Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The 50 Greatest Guitar Books

In case you didn't know, I have a new book out: The 50 Greatest Guitar Books

Long story short: In February of 2012 I published a blog entry titled "The Only Guitar Chord Book You'll Ever Need." A few months later I realized there were most certainly more guitar books that people should know about, and that is more or less where the idea came from. Well that and Tom Butler-Bowdon's fabulous book 50 Prosperity Classics, which I highly recommend. 

I am very happy with the final result. I hope readers will be as well. Here is a bit from the book's preface and the dust jacket. Below you will also find a link to the book's 104 Free mp3 audio lessons. 

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, weekend hobbyist or seasoned professional, have never read a guitar book in your life or have written a couple of your own, every guitarist feels he or she could get a little better. But where to start? Wending your way through the jungle of guitar instruction can be a daunting prospect – it was for me. I have researched more than 2,000 guitar books, in every style and with every approach. The 50 Greatest Guitar Books is the result of that research. The authors featured herein will do more than make you a little better. They will enlighten, educate, entertain, and inspire.

The 50 Greatest Guitar Books will expand your guitar education, no matter your level of ability, stylistic interests, preferred learning style, age or personal background. With that in mind, let me state that this is not a history of guitar education or pedagogy. No single teaching method suits all students. As a result the books featured herein deliver their material using a multitude of diverse approaches: academic and anecdotal, effortlessly and diligently, factually and hypothetically, physically and spiritually. The common thread running through every book is that they embody the same hopes and desires I have for you: to have fun, to develop into the best guitarist you can be, and to become a more thoughtful musician. 

The 50 Greatest Guitar Books is both an indispensable reference and one of the finest tutorial books ever penned. You’ll find insightful commentaries and more than 100 individually tailored guitar lessons – in all styles – that will provide beginner, intermediate, and advanced players with a lifetime of knowledge, insight, and inspiration.
Unlike any other guitar method, The 50 Greatest Guitar Books is part guitar instruction, part music appreciation, and part literary criticism. Persinger delivers as much practical musical content as he does analysis and educated insight.
Includes contributions from legendary guitarists and educators:
Featuring More than 100 Stylized Guitar Lessons
Chord Voicings, Arpeggios, Two-Handed Tapping, Fingerpicking, Slide Guitar, Walking Bass Lines, Improvisation, and much more.
Featuring All Styles
Blues, Classical, Funk, Metal, Rock, Jazz, World, Ragtime, Flamenco, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Pop, Latin, Fingerpicking, Country, Fusion, and more
Includes Free mp3 Downloads
The mp3s that accompany the book’s lessons are available in a single zip file. These are free, no codes or emails necessary. Click here to: Download Audio Examples. All examples are performed by Shawn Persinger.
(Please note: Your download will start immediately. There are 104 mp3s, the zip file is approximately 120MB, and it will take 2-3 minutes to download depending on your internet service. If you experience any trouble with the download please contact: presterjohnmusic(at)gmail.com. In iTunes sort the mp3s by “name” for them to line up in order.)

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