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Guitar books galore!! A wide range of guitar books, sheet music books, tabulature, exercises, techniques, instructional books, dvds, cds, videos, some with accompaniment backing and jam tracks selected from the wide range available at our affiliates. Bass players - what are you doing here? - Yep.... go visit the Bass Guitar & Double Bass book section! Click the links to read more information and if you cannot see what you are looking for here browse the Fake Books, Miscellaneous Book and Sheet Music sections or use the search boxes provided.

12-Bar Blues - The Complete Guide For Guitar
Written by Dave Rubin. For guitar. Includes instructional book and accompaniment CD. With guitar tablature, standard notation, chord names, guitar chord diagrams, instructional text, guitar notation legend and introductory text. Learn to play and blues. 61 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Hal Leonard. The term '12-bar blues' has become synonymous with blues music and is the basis for an incredible body of jazz, rock 'n' roll, and other forms of popular music. This book/CD pack is solely devoted to providing guitarists with all the technical tools necessary for playing 12-bar blues with authority. The CD includes 24 full-band tracks. Covers: boogie, shuffle, swing, riff, and jazzy blues progressions; Chicago, minor, slow, bebop, and other blues styles; soloing, intros, turnarounds, accompanying keyboards and more. In standard notation and tablature.
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101 Must-Know Blues Licks
Written by Wolf Marshall. For guitar. Includes instructional book and examples CD. With guitar tablature, standard notation, chord names, instructional text, introductory text and guitar notation legend. Blues and soloing. 48 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Hal Leonard. Now you can add authentic blues feel and flavor to your playing! Here are 101 definitive licks - plus a demonstration CD - from every major blues guitar style, neatly organized into easy-to-use categories. They're all here, including Delta blues, jump blues, Country blues, Memphis blues, Texas blues, West Coast blues, Chicago blues, Lick Analysis & Lick Legend, Pre-War Electric Blues, Post-War Electric Blues, Classic Electric Blues From The Kings, British Blues and Early Blues Rock, Postmodern Blues, Suggested Recordings
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1001 Guitar Tips and Tricks
by Andy Jones. Provides practical tips on guitar playing from choosing a guitar to playing scales, tuning, and reading music.
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A Guide to Blues/Rock Guitar Soloing (Book/CD)
By David Grissom. If you're looking to break out of rhythm guitar mode and into the solo limelight, then this book is for you. With advice on licks, technique, feel and what to do (and what not to do) during your moment out front, David Grissom takes you through what every blues/rock guitarist needs to have under their fingers. Topics include: picking techniques, string bending and other left-hand techniques, country licks, borrowing from jazz, finding your own voice, equipment and gear, and more. David Grissom has toured and recorded with a who's who of artists, including John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville, the Allman Brothers Band, Chris Isaak, Buddy Guy and many others.
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Acoustic Guitar Slide Basics (Book/CD)
Written by David Hamburger. For slide guitar. Includes instructional book and examples CD. With standard guitar notation, guitar tablature, chord names and instructional text. Instructional and blues. 72 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by String Letter Publishing.
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Albert Collins - Vital Blues Guitar
Performed by Albert Collins. Arranged by Richard DeVinck with notes and tablature. 14 of his best transcribed note-for-note off the original recordings, complete with bio, photos, and performance notes. Songs include: Black Cat Bone, Ego Trip, The Freeze, Lights Are On But Nobody's Home, Master Charge, The Moon Is Full, Too Tired and more.
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Alternative Rock Guitar Jam With Songbook (Book/CD)
Ultimate Beginner Series. These songbooks are correlated to the immensely successful Ultimate Beginner Series Basics books. Learn each main riff and lick, then jam with our band on the included play-along tracks. Matching songbooks are available for guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard. Titles are: I Will Buy You a New Life, One Headlight, Sex and Candy, Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), Walking on the Sun, The Down Town.
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Alternative Tunings Guide For Guitar
Introduces eight of the most commonly used guitar tunings. Designed to fit into your instrument case.
