Some of my earliest memories of playing guitar are linked with the excitement of getting a new TAB book, I guess that should be #NTD in 2014 talk. Every so often I’d go to Birmingham (the original one not that one across the pond) and go to a little sheet music shop called J Pass & Co. and buy a new TAB book, then I’d promptly get home and try and play it all in one sitting… well I was only 13 or 14, patience has never been one of my strengths.
During a trip back to England last month I saw the Acoustic White Pages book I bought for my brother and was amazed, it’s a huge book with hundreds of songs with full TAB (although it contains some questionable inclusions considering it is for Acoustic Guitar such as Yngwie’s Black Star!). My first thought was that I had to get a book like this for electric guitar and as luck would have it about a week after my return to Australia this book turned up on my doorstep, “50 Greatest Guitar Tones Songbook” from Hal Leonard which features authentic transcriptions with notes and tablature, perfect.
Now just a quick note on the title, while this book does indeed included 50 songs that feature the greatest tones in recording history there is no explanation of how the tone is achieved. I thought this was a little misleading and it’s a shame there wasn’t at least a mention of some of the gear used for each recording but aside from that this book is chock full of amazing TAB so I will forgive Hal Leonard.
This book contains classic tracks from Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Robin Trower, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. There are so many more great tracks but it would probably just be easier if I post a photo of the contents so you can see exactly what you get!
Just as stated the transcriptions are all authentic, no easy TAB, simplified or incorrect passages, the notes in the book are exactly what the artist played. As with all good TAB books rhythm and solo parts are included and the vocal melody notes sit above the guitar parts in the score. There are classic blues songs from B. B. King, modern blues from Gary Moore, SRV & Joe Bonamassa, classic rock as mentioned above, modern rock and metal such as Guns N’ Roses & Pantera and even some old rock & roll from Elvis, The Beatles and Duane Eddy. Of course, it is up to you to try and achieve the actual recording tones so why not set yourself that as a challenge, there are plenty of resources online to find out how to get a similar tone for these tracks which will get you in the ball park, the rest as they say, is in the hands!
If you are looking for a book that contains lots of styles & genres this one seriously great book that will challenge your playing & technique while you learn from the masters of electric guitar. You can get more information on the Hal Leonard site – http://www.halleonard.com/product/viewproduct.do?itemid=691174&seriesfeature=&menuid=4483&subsiteid=7&.