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The Blues Guitar Handbook

Adam St. James

Backbeat Books

c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

19 West 21st Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10010

www.halleonard.com

9781617130113, $29.99, www.backbeatbooks.com

The Blues Guitar Handbook is a powerful selection for any blues guitar player or collection catering to them: it includes a CD in its hardcover lay-flat binding format, and lends to creating a complete course in techniques and styles. From playing all blues styles from basics to advanced to the history of blues guitar and its players and how acoustic differs from electric blues techniques, this packs in keys to playing and is a fine course for any practicing blues player.

The Real Tab Book V. 1

Hal Leonard Corporation

Box 13819, Milwaukee WI 53213

9781423496694, $32.50, www.halleonard.com

The Real Tab Book V. 1 is packed with over five hundred pages of guitar tablature for popular songs ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana classics to The Beatles, ZZ Top, Jane's Addiction, Howlin Wolf and many more. Lay-flat plastic binding makes this a recommendation not so much for lending libraries as for musicians who want to add to their home reference libraries. The inclusion of lyrics and guitar tabs makes this an outstanding, wide-ranging collection of songs for any contemporary musician.

Best Music Writing 2011

Alex Ross, Editor

Da Capo

c/o Perseus Book Group

44 Farnsworth St., 3rd Floor, Boston MA 02210

9780306819639, $16.00, www.dacapopress.com

Best Music Writing 2011 offers a fine compilation of writings about different musical tastes, topics, and trends around the world. This edition celebrates a wide range of musical genres, with essays, interviews, news reports and blogs coming from the top writers in the industry. Alex Ross, guest editor, is a music critic of The New Yorker; series editor Daphne Carr is a music scholar. The two provide an outstanding collection very highly recommended for any general or music library.

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Title Annotation:The Blues Guitar Handbook; The Real Tab Book, vol. 1; Best Music Writing 2011
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Date:Feb 1, 2012
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