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Guitar Instruction Books and Methods

 

Method Books

Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method, Grade 1
Item #:  #MB93200
Price:   $5.95

Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method, Grade 2
Item #:  #MB93201
Price:   $5.95

Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method, Grade 3
Item #:  #MB93202
Price:   $5.95

By Mel Bay.  Internationally acclaimed for its
thoroughness, innovation, and ease of understanding.  The Mel Bay Modern
Guitar Method is the world's premier plectrum guitar instruction
course.  This extremely popular method has been time-tested and proven
successful in building technical proficiency needed to master any style
of music!  This course is written in standard notation only to improve
your sight-reading ability.

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Mel Bay's Fretboard Basics
#MB94671
$12.95

By Arnie Berle.   A terrific book for the serious guitarist.  This
comprehensive text contains 93 articles written by Arnie Berle for
Guitar Player Magazine.  Arnie answers many questions, shows you great
approaches to practicing the suggested techniques, and provides the
guitarist with motion-saving fingerings.  Includes articles on
improvisation, blues scales, chords arpeggios, and much more.  Written
in standard notation and Fretboard diagrams.

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Mel Bay's Learning The Classic Guitar
#MB94361   Part 1    Book Only   $12.95
#MB94362   Part 2    Book Only   $14.95
#MB94363BCD   Part 3    Book/CD Pkg.   $19.95

By Aaron Shearer.  America's "Dean of the Classic Guitar."  Part 1 is a
text containing almost no music.  It focuses on technique and explains
the most efficient approach to practice and good tone production.  Part
1 is intended to be used with Part 2 & 3, which are filled with
carefully graded original exercises and pieces.  Written in standard
notation only.

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Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Guitar
#MB94301   Book Only   $9.95
#MB94301C   Cassette Only   $9.98
#MB94301P   Book/Cass Pkg.   $18.95
#MB94301CDP   Book/CD Pkg.   $24.95

By William Bay.  This easy-to-understand method enables the beginner to successfully play chords, strum patterns, and fingerstyle accompaniment.

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Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Country Guitar
#MB94818   Book Only   $9.95
#MB94818C   Cassette Only   $9.98
#MB94818P   Book/Cass Pkg.   $18.95

By Dix Bruce.  An enjoyable step-by-step method for playing great-sounding country guitar.  Written in notation and tablature.

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Mel Bay's Guitar Scales In Tablature
#MB94760
$9.95

By William Bay.  This extremely helpful user-friendly text is ideal for daily practice sessions.  Presents frequently used major and minor guitar scale forms and includes a special section on blues and rock scales.  Using diagrams, standard notation, and tablature, each scale is shown in numerous positions on the guitar fingerboard.

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Mel Bay's Complete Book Of Guitar Method
#MB94845
$17.95

By Sal Salvador.  This in-depth flatpicking technique book should be a part of any guitarist's personal library!  Written by legendary jazz guitarist Sal Salvador, this comprehensive text covers such diverse subjects as cross-picking, string-skipping studies, finger independence mechanisms, short and long form arpeggios, diminished, whole-tone, and pentatonic scales, interval studies, tri-tone exercises, and the added surprise of etudes adapted from works by Bach and Paganini!  Standard notation only.

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Mel Bay's Complete Book of Guitar Chords, Scales and Arpeggios
#MB94792
$19.95

By William Bay.  We believe this to be the most complete and thorough book of its kind in print!  Contains major and minor scales in numerous forms and positions; a multi-octave presentation of each chord-related arpeggio; and carefully voiced, powerful-sounding chords in every key.

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Mel Bay's Guitar Scale & Arpeggio Chart
#MB93664
$3.95

By Rob Goldsmith.  A world of scales and arpeggios all neatly inscribed on a handy chart.  All of these scale and arpeggio forms are movable to any position on the guitar fretboard.  The root, or keynote, from which each form is named, is circled in each diagram.  A useful item to have in your guitar case.

