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Best Guitar Books

Strum your way to mastery with our list of the best guitar books out there, aggregated from music and education experts and ranked according to their endorsements by leading authorities.

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Hal Leonard Guitar Method
Book Only
Will Schmid, Greg Koch - 1994-01-01
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Learn to play acoustic or electric guitar with the Hal Leonard Guitar Method, based on years of teaching guitar students of all ages. Book 1 covers essential topics such as tuning, playing position, musical symbols, and notes in first position. You'll also learn popular chords like C, G, and D, as well as strumming and picking techniques. With over 80 examples and songs, you'll quickly become a skilled guitarist.
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Guitar Aerobics
A 52-Week, One-lick-per-day Workout Program for Developing, Improving and Maintaining Guitar Technique Bk/online audio
Troy Nelson - 2007-12-01
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Improve your guitar playing with Guitar Aerobics. This book, written by a former editor of Guitar One magazine, contains 52 weeks of daily exercises covering rock, blues, jazz, metal, country, and funk. Techniques include alternate picking, arpeggios, sweep picking, and more to improve your speed and accuracy. The accompanying CD has 365 workout licks and play-along grooves in every style. Give your guitar skills a daily dose of vitamins!
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Teach Yourself to Play Guitar
A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners
David M. Brewster - 2004-04-01
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Learn to play guitar even without a music-reading background with Teach Yourself to Play Guitar. This book offers a comprehensive introduction to essential guitar-playing fundamentals, presented in today's most popular tab format. It covers power chords, barre chords, scales, chords, and single-note patterns in a variety of musical styles. The book also provides easy-to-interpret diagrams, photos, and illustrations, making it a quick, effective, uncomplicated, and practical alternative to traditional self-instructional method books.
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Music Theory for Guitarists
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask (Guitar Method)
Tom Kolb - 2005-05-01
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Discover the mysteries of music theory with this practical book and CD package designed for guitarists of all levels. Through plain and simple terms and diagrams, author and veteran guitarist Tom Kolb provides a wealth of valuable knowledge on scales, modes, chords, ear training and more. With 94 tracks of music examples included on the accompanying CD, this book is the perfect resource for any guitarist looking to improve their understanding of music theory.
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Guitar All-in-One For Dummies
Book + Online Video and Audio Instruction
Hal Leonard Corporation - 2014-07-09 (first published in 2009)
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Become a guitar master with "Guitar All-in-One For Dummies." This comprehensive guide covers everything from basic chords to guitar theory and playing styles. With online resources and access to audio tracks, you'll get advice and instruction from some of the most respected guitar teachers in the business. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran guitar player, this guide has something to offer. Bring your music to life with "Guitar All-in-One For Dummies."
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Chord Chemistry
Ted Greene - 1985-03-01 (first published in 1971)
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"Master the art of chord progression with this classic reference book for guitarists. Ted Greene's Chord Chemistry is a musical treasure chest that will take your skills beyond basic barre chords to create unique sounds and inspire creativity. Ideal for beginners and advanced players, this book has been the go-to guide for two generations of guitarists looking for new ideas and techniques. Discover exciting concepts and elevate your playing today!"
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Fretboard Logic SE
The Reasoning Behind the Guitar's Unique Tuning Plus Chords Scales and Arpeggios Complete(2 Volumes)
Bill Edwards - 1989-01-01 (first published in 1997)
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Master the guitar with Fretboard Logic SE - the ultimate guide to unlocking the secrets of chords, scales, and arpeggios. This Special Edition includes both Books I and II, starting with an introduction to the guitar's tuning and fundamental fretboard patterns. Perfect for beginners and advanced players alike, Fretboard Logic is essential for anyone looking to take their guitar skills to the next level.
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Guitar Fretboard
Memorize The Fretboard In Less Than 24 Hours
Guitar Head - 2018-05-13
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Unlock all the notes on the guitar fretboard in just 5 simple steps with this beginner-friendly book. Learn how notes are arranged, create a mind map to navigate the fretboard, and communicate with other musicians. With 35 exercises and memory techniques, you'll get results fast - all taught in less than a day. This book offers unique memory techniques, high-quality diagrams, and free bonus material for a comprehensive learning experience. Don't let learning the fretboard seem impossible - get your hands on this goldmine today!
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The Guitar Handbook
A Unique Source Book for the Guitar Player - Amateur or Professional, Acoustic or Electrice, Rock, Blues, Jazz, or Folk
Ralph Denyer - 1992-10-20 (first published in 1982)
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This guitar handbook is the ultimate guide for both novice and seasoned guitar players, covering both acoustic and electric. The updated edition includes vibrant full-color photos, profiles of today's top guitarists, and lessons to help you excel in your playing. Plus, it reflects the latest advancements in technology for recording and amplifying sound.
