A Guitar Exercise Book for Ambitious Players

The Complete Idiot’s Guide (CIG) to Guitar Exercises by Hemme Luttjeboer is a complete book of guitar exercises. It covers chord exercises based around the CAGED system, single note exercises employing scales and Arpeggios. The book also includes an introduction to fingerpicking with some right-hand exercises. While you’re likely to learn some basic theory while working … Read more

Hal Leonard Guitar Method: Playing Electric Blues

Get started playing electric blues guitar with Hal Leonard’s Blues Guitar Method book. The book is written by guitar-celebrity Greg Koch. Greg lives in my hometown of Milwaukee, and I’m fortunate to catch his local gigs — he’s a great player and excellent writer/teacher. This book covers the core rudiments of electric blues guitar. Lessons … Read more

Blues Rhythm Guitar: Master the Electric Blues

Hello and welcome to my “Blues Rhythm Guitar Master Class” review. Blues Rhythm Guitar Master Class by Keith Wyatt really delivers. It’s an excellent book that will have you well grounded in electric-guitar blues rhythm playing. It covers all of the classic styles: shuffles, boogies, jump, blues Rhumba, slow blues, turnarounds and more. The book … Read more

Understanding DADGAD for Fingerstyle Guitar: The Ultimate Tuning

DADGAD is becoming such a popular alternate tuning for acoustic guitarists that’s it’s called “the other standard tuning.” Mel Bay Presents Understanding DADGAD for Fingerstyle Guitar offers a clearly-explained introduction to playing fingerstyle DADGAD guitar. See the post, Guitar Players Who Have Tuned in DADGAD. The book starts out with the basics: how to get your guitar … Read more

Yes You Can Learn Guitar: Mel Bay’s Modern Guitar Method

Mel Bay’s Guitar Method is a long-standing and popular method for learning guitar. The entire Mel Bay guitar method series is seven volumes and aims to build the theoretical and technical foundation needed to play guitar in any style. All seven volumes (or grades) of this method are written in standard notation to encourage better … Read more

Teach Your Kids Guitar: Three Popular Method Books

There’s nothing better than getting kids involved in music. Ideally, you’ll be able to find a teacher who has experience with children. But if that’s not possible, you can get your kids started with these method books. Kids under 10 may find traditional guitar method books a bit too challenging. These three methods are designed … Read more

Start Playing Acoustic Guitar with Hal Leonard’s Guitar Method

Hello and welcome to my Hal Leonard’s Acoustic Guitar Method review. Hal Leonard’s Acoustic Guitar Method is like a survey course for beginning acoustic guitar players. The book’s lessons not only cover the typical basics of strumming, chord changes, and single-note melody playing, they also provide an overview to a variety of musical styles and … Read more