First off, let's clarify who this book is and is not intended for. If you're looking for how to play awesome riffs, amazing solos, or rousing instrumental versions of your favorite songs; then this book is not for you. On the other hand, if you want to learn how to accompany yourself or someone else's singing, then this is definitely the book for you. In a few short lessons, this book will teach you how to how and when to strum chords along to a song, which chords are the most common in songs, and how to quickly change between them. As someone else mentioned, there are not many songs included in the text. The good news is that with the information and charts provided, you can EASILY start playing your own favorite songs, by taking advantage of gutiar tabulature available online at places like olga.net.
This book is a big hoax. First, let's talk about the misleading title: "How to Play the Guitar" actually means how to STRUM the guitar. That's all this would-be author tries to teach. Halfway through the book he tells you it's not meant to teach how to play melodies.Even so, he fails in teaching you how to accompany someone(or yourself singing). And mind you, all you'll ever learn here is to accompany someone to "Skip to my Lou" and all those boring, idiotic traditional songs. And only a couple of bars is introduced, not the whole song. In short, stay away from thias garbage. Don't waste your time or money. I've wasted my money but I'm certainly not going to waste my time.
I found the quality of info and value contained in this book exceptional. Similar books with this much content are usually twice the price. The book is very easy to follow, and had all the essentials to help get me playing the guitar quickly. Includes the requisite blues chords for beginners, and there was enough material to get me ready for jamming with my buddies by the end of the book. Okay, so my buddies aren't that good either, but after a couple beers it doesn't really matter anyway. Great book for a small buck!
I wasn't thrilled with this book; the diagrams are downright lousy...They are not photographs but rather cartoons and only 2 or 3 chord fingerings are showed in the entire book. Basically, this book just does not have enough information and material....Personally, I feel Guitar for Dummies was the best beginners instruction manual I have found.
Because of the simple manner in which this book was written and the easy to understand explanantions I found this book to be very good reading. For any beginning guitarist it is the type of book that helps to alay fears about the difficulty in learning the guitar. Nothing helps to inspire and motivate a beginner more than the ability to play simple but entertaining tunes as soon as possible. This is the stepping stone to more complex music and this book helps the beginner to take that first step in one of the easiest manners I have seen.