Guitar Tips: Stuff All the Pros Know and Use ($16.95)
101 Guitar Tips is the result of my own 30 years playing experience, plus knowledge gathered from the hundreds of celebrity interviews I've conducted through the past 20 years as editor of www.Guitar.com, as an author and editor for music publisher Hal Leonard, and as a writer for most of the major U.S. guitar magazines and many of America's largest newspapers
I've also worked for Fender, D'Addario, Guitar Center, Musician's Friend and smaller music stores, and I ran vintage guitar site Gbase.com for a couple of years. I've guitar teched for Sammy Hagar, and of course I've played in countless bands.
101 Guitar Tips covers a lot of ground, including scales, chords, riffs, music theory, gear setup and maintenance, equipment selection, career advice, things to make your music-making trouble-free and more enjoyable, and much more. There's something for everyone in this book, whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player.
All musical examples are written in notation AND tablature, and many are illustrated with neck diagrams as welll
Recording Tips: Stuff All the Pros Know and Use ($16.95)|
My latest book, “101 Recording Tips…” has just come out (12/2004) through music publisher Hal Leonard. Part of the very successful 101 Tips series, for which I’ve also contributed “101 Guitar Tips” and “101 Singing Tips,” “101 Recording Tips” contains tips, suggestions, advice, and other useful information garnered through a lifetime of home and pro studio recording adventures. Included in the book are dozens of entries learned firsthand from legendary producers, engineers, and artists such as Tom Dowd, Phil Ramone, Pete Anderson, Dick Shurman, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Desmond Child, and many more. It's an essential collection of tricks of the trade that will improve anyone's home or pro studio recordings. The accompanying CD includes nearly one hour of audio demonstrations.
In fact, the audio CD alone includes an additional several dozen tips, so there’s really way more than 101 Tips all together. The stuff I learned from Tom Dowd (Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Derek & the Dominos, Lynyrd Skynryd, Ray Charles, Aretha…) alone just rocks my world – and my recordings. If you’re into home recording, or soon taking your act into a pro studio and want to make sure you’re nailing your best tone and performance, get this book!
Picture Chord Encyclopedia ($19.95)|
The Picture Chord Encyclopedia is a great resource for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of chords on the guitar. Every photo of every chord – 2,640 of them – is accompanied by music notation and an easy to read block chord diagram. The book is organized into sections for each note of the musical alphabet, including sharps and flats, from A to G#.
Each section includes 22 pages of photos and diagrams, with five inversions of each chord. Each section contains the following chords (examples in key of C): C major, C5, Csus4, Csus2, Cadd9, C6, C6/9, Cmaj7, Cmaj9, Cmaj7#11, Cmaj13, C minor, Cm(add9), Cm6, Cmflat6, Cm6/9, Cm7, Cm7flat5, Cm(maj7), Cm9, Cm9flat5, Cm9(maj7), Cm11, Cm13, C7, C7sus4, C7flat5, C9, C9sus4, C9flat5, C7flat9, C7#9, C7flat5(#9), C11, C7#11, C13, C13sus4, C augmented, C7#5, C9#5, C7#5flat9, C7#5#9, C diminished, and Cdim7.
introduction to the book explains the music theory behind chords, covering
the following topics: Choosing the Best Voicing, What’s a Chord?,
How Does a Chord Get Its Name?, How Do I Build a Chord?, What About Other
Keys?, Triads, Sevenths, Extended Chords, and Inversions & Voicings.
section of the Incredible Scale Finder contains the following scales (examples
in key of C): C Major, C Major Pentatonic, C Natural Minor (Aeolian mode),
C Minor Pentatonic, C Blues, C Mixo-Blues, C Mixolydian, C Dorian, C Melodic
Minor, C Harmonic Minor, C Phrygian, C Locrian, C Lydian, C Diminished (Half-Whole),
C Diminished (Whole- Half), C Chromatic, C Whole Tone. All the Western modes
are included. When I wrote this book, I decided to lay out the scales in
the order in which guitarists should learn them, and will find them most
The introduction to the book explains the music theory behind scales, covering the following topics: Why are scales so important?, Navigating the Incredible Scale Finder, explanations of the 17 scales and modes diagrammed in the book, and a section on Improvising and Soloing, which includes discussions on Major and Minor Keys, Modes, and The Chord by Chord Approach to using scales.
Together with the Picture Chord Encyclopedia and 101 Guitar Tips, you’ll have three of the most useful guitar instructional tools ever published.
