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The Everything Rock & Blues Guitar Book: From Chords to Scales and Licks to Tricks, All You Need to Play Like the Greats (with music CD) by Marc Schonbrun (Everything: Sports and Hobbies: Adams Media Corporation) Have you ever dreamed of playing lead guitar like John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Page, Slash, and Eric Clapton? Perhaps you took a few lessons, but became frustrated and gave up. If so, The Everything Rock & Blues Guitar Book, is for you.

With easy-to-understand text and audio instruction, The Everything Rock & Blues Guitar Book provides you with the tools you need to play all your favorite songs. You will learn the scales and chords found in all rock and blues songs, and master the unique techniques that define them. Frequent prac­tice exercises allow you to put your knowl­edge to work, while the audio examples help train your ear.

  • Inflection and phrasing
  • Chord progression
  • Alternate tuning, harmonics, and slide playing
  • Transcription and ear training
  • Equipment, such as electric guitars, straps, amplifiers, strings, and pedals
  • The book comes with an instructional Audio CD.Written in plain English by longtime profes­sional guitarist and instructor Marc Schonbrun, The Everything Rock & Blues Guitar Book shows you how to play with your head as well as your hands.

    Three Steps to Heaven: The Eddie Cochran Story by Bobby Cochran with Susan Van Hecke (Hal Leonard) Eddie Cochran - outrageously talented, remarkably handsome, internationally renowned, and dead at the age of 21.

    Three Steps to Heaven was written by Bobby Cochran, award-winning producer and guitarist who has worked with Steppenwolf, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Leon Russell, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Adfrian Legg, also Cochran's nephew, and Susan Van Hecke, a music journalist. It is the first American biography of this uniquely American rock legend, who was among the first to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    More than 40 years after the tragic car crash that killed him, Eddie Cochran remains one of rock and roll's most lamented "What Ifs." A trailblazing guitarist, gifted vocalist, hit-making composer and arranger, and budding whiz-kid producer, Cochran quickly ascended from Midwestern obscurity in the late '50s to become one of nascent rock and roll's leading lights. He penned or recorded many of the most recognized songs in rock history – "Summertime Blues," "Nervous Breakdown," "Somethin' Else," "C'mon Everybody," "Twenty Flight Rock," "Sittin' in the Balcony" – songs whose distinctive sound and defiant, often wryly humorous lyrics have been eagerly digested, analyzed and lovingly reinterpreted by generations of rockers after him, from The Beatles to the Sex Pistols, The Who to U2.

    Three Steps to Heaven is a detailed portrait of Cochran's personal and professional triumphs and travails, with fascinating insight into the rock pioneer's life that only a family member can provide. Bobby Cochran reveals the dynamics of a musical family and the amazing and tragic parallels between his own life story and that of his Uncle Eddie.

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