New Book on Slide Guitar Published

By using tubes of metal or brass or the top of a wine bottle on steel strings, early bluesmen expanded the range of the guitar and helped create one of the most evocative sounds in all music. Now guitarists can make this great sound their own with a comprehensive series of exercises, riffs, and original compositions in the styles of the greatest bottleneck players.

The third title in Backbeat Books' new Fretmaster series, Slide Guitar: Know the Players, Play the Music teaches both the history and technique of slide guitar's masters, from Robert Johnson, Son House, and Sol Hoopii through George Harrison, Duane Allman, Ry Cooder, and Leo Kottke. Aspiring slide guitarists will appreciate the book's recommendations on choosing and using different types of slides. Spiral-bound to conveniently lay flat on music stands, this book includes a play-along CD featuring all the exercises plus backing tracks in blues, country, and rock styles for perfect practice sessions.

Pete Madsen is a guitarist, teacher, and writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Backbeat Books publishes books for people who are passionate about music, whether as performers or avid fans. Based in San Francisco, Backbeat Books is an imprint of the Music Player Network.

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