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The Guitar Handbook...remember that book?

arthur rotfeld

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I stumbled upon this the other day, my old copy of the Guitar Handbook, which I probably got during my first year or two of playing. It was such a wealth of information about the instrument, players, cool quotes. I also learned a lot of chords and scales here too.
 

Picaflor

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Yes, that and Govan's Creative Guitar 1 are the two books that I still go back to again and again.
 

bgh

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Still have mine too. It is well worn, and well read. Great reference book. It is funny looking at the "amp" section and seeing the pics in there.
 

Sheherezadeh

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I have many fond memories checking that one and similar ones out of the library when I was young. Bought my own copy a number of years ago.
 

Fatherflot

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I wore out one copy decades ago and bought another one a a couple of years ago and now that one is getting worn out. It's actually open right now in my practice room (p. 136, Polychords).

Love the zen-like mini-forward by Fripp: "We begin with the possible and gradually move towards the impossible."
 

JDW3

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I learned scales and modes from this book. A wealth of info, absolutely. I spent countless hours with it.
 

Sweetfinger

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I still have mine. That book was the beginning of what I do today. My poor Hondo II Les Paul pretty much suffered through every electronic mod and setup/service tip in there. Thanks, Ralph, wherever you are!
 

huw

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First serious book I had - took me through music college, and still explained some things better than by tutors did. I love it.

Now I use it with my students.
 

CyberFerret

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I still have mine... well, a second copy. The first one got totally wet and destroyed about 20 years ago, so I got another... :)

Brings back memories. I must go look on my shelf and take it down and flip through it again...
 

DanPaul

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I'm on my fourth copy. I gave the first three away to aspiring players in search of knowledge. That was in the dark days before the internet. I love how that book is organized in that you could look up scales, modes, harmony, chords or whatever and have it explained in such a clear manner.

Great book. I think I'm going to go dust that sucker off now!
 




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