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Mel Bay's Children's Guitar Method, Volume 1
#MB93833
$5.95

By William Bay.  A popular and creative method for teaching guitar to young children.  From the beginning, this method integrates chord playing with note reading.  The student begins with simplified single-finger chord forms and strums as accompaniment to numerous well-known songs.  Note reading is then methodically and carefully introduced.  These books feature Ron Wheeler's colorful cartoon artwork.

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First Scales and How To Use Them
Item #BS70296
$6.95

By Wilbur M. Savidge.  The book for every beginner!  Explains first position, major scales, minor scales, and sight reading.  Includes standard notation and tablature.

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Everything About Guitar Scales
Item #BS70294
$16.95

By Wilbur Savidge.  Even players with no prior music training can easily learn music theory, scales and modes, fret positions, fingering patterns, notation, tablature, and more with this easy-to-use self instruction book with something for every guitarist.

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Theory

Mel Bay's Complete Book of Guitar Improvisation
#MB93278
Price $19.95

By Vincent Bredice.  This comprehensive book deals with
every harmonic and technical aspect of guitar improvisation.  Vast in
its scope, this new edition offers a thorough analysis of scales,
arpeggios, picking technique, chord progressions, cadences, and
modulations.  In addition, numerous studies and exercises are included
to reinforce the concepts being taught.  The author's goal in writing
this book was to help musician's achieve complete technical and mental
mastery of the guitar fingerboard.  Written in standard notation and
tablature.

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Mel Bay's Deluxe Guitar Scale Book
#MB93282
Price $8.95

By Mel Bay.  Applicable to either classic or
plectrum-style guitar, this text presents Mel Bay's own highly acclaimed
study of guitar scales.  Invaluable for building precise technique and
isolating problems in tone production!  Scales are shown in notation and
diagram form.

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Mel Bay's Deluxe Guitar Position Studies
#MB93320
Price $9.95

By Roger Fillberto.  A great supplement to any note-reading guitar
method.  Helps students methodically learn the fretboard from the second
position upward.  The book contains fun-to-play studies and songs in
upper fretboard positions, as well as giving the student scales,
rhythmic studies, and periodic reviews of positions previously studied.
In standard notation.

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Mel Bay's Guitar Tablature Book
#MB93451
$3.95

A manuscript book specifically designed for mandolin, banjo, guitar, or any tab notation.  Each of the 32 pages has 5 special dual stave systems for writing both notation and tablature.  This book with perforated pages in printed in black ink on regular weight, white paper.  Includes 2 pages of chord diagrams.  3 pages of blank chord grids, along with instruction on how to read tablature and basic information on major and minor scales.

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Mel Bay's Scale Studies & Etudes For Guitar
#MB94031
$9.95

By Allen Hanion.  Applicable to classic, flatpick or fingerstyle guitar,
this excellent text relates scales and modes to chord construction, solo
playing, and fretboard position - a must for the advancing guitarist
includes many original guitar studies to teach the guitarist how to
apply the knowledge gained from understanding, playing, and hearing the
scales.

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Chords

Mel Bay's Guitar Chords
#MB93261
Price $4.95

By Mel Bay.  An extremely popular chord encyclopedia
consisting of photographs, standard notation, and chord diagrams.
Contains chord forms for all of the most commonly used chords in
addition to modern rhythm and barre chord formations.  Makes a great
supplement to any beginner's method as well as a concise reference book
for guitarists of all playing levels.

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Mel Bay's Deluxe Encyclopedia of Guitar Chords
#MB93283
Price $11.95

By William Bay.  This master volume contains thousands of
chord forms applicable to a wide range of music.  Chords are presented
in each key and broken down into melody, inside, rhythm, and bottom
four-string categories yielding an extremely versatile, comprehensive
system for chord mastery.  A must for any guitarist!

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Mel Bay's Guitar Chord Chart
#MB93322
$3.95

By William Bay.  A handy chord diagram/reference guide showing the principal chords in lower positions in all 12 keys.  Relative and secondary minor chord relationships are also shown.  Includes a guitar fingerboard photo with notation illustrating note locations throughout the neck.

