Guitar Essentials: Your Ultimate Guide to Mastering the Basics (Music Essentials)by Music Sales
Learning a new instrument doesn't require expensive lessons or extensive musical knowledge. All you need is the desire to learn, a little practice, and the right tools. Guitar Essentials gives you everything you need to master the basics of guitar playing right now, whether you want to start your own garage band, jam with friends, or just play for your own enjoyment.
This kit includes:
Comprehensive Spiral-bound Course Book Learn how to hold, tune, and maintain your instrument; play chords; use strumming and picking techniques; and perform your first songs
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I had paid full price for this at my local B&N, at that price I was satisfied so it's an even better deal at only $7.00 online. It's cheap enough for anyone who is thinking about or wants to learn guitar but not sure if they want to spend the big $$$ to invest in other more comprehensive self-paced guitar instruction courses. I'm in my early 40's and had wanted to take up the guitar again after giving my 7 y.o. son a kid sized one this past Christmas. I had not touched a guitar since my late teens. Back then I had only learned a few simple chords on my own and gave up as the books back then were not easy to use and no self-checks. I was impressed that this book is very methodical, covers all the major chords and that just about every page is illustrated with B&W photos. It assumes you are a beginner who knows nothing about guitars. The dvd provides the proper guiding visuals and the 2 cd's provide the various audios and tunes to play along in each lesson as a self-check. Both the dvd and cd also allows you to check that your guitar is in tune.