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Guitar: Style and Techniques

Style and Techniques

Books and videos on style and technique for guitar




Selected books from the library's collection
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The Flamenco Guitar: A Complete Method for Playing Flamenco Music on the Spanish Guitar by Ivor Mairants
MT582 .M25  Check Availability
Image:Guitar_flamenco_guitar.jpg‎ From the book's title page:
"A complete method for playing Flamenco music on the Spanish guitar, suitable for the beginner, the Advanced Player, and the Teacher."
Country Guitar Bible 
MP125 .C675  Check Availability
Image:Guitar_Country_Guitar_Bible.jpg‎ From
"This folio includes note-for-note guitar transcriptions with tab for 36 country classics, all in one hefty collection! The music in this songbook compilation features songs from such country music legends as Chet Atkins, The Carter Family, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Sr. plus many more. From classic country to modern country, this 'Country Guitar Bible' will immerse you in the sound of great American music!"
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Hot Licks For Guitar by Don Mock
MT585.M63 H6 2001  Check Availability
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"This sensational book/CD pack lets you expand your playing chops with over 60 red hot licks! Learn rock, blues, country and jazz styles; modern licks that go 'outside' for a 'tension and resolution' effect; melodic and rhythmic variations; sequencing, moveable shapes, and improvising with intervals; and more! The CD features note-for-note demonstrations, and the book includes standard notation and tab."
The Art of the Folk Blues Guitar: An Instruction Manual by Jerry Silverman
MT588 .S56 1973  Check Availability
Image:No_cover_image_available-BOOKS.jpg From the book's introduction:
"...the basic question of 'how do you play the blues' was left largely unanswered. To the extent that any 'answer' is possible this book will attempt to fill in some of the blanks. We will start with relatively single blues patterns and rhythms and develop gradually into complicated solo and accompaniment passages. Some transcriptions of recorded performances will be presented as well as a great deal of original material."
Beginning Blues Guitar by Arlen Roth
MT588 .R68 B4 1987  Check Availability
Image:No_cover_image_available-BOOKS.jpg‎ From the book:
"In this book all aspects of blues guitar will be brought to light through the use of blues chords and scales, some really exciting licks, guided improvisations, and full-length solos. There are many fingerpicking lessons, and of course some classic blues songs by great artists such as Robert Johnson and Brownie McGhee, arranged so as to make sure of all the techniques discussed in other pages."
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Modern Method for Guitar by William Leavitt
MT582 .L295 1999  Check Availability
Image:Guitar_Modern_Method_For_Guitar.jpg‎ From the book cover:
"Comprised of three volumes, this method is a practical and comprehensive guitar instruction program designed for beginning through advanced levels of playing. Leavitt's unique approach to instruction teaches students superior guitar playing skills from the very basics through advanced levels."
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The Advancing Guitarist: Applying Guitar Concepts & Techniques by Mick Goodrick
MT580 .G66 1987  Check Availability
Image:Guitar_Advancing_Guitarist.jpg‎ Staff summary:
The subtitle of this book, "Applying Guitar Concepts & Techniques" exemplifies Goodrick's aim. The student using this book must apply him or herself to get the most out of it. Besides the usual musical techniques, Goodrick also infuses much of his personal philosophical approach as encouragement for the learner.
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For Guitar Players Only by Tommy Tedesco
MT582 .T43 1981  Check Availability
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"For Guitar Players Only is one of the most unique books ever written for guitar. Legendary studio guitarist Tommy Tedesco shares his personal hints and exercises for improving picking technique and sight reading abilities, while offering countless other inside tips that will further your guitar career. The book includes actual parts that have been recorded for movies, television, albums, and commercials."
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Playing Funky Rhythm Guitar by Chris Hunt
MT588 .H86 2005  Check Availability
Image:Funky_rhythm_guitar.jpg From the publisher:
Learn how to play funk and R&B rhythm guitar with easy-to-follow instructions on the hottest grooves. CD features recorded demonstrations of every example, plus 8 jam along tracks! Topics covered include: the backbeat * single-line parts * quarter note, eighth note, and 16th note feels * reggae grooves * shuffle and triplet feels * common chords and progressions * and more!
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Funk Guitar: The Essential Guide by Ross Bolton
MT588 .B65 2001  Check Availability
Image:Funk_guitar_essential.jpg From the publisher:
Go one on one with MI instructor Ross Bolton to get that funk groove with your guitar! This book/CD pack covers: movable 7th, 9th, 13th and sus4 chords; 16th-note scratching; straight vs. swing; slides; single-note "skank" and palm muting; songs and progressions; and more.