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Art Of The Shuffle For Guitar
Written by Dave Rubin. This method book explores shuffle, boogie and swing rhythms for guitar. Includes tab and notation, and covers Delta, country, Chicago, Kansas City, Texas, New Orleans, West Coast, and bebop blues. Also includes audio for demonstration of each style and to jam along with.
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cover Artie Traum Teaches 101 Essential Riffs for Acoustic Guitar
Book and CD. This is a must have for beginning to advanced guitar with the book providing clear descriptions and examples on the CD of essential guitar riffs for the acoustic guitar.
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Basic Blues Guitar (Book/CD)
Essential Progressions, Patterns and Styles. By Steve Trovato. Musicians Institute Press (Instruction taken from the curriculum of MI). Play rhythm guitar in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, T-Bone Walker, Albert King, Freddie Green, and many other blues greats! The CD includes 40 full-demo tracks and the instruction covers all styles of blues and the essential chords, patterns and riffs.
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B.B. King - The Definitive Collection (Book/CD)
Performed by B.B. King, compiled by Wolf Marshall. For guitar and voice. Includes instructional book (song excerpts only) and examples CD. With guitar tablature, standard notation, vocal melody, lyrics and chord names. Blues and instructional. Series: Hal Leonard Signature Licks. Learn the trademark styles and techniques of the most celebrated guitarist in blues! This book/CD pack by Wolf Marshall is a breakdown of B.B. King's guitar style, sound and techniques, with a brief history and lessons for each piece. Covers 16 signature blues tunes, including: Beautician Blues, Five Long Years, Just like a Woman, Riding with the King, Rock Me Baby, Sweet Sixteen, Three O'Clock Blues, The Thrill Is Gone, Why I Sing the Blues, You Upset Me Baby and more! The Signature Licks book/audio packs are especially formatted to give guitarists instruction on how to play a particular artist style by using the actual transcribed, right from the record licks! Designed for use by anyone from beginner right up to the experienced player who is looking to expand their insight. The books contain full performance notes and an overview of each artist or group's style with transcriptions in notes and tab. The audio accompaniment features playing tips and techniques, as well as playing examples at a slower tempo.
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B.B. King, Eric Clapton: Riding with the King
Performed by B.B. King, Eric Clapton. For guitar and voice. Format: guitar tablature songbook. With guitar tablature, standard notation, vocal melody, lyrics, chord names, guitar chord diagrams and guitar notation legend. Blues, blues rock and adult contemporary. In this first-ever collaboration, Slowhand meets Lucille to jam on 12 tunes. Features note-for-note transcriptions of King classics, blues standards and new songs, including: Come Rain or Come Shine, Days of Old, Help the Poor, Hold On I'm Coming, I Wanna Be, Key to the Highway, Marry You, Riding with the King, Ten Long Years, Three O'Clock Blues, When My Heart Beats like a Hammer, Worried Life Blues.
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Bebop Blues (Book/CD)
by Corey Christiansen. For Guitar (Flatpick/Plectrum) introduces the jazz language to the intermediate guitarist who already has a basic knowledge of the blues. Many guitarists are familiar with basic twelve-bar blues progressions and how to solo over this form using minor pentatonic scales, blues scales, and common blues licks. The material presented in this book will build on these basic blues playing concepts of adding color, expression, and sophistication to their music. The examples and exercises included here are easy to understand and enjoyable to play. Topics such as modes, bebop scales, enclosing (targeting), jazz comping, and chord construction are covered in standard notation as well as tablature.
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Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar (Book/CD)
Written by Arnie Berle, Mark Galbo. Includes instructional book and examples CD. Takes you from the fundamentals of fingerpicking to five authentic blues tunes. With graded exercises, illustrated tips, plus standard notation and tablature.
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Beyond Basics - Acoustic Blues Guitar (Book/CD)
Written by Keith Wyatt. Format: instructional book/CD package. With guitar tablature, standard notation, instructional text, black & white photos, guitar tab glossary and guitar chord diagrams. Acoustic Blues Guitar teaches blues chord forms, stylistic licks and patterns, blues scales, turnarounds, solo country blues style guitar, independent bass line and melody ideas, and more. Written in standard notation and tablature.
