Book Review: The Riff Notes Series

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The Riff Notes series of booklets by authors Phil Dixon and Christopher Jones and published by Hal Leonard are great for beginning guitarists yearning to learn more about electric guitars, acoustic guitars, and guitar strings. The collection of three