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Strumming the Guitar: Guitar Strumming for Beginners and Upward
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2019
Gareth Evans’ ‘Strumming the Guitar’ is every wannabe instrumentalist perfect read. The author starts with the most basic of lessons. The thing with Gareth Evans’ style of expression is that he draws interest where there was none. The author is unique with his wording and perfectly illustrates what needs to be done for anyone who wants to learn how to use a guitar. He makes even those who had little concern curious enough to enjoy the learning and process of playing the guitar. The text in the book is easily comprehensible. Even when talking about technical terms, the author ensured that the reader masters every playing technique in the book.
The author commences by revealing to the reader how to read chord diagrams. He does this with images that show exactly what every learner should do. I acknowledge Gareth Evans’ step by step style when explaining how to handle the chords. The author was generous with the drawings, pointing every necessary move a guitar player uses. One may assume that the guitar can be held in any way. This is not the case as the author clearly illustrates which way the hand should face when holding the musical instrument. The strumming hand is the key determinant in making music with the instrument. You will like how beautifully the author describes how one should hold a plectrum for strumming. The author goes further and writes on where along the strings should be strum.
‘Strumming the Guitar: Guitar Strumming for Beginners and Upward’ has six chapters that focus on different parts of the guitar. One gets the impression of being in a fun music class as the author digs deeper on topics like chord changes, fretting finger independence, strumming exercises and much more. It is interesting to note that there are different ways of strumming the guitar. The reader learns that the different techniques produce different sounds and all this can be achieved by following the instructions given. Get to learn the 70 different guitar strumming patterns that professional guitarists are familiar with. Every learner must be familiar with the rhythmical notation. The author does an exceptional job covering this topic.
The reader is taken through various notes that include quarter notes, whole notes, eighth notes and how they are used. The charts and diagrams in ‘Strumming the Guitar’ are an excellent addition in the book. The diagrams are strikingly illustrated and the charts excellently designed to make the reader have a better understanding of what is discussed in the text. The images also kill the monotony that would be in the book had the content only been in text form. The drawings are simple but appealing ad easily comprehensible. Gareth Evans’s book is for every beginner who does not know any primary technique in guitar playing. You feel like a pro once you complete the book because of how thorough the author is. Music enthusiasts will love the content in this book.