Book – Lead Guitar Tactics: The Basics Of Playing Lead Guitar
Author – Bob Murnahan
Lead Guitar Tactics is a book that will help you improve and get started learning lead guitar the right way. The author, Bob Murnahan, is a player of over 40 years and teacher of over 28. He makes no false claims about learning something or mastering lead guitar in just a few days and he quite rightly emphasises proper practice as a means of success.
What I liked about the book?
It`s obvious Bob is good at playing and teaching lead guitar. His examples are direct and right to the point. The first example teaches you the minor pentatonic scale which is what most rightly start off with, and then in the next example, he gives you a great lick/exercise to get you going.
Most other books and teachers gloss over the basics but this book does a good job of giving you technical pointers and teaches you some very important and useful licks right from the off.
Is there an audio cd and is it any good?
No, and this is a big blow for a book like this. Most readers won`t be able to read the rhythm shown in the standard notation diagrams (there is tab too but the tab doesn`t show rhythm).
Therefore, you really do need to hear the examples in action while learning them.
What I don`t like about the book?
Apart from the above, there is not a lot to dislike about the book. I`m not a fan of the amateurish look of the cover and the proofing needs some work as I spotted a few spelling mistakes right away.
It could also be formatted better to break up each sentence and highlight the important points the author is making.
It`s a very practical no frills book that actually gives technical pointers to a student, but it lacks audio and could be a little more professionally edited.