Bring this one back in print!!, Feb 13 2008
By Patrick Taylor (Canada) - See all my reviews
Back when this book first came out, in the early `70s, I was just starting to learn guitar. I learned more useful stuff from this book than probably any other source, teacher, whatever. The lessons start out simple, but they teach a beginning guitarist what blues scale is, why it's so useful, and how it can be used for improvisation. Improvisation is the rock guitarist's stock-in-trade. If you can't step in to a song and start to create something original to compliment it, then you're pursuing the wrong pastime!
Part one of the book is mainly scale and mode oriented. You learn basic licks and riffs. Part 2, things get complicated. Pat Thrall, the gifted guitarist who played alongside Pat Travers in his band, is your main instructor in this section. He teaches you about style, about how to follow a song's changes, and how to build from simple to flashy and complicated, without sounding like a wanker.
The book came with a 33 RPM flexi-disc, back when it was first issued. Perhaps a reprint of this book could include a CD-ROM, or better yet, just put the whole book on CD_ROM!