I first studied Mel Bay as a beginner guitar player when I was a teenager and found an old copy of one of his basic instruction books. I have grown up with his books over the years, occasionally finding a more advanced book each time. Of course that was years ago before you could order books at will on the internet. It was mostly by chance that I would acquire a new book and advance to new levels. Now I think I have finally found the ultimate guitar instruction book. I hope I am ready for the challenge of years of study with the latest edition from the guitar master. I may never digest all this book has to offer, but I have a guitar reference book that should last me the rest of my life. I recommend any of Mel Bay's guitar instruction books to guitar students at all levels, starting with the basics and working up to this book. Thank you Mel Bay.
Must have for all Guitarists
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 12 years ago
This is a terrific resource for figuring out chords and where to play them on the fretboard,as well as arpeggios and scales. I keep it at my side and refer to it often when I'm working on new pieces. What a dictionary is to a writer, this is to the guitarist.
Great learning tool
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 13 years ago
I really like the way the chords are laid out. You learn bass, rhythm and lead chords plus their relationships to each other for every key so visually.
Great For Review & Learning
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 14 years ago
I've studied guitar privately, but stopped playing for several years. I forgot many chords I knew, all of the scales I knew, and I never even learned the arpeggios which are included in this book. This book is a great review. It will also be a good learning experience. I never learned my major scales in multiple positions -- this book contains several positions for each scale. The scales and chords are presented in a graphic manner, which does not require that the reader be able to read music. Below the graphic representation of each scale, the names of the notes are shown above the accompanying note on a treble staff. Below the treble staff, each note is also shown in tablature. (Since I have been trying to learn some music which is notated in tablature, I was excited about that!) Also, the names of the notes in each chord are listed below the graphic representation of the chord. I love this book! A complete beginner may need to purchase additional books, but this book is great for reference. I will probably use it as a reference for the rest of my life.
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