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The Advancing Guitarist
Applying Guitar Concepts and Techniques Advancing Guitarist
Mick Goodrick - 1987-11-01
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Unlock the secrets of guitar mastery with insights from renowned musician and educator, Mick Goodrick. This practical guide is perfect for advancing guitarists looking to enhance their playing technique, style, and musicality. Instead of a step-by-step approach, Goodrick presents his knowledge in a conversational essay format, covering topics like fingerboard mechanics, scales and chords, contemporary harmony, improvisation, and more. Take your playing to the next level and become the best guitarist you can be.
Guitar Fretboard Workbook by Barrett Tagliarino
A Modern Method for Guitar by William Leavitt
Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo
Guitar For Absolute Beginners by Daniel Emery
Pumping Nylon by Scott Tennant
The Practical Guide to Modern Music Theory for Guitarists by Joseph Alexander
Vaideology by Steve Vai
Connecting Pentatonic Patterns - The Essential Guide For All Guitarists by Tom Kolb
Guitar Theory For Dummies by Desi Serna
Complete Technique for Modern Guitar by Joseph Alexander
The Guitar Grimoire by Adam Kadmon
Guitar Book for Adult Beginners by Damon Ferrante
Music Reading for Guitar by David Oakes
Melodic Rhythms for Guitar by William Leavitt
Guitar Reading Workbook by Barrett Tagliarino
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Guitar by Charles Kim
The Chord Wheel by Jim Fleser
Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner
My First Guitar by Ben Parker
The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method, Volume 1 by Christopher Parkening
The Guitar Player Repair Guide by Dan Erlewine
Solo Guitar Playing - Book 1, 4th Edition by Frederick Noad
Acoustic Guitar Primer Book for Beginners by Bert Casey
Guitar Scales Handbook by Damon Ferrante
No Bull Music Theory for Guitarists by James Shipway
Creative Guitar 1 by Guthrie Govan
Guitar Chord Bible by Phil Capone
Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar by Troy Stetina
Joe Pass Guitar Style by Joe Pass, Bill Thrasher
Modern Chord Progressions by Ted Greene
Classic Guitar Technique, Vol 1 by Aaron Shearer, Thomas Kikta
Jazz Guitar Single Note Soloing, Volume 1 by Ted Greene
Ultimate Guitar Chords, Scales & Arpeggios Handbook by Damon Ferrante
Guitar for Kids by Jeff Schroedl
Complete Acoustic Guitar Method by Greg Horne
Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar; Foreword By Alex Machacek by Jan Rivera
Guitar For Dummies by Mark Phillips
The Circle of Fifths for Guitarists by Mr Joseph Alexander
First 50 Songs You Should Play on Acoustic Guitar by Various
GUITAR CHORDS by Jake [editor] Jackson
The Complete Guide to Playing Blues Guitar by Joseph Alexander
Guitar All-In-One for Dummies by Mark Phillips, Hal Leonard Corporation, Jon Chappell, Desi Serna
JustinGuitar Beginner's Course by Justin Sandercoe
Guitar for Kids by Gareth Evans
The Evolving Bassist by Rufus Reid
Reading Studies for Guitar by William Leavitt
Guitarist's Guide to Scales Over Chords by Chad Johnson
Learn Your Fretboard by Luke Zecchin
Julio S Sagreras Guitar Lessons Books 1-3 by Julio S. Sagreras
Rhythm Guitar 365 by Troy Nelson
Idiot's Guides by David Hodge
Scale Pattern Studies for Guitar by Aaron Shearer
Classical Studies for Pick-Style Guitar - Volume 1 by William Leavitt
Creative Bass Technique Exercises by Dan Hawkins
Jazz Improvisation for Guitar by
Patterns, Scales & Modes for Jazz Guitar by Arnie Berle
Best Beginning Guitar Book for Kids by Mr. Larry E. Newman
Alfred's Kid's Guitar Course by Ron Manus
Fretboard Freedom - Book/Audio Online by Troy Nelson
Playing Guitar by David Hodge
The Best Guitar Book for Beginners by Dan Spencer
New Dimensions in Classical Guitar for Children by Sonia Michelson
Al Di Meola - A Guide to Chords, Scales & Arpeggios by Al di Meola
101 Guitar Tips by Adam St. James
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass by Geddy Lee