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Mel Bay's Instant Guitar Chord Finder
#MB94824   (Case-size Edition)
$6.95

By William Bay.  A comprehensive chord reference dictionary featuring a chromatic listing of all extensions and alterations.  The most useful and best-sounding forms of each chord are shown.  In addition, handy size tabs allow you to locate the exact chord form needed in seconds.

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First Chords and How To Use Them
Item #BS70295
$5.95

By Wilbur Savidge.  This step-by-step guide takes beginning guitarists through all the basics, from tuning up through playing basic chords to strumming, creating rhythmic patterns.

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Everything About Guitar Chords
Item #BS70293
$16.95

By Wilbur M. Savidge.  An easy-to-use self instruction book explaining barre chords, basic chords, jazz chords, chord theory, and substitution.

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Flatpicking
Mel Bay's Dan Crary/Jammed If I Do
#MB95733   Book Only   $16.95
#MB95733CD  CD Only   $15.98
#MB95733CDP   Book/CD Pkg.   $31.95

Transcribed By Dan Libertino.  A perfect companion to Sugar Hill's highly acclaimed compact disc of the same title.  Whether it's rags, fiddle tunes, breakdowns, or Irish hornpipes, Mr. Crary shines brilliantly with inventive arranging, big sound, and spirited execution.  Written in notation and tablature.  The CD features duets and conversations with Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Norman Blake, and Beppe Gambetta.

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Mel Bay's Complete Flatpicking Guitar Book
#MB94562
$15.00

By Steve Kaufman.  A study of contemporary flatpicking guitar.  Numerous
solos are also included along with information and insights on bluegrass
back-up, arranging flatpicking solos for bluegrass vocals, and arranging
instrumentals from start to finish.  Written in standard notation and
tablature.

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Mel Bay's Midnight Howl
#MB96006   Book Only   $11.95
#MB96006CD   CD Only   $15.98
#MB96006CDP   Book/CD Pkg.   $26.95

By Robin Bullock.  Blending Celtic and American folk music.  Bullock
reveals his multifaceted technique in this collection of 20 pieces for
fingerstyle and flatpicked guitar.  The author addresses the relative
merits of steel vs. nylon-stringed guitars and offers program notes on
each piece.  Written in standard notation and tab.  The CD contains 14
selections from the book.

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Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Flatpicking Guitar
#MB95190   Book Only   $9.95
#MB95190C   Cassette Only   $9.98
#MB95190P   Book/Cass Pkg.   $18.95

By Steve Kaufman.  This book is one the best introductions to the popular flatpicking style.

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Mel Bay's Championship Flatpicking Guitar
#MB94533BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $19.95

By Steve Kaufman.  Steve Kaufman, 3-time National Flatpicking Guitar Champion, has compiled this rousing collection of 16 dazzling flatpicking guitar solos.  A companion CD recording featuring Steve's foot-tapping rendition of each arrangement is included.  Each song is first played slowly so the novice guitarist can play along, then at full performance speed.  In notation and tab.

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Mel Bay's Lone Soldier/David Grier "Brilliant Flatpicking Solos"
#MB96664   Book Only   $12.95
#MB96664CD   CD Only   $15.98
#MB96664CDP   Book/CD Pkg.  $27.95

By David Grier.  This modern master of the acoustic guitar carries you away with an unstoppable momentum, reminiscent of juke joints and the heart of traditional music - but with a few new twists!  Includes Smith Chapel; Eye of the Hurricane; Tarnation; The Meeting; Porkchops & Applesauce; Engagement Waltz; Lone Soldier; and more.  This book includes all 12 of the brilliant Flatpicking solos on the CD of the same title, written in standard notation and tab.  Recommended for the intermediate to advanced flatpicker.

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Mel Bay's Flatpickin' The Gospels
#MB95077
$12.95

By Steve Kaufman.  In this book three-time National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Steve Kaufman presents rousing guitar solos of 24 gospel favorites.  Each song is shown in two formats:  1) as a simple melody part in notation and tab, with lyrics and an accompaniment part in tab; and 2) as a challenging flatpicking solo in notation and tab.

