Recently, budding musicians have been giving the credit to the internet. Why? For giving them the accessibility to online lessons and courses on how to play a new instrument. There are certainly some very good websites out there who can take you through the basic introduction you need in learning an instrument like the guitar. However, some people may prefer books to the internet simply because they find books to be more in depth and systematic, as well as organized as compared to the internet. Opinions differ, and here are some recommendations for good guitar books to feed the traditional learners out there.
Some people may know this, that when they were kids before the internet, the Mel Bay series was the gold standard. It is only recently that people find Hal Leonard's books with accompanying DVDs to be a good choice too, or even better. They cover a wide range of levels and styles. For beginners, just learning one book completely may even turn you into a semi pro. From tuning, musical symbols to strumming and picking, this book even has songs for you to learn. Designed for anyone interested in the acoustic or electric guitar, this book reflects some of the best guitar teaching ideas from around the world as well.
It is faster to follow a steeper learning curve to get to the top of the mountain. Get this inspirational, step-by-step visual guide to develop your skills as a performer and an artist. This is the ultimate self-improvement guide for all aspiring guitarists. Whether it is for a beginner or an advanced player building on existing skill, this How To Play Guitar Step By Step has all the right chords and explanations to help people progress from beginner to a guitar hero.
This book is specially designed for people who have no music background, simple beat notation for accurate rhythm execution is incorporated. This book offers a comprehensive introduction to guitar-playing fundamentals along with a quick, effective, uncomplicated and practical alternative to the many traditional self-instructional method books out there. It covers power chords, barre chords, open position scales and chords (major and minor), single-note patterns and fills; which includes lesson examples and song excerpts in a variety of musical styles rock, folk, classical, country and more. Including chord patterns, hand and finger positions, easy-to-interpret diagrams, photos and illustrations, this book truly has everything needed to prepare a student for a great foundation.
The fourth edition of Guitar for Dummies have been released not too long ago, an estimated 400 paged book which they say is guaranteed to light your passion ablaze before finishing the book. With this, the DVD from the previous version has been replaced with online video and audio clips as an extra supplement to the book’s content. I guess they understand that learning music requires audible tools.
But bear in mind that this book is not meant solely for beginners, instead, it has a lot of info and theory that would even be useful at the intermediate level. Beyond just basics, this book goes into introducing different genres too.
For those aspiring acoustic guitarists out there, this book may very well be the solution to improve your technique and gain inspiration fast. Including more than a hundred powerful riffs for blues, bluegrass, country and folk styles, players at any level will find it easier to master the material available and incorporate it into songs. Eventually expanding the material to find your own style. There are a lot of reviews about how people find their learning pace is relatively faster with this book. Highly recommended.
The most popular guitar book at an affordable price. This book comes with a supplemental CD which people can refer to during the chapters. For younger students (below 19), this is highly recommended. It can be real easy to understand, while for others, it can be boring. This book has tons of sheet music, and these sheets allow you to incorporate what you have learnt in the other chapters. However, at some instances people may find that there is a lot unexplained, leaving holes in a budding guitarist’s knowledge. This book also focuses more on traditional music notation with guitar tablature at the background. Tabs may be the next best thing for beginners since it truly simplifies the learning process. But if you want to learn to read standard music notation, this will be the book for you.