charts, transcriptions and reference call systems used throughout the book. Read the first page
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If you have several books already, and are looking for something interesting and unusual -- this could be what you are looking for. Written, illustrated and published by the author this book has more character than any I have previously encountered in a book (and that's a good thing). The book is looking a little dated now: funny clothes and hair styles in the black and white photographs. The author is rightly very proud of his work (and his playing), but the self-admiration becomes a little insufferable at times. There is some really good coverage of pick-ups configurations and various technical day-to-day aspects of guitar that are not well covered in other books. There is a lot of theory, and the author seems to have spent a lot of time thinking about this and refining his ideas. I haven't found it particularly useful so far, the amount of information (and fairy crude presentation) make it tough going -- but to be fair I did not buy this book to work through -I have other books for that. I bought this book as something to dip into from time to time when I get tired of the other books and magazines, when I need to look at something different. If you are starting out, buy a simpler more straight forward book to start off with -- this could be intimidating. Certainly check this one out later though.
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Learning to play guitar from this book is like reading stereo instructions. This book is obviously written by a true guitar lover- it has interesting drawings, a piece on the history of string instruments and loads of diagrams... BUT this book is rendered to near-incoherent status by its poor organization. The book is organized in chapters, with big headings and loads of diagrams, but when you read the book, you begin to notice that the writing is attrocious. I have read and re-read chapters a half a dozen times and still find myself confused as to what the heck he's trying to say. I was so enthusiastic when I first bought this book because it looked so thorough. I'd get so frustrated, however, my girlfriend finally resorted to hiding the book from me. Finding a good guitar instruction book is SO hard- I feel your pain- but take it from me that this is not the sort of book any beginner would want to own.
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Richard Daniels book "The Art of Playing Rock Guitar" is by far the best guitar book I have studied from to date. I would highly recommend this book, especially to beginners. The book has adequate detail on all the topics discussed. I found that it takes a little while to get "into" the book (lengthy intro, etc.) but that these sections are necessary and once "in" its VERY informative and hard to put down. I would recommend this to someone who is a serious beginning guitar student! This book has helped me and will continue to as I finish it off. This book SHOULD be ranked up their with "The Guitar Handbook"!
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