If you have been playing acoustic guitar for a while but still feel like you are missing some key information, 100 Tips For Acoustic Guitar, by David Mead may be for you.
It does a great job of covering subjects like purchasing an acoustic guitar, getting ready to play, tweaking your instrument for the best tone and volume, selecting the proper thickness of the string, and many more.
Renowned guitarists like Steve Vai and Eric Clapton also give their tips in this book, making the reader feel like they are receiving some inside information from the experts. This is the perfect book to take your acoustic guitar playing to a new level.
100 Tips for Acoustic Guitar is intended to be a guidebook for everything related to the acoustic guitar. It is split up into several exercises, with the difficulty level gradually increasing as you go along.
Interspersed in these lessons are comments and insights from some of the top guitarists in the world. The book also comes with all of the exercises on an audio CD so you can hear what the song is supposed to sound like.
The author, David Mead, has performed on TV, radio, and live in several UK clubs. He became the editor of Guitarist magazine after several years as a private guitar teacher. He has also spent time working as the editor of Guitar Techniques magazine before beginning his solo writing career.
He now serves as the director and course leader of the Bath International Guitar Festival and continues to write for Guitar Techniques and other guitar magazines.
In 100 Tips for Acoustic Guitar, Mead strips away all the useless information and gives you exactly what you need to know to begin playing the acoustic guitar.
Experienced guitarists will also find something helpful in this book. Chances are, the 100 tips include a few things you have never thought of trying, no matter how long you have been playing.
You will find topics that are not covered in other guitar books, possibly because they are very technical and complicated to explain. explains them in a useful and entertaining manner. The book also goes into areas like ear training that are very valuable and often missed in books.
The chapters of the book are set out in a logical order if you choose to work through the entire book front to back. They are also designed to be self-contained lessons so you can skip around however you please.
There are a variety of musicians included in this book, so you will get great insights from a diverse array of sources. The writing style is humorous and conversational, with several anecdotes sprinkled in about Mead’s former guitar students.
There are a few subjects that could have been included but were not. For example, the left-hand technique is very important to playing acoustic guitar, but there are no tips on this topic in the book. Despite this omission, 100 Tips for Acoustic Guitar is still a solid informational resource for guitarists of any level.