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Blues Acoustic Guitar Method (Progressive) (Book/CD)
by Brett Duncan. Easy to grasp examples and lessons are easy to grasp with audio examples on the CD's demonstrating how you should sound. Bring the blues to life in the minimual amount of time!! Introduces popular Blues, progressions, Blues Rhythms, Basic Blues Lead Guitar Patterns & Techniques. Combines Blues rhythms and licks, fingerpicking Blues Styles such as the constant Bass line and Alternating Thumb styles, and an introduction to Acoustic Slide guitar.
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Blues And Beyond (Book/CD)
Performed by Robben Ford. This book begins with basic blues concepts such as the pentatonic, mixolydian and blues scales and builds on them, progressively incorporating more sophisticated scales and chord voicings. With lots of transcriptions and music examples, the book moves from basic 12-bar blues through gospel, jazz and modal feels.
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Blues and Ragtime Fingerstyle Guitar (Book/CD)
by Dave Van Ronk. For Guitar (Fingerpick). In these lessons for the intermediate fingerstyle guitarist Dave Van Ronk presents his arrangements of blues and a classic rag. The book includes a conversation with Dave, a discography, 6 tunes in notation and tablature, and 3 CDs teaching each tune phrase by phrase. LESSON ONE: A blues in 12/8 with Leroy Carr's Midnight Hour Blues. Blood Red Moon follows played in a dropped D tuning. The lesson ends with Blind Lemon Jefferson's One Kind Favor. LESSON TWO: Sunday Street is an original Dave Van Ronk song and is an excellent example of Dave's arranging skills. Four choruses are taught demonstrating how this tune can develop. Bessie Smith's classic blues You've Been A Good Old Wagon is taught in the key of E. LESSON THREE: Dave's arrangement of St. Louis Tickle was the first great challenge for fingerpickers interested in classic ragtime. This four sectioned rag is played in the keys of C and F. It is an excellent example of contemporary ragtime guitar.
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Blues By The Bar (Book/CD)
If you're a guitarist who's learned the pentatonic scale up and down the neck but still asks, During a solo, how do I know what to play and when to play it?, then this book is for you. Its goal is to give you a variety of great blues licks that you can put together bar by bar to create a complete blues solo. Covers: the 12-bar blues progression, cool riffs, complete solos and more. The CD features Music Minus Me tracks that let you play along as the featured soloist.
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Blues Guitar (Book/CD)
(Introduction To Acoustic Blues) Written by Kenny Sultan. Using instructional text and actual songs, author Kenny Sultan covers blues in five different keys and positions and shows how they can be adapted to any key. Along with the basic blues rhythms and leads, fingerstyle blues is covered, using both an alternating and monotone bass. Sultan also touches on the specific techniques of various well-known players, open tuning, and bottleneck guitar. The accompanying CD includes each example and every song, most of which are played both in slow speed and at regular tempo.
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Blues Guitar Basics Steps One & Two (Book/CD)
Combined Ultimate Beginner Series CD Included. The Ultimate Beginner Series has helped thousands of aspiring musicians take their first steps towards experiencing the fun of playing music. This book & CD kit will guide you through everything you need to know to start playing blues guitar, including shuffle rhythms, turnarounds, blues soloing, call-and-response patterns, slow blues, blues scale positions, and the B.B. King secret scale pattern. The CD contains complete play-along tracks. Included TNT software lets you change the tempo and key to help you practice. Recorded Acc. Available.
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Blues Guitar Bible (Guitar Recorded Version)

This bountiful blues songbook features exact transcriptions of 35 classics, including: All Your Love (I Miss Lovin), Boom Boom, Everyday (I Have the Blues), Hide Away, I Can't Quit You Baby, I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man, Killing Floor, Kind Hearted Woman Blues, Mannish Boy, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Pride and Joy, Statesboro Blues, Sweet Little Angel, T-Bone Shuffle, The Things That I Used to Do, The Thrill Is Gone, Wang Dang Doodle.
