Beboy brought these up in another thread:
"I have been thinking about this for a while and what I was planning to do is buy some of the Play-Along books during TrueFire's Holiday Sales (if they have them like they usually do). Then as I learn songs I will burn their backing tracks to CD so I'll end up with a CD that only has backing tracks for songs I know. Once that is accomplished I can put in the backing tracks CD and play along.
If I could just stop making excuses and start playing more I might someday accomplish this.
I thought I would add my 2 cents as I already have at least 15 of them.
Most of them are a blast and the will get you learning entire songs plus the cds they come with are the rest of your band. Each of the Hal-Leonard series have a disc with a complete track (no vocals) and a track without lead guitar. Plus the discs have some kind of software to allow you to slow the playback down on your computer.
I generally use powertab when at the computer but I have a tascam GT1
(like this but an earlier model)
and I love popping when of these in to learn new songs.
My favorites are:
Vol.3 Hard Rock
Vol. 43 Lynyrd Skynyrd
Vol 41 Eric Clapton
Vol 36 Southern Rock
Hal Leonard also has a "Guitar Signature Series." Good books but not complete songs. I like The Best Of The Ventures, and the new one on Robin Trower.
Anybody else have or use these style of books?
"I once played notes so fast that light emanated from the strings whereupon, I saw God.... who then told me to relax and start playing music."
"I don't want to think about how I am doing it because that just makes it harder." Steve Howe
"You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." David Gilmour
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