02-23-2013 09:27 PM
What book would you recommend for learning things like, chord progression, advanced techniques, and just books to improve my technical maneuverability on guitar overall?
I know books won't make me better, but they're the closest thing to other musicians I have, and I need some guidance haha, thanks guys.
02-23-2013 09:49 PM
The only book i read about it was Music Theory for Dummies. It barely scratches the surface, but after reading it i knew way more than i did without it. Not a bad book to start with.
02-23-2013 10:21 PM
Before spending a bunch of money on books that you may or may not get much out of, I'd be spending some time at www.justinguitar.com Very good site with some free lessons and tons of information.
I'd also be checking around at local mom & pop music shops and try to find one that sponsors a weekly or bi-weekly open jam session. You'll learn more by playing along with others than you'll ever learn from a book.
If you could find just one other person to play along with, your abilties will grow by leaps and bounds in a short time. And always look for a pickin' partner that knows more about guitar playing than you do. He's the guy that can teach you some new techniques.
The best way, of course, is to take lessons from a good guitar teacher........but, it ain't cheap.
02-23-2013 10:26 PM - edited 02-23-2013 10:27 PM
Two books I would recommend to give you a deeper understanding of music and guitar is the Guitar Grimoire Series, specifically the Chord Progressions one and also Idiot's Guide to Music Theory.
Though the exercises in the book are helpful and will improve your dexterity, these books are not going to contain much actual songs or completed works. They will teach you the ins and outs of music as it applies to every musical instrument.
My personal recommendation would be to pick up a guitar songbook of the type of music you wish to play. Most have tabs along with it if you can't read music, but once you get going with some real songs you'll be well on your way! What type of music are you looking to learn?
02-23-2013 11:08 PM
02-24-2013 01:33 AM
You should look @ Blues guitar unleashed by Griff Hamlin. He offers courses from beginning guitar through intermediate and advanced players. His material is pretty thorough and covers all areas of any players concerns. He also offers you free access to his membership forum where you can interact with other musicians from beginners to advanced players who will gladly help you with any questions or problems you could possibly encounter.(The members forum is a very valuable asset,) I've been playing since i was very young and i'm now 47 yrs. old. I was more of a recreational player until the last few years and then i started studying music theory very intensely. buying any material i could find at book stores and mostly free tutorials from youtube. while these are very helpful they can be very complex for the beginner to understand also. All the more reason you should seek out programs that offer beginning through advanced material. depending on what genre of music you are most interested in may determine who you would like to use as well. I'm a big blues lover, so for me Griff Hamlin is the Guy. David Taub with Next Level Guitar is also good and offers top notch material. as well as people like Dan Denely, Marty Swartz. and as someone else already mentioned Justin Guitar.com... These guys often collaborate with each other and offer great support in what they teach. You can bounce around different youtube videos and sites and get a lot of the same info for free, but if you want to take the best and most efficient route in learning without all the frustrations of figuring out bits and pieces of scattered info you should check out these guys mentioned above. Nothing works as well as the learning system approach that most of these guys have to offer.(systematic approach) is the most valuable, easy to understand and most proficient way of learning music as each level builds off the one below it. Most of these courses will give you the necessary tools ranging from theory, chords and chord progressions, timing development, strumming patterns and techniques, scales, modes, intervals, all necessary components involved in becoming a great musician. Hope this helps. Best Wishes on your journey into the wonderful world of Music. ~Keith Price~
02-24-2013 11:33 AM
02-24-2013 09:04 PM
You'll have to be more specific. What style of music are you playing? Guitar music theory is broken down by type of music. There are good books out there for every type of music.
02-24-2013 11:15 PM
02-24-2013 11:49 PM
02-25-2013 09:16 AM
Answer to your first question - I play a lot of blues on acoustic mostly by just learning songs. When I got my electric I wanted to play more jazz/blues things up the neck so I found two books called Fretboard Roadmaps for these styles. Has been very helpful in thinking about how chords are put together and moved around the neck.
I've also been noodling around a lot with basic major and minor pentatonic scales - again trying to learn my way around the neck.
Music Is All wrote:
Also, what's the difference between smooth and ridged guitar strings? is there any difference in sound or not really?
Are you asking about the difference between wound strings (4 thru 6) and unwound (1,2) or between round wound and flatwound? If it is the first, the problem comes from the way strings are made - the tension is a function of the unit weight (and some other things) - if you tried to make a solid low E string it would have far too much tension. D'Addario has the formulas on their web page if you really want to understand it. As far as flatwounds, they are usually nickel (instead of bronze) and almost always used on electrics because of their feel. They are considerably more expensive to manufacture.
02-25-2013 01:38 PM
02-25-2013 02:35 PM - edited 02-25-2013 02:36 PM
Music Is All wrote:
Oh, yeah, I was just curious about whether or not the strings produced different sounds, but if its gonna put to much tension on my guitars neck, then there's no point I guess haha. I feel like if the neck could support it, the sound would be richer, and I'm big on slides and bends, so I feel it'd be easier on my fingers to have smoother strings.
There is an incredible amount of technology and science in guitar strings - core wire (diameter, whether round or hex), winding wire (composition, flat or round), coatings (or not). Strings do affect the sound of your guitar as well as its playability, in fact that is one of the easiest things you can change. In general, composition affects the sound, diameter and construction affects tension which affects playability.
One of the things we are in almost univeral agreement about is that we don't agree about strings. They are cheap (relatively), don't be afraid to experiment.
btw - electric strings almost always have an unwould first, second and third, acoustic strings need a little more mass for the third so it is usually wound. Ironically, the core is smaller in diameter than the first two which is why it usually is the one to break. It is the lighter guage and lower tension of electric strings that allow them to make the big bends that we can't do with acoustic.
02-25-2013 03:25 PM
Music Is All wrote:
Blues, but also rock n roll, John Mayer slow, bluesy, the black keys/Arctic monkey type rock n roll, both just really heavy, clever blues/rock n roll guitar is the style I'm working on mastering.
John Mayer and Black keys songbooks. Pick one up, learn his licks and when you read the music you learn SO much about chord progressions, keys, timing, etc. Tabs are there to help guitarists find the notes on the fretboard quicker. If you wish to avoid tabs, just black them out and only read the music. I guarantee if you devote a good amount of practice to the song books you'll see great improvements in your playing!
02-25-2013 04:42 PM
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02-27-2013 11:04 AM
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