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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2003
This is probably the best overall book you will find about guitars. It covers quite a bit of material. The details about how a guitar works and how to maintain a guitar are the best I have ever personally read. For example, setting the scale length of a guitar, a very important part of getting a guitar to sound good, is covered in easy to understand terms. It helped me fix some minor tuning issues on my Stratocaster.
This is also an effective book if you are interested in buying a guitar. You will be able to identify problems with most guitars because you will know what to look for. For example, checking for a warped neck. There is a great two page section that gives you the basics about how to look for that kind of defect.
And don't let any of these other reviews convince you that there is not enough theory in here. Granted, if you are brand new to playing or music in general it probably won't make much sense and you will struggle. But if you understand some basic scale and chord structures this book will help you gain a better understanding of how it all works. Odds are that those who do not like the theory in this book either do not like the approach or didn't actually read the entire book.
This book will NOT make you sound like your favorite guitarist. All the great players are great because they practice and the greatest players just have the gift. So do not expect that out of any book or instructor.
Lastly, do not buy the hard cover edition. Get the soft cover/paperback edition. You will want to have this book in front of you when you are working on your guitar or playing it. The only thing that would make this book a 5 star is if you could get it in spiral bound format.
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on May 11, 1998
My copy of this book is a hand-me-down from my father, a 1982 edition. After thumbing through it a few times when I was younger, I set it down, thinking it too complicated. Just recently I picked it back up and realized that I was wrong! Within its pages are detailed --yet *easy* to understand-- descriptions of scales, modes, recording techniques and more. In the back one can find an extremely detailed chord dictionary, and a few pages before, logical descriptions of how effects work! This book is just about as complete as it gets as a learning tool for all aspects of the guitar. I would recommend, however, supplements to learning each of the subjects covered in the book. It is meant to be a springboard, rather than a definitive text. I gave it an eight due to the fact that it looked so confusing to me earlier on... I wish I had learned all this stuff back then!!--It really helped me understand what I was playing, why certain chords sound good together. If you play, this book is a must!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2002
If you're interested in learning about guitars, this book covers a variety of topics, including how to play the guitar, history of the guitar, some early influences, types of guitars, and how they work. Concepts are laid out in an easy-to-read format that gives enough information without including too much detail, so the book never gets boring.
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on December 13, 1998
a balanced book. a nice layout for teaching how to play, starts with the basics and takes you right where you need to be to start expressing yourself. denyer takes you beyond just playing with the anatomy of a guitar, as well as a discussion of effects and circuitry. sprinkled with inspiring quotes from zappa, townsend, nugent, and others. i wouldn't give 5 stars cuz there's no mention of jimmy page, stevie ray, david gilmour, or robert johnson. overall, the best "handbook" i've seen for a long while.
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on November 3, 2001
This book examines all aspects of guitar. No, thats wrong....All aspects of talented guitar. There is no Korn, Rage against the machine, or other (...). From country finger picking to blues slide guitar, there is all in here. You get little quotes and tips from GREAT guitar players like Eric Johnson, Keith Richards, and the great gonzo motor city madman, Mr. 10 fingers of doom, the Predator Teditor Editor, terrible Ted Nugent. --insert lighters and screams--
good book if you are learning. a lot of theory.
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on August 23, 1998
good amount of detail, but needs work putting everything together. I like the background on player such as Frank Zappa in sections and little biographies such as Steve Vai. Beginners could be frustrated without patience since you won't learn any songs, but mostly technical stuff and theory.
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