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Backbeat Books Publishes The Blues Guitar Handbook

A complete blues guitar course in techniques and styles

Montclair, N.J. – Backbeat Books, publisher of books for performers and fans who are passionate about music, has published The Blues Guitar Handbook ($29.99), by leading guitar authority Adam St. James. This comprehensive book and CD package provides everything a guitarist needs in order to understand and master finger style acoustic blues, bottleneck, post-war electric blues, jazz blues, and modern blues-rock.

“The Blues Guitar Handbook will help players quickly make more sense of the blues and realize there is so much more to the blues than most players think. It isn’t all just 12-bar, I-IV-V chords or minor pentatonic scalesâ€?, said St. James. “In writing the book, I really wanted to help players have more fun with their guitar, and gain confidence that they can become the ‘hot’ blues

player in their neck of the woods!”

This latest entry in Backbeat’s bestselling handbook series starts by exploring the humble beginnings of blues guitar through the early decades of the 20th century, moves into the ’40s and ’50s, then it’s the blues-rockers of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s before the story comes up to date, with today’s blues flame-keepers. Profiles of such players as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Keb Mo’ highly the evolution the this great American artform.

The Blues Guitar Handbook contains a comprehensive section for mastering electric and acoustic blues from the very basics and leading into more advanced rhythm and lead techniques before examining four key styles: acoustic blues, classic electric blues, blues rock, and jazz blues.

The Blues Guitar Handbook includes:
• A step-by-step course in playing the blues, from 12-bar to advanced soloing
• Advice on guitars, strings, picks, and amps
• Practical guidance on reading both TAB and traditional notation
• Essential theory for blues guitar
• Instruction on bends, harmonics, tremolo, and tapping
• Extensive chord and scale diagrams
• Complete songs to listen to and play
• A CD of the books key examples and exercises
• An encyclopedic history of blues guitar and its players

The many exercises in the book are supported by specially recorded audio tracks on the accompanying CD. A video trailer of The Blues Guitar Handbook can be viewed here:

About the Author:
Adam St. James is a leading authority on guitar and guitarists, and the author of numerous books and DVDs, including 101 Guitar Tips: Stuff All The Pros Know And Use and Logical Lead Guitar. A musician for more than 30 years, he currently fronts a blues-rock band that plays throughout the US Midwest. He lives in Chicago.

The Blues Guitar Handbook
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard
October 2011
Hardcover spiral bound
256 pages, 9.25� x 11�
$29.99, ISBN 978-1-61713-011-3