Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Simple Lessons For Lead Guitar

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Book Review - Simple Lessons For Lead Guitar

About the Book
Aptly titled, Simple Lessons For Lead Guitar is so easy everyone from kids to grandmas can learn to play lead guitar in an hour. At the end of the day future Eddie Van Halens will be riffin' with the rockers.

Author and musician Scott Parks believes these goals are 110% realistic. After being constantly asked for recommendations on instructional books and finding nothing he could honestly endorse, a frustrated Parks set out to write a book so simple, lead guitar could be learned in a day. Most lesson books are very flashy with a lot of color but hard for the novice to understand."That's how I came up with the title and black and white cover.", remarked Parks. “I wanted learning made very simple.”

That's not to say creating the 45 included lessons and included CD of rhythm tracks was a walk in the park (no pun intended). The co-authors used their combined 75 plus years of guitar experience to ensure accuracy from scaling out all the frets and strings to easy to understand scales, chords and simple diagrams to help readers learn. Simple Lessons For Lead Guitar also shows notes, finger positions, and how to practice each scale. Rock on, Grannie.

About the Author
Scott Parks first picked up a guitar at age eleven and hasn't put it down since. Along the way he's consulted with experts in the music industry, written music for others and played in bands for many years. A commercial and private pilot, getting to gigs is never a problem for Scott. His passion for music inspires him to help others follow their dream, saying, “I want readers to realize playing lead guitar is attainable and nothing is holding them back.”

My Take on the Book
Over the past few months I have started to take guitar lessons at a local music shop. This is something that I have wanted to do for some time and I finally just decided that it was time. When I was asked to review this I was excited as it sounded like something that would be easy to follow and to use to aid in my own development as a player. I was not mistaken. This short, practical book was so easy to use and both the book and the CD are written with the player in mind. There is so much here to share with every level of player in my perspective as the skills that are being taught are ones every person is going to need to know. Thus, if you are just starting or if you have been playing for years, the author of this book will provide you with some sage advice, as well as practical tips that will help you become an even stronger player!

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Will said...

Love your blog! I've been teaching myself to learn the guitar for awhile, it's going well! I'm now looking into online guitar courses, can you recommend anywhere?

Dad of Divas said...

I cannot actually as I have only been taking them in person, but I have seen some via online through groupon, but cannot say how good they are.