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Listed below are a few of CleverJoe's favourite guitar books. Click on the titles to browse more guitar related subjects and other book reviews.

Guitar for Dummies Guitar For Dummies
by Mark Phillips, John Chappell, Jon Chappell

Editorial Review
Play a guitar just like ringing a bell! Even if you've never read a note of music or plucked a single string, you can be picking and strumming like Johnny B. Goode in no time flat. Guitar For Dummies takes you step-by-step through everything you need to know about guitars from buying the right ax to keeping it in tune. Learn the basic chords and move on to improvising lead solos in any style you choose: rock, blues, folk, or classical. Get the right gear -- amplifiers, capos, cases, effects pedals, straps, and strings -- and get ready to rock the house with this ultimate guide to guitar mastery. Plus, the book features a bonus CD with nearly 100 play-along practice tracks to hone your chops!


How to play guitar in ten easy lessons
by Norman Monath
How to play guitar in ten easy lessons Step-by-step instructions, more than 100 diagrams, beginner-friendly introductions to basic chord progressions. Note values, rhythms, and keys are also explained in terms even novices can understand.This is an excellent guitar instruction book for beginners.


How to Play Guitar:
The Basics and Beyond - Chords, Scales, Tunes, and Tips

by The Editors of Guitar Player, Player Editors Guitar
How to play guitar: The Basic and Beyond - Chords, Scales, Tunes, and Tips From the editors of "Guitar Player". This guitar instruction book comes packaged with an audio CD containing 12 lessons from the book. It's an easy-to-use guide which provides lessons for playing electrics and acoustics by some of the guitar world's top teachers, including Rick Gartner, Happy Traum, and Arlen Roth. Lots of photos and illustrations.


1001 Guitar Tips and Tricks
by Andy Jones, Arthur Dick
1001 Guitar Tips and Tricks The name of this book pretty much speaks for itself. Lots of guitar tips, soloing tricks, scales, chords, etc. With 1001 guitar tips and tricks, you're bound to learn a thing or three!


The Guitar Handbook
by Ralph Denyer
The Guitar Handbook A wildly popular and comprehensive resource for beginners and experienced guitarists alike, acoustic or electric. With great full-color photos, this new edition surveys recent guitar models and profiles current masters, and includes an expanded guitar music lesson section, and encompasses 10 years of technological change in recording and amplification. Take a quick breeze through the many reader comments about the book - it's all good here baby! CleverJoe three thumbs up!


The Complete Guitarist
by Richard Chapman, Les Paul
The Complete Guitarist Check out the author names on this book! This is a visual approach to learning the guitar, with more than 1,500 step-by-step illustrations. Guitar fingering, chords, notes, scales, modes, rhythm sequences, soloing, and improvising. Virtuoso tutor Richard Chapman offers guitar students the benefits of his master classes in this superb guitar book.


Edly's Music Theory for Practical People
by Ed Roseman
I want you to imagine your favorite school teacher ever. You know - the one who always managed to put a smile on your face, and somehow make learning fun. My personal favorite was my grade three teacher Ms. O'neil, who was not only a nice teacher but also a very pretty woman. Yes, I was hot for teacher. I digress. Edly may not be pretty, but his book gives me the same smile and gentle encouragement that Ms O'Neil offered way back when.

This book is for people who have always wanted to learn music theory, but hate the idea of actually sitting down to try. Edly allows you relax into the learning process, and helps you to think outside the conventional learning box. With lots of great pictures and hand drawn helpfuls, learning becomes fun, interesting and at the risk of sounding redundant or repeating myself, not boring.

Edly's Music Theory is a practical book for practical people. An immensley fun way to learn, CleverJoe recommends this book to practical people everywhere.


Rockin' The Modes
by Pat Baxter
Rockin' The Modes A guitar instruction book on modes & scales. Canadian guitarist Pat Baxter presents an excellent book for guitarists who want to improve their guitar chops and enhance their musical knowledge. Some of the topics covered in this popular book are the different modes of the scales, intervals and triads, chord construction, chord alterations, harmonizing, and more. The author of this guitar instruction book also writes a monthly guitar column for CleverJoe's, and this link is directly to Pat Baxter's site.


The Acoustic Guitar : Adjustment, Care, Maintenance, and Repair
by Don E. Teeter
The Acoustic Guitar : Adjustment, Care, Maintenance, and Repair The ultimate book for the unplugged guitarist! This book will teach you all you need to know to care for your acoustic guitar.

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