The REH ProLicks instructional series
was originally issued as a $75 package for each of the musical genres
you see below. Each package contained six cassette tapes and a short booklet
of notation and tablature. The authors played solos at the beginning of
each tape, then spent the next 45 minutes verbally explaining how they
played the solos, and other related issues. Each course covered six related
styles of soloing. It was a great series, and the playing and lessons
taught in each series was phenomenal, probably the best genre-specific
guitar solo teaching tools I’ve ever encountered. But listening
to the guys talk for 45 minutes or more was a little cumbersome.
ProLicks Blues Solos for Guitar ($17.95)|
The Pro Licks Blues Solos for Guitar book was authored by Keith Wyatt, who was the head of the Guitar Institute of Technology at the famed Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California and is now the Director of Programs. Keith is a phenomenal player and teacher – very concise and clear – and a specialist in the blues and other American roots music. He performs around the world regularly as a member of roots-rock band the Blasters.
This 96-page course includes chapters and fantastic solos teaching the styles of Albert Collins, Albert King, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, T-Bone Walker, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Steve Cropper, Freddie King, Lonnie Mack, Gatemouth Brown, Wayne Bennett, Pee Wee Crayton, Chuck Berry, Scotty Moore, Carl Perkins, and Brian Setzer.
are recorded solos and chapters titled “Blues Number One” (a
straight-ahead slow blues tune), “Memphis Funk,” “Boogie
Shuffle,” “King Thing,” “Texas Swing Blues,”
and “Rockabilly.” |
The CD includes full band tracks with Keith tearing it up on lead guitar, and rhythm-only tracks for you to jam with. The rhythm tracks themselves make for great learning too!
This is serious blues playing, in a variety of bluesy styles. You’ll learn hundreds of cool licks from this course, in real solos that you can then duplicate in whole or in part in your own songs. The best blues soloing course I’ve ever seen.
ProLicks Country Solos for Guitar ($17.95)
are recorded solos and chapters titled “Hot Banjo Rolls,” “Funky
Double Stops,” “Pedal-Steel Mania,” “Open-String
Licks,” “Working Man’s Licks,” and “Flashy
The CD includes full band tracks with Steve tearing it up on lead guitar, and rhythm-only tracks for you to jam with. The rhythm tracks themselves make for great learning too!
This is some of the best country lead guitar playing you’ll ever hear (and learn), in a variety of related styles, from traditional to country-rock to hillbilly jazz. Just like in the blues course, you’ll learn hundreds of cool licks from this course, in real solos that you can then duplicate in whole or in part in your own songs. And just like above, this is the best country soloing course I’ve ever seen.
ProLicks Jazz Solos for Guitar ($17.95)
The Pro Licks Jazz Solos for Guitar book was authored
by Les Wise, a great jazz guitarist with numerous books out through Hal
Leonard. This is fantastic jazz soloing in a variety of jazzy styles.
You’ll practically be a jazz master after getting through just the
first solo in the book.
includes full band tracks with Les laying down some incredible jazz solos,
and rhythm-only tracks for you to jam with. Again, the rhythm tracks themselves
make for great learning too!|
This is some of the best jazz lead guitar playing you’ll ever hear (and learn), in a variety of related styles. Just like in the other ProLicks courses, you’ll learn hundreds of cool licks from this course, in real solos that you can then duplicate in whole or in part in your own songs. You’ll never find a better jazz soloing course, especially for less than $20.
ProLicks Hard Rock Solos for Guitar ($17.95)
The Pro Licks Hard Rock Solos for Guitar book was
authored by Paul Hanson, an advocate of ’80s metal guitar shredding.
You’ll find out how all the hottest licks are played with this course,
as well as some great classic rock and metal lead techniques, including
the two-handed tapping and tremolo bar tricks made famous by Eddie Van
Halen and others.
CD includes full band tracks with Paul simply shredding, as well as rhythm-only
tracks for you to jam with. |
This is one of the best rock lead guitar playing courses you’ll ever find. Just like in the other ProLicks courses, you’ll learn hundreds of cool licks from this course, in real solos that you can then duplicate in whole or in part in your own songs. If you’re into shreddin’ metal and hard rock guitar, you’ll never find a better soloing course than this one.
Singing Tips: Stuff All the Pros Know and Use ($16.95)
Ready to take your singing to the next level? This book presents valuable how-to insight that singers of all styles and levels can benefit from. The text, photos, music, diagrams and accompanying CD provide a terrific, easy-to-use resource for a variety of topics, including: Vocal exercises, breathing exercises, the singer's health, preparation, technique, understanding music, singing harmony, microphones, career advice, and much more!