Have you ever imagined playing the blues like Eric Clapton, shredding like Eddie Van Halen or strumming like Paul Simon? The editors of Guitar World, the world's best-selling guitar magazine, will help you make your dreams come true, even if you've never played guitar before. In Guitar World Presents The Best Instruction Book Ever! you'll find everything you need to learn to play like a pro, including:
Essential guitar instruction-from first chords and scales to advanced tricks and techniques for rhythm and solo playing.
The chords, scales and electrifying riff s used in your favorite blues, classic rock, country and heavy metal songs.
An easy TAB system that shows you which strings to fret and pick.
Hundreds of full-color photographs and diagrams.
Audio and video for every lesson in the book.
Plus, tips and encouragement from guitar legends like Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Queen's Brian May, and B.B. King!
Think of a song that resonates deep down in your being. Now imagine sitting down with someone who was there when the song was recorded and can tell you how that series of sounds was committed to tape, and who can also explain why that particular combination of rhythms, timbres and pitches has lodged in your memory, making your pulse race and your heart swell every time you hear it. Remarkably, Levitin does all this and more, interrogating the basic nature of hearing and of music making (this is likely the only book whose jacket sports blurbs from both Oliver Sacks and Stevie Wonder), without losing an affectionate appreciation for the songs he's reducing to neural impulses. Levitin is the ideal guide to this material: he enjoyed a successful career as a rock musician and studio producer before turning to cognitive neuroscience, earning a Ph.D. and becoming a top researcher into how our brains interpret music. Though the book starts off a little dryly (the first chapter is a crash course in music theory), Levitin's snappy prose and relaxed style quickly win one over and will leave readers thinking about the contents of their iPods in an entirely new way.