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Tone Poems/Guitar
#MB95696   Book Only   $14.95
#MB95750CD   CD Only   $15.98
#MB95696CDP   Book/CD Pkg.  $29.95
 

By David Grisman & Tony Rice.  On this remarkable CD, David Grisman and Tony Rice play 17 compositions on various vintage mandolins and guitars.  Mel Bay Publications, Inc. is proud to present the guitar edition of Tone Poems, deftly transcribed by John Carlini.  These challenging flatpicking arrangements include:   Banks Of The Ohio; Good Old Mountain Dew; Mill Valley Waltz; Turn of the Century; Watson Blues; and many more.  Written in standard  notation and tablature.

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Mel Bay's Kaufman's Collection of American Fiddle Tunes For Flatpicking Guitar
#MB95748
$29.95

Arranged by Steve Kaufman.  This collection of traditional fiddle tunes is designed to enhance your repertoire with more than 250 delightful American fiddle tunes brilliantly arranged for flatpicked guitar.  Written in notation and tab.

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Mel Bay's Deluxe Bluegrass Flatpickin' Guitar Method
#MB93630BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $17.95

By Neil & Steve Griffin.  A two-part, comprehensive method for learning
to play in the bluegrass flatpicking style.  Part 1 includes instruction
on tuning, reading notation and tablature, bass runs, plus short pieces
and studies; Part 2 offers dozens of progressively arranged solos in
standard notation and tablature with accompaniment chord symbols.

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Mel Bay's Bullet Train
#MB96980BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $22.95

Transcribed by J. Thompson from the recording of the same title.  Bullet
Train is a collection of 17 original and traditional tunes arranged and
adapted for flatpicked guitar by Steve Kaufman.  The title track (Bullet>Train) was written while waiting on the railway platform when Steve was
on tour in Japan.  Written in standard notation and tab.

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Hot Licks For Bluegrass Guitar
Item #OK64386
$21.95

By Orrin Star.  Over 350 authentic bluegrass licks and how to apply them to create your own solos while expanding your knowledge of the fingerboard.  Includes a demonstration soundsheet of the licks played by Orrin.

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Fingerpicking/Fingerstyle
Mel Bay's Lenny Breau/Fingerstyle Jazz
#MB93972BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $19.95

By John Knowles.  The late Lenny Breau was universally admired for his
complex fingerstyle jazz stylings.  The first part of this text/CD
offers a guitar workshop addressing the subjects of Building the Blues,
Three Against Two, and Harmonies At Work.  Section 2 presents three
great Lenny Breau solos:  5 O'Clock Bells, Little Blue; and Freight
Train; these solos, however, are not on the CD.  Contains Lenny's
"master class" on fingerstyle jazz guitar.  Written in standard notation
and tablature.

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Mel Bay's Complete Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar Book
#MB95217   Book Only   $19.95
#MB95217C   Cassette Only   $10.98
#MB95217P   Book/Cass Pkg.   $29.95

By Stefan Grossman, Duck Baker & El McMeen.  The Celtic repertoire offers the listener and musician a wide range of experiences from sad laments with flowing melodies to rhythmic dance tunes.  This collection presents a vast array of arrangements of airs, hornpipes, reels, planxties, set dances, jigs, marches, songs, and compositions by the great 17th. century Irish bard, Turlough O'Carolan.  In notation and tab.   The recordings contain 27 of the solos from the book.

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Mel Bay's Al Petteway/Midsummer Moon
#MB95552   Book Only   $11.95
#MB95552CD   CD Only   $15.98
#MB95552CDP   Book/CD Pkg.   $26.95

By Al Petteway.  Master fingerstyle guitarist Al Petteway ventures into new territory with 15 Celtic-inspired, traditional, and New Age compositions bearing his inimitable signature of profoundly graceful, inspired innovation.  Written in standard notation and tablature.