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An Intimate Lesson with Tony Rice 
LVD 76  Check Availability
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"Tony Rice slows down his fabulous picking style and brings it up close so you can clearly see what he's doing and how he's doing it. He has chosen six songs and instrumentals from his recordings to demonstrate a variety of techniques and styles. He shows his intros and accompaniments to 'Church Street Blues' and 'Cold On The Shoulder,' as well as a jazz chord arrangement to 'Georgia On My Mind.' You'll also learn three of his hard-driving flatpicking instrumentals in detail: 'Gold Rush,' 'Blackberry Blossom' and his dynamic kick-off to 'Muleskinner Blues.'"
Learn Western Swing Guitar by Ray Benson
LVD 256  Check Availability
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"Ray Benson nails down the essential techniques of this exciting hybrid of country, jazz and blues. To solidify your rhythm playing, Ray dissects Eldon Shamblin's traveling bass lines and Freddie Green's comping and damping methods. Then he shows how to create hot lead lines and apply them to well-known western swing tunes, such as 'Faded Love,' 'Take Me Back Back To Tulsa,' 'Roly Poly,' 'Redwing,' 'Fat Boy Rag' and 'Milk Cow Blues.' Hearing Ray trade licks with the legendary Johnny Gimble is an added treat."
Classic Rock: A Step-by-Step Breakdown of Guitar Styles and Techniques featuring Doug Boduch
LVD 22  Check Availability
Image:Woodwind_No_Cover_Image_available_CD.jpg Staff summary:
DVD includes 8 classic rock songs, plus Guitar Techniques Section, Jam-Along Songs, and Practice Tips.
Jimmy Bruno: No Nonsense Jazz Guitar 
LVD 162  Check Availability
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"Jimmy Bruno has played guitar with some of the all time greats, including Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand and Elvis Presley. He makes even the most daunting techniques accessible to anyone who wants to learn. Jimmy covers II/V/I progressions, changing chord colors, training hands and ears to work together, natural picking techniques, adding bass lines to chords and much more. No nonsense-just great jazz guitar!"
Eric Clapton Unplugged performed by Eric Clapton
DVD 107  Check Availability
Image:‎  Eric-clapton.jpg From Amazon:
This laid-back, live, intimate session featuring Eric Clapton's bluesy guitar playing is quite enjoyable--if a bit limited in scope. With little lighting and frills and a small group backing him up, Clapton picks up his acoustic guitar and leads the listener down memory lane. Clapton is clearly on his best behavior as he engages in minimal small talk with his audience and lets the music speak for itself.
George Benson Absolutely Live by George Benson
DVD 588  Check Availability
Image:George-benson-live.jpg From the publisher:
This concert was filmed on Sunday, May 28th 2000, at the Belfast Waterfront Hall in Belfast. George Benson performs with his group featuring special guest Joe Sample, the BBC Big Band and members of the Ulster Orchestra during his Northern Ireland tour. Songs on this live recording include "This Masquerade", "Breezin'", "Give Me The Night", "On Broadway", "Turn Your Love Around" and many more.
This Is The Way I Do It by John McLaughlin
LVD 241-243  Check Availability
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"To be clear- this three DVD set (3 hours and 40 minutes) is not for beginning guitarists. You will need to have a working knowledge of scales to take advantage of the instruction right out of the box. But for every aspiring beginner, to have access to this collection would probably be just the motivation to hunker down and learn the scales in order to catch-up with the proceedings. This DVD is designed to help all guitar players, beginning improvisers and even the best professional players, find their own improvisational voices." - Walter Kolosky
The Complete Monterey Pop Festival directed by D.A. Pennebaker
DVD 707-709  Check Availability
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"The Monterey International Pop Festival, the three-day event staged in 1967 that has become one of rock music's most famous and in some ways greatest concerts, gets the royal treatment with this three-disc boxed set." - Sam Graham