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Always wanted to learn to play guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, or another musical instrument? Listed below are a few excellent music instruction books that are highly recommended by CleverJoe.
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How to Play Drums
by James Blades
The music instruction books in this "How to" series are by far the best books you can get for learning musical instruments. This "how to play Drums" book is no exception. The beginner who wants to learn to play drums will find this book easy to use, and will be drumming up a storm in no time.
Guitar For Dummies
by Mark Phillips, John Chappell, Jon Chappell
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!
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 made 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.
How to Play Piano As the other books in this series, this is an excellent book which takes you through easy and intuitive steps to learning to play piano. Great book for both adults and kids alike.
Guitar Shop : A Beginner's Guide to Learning Lead and Rhythm Guitar
by Bill Watson
Reviewer: Midwest Book Review
Guitar Shop: A Beginner's Guide To Learning Lead And Rhythm Guitar is designed specifically for the novice who wants to quickly become adept at playing the lead and rhythm guitar. Bill Watson draws upon his many years of experience and expertise as a successful guitar teacher and player to present a truly effective and "user friendly" do-it-yourself instruction manual. With its system of checks to track progress, artfully crafted lessons, and brief but challenging exercises, Guitar Shop covers all the basic scales and chords, can be used alone or with free online tools, and makes a splendid addition to school music class reference collections. If you want to learn to play the guitar, begin with Bill Watson's Guitar Shop.
How to play guitar in ten easy lessons
by Norman Monath
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
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
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
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
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.
How to Play Keyboards
by Roger Evans
This book starts out great in the beginning taking you step by step and adding chords and notes as you go along and master everything. Get this book if you want to learn keyboarding in a easy but challenging way!
How to Play Piano by Ear
by Duane Shinn
Want to learn to play piano, but the thought of having to learn to read music is a bit scary? This book is for you. Absolutely the best book for learning to play piano by ear. We all have a musical ear, don't let anyone tell you differently. This book will help bring out the music that is inside of you! Highly recommended. Music Instruction Videos, one of the best ways to learn!