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Mel Bay's Al Petteway/The Waters & The Wild
#MB95608   Book Only   $9.95
#MB95608CD   CD Only   $15.98
#MB95608CDP   Book/CD Pkg.   $24.95

By Al Petteway.  Presents 16 Celtic, Cajun and blues-inspired original guitar compositions in a musical tribute to the creeks and waterways of the mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay areas.  Written in standard notation and tab.

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Mel Bay's Chris Proctor/Travelogue
#MB95494   Book Only   $15.00
#MB95494CD   CD Only   $15.98
#MB95494CDP   Book/CD Pkg.   $29.95

By Chris Proctor.  Chris Proctor is one of today's leading fingerstyle guitar soloists.  This book contains 9 note-for-note transcribed solos from Chris' popular Travelogue CD issued on Flying Fish Records.  Tunes include Emerald Winds; Seven-Oh-Four; Valedictory; and more.  As Chris loves to explore alternate guitar tunings, this book is written in standard notation and tablature.

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Mel Bay's Fingerstyle Magic/The Chris Proctor Collection
#MB95401
$12.95

By Chris Proctor.  This collection of 14 solo transcriptions ranges in mood and temperament from introspective to fiery.  Selections include Desert Dances; Fond Farewells; La Loma; Morning Thunder; Serpentine; Swept Away and more.  Written in notation and tablature to accommodate numerous alternate tunings.

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Mel Bay's Al Petteway/Whispering Stones
#MB95381   Book Only   $9.95
#MB95381CD   CD Only   $15.98
#MB95381CDP   Book/CD Pkg.   $24.95

By Al Petteway.  Features Celtic-inspired original and traditional tunes performed on solo acoustic guitar with the occasional addition of flute, mandolin, cello, piano, or bells.  In several alternate tunings; notation and tab.

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Mel Bay's Music From The British Isles For Acoustic Guitar
#MB94742BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $17.95

By Jamey Belizzi.  A master solo collection by classic guitarist Jamey Bellizzi containing 21 Irish tunes by O'Carolan and others.  16 English airs and country dances, and 14 lively Scottish tunes and country dances.  Written in notation and tab.  The companion CD recording features the author's performance of 26 of the selections in the book.

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Mel Bay's Sweet Tennessee Hymns
#MB94753
$19.95

By Gerard Garno.  In this deluxe spiral-bound edition, classical guitarist Gerard Garno presents solo guitar arrangements of sacred and gospel favorites.  Includes both simple and advanced fingerstyle arrangements of 22 of the 25 songs.  Each tune is also shown as a simple melody with lyrics, chord symbols, and historical notes.   Written in standard notation and tablature for the praise guitarist of beginning to advanced ability.

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Mel Bay's Marcel Dadi/Fingerpicking Guitar Legend, Volume One
#MB94851BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $22.95

By Marcel Dadi.  Long before his untimely death on Flight 800, Marcel Dadi had gained world-wide acclaim as a virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist.  Fortunately, we can all have the privilege of knowing Marcel through his musical legacy.  All 44 of these short original fingerstyle solos appear in notation and tablature and are included on the outstanding companion recording.  The playlist includes:  Swingy Boogie; A Family in Massapequa; Cocktail Party; and many more.

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Mel Bay's Complete Fingerpicking Guitar Exercises & Hot Licks
#MB95216
$14.95

By Stefan Grossman.  In one comprehensive book Stefan has recorded the many tricks and techniques learned from such great blues guitarists as the Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Blake, and others.  Contains 15 terrific fingerstyle guitar solos.  In notation and tablature.

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Mel Bay's Complete Book of Fiddle Tunes For Acoustic Guitar
#MB95471
$25.00

By Bill Piburn.  "Traditional fiddle tunes get a breath of new life in the gifted hands of Bill Piburn.  Behind each of his carefully crafted arrangements are consummate musicianship, taste, and imagination.  The result of his efforts are presented here in a collection of wonderful pieces that are as much fun to play as they are to hear."  Tunes are derived from the fiddle music of various cultures.   In notation and tab.

