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Guitar Pickers Fake Book Paperback – 1 January 1992
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- Publisher : Music Sales America; Spi edition (1 January 1992)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0825602726
- ISBN-13 : 978-0825602726
- Dimensions : 22.86 x 1.16 x 30.48 cm
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Looking through the songs it looks like the key is adjusted for guitar playing. Many of my old favorites are written in either D or G. Since my book just arrived in the mail today I'm just getting started playing them but the few that I've done so far sound like the usual fiddle arrangement, except for the key. I suppose you could just capo them if you wanted to play along with a fiddler.
Why 4 instead of 5 stars? The copy I got was a standard paperback binding rather than what looks like a plastic ring binding on the photo. The plastic ring style books lay flatter. (The first music book back I broke was an Arban's methodbook a long time before most people were born so I guess if it bothers me enough I can break this one too. Or I can take it to Kinko's and have them put it in a plastic ring binder.) Only pages 19-153 are songs with the rest of the 191 pages being collateral information, not exactly fluff but not really needed to learn to play the songs.
Edited on 9/2/13 to change my review from 4 stars to 3 stars. Why? First reason is that I've worked through a lot of the songs and I find several to be poor arrangements or arrangements of unusual variations of the songs. Second reason is that several of the songs have awkward fingerings but not the perfectly usable alternatives which work better for me.
Edited again on 10/29/16 to again change my rating, this time from 3 stars to 5 stars. The important factor is my eyes are still getting older and I really love the readability of those tabs. I think it is important to explain and change my rating whenever I reach a new stage of enlightenment about a product and realize I was wrong before. I first wrote this review when I had picked up the guitar after some years of idleness. Now, after having worn out a couple of ring bound book I've decided that indeed regular binding is more lasting - just use clothespins like you did in the seventh grade. In 2013 when I changed my rating downward it was because I'd not yet gotten adept at such things as high E string stretches between fret 2 and 7. Now three years later and a few thousand hours more practiced I can appreciate that the writer's fingering style is no worse than mine, just different, maybe (er, um, cough, sigh) better. Tonight running through the songs I enjoyed the workout, they all flowed smoothly and those stretches felt pretty good.
Edited again on 11/7/17 to say that you've got to love a book that will continue to show you new aspects of the skill; in a way its like Arban's, deceptively simple at first, then it lets you in on secrets through the years. As my skills have continued to mature I've really grown see more of the logic for his fingering. Also the alternate tunes for songs I learned another way, which is a thing I've pondered for years.
I like it so much that I've just bought a copy of his fiddler's fakebook. Will keep you posted on the reviews for that one, once I get to know it.
the print if very faint and small, making it very difficult to read.