Dan Sandman

16: The Acoustic Guitar Handbook by Paul Balmer

In Books, Encyclopaedia, Music, Non-Fiction on 15/04/2016 at 12:00 pm

The Acoustic Guitar Handbook by Paul BalmerClassic guitars have nylon strings in the treble and silver wound strings in the bass. These strings produce less tension across the neck, resulting in a simple and elegant design. They are easier for beginners to learn on and for experts to perform on. The three most famous players of classical guitar are Andres Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams.

Steel strung guitars come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I have two types in my collection, a dreadnought and a grand auditorium. They are excellent instruments for singers and songwriters, working well when played with a plectrum or with fingers. The acoustic guitar accompanies the voices of Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton.

This book is a how-to guide for students and teachers alike. Paul Balmer writes about his own acoustic guitars with great knowledge and enthusiasm. As a reference tool, The Acoustic Guitar Handbook is incredibly handy. My one criticism would be that parts of the book are a little bit repetitive.

Recommended by this guitar teacher.


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