View Full Version : Best book for an intermediate uker to learn guitar from? (w. emphasis on blues)

12-22-2010, 04:57 AM
Hey guys,

I'm just getting into guitar now after a year+ of uking. What would be a good method book? I also am VERY interested in blues fingerpicking.


12-22-2010, 06:26 AM
I'd like to know the answer to this, too. My 12 yo who plays uke wants to add guitar. Since I'm a self-taught guitarist, I have NO idea what would help her make the transition.

12-22-2010, 12:35 PM
Go to Harmony Central and ask this question in the acoustic guitar forum. You will get some great information.


12-22-2010, 01:36 PM
You just can't go wrong with Fred Sokolov's Fretboard Roadmap. It will give you the confidence to play anything.

01-13-2011, 12:50 AM
Check out the Stefan Grossman Woodshed forum for fingerstyle acoustic stuff. The Alfred's series for the basics is good and available at most chain music stores.

03-05-2011, 11:56 PM
I just picked up Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar by Arnie Berle and Mark Galbo. It looks like it will be a super book and had a lot of good Amazon reviews. I also got Mississippi Delta Blues Fingerstyle Solos by Larry McCabe. Both have CDs. I added in 101 Ukulele Licks by Lil Rev. I should be good for the next few years. Plus the book by Mark Hanson on Contemporary Travis Picking because I prefer fingerstyle.

03-08-2011, 10:34 AM
I haven't learned how to play guitar yet; however, I just bought BASIC BLUES GUITAR METHOD Steps 1,2,3,and 4 from National Guitar Workshop's Drew Giorgi, David Hamburger, Matt Smith and........ I've decided to go buy an electric bitching guitar because......... it seems possible now and I want to play them blues.

I also picked up Blues Licks encyclopedia from Wayne RIker. I was trying to get some of those riffs onto my uke. but it will be easier if I just bought a guitar.

Lastly, I bought Hal Leonard Guitar Techniques by Michael Mueller.

All these I bought to help me play better blues on the uke but just by reading them, I feel good to go in starting to pick up some guitar and play dem blues.

03-25-2011, 10:56 AM
It is awesome!!!

06-25-2011, 11:30 PM
These three blues books have excellent info and arrangements.

Kenny Sultan's Acoustic Blues Guitar

Getting Into Blues Guitar by Steve Grieve
http://www.melbay.com/product.asp?ProductID=99658BCD&Heading=&category=&catID=&head1=&head2=⊂=&sub1=&author=&mode=&q=&r=&s=&next= (http://www.melbay.com/product.asp?ProductID=99658BCD&Heading=&category=&catID=&head1=&head2=&sub=&sub1=&author=&mode=&q=&r=&s=&next=)

Beginner's Fingerpicking Guitar (definitely not a beginner's book) by Stefan Grossman, but some outstanding arragements.

07-08-2011, 01:30 AM
go to MAHALO.COM (http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-play-guitar-for-newbies/) it's not a book, but i think you could get good from there :)