Author Archives: Lee

Blues By The Bar – Review

Author: Chris Hunt
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

This is another blues licks / solos book with a bit of a twist. The content is easy to follow and pretty much jumps straight into simply learning a bunch of licks, but in an organised fashion. All the examples are played over a single chord progression with two common variations and all in the same key.

The idea is to learn a bunch of licks that work over each section of the chord progression. For instance, you get about fifteen licks for bars one and two, ten licks for bars three and four, ten licks for bars five and six, etc.. Continue reading

Chord Tone Soloing – Review

Author: Barrett Tagliarino
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Chord tone soloing

I finally got round to buying this book a few months ago but I’ve only just managed to take a good look through it. So what’s the verdict? The book gets a very big thumbs up from me, but before I go any further, it’s important you understand the purpose of the book. If you don’t, then you may end up buying it for the wrong reasons. Continue reading

The New Complete Guitarist

Author: Richard Chapman
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

New complete guitarist

The way I would best describe this book is it’s the “ultimate snippet guide to guitar”. I’m torn on this one. It’s almost like the author has tried hard to improve on the classic Guitar Handbook by Ralph Denyer but failed miserably, probably because of restrictions and guidelines imposed by the publisher. Continue reading

Blues Solos For Guitar

Author: Keith Wyatt
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Blues Solos For Guitar

When I look through a new book I’ve just purchased, I normally spend some time looking through all the pages, listening to the CD (if there is one) and then maybe have a little work through one or two of the examples if something inspires me at the time. All in all, I don’t actually buy guitar books with the intent of working through the whole thing straight away, if ever. The hour or two I spend when I first look through it, tells me what I want to know about a book, how good it is and how much I can gain from it. This information gets logged in memory until the time comes that I feel inspired by something, which makes me want to go grab an appropriate book for some serious guitar practice. So why am I telling you this? Continue reading