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Very good, but pretty difficult for a "beginner" book
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2020
I noticed that most of the negative reviews complain that the book is too difficult. I think it's a great book but it's true that it is difficult for a "beginner" book. I think a lot of beginners end up quitting because when you start out practicing is boring and feels unsatisfying (you can't play anything that sounds cool), and can be painful on your fingers.
If you're a beginner, there are some good resources on YouTube. The "Marty Music" channel has a lot of beginner acoustic lessons where you can learn some basic strumming patterns and some easy songs. I found that "Wish You Were Here" and "Over The Hills And Far Away" were fairly easy to learn and sound great.
This book is somewhat the opposite in that it has a lot of songs that sound simple but are actually difficult to play. But I still recommend the book because it teaches you the "right" way. It forces you to learn the fretboard without constantly looking at your fretting hand. Casey teaches you to hold the guitar correctly (e.g., not to roll it back at an angle to make it easier to look at the fretboard), to play bass notes in between strums, and to use correct fingering to transition chords properly. As one example, I always played G-Maj the "easy" way, with my index, middle, and ring finger. Casey has you play it the "hard" way, with your pinky finger on the high E, so you can quickly transition to G7. It's hard, but it's better to learn this way.
To summarize - you should spend some time learning "fun and easy" songs, because that will make you more motivated to stick with guitar. But this book is a great resource for learning things the proper way and building good technical skills.