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Essential Reads

As we work together to grow your musicianship, I will recommend a number of musical resources to help guide the way. Below are your essential reads. Each will contribute to your studies to help form your musical base.

Advancing Guitarist

Advancing Guitarist, by my college mentor Mick Goodrick, is the most comprehensive book out there for the aspiring guitar improvisor. Some say it can be a little intimidating. That's where I come in.

Harmonic Experience

'Harmonic Experience', by my current mentor W.A. Mathieu, is a highly regarded textbook on harmony and music theory that offers the best and most deeply researched ear training available. Some of the lessons in this book are thousands of years old. This book is the first time a completely comprehensive method for learning harmony has been printed. You don't have to take my word for it: check out the back cover blurbs from Pete Seeger and John Coltrane. This book is one of my not so secret weapons.


I will teach you to read music, and it will be fun. I purchase one of these notebooks for each new student as a gift so that you will be able to see and track your progress.

Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1

Don't let music reading intimidate you! It's simple if you approach it gradually and methodically. If you've never read music on guitar before, this is a decent place to start. Don't overwhelm yourself. Give each chapter one week, and you will quickly master reading music on guitar.

Beatles Complete Chord Songbook

Lyrics and chords to one of the best song catalogs out there.

Rolling Stones Fakebook

Fakebook arrangements for those about to rock.

Chuck Berry (Guitar Recorded Versions)

N.A.S.A. sent 'Johnny B. Goode' out into space on the Voyager Golden Record for a reason. Learning Chuck Berry is a rite of passage for all electric guitarists.

Fingerstyle Guitar

I've been teaching this Ken Perlman approach to folk fingerpicking for over 15 years. I love the graduated, organized approach. And the repertoire is fantastic. Great for guitarists who aspire to go beyond pattern picking to play melodies with accompaniment.

James Brown

Funkmasters: The James Brown Rhythm Sections is a fantastic document for learning the various roles in the rhythm section for anyone interested in music made after 1965.


Jimi Hendrix has one of the most emulated guitar styles of all time. See what the fuss is all about.

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Guitar Zero

Gary Marcus' 'Guitar Zero' is a great book for anyone picking up a guitar later in life.

Creative Chordal Harmony

More insane jazz guitar knowledge from the zen guitar master, Mick Goodrick.

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