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The Way They Play

"The Way They Play" was created by HP Newquist and Rich Maloof to teach aspiring musicians about the history, techniques, and playing styles of their favorite artists. The series has become popular around the world.

Blues Rock Masters
"The Way They Play" Volume 1
The first book in the "The Way They Play" series, Blues Rock Masters covers the careers of the best blues-rock guitarists of the 20th Century:
Roy Buchanan, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Albert Collins and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. With historical data, discographies, setups, music examples, and a CD containing more than three dozen riffs, this book is an essential look at one of music's most important genres. This book explores the secrets of nine players who have shaped the legacy of blues-rock guitar and offers biographical portraits highlighting each guitarist's position and influence in blues-rock history; details on gear including setup and tone; descriptive analysis of playing techniques; and several annotated music examples. Helping readers emulate the stylings of the masters, the accompanying CD contains examples from the book, played with each artist's preferred equipment. Click here to order!

Acoustic Rock Masters
"The Way They Play" Volume 2
TWTP 2: Acoustic Rock takes an in-depth musical look at ten artists who have shaped the world of acoustic rock guitar: Neil Young, The Eagles, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Peter Buck of REM, George Harrison, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, and James Taylor. The chapters explain each guitarist's role in acoustic rock history, reveal their gear setup, analyze their techniques, and provides annotated music examples and CD examples that help guitars learn precisely "the way they play." This great book/CD pack lets you explore the work of ten guitar heroes who span the entire acoustic-rock spectrum and you'll discover the secrets of their picking and fingering styles, learn how they played their most famous lines, find out how they forged their unique styles, and get tips on miking and recording. The accompanying CD walks you note by note through licks that characterize the signature sounds of these world-class musicians. Just as these guitar greats have inspired one another, this book will inspire you. Click here to order!

New Metal Masters
"The Way They Play" Volume 3
TWTP 3: New Metal Masters takes an in-depth musical look at fifteen artists who have reshaped the world of metal guitar playing, including Tool, Rage Against the Machine, A Perfect Circle, Linkin Park, Helmet, Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Godflesh, and Audioslave. The chapters explain each guitarist's role in new metal, reveal their gear setup, analyze their techniques, and provide annotated music examples and CD examples that help guitars learn precisely "the way they play." Click here to order!

Hard Rock Masters
"The Way They Play" Volume 4
TWTP 4: Hard Rock Masters explores the works of 8 guitar czars: Ace Frehley (Kiss), Angus Young (AC/DC), Eddie Van Halen, Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Dave Navarro, and Dean Deleo (Stone Temple Pilots). You'll discover their stylistic secrets, learn how they played their most famous riffs, and find out how each created his unique sound. The accompanying CD walks you note-by-note through licks that characterize their styles, played with their signature tones. Just as these guitar greats have inspired one another, The Hard Rock Masters will inspire your own playing and deepen your knowledge of the music and its history. Click here to order!

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