Hal Leonard Guitar Tab Method and Songbook 2
If you’ve been through book one of this set a few times, you might be ready to give the second installment a shot. I would suggest keeping both handy, though, as so much of getting good at anything is repetition. Still, I know the itch to move on is ever present in the headsof rolling stones like ourselves. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the Guitar Tab Method book 2.
So, we both know you’re not just learning how to play guitar so you can sit around picking a few lines and strumming a handful of chords. You want to slide up the fretboard, hammer some ons, pull some offs, and bend some strings like you’re Eric Clapton. Well look no further, because this book will teach you all of that.
The exercises in this book are spectacular, in my opinion. I’m still working my way through it for the second time, but the riffs they chose are interesting enough to keep me wanting to repeat them. To be honest, I didn’t play every exercise. I mostly skipped the songs I didn’t really know, but this book has enough diversity to keep me occupied nonetheless. I especially enjoy the early rock and roll intros they have in here (only two that I’ve done, but still fun).
The music theory gets a little bit more in depth in this book, so be prepared to learn if you don’t already know that. It’s pretty important to know if you ever want to get anywhere with the guitar. Unless you have a pretty good ear, which I personally don’t, you’re going to want to know this stuff. Again, it’s not overwhelming. I’d say it’s just enough to be helpful as you learn how to play the guitar.
As far as the song book goes, I’ll admit I wasn’t that into it. It wasn’t a matter of the book not being good so much as me not being that into the songs they chose. I’m going to sound like a relic here, but I could have used something Chuck Berry or the like. I see no reason why someone who liked more of the songs wouldn’t like it more.
It did do a good job of pulling together everything from the method book, though, so I would still recommend it; especially if you’re learning chords. I’m already passable with chords, so that part didn’t interest me all that much (though I do like the song Mr. Jones). For someone just learning chords, though, it should be kind of thrilling.
The biggest thing, again, is to keep going over this stuff. The exercises, with practice, will get your fingers fast enough. Right now, I know I’m pretty sluggish, but I can already feel myself getting a tiny bit faster and I’ve only run though the books twice or so. Keep at it, and you can probably get there pretty quickly.