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5 Insightful Starter Books To Improve Your Guitar Skills

What your guitar teacher didn’t tell you… Here are the best books to take your technique to the next level

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Guitar requires a long learning curve to get absolutely right, and often guitar teachers miss out valuable tips and tricks to help you along. These books are a must if you’re a keen guitarist that’s eager to impress.

Rise above the rest with these awesome guides, guitar hero!

#1 Fret Zealot LED Guitar Learning Accessory

Fret Zealot LED Guitar Learning Accessory
Fret Zealot product is a great tool for people of all ages looking to improve their guitar skills (or even just start!). While it’s not a book, it’s a fantastic supplement to books!

It installs on any existing full size guitar, so you choose the guitar that speaks to you. There are short and professional video lessons along with tens of thousands of songs available to learn. Everything is controlled over Bluetooth from our free apps.

Fret Zealot retails for $199 USD and is available through our website (free international shipping), Guitar Center, and Amazon. The ukulele version starts shipping at the end of this month as well.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#2 The Girls’ Guide to Rocking by Jessica Hopper

The Girls' Guide to Rocking by Jessica Hopper
This book covers everything you need to know if you want to play guitar and start a band. There’s sections on buying your first instrument, meeting new band-mates, recording, and how to book your first gig and go on tour.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#3 Hal Leonard Guitar Method by Will Schmid

Hal Leonard Guitar Method by Will Schmid
This guide is for anyone who wants to learn either acoustic or electric guitar. It is for all ages and has teaching ideas from all over the world. It consists of three different levels and it teaches learners quickly and easily..

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#4 Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 by Mel Bay

Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 by Mel Bay
I guess I am a little more old school on this topic. I believe that if a beginner student goes through at least Grade 1, along with supplemental material such as learning modern songs, he/she will have a solid start in learning the guitar.

The Mel Bay method system is a challenging method compared to other methods in my opinion. With 15 years of teaching experience, I found that the student got a more thorough instruction this way. It teaches music reading, chords, rhythm, and duet playing which progressively gets more challenging as the student works their way through the book. I have recommended it to all of my beginning students.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#5 Guitar Lessons For Beginners by Triumph Studio

Guitar Lessons For Beginners by Triumph Studio
Written in a way that’s easy to understand for total beginners while keeping them engaged throughout by encouraging practice, and the book also uses a lot of visual stimulation (photographic examples, cartoons, diagrams etc.). The author’s passion for guitar comes through the pages, and hopefully brings out the musician in every reader!

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

Contributors to this article
Shaun Masavage from Fret Zealot

Caroline Weinroth from Cinema Hearts

Stefanie Lesser from Hope & Love Radio

Brady Novotny from bradynovotny

Dane Kolbaba from Houston Party Ride

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