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Essential Rock Guitar Techniques and Lead Guitar Secrets Make Their Debut at NAMM

MILWAUKEE – Two go-to guitar authors for Hal Leonard have written new instructional books that will prove indispensable for guitarists looking to improve their playing. Chad Johnson has written Essential Rock Guitar Techniques, and Kirk Tatnall fills players in on Lead Guitar Secrets.

Essential Rock Guitar Techniques teaches two dozen skills that every serious player must master to sound authentic. What would a Metallica riff be without the palm mute, or a Van Halen solo sans tapping? Can you imagine hearing Z.Z. Top’s “Tush” or Joe Walsh’s “Life’s Been Good” without the signature slide guitar? Chad Johnson teaches you all of these skills – and many more – with carefully crafted exercises and more than 275 inspiring musical examples, nearly all of which are featured on the accompanying CD. If you’re tired of faking your way through your favorite rock songs because you’ve neglected to learn these special technique, you need this book.

Players will learn the art of soloing from the ground up with Lead Guitar Secrets. Kirk Tatnall provides an organized, logical approach that takes you from basic melodic soloing over one chord to more advanced concepts with common chord progressions. He breaks down core fretboard scale patterns, teaching how to effectively connect them up and down the neck. Kirk also covers rhythmic phrasing and articulation techniques such as bending, vibrato and legato, and improvisation. You’ll get ample hands-on training with the 80-track CD featuring play-alongs to practice over. Lead Guitar Secrets is perfect for folks getting started with playing lead, and for guitarists wishing to expand their skills.

Essential Rock Guitar Techniques (00696577) and Lead Guitar Secrets (00696470) sell for $19.99 each. For more information or to place an order, please stop by Hal Leonard booth #1018 at Summer NAMM, visit your local music retailer, or go to www.musicdispatch.com.

Hal Leonard Presents Jeff Beck – Signature Licks

New Book/CD Breaks Down Distinctive Style of This Influential Guitarist

MILWAUKEE – Last fall, Rolling Stone ranked Jeff Beck fifth in their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. MSNBC has called this multi-Grammy-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer a “guitarist's guitarist.” In the new Jeff Beck – Guitar Signature Licks book/CD pack, author Dave Rubin shares the sought-after secrets of Beck’s legendary playing.

Rubin offers a step-by-step breakdown of Beck’s style and go-to techniques, in both standard notation and tab. He provides in-depth analysis of the songs and solos that highlight Beck’s incredible career, from The Yardbirds, to his landmark jazz-fusion albums, to the present day. The accompanying 57-track CD contains demos of all of the examples in the book, with the more difficult parts played both slowly and at normal speed.

Jeff Beck – Guitar Signature Licks teaches these ten masterpieces from this renaissance guitarist: Beck’s Bolero • Big Block • Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers • A Day in the Life • El Becko • Freeway Jam •  Goodbye Pork Pie Hat • Led Boots • Over Under Sideways Down • Rock My Plimsoul.

The Jeff Beck – Guitar Signature Licks book/CD pack (HL00696427) is a treasure trove of info for just $22.99. For more information or to place an order, please stop by Hal Leonard booth #1018 at Summer NAMM, visit your local music retailer, or go to www.musicdispatch.com.

Wouldn’t You Like to Be a Pepper, Too?
New Chili Peppers Play-Alongs from Hal Leonard Can Help You Jam like One!

MILWAUKEE – Just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, multi-Grammy-winners the Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the hottest, tightest bands on the planet. For the first time ever, Hal Leonard Corporation will present RHCP titles in its signature play-along series for guitar, bass and drums.

Guitar Play-Along Vol. 153 (00702990), Bass Play-Along Vol. 42 (00702991) and Drum Play-Along Vol. 31 (00702992) will help you kick out funky jams like axe masters John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer, bass beast Flea, and the rock-solid Chad Smith.

All of these popular play-along series from Hal Leonard assist musicians in learning how to play their favorite Peppers songs quickly and easily. They just follow the notation or tab, listen to the CD to hear how their parts should sound, and then play along using the fantastic backing tracks. Melody and lyrics are included in the books, and the play-along CDs are enhanced so Mac & PC users can adjust the recordings to any tempo without changing pitch – a great learning tool.

The Guitar, Bass and Drum Play-Alongs all contain these Chili Peppers hits: The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie • By the Way • Californication • Can’t Stop • Dani California • Scar Tissue • Suck My Kiss • Tell Me Baby • Under the Bridge. They’re a bargain at only $19.99 apiece.

For more information or to place an order for Red Hot Chili Peppers play-alongs, please stop by Hal Leonard booth #1018 at Summer NAMM, visit your local music retailer, or go to www.musicdispatch.com.

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