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Learn to Play Guitar
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With over 180 photographic examples, illustrations and purpose made diagrams, Learn to Play Guitar is designed to be comprehensive and clear for students. Starting with the basics of how to hold the guitar and how to tune it, tablature is explained clearly and the beginner's problem of reading tablature "upside down" addressed. Bridging the gaps it explains techniques that can be taken for granted by more experienced players. Palm muting and some basic lead techniques are also covered. To get you straight into playing music, numbers have been added underneath the pieces to indicate the rhythm (tablature on its own doesn't indicate this). Later on, the rhythmical aspect of conventional notation is covered so you can use it in conjunction with tablature. Music theory basics are explained in terms of the fret-board and reinforced by musical pieces in various styles to make the learning process practical and enjoyable. The book includes 42 downloadable mp3 tracks with demo and backing. Rhythm guitar is approached with changing between chords and strumming presented as separate subjects initially so that you don't have to concentrate on both at the same time. They are then brought together starting basic and getting more advanced until there is a rhythm guitar musical piece to play. Stretching exercises with illustrations are included to help avoid muscle strain. Also includes information on how to string a guitar and how to practise. Other subjects include fret-board layout, basic chord construction, power chords and barre chords.
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"We loved the book. The information was well paced and concise enough not to overwhelm. Any beginner would definitely benefit from having this book, and it's a great reminder for those who might have forgotten details or are looking for them." Nimal De Silva, The Music Garage (Singapore) "I think this book is great. It covers all the stuff I teach, in a really clear but detailed way. I always find that different people take different amounts of theory to others, but this would be a great book to keep referring back to during lessons and song learning. It's pretty much exactly how I would make a guitar tutor book." Kieren Wade, Guitar tutor & Performer (UK) "Covers a wide range topics essential for all guitarists. Over 100 pages with plenty of information and solid advice that a player can dip into as needed. Evans does not gloss over the often neglected area of reading notation for rhythm. There are many examples to practice (melodies and rhythm patterns) with the backing tracks. I was especially interested in the final section of exercises to keep your body guitar-ready. A very useful tool to help you progress with your guitar playing." Hedley Timbs BA(Mus), Grad.Dip. Teaching (New Zealand) "Through reading and learning from this book, players can discover a deep, extensive and in-depth approach to the technique, theory and everything else related to being a good beginner guitarist. Would recommend this for anyone who is looking to get a really solid grip on how to play the guitar, and also to tutors who are looking at ways to improve their own tutoring abilities." Logan Ellis, Mgr. Spiderhands Productions Ltd (New Zealand) "Learn to play Guitar is an ideal companion to support the beginner on their new found musical journey. Highly recommended." Liam Cain, BMus (hons) Professional Guitarist (UK) "Had a look at the book and all I can say is....awesome. To me, it is well laid out, easy to look at and there is the supplemental material to top it off. The theory may get tedious for some...its hard to not teach theory but most people seem to have an aversion to it.....the idea of discipline I think." Gernot Schlegel - Professional Guitarist & Teacher (Canada) "Plenty of detail that goes into posture, hand position, thumb position, etc. The notation and strumming is really good here because it builds up in stages. In a real life lesson, you can introduce it in this way piece by piece and not overwhelm the student." Michael Hanna, Grade 8 RS.Guitar - Larne Guitar School (Ireland) -We loved the book. The information was well paced and concise enough not to overwhelm. Any beginner would definitely benefit from having this book, and it's a great reminder for those who might have forgotten details or are looking for them.- Nimal De Silva, The Music Garage (Singapore) -I think this book is great. It covers all the stuff I teach, in a really clear but detailed way. I always find that different people take different amounts of theory to others, but this would be a great book to keep referring back to during lessons and song learning. It's pretty much exactly how I would make a guitar tutor book.- Kieren Wade, Guitar tutor & Performer (UK) -Covers a wide range topics essential for all guitarists. Over 100 pages with plenty of information and solid advice that a player can dip into as needed. Evans does not gloss over the often neglected area of reading notation for rhythm. There are many examples to practice (melodies and rhythm patterns) with the backing tracks. I was especially interested in the final section of exercises to keep your body guitar-ready. A very useful tool to help you progress with your guitar playing.- Hedley Timbs BA(Mus), Grad.Dip. Teaching (New Zealand) -Through reading and learning from this book, players can discover a deep, extensive and in-depth approach to the technique, theory and everything else related to being a good beginner guitarist. Would recommend this for anyone who is looking to get a really solid grip on how to play the guitar, and also to tutors who are looking at ways to improve their own tutoring abilities.- Logan Ellis, Mgr. Spiderhands Productions Ltd (New Zealand) -Learn to play Guitar is an ideal companion to support the beginner on their new found musical journey. Highly recommended.- Liam Cain, BMus (hons) Professional Guitarist (UK) -Had a look at the book and all I can say is....awesome. To me, it is well laid out, easy to look at and there is the supplemental material to top it off. The theory may get tedious for some...its hard to not teach theory but most people seem to have an aversion to it.....the idea of discipline I think.- Gernot Schlegel - Professional Guitarist & Teacher (Canada) -Plenty of detail that goes into posture, hand position, thumb position, etc. The notation and strumming is really good here because it builds up in stages. In a real life lesson, you can introduce it in this way piece by piece and not overwhelm the student.- Michael Hanna, Grade 8 RS.Guitar - Larne Guitar School (Ireland)

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