Discussion in 'The Pub' started by RhytmEarl, May 5, 2015.
rev gary davis
Not really instruction but a German A Hard Days Night songbook. All of the songs had been transposed to flat keys.
Book? You needed a book to tell you? Okay.
This, in 1971
Mel Bay, in your manual, you taught us how to hold the pick,
You've got to hold it in this manner, to play them fancy licks.
Now we're happily strummin' along and you ought to hear us play,
And I guess we owe it all to you, thanks a lot Mel Bay.
I did end up buying a lot of tab books my first few years of playing but I had two books that were my bibles:
One other that I had to learn front to back - not exactly an instructional type book but very important to me ...
Yes, because not everyone was born with the knowledge of how everything's laid out on a guitar and how to make major and minor chords.
The air must be thin on that mountain top.
I started with a Mel Bay chord book, gave it to my daughter last year and she is learning little by little. She would probably be farther along but plays clarinet in the school band and is teaching herself piano too.
I still have that book!
edit: Just checked and mine was $4.95 lol
Remarkably, my dad, who has no interest in jazz or in guitar music, bought me this in one of my formative years:
I think it might have been this, no dvd in those days though:
then on to this
Hand-me-down from my brother.
Alfred's Basic Guitar Method-book 1
I even still remember how to play "Shoo Fly".
Not an instruction book really, but this book taught me to play guitar. I saw the Ozzy video Crazy Train on Headbangers Ball and was blown away. More important the video had some up close shots of Randys hand. With the hand shots I made the discovery at THAT moment that he had 5 fingers on each hand. <The reason this was significant is because it showed me it was possible for a human to make this sort of music; I also had 5 fingers on each hand so I should be able to learn play like this if I leaned where my fingers should go. I was given this book as a complete beginner and note for note worked out how to play all the songs except for 'no bone movies'.
I still occasionally play a few tunes from this album for fun (in fact I have transcribed a nice finger style version of Revelation Mother Earth that is pretty neat).
The '5 fingers on each hand' example is something I used to humanize a hero to my students when teaching guitar when they were feeling 'its impossible'.
After learning this book it gave me the finger strength/mechanics to play pretty much anything I wanted from that point and an acute sense of solo construction and form.
I still feel this was the greatest education a young self taught guitarist could obtain from a book.