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Blues Guitar Jammin' (Book/CD)
Written by Chris Amelar. Solo, jam and improvise in the style of the greatest blues masters with authentic sounding band tracks for guitar. Includes CD. Contents: About the author, Introduction, How to use this book, About the recording, Tuning, Skipping Around, Pinto, Dirty Old Man, King of the Bend, T-Bone Steak, The Bayou, Cruel Cruel World, John Q. Public, True Blue and Road Runner.
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Blues Guitar Legends (Book/CD)
This book/CD package allows you to explore the styles of Lightnin' Hopkins, Blind Blake, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Boy Fuller, and Big Bill Broonzy. Through Sultan's arrangements, you will learn how studying the masters can help you develop your own style. In The Styles Of Lightnin' Hopkins, Blind Blake, Mississippi John Hurt, BLind Boy Fuller And Big Bill Broonzy. Arranged by Kenny Sultan. Guitar. Learn To Play and Blues. Instructional book (softcover) and examples CD. With standard guitar notation, guitar tablature, chord names, introductory text, instructional text and black and white photos.
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Blues/Rock Guitar Masters (Book/CD)
A Step-by-Step Breakdown of Guitar Styles and Techniques. By Andy Aledort. This book/CD pack offers detailed analysis and instruction on the playing of nine of the greatest blues/rock guitar heroes that have ever lived: Duane Allman, Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton, Rick Derringer, Peter Green, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Leslie West and Johnny Winter. Learn to play like them by studying their signature licks in 17 songs: Badge, Hey Joe, Killing Floor, Lazy, Mississippi Queen, Pride and Joy, Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo, Smoke on the Water, Statesboro Blues, Strange Brew, Whipping Post and more.
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Blues Solos For Guitar (Book/CD)
Written by Keith Wyatt. Includes instructional book and examples CD. With guitar tablature, standard guitar notation and chord names. Instructional and blues. Learn lead guitar in the styles of Albert Collins, Eric Clapton, Albert King, B.B. King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and T-Bone Walker! This unique book/CD pack examines the solo concepts of each of these masters. The CD features full demos and rhythm-only tracks, and the book includes phrase-by-phrase performance notes and tips on bending strings, vibrato, tone, note selection and much more. Includes notes and tablature. A must for any blues guitarist!
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Blues Turnarounds A Compendium of Patterns & Phrases for Guitar (Book/CD)
By Dave Rubin and Rusty Zinn. Guitar Educational. Book & CD Package. With notes and tablature. Written by blues expert Dave Rubin and Rusty Zinn, one of the finest young guitarists and singers on the contemporary blues scene, this book/CD pack provides the beginning to advanced blues guitarist with all of the essential turnarounds and so much more! The CD includes 76 demonstration tracks.
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Blues You Can Use (Book/CD)
A Complete Guide to Learning Blues Guitar written by John Ganapes. For guitar. Includes instructional book and accompaniment CD. With introductory text, instructional text, guitar tablature, standard guitar notation, guitar chord diagrams and chord names. Blues and instructional. A comprehensive source designed to help guitarists develop both lead and rhythm playing. Covers: Texas, Delta, R&B, early rock and roll, gospel, blues/rock and more. Includes 21 complete solos; chord progressions and riffs; turnarounds; moveable scales and more. CD features leads and full band backing
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Bluegrass Guitar (Book/CD)
This guitar workbook covers every aspect of bluegrass playing, from simple accompaniment to advanced instrumentals. Over 30 bluegrass and traditional songs are included in the styles of Clarence White, Dan Crary, Charlie Waller, Peter Rowan, and others. The tunes are graded from easy to advanced in both standard music notation and tablature. Includes photos and a CD.
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Bottleneck/Slide Guitar (Book/CD)
by Fred Sokolow. As part of Stefan Grossman's innovative Guitar Workshop Audio Series, this comprehensive lesson contains invaluable tips and notes for playing bottleneck/slide guitar. Lesson One presents open G and A tunings while Lesson Two contains D and E tunings. Lesson Three winds up the progressions and solos in standard tuning. All selections are written in standard notation and tablature with chord diagrams. Includes 3 CD's.
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