Acoustic Legends – PDF


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In Acoustic Legends Stuart examines the styles and techniques of ten of the greatest acoustic singer-songwriters.



Why I wrote this book

For over fifteen years I wrote a monthly acoustic lesson column for Guitar Techniques magazine. I created lessons on technique, solo fingerstyle arrangements and often style studies of well known acoustic singer-songwriters. I wanted to put together a book that would feature some of the best known acoustic writers that would give you snapshots of their often very disparate styles. From James Taylor to Joni Mitchell, John Mayer to Paul Simon there are studies here that are guaranteed to introduce you to new techniques and writing concepts no matter what style you play. When you have learned all the parts there are full band backing tracks for you to work with.

What is in the book?

This book features ten pieces in the styles of the great acoustic singer-songwriters. These pieces will get you thinking about both fingerpicking and strumming whilst introducing you to some key songwriting concepts and a wide vocabulary of chord voicings. There are pieces in Standard tuning (7 pieces), Drop D (1 piece), Double Drop D (1 piece) and CGDFCE tuning (1 piece). Each piece also features an accompanying full band performance track for reference and a backing track minus guitar for you to work with.

Who is this for?

This book is for those players who are looking to develop their songwriting and accompaniment skills. In addition you’ll work on both fingerpicking and strumming and will be able to test essential musical skills including timekeeping and dynamics with the included backing tracks. No matter what style you already play you are guaranteed to learn fresh ideas from the styles of all the influential artists contained within this book.

Artists Covered

– Mark Knopfler
– Bruce Springsteen
– James Taylor
– George Harrison
– Neil Young
– John Mayer
– Noel Gallagher
– Tracy Chapman
– Paul Simon
– Joni Mitchell

Track Listing With Audio Samples
  1. Mark Knopfler
  2. Bruce Springsteen
  3. James Taylor
  4. George Harrison
  5. Neil Young
  6. John Mayer
  7. Noel Gallagher
  8. Tracy Chapman
  9. Paul Simon
  10. Joni Mitchell

You can download the audio tracks here Acoustic Legends Audio