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The Guitar Picker's Fakebook
Item #OK64279
$21.95

By David Brody.  Contains nearly 250 jigs, reels, rags and hornpipes from all the major guitar traditions.  Special introductory materials on regional styles, picking, and ornmentation.  Includes an extensive discography.

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Blues
Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar
#MB94699   Book Only   $9.95
#MB94699C   Cassette Only   $9.98
#MB94699P   Book/Cass Pkg.   $18.95

By Mike Christiansen.  Learn the blues progression, strum patterns, accompaniment styles, and much more.  In notation and tablature.

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Mel Bay's Learn To Play Bottleneck Guitar
#MB94571BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $17.95

By Fred Sokolow.  A popular and easy to understand book which teaches and explores the many aspects of bottleneck/slide guitar techniques made famous through the recordings of legendary blues greats like Robert Johnson, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Muddy Waters.  Written in notation and tab.

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Mel Bay's Complete Electric Blues Guitar Book
#MB 94846
$12.95

By Mike Christiansen.  This step-by-step method book will help you learn to play blues guitar in the style of blues greats.  In notation and tab.

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Mel Bay's The Roots Of Robert Johnson
#MB95074BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $19.95

by Stefan Grossman & Woody Mann.  This unique collection offers  a colorful cross-section of the musicians, songs, and sounds that were part of Robert Johnson's musical world.  The tunes present a wide spectrum of styles, techniques, and approaches, as well as tunes in various keys and tunings.  Selections include:   Blue Day Blues; Devil Got My Woman; Georgia Bound;  Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues; Saturday Night Rub; Worryin' You Off My Mind-Part One; and many more.  In notation and tab.

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Mel Bay's Best of Blues Guitar
#MB94138BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $17.95

By Fred Sokolow.  A must for any contemporary blues guitarist.  Contains 12 great "down-home" blues solos, each inspired by an original blues guitar giant like Blind Lemon Jefferson or Robert Johnson.  Includes the author's comments on the styles and trademark licks of the blues legends.  In notation and tablature.   The companion CD includes all songs from the book.

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Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar
#MB94699   Book Only   $9.95
#MB94699C   Cassette Only   $9.98
#MB94699P   Book/Cass Pkg.   18.95

By Mike Christiansen.  An enjoyable exploration of acoustic blues guitar in notation and tab.

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Mel Bay's Slidin'Some Slide
#MB95624
$12.95

Transcribed By Dan Bowden.  This all-slide compilation contains 15 transcriptions from past and present-day masters.  Includes advice on technique and choosing a slide as well as biographical notes on each of the pioneering slide guitarists featured.   In notation and tab.

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Mel Bay's Slide Guitar
#MB95553BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $17.95

By Pete Tindal.  This book was written especially for those who would like to learn the slide guitar style, but have had difficulty in learning standard guitar.   Slide playing, using guitars with open tunings - is a marriage made in heaven, not only for blues, but also for rock, pop, and country styles.  Includes a concise history of the blues.

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Jazz
Mel Bay's Lenny Breau/Fingerstyle Jazz
#MB93972BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $19.95

By John Knowles.  The late Lenny Breau was universally admired for his
complex fingerstyle jazz stylings.  The first part of this text/CD
offers a guitar workshop addressing the subjects of Building the Blues,
Three Against Two, and Harmonies At Work.  Section 2 presents three
great Lenny Breau solos:  5 O'Clock Bells, Little Blue; and Freight
Train; these solos, however, are not on the CD.  Contains Lenny's
"master class" on fingerstyle jazz guitar.  Written in standard notation
and tablature.

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Mel Bay's Jazz Guitar Method
Item #MB93240
Price $12.95

By Ronny Lee.  Covers the basics of jazz guitar solo
performance and rhythm playing including theory, scales, chords,
phrasing, passing tones, and more.  A highly acclaimed study of jazz
rhythm chords, and their application.  Part One:  Solo & Melody
Playing/Improvisation is largely in workbook format.  Part Two:  Chord
Rhythm Playing & Substitutions provides an in-depth analysis of jazz
chord accompaniment.  Written in standard notation with chord symbols
and diagrams.

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Mel Bay's Complete Book of Jazz Guitar Lines & Phrases
#MB95737
$17.95

By Sid Jacobs.  An important addition to the Mel Bay jazz guitar category, this thoughtful blend of text and musical examples focuses on the vocabulary of modern jazz and some of the applications of modern harmony.  With examples written in standard notation and tablature.  Jacobs offers instruction and bebop style phrases, inside-outside playing, pentatonic, whole-tone and symmetrical scales, slash chords, polychords, hip lines and fingerings, and much more.

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Western Swing
Mel Bay's Western Swing Guitar Style
#MB94906BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $17.95

By Joe Carr.  If you have ever heard the sound of the rhythm guitar in a
western swing band, you may have wondered what the guitarist was doing.
While the songs might be simple, with only two or three chords, the
guitarist is switching chords every two beats, providing a driving and
harmonically interesting background for the singers and
instrumentalists.  This book is designed for intermediate players who
have a basic understanding of chord progressions.  It begins with study
of the Texas fiddle back-up style and the chords used to enhance this
music.

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Classical
J.S. Bach in Tablature
#MB94581BCD   Book/CD Pkg.   $14.95

Arranged by Jake Pincus.  Contains 10 of Bach's finest compositions scored for guitar in notation and tablature.  Works include Two Part Invention in C Major; Gavotte from the 3rd Lute Suite; and others.  The companion CD contains every selection in the book.

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Mel Bay's Learning The Classic Guitar
#MB94361   Part 1    Book Only   $12.95
#MB94362   Part 2    Book Only   $14.95
#MB94363BCD   Part 3    Book/CD Pkg.   $19.95

By Aaron Shearer.  America's "Dean of the Classic Guitar."  Part 1 is a
text containing almost no music.  It focuses on technique and explains
the most efficient approach to practice and good tone production.  Part
1 is intended to be used with Part 2 & 3, which are filled with
carefully graded original exercises and pieces.  Written in standard
notation only.

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Hymns
Mel Bay's Favorite Hymns For Acoustic Guitar
#MB95438
$9.95

By Rick Foster.  This book of challenging arrangements of hymns in
notation and tablature is based on Rick Foster's award-winning solo
guitar album of the same title.

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Christmas Music for Guitar

Mel Bay's International Carols For Acoustic Guitar
#MB95310
$8.95

By Boguslaw Przbylski.  Thirty-three carols gathered from Spain, Poland,
Romania, Hungary and many other countries.  Skillfully arranged for
fingerstyle guitar solo.  Notation and tab.

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Mel Bay's Early American Christmas Music
MB95484
$14.95

By Glenn Wilcox.  A well-researched collection of early-American music
for Christmas.  Presented as melody, a simple accompaniment, and chords
for guitar or a similar instrument.

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Mel Bay's Favourite English Carols
#MB95039
$4.95

By William Bay.  Contains 29 all-time favorite carols from the British
Isles.  Each carol is presented with melody line, guitar chords, and
bold, easy-to-read lyrics.  Unique and interesting!

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Mel Bay's A Scottish Christmas For Guitar
#MB96783   Book Only   $9.95
#MB96785CD   CD Only   $15.98
#MB96785CDP   Book/CD Pkg.   $24.95

By Al Petteway.  This book contains only the pieces featuring the guitar
on the Maggie's Music recording, A Scottish Christmas.  To preserve the
beauty and simplicity of the original melodies.  Al Petteway's
arrangements are deliberately free of excessive ornamentation, harmony,
and counterpoint.  Written in notation and tablature, some of these
arrangements require alternate guitar tunings.

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Mel Bay's Christmas Music For Acoustic Guitar
#MB94428
$9.95

By Stephen Siktberg.  These carols maintain a traditional flavor.
Notation/tab.

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