I originally wrote this review for Amazon.com so the majority of this post is a copy of what you will find there, I thought about writing a new review but why reinvent the wheel right.
This is a great book that I am finding to be of great value… Hope you enjoy the review (and the book ).
This is my second book that I purchased from Barrett, the first being the Guitar fretboard workbook, and I can confidently and happily say that it wont be the last.
It’s obvious right from the outset that Barrett’s 20+ years as a guitar teacher means that he knows how to get results fast.
The book takes you from a complete beginner, right up to some of the most advanced guitar rhythm techniques you will ever need…
…there is no stone left unturned, so to speak.
Every lesson is clearly laid out with a very easy to understand and comprehensive explanation leaving absolutely nothing to doubt. As well as the clearly defined documentation the CD tracks are extremely easy to follow with Barrett counting out each beat with you, making it a super user friendly and doable process.
Having Barret counting out the rhythms on the CD makes it feel like your having a one on one lesson and also makes the entire learning process a whole lot easier than if you just had the licks on their own and you were left to figure out the rhythms by reading the book and listening to the audio, with Barrett counting out the rhythms, it ties both the book and the CD together.
As mentioned in a previous review, the book isn’t just a whole heap of licks that you will probably never use, this is a rock solid education on how to understand the rhythms that make up the licks and solos that you will find in any style of music. It really is teaching you how to fish instead of just handing you one.
If your the kind of guitarist that just wants to “Play” the guitar without building a real understanding of your instrument then you should probably get the book with the title, “A million and one licks that you will never use”… But, if you really want to learn your guitar then get this book, it is a must.
Again, I would thoroughly recommend you get this book if you are serious about your guitar playing and want to get to the next level, whatever that level is for you. I would definitely buy this book again and have already recommended it to a couple of my friends.
By using this book I have gained a whole new appreciation for timing and phrasing and now realize, if you can get those right, even before you try and figure out what your fingers need to do, it makes learning new stuff so much more easier.
This really is a great book, and as I said in the review, if your really serious about learning your Guitar then Get this book, even if your a total novice that can barely hold a pick, this book will help you build a solid foundation that will serve you well for the rest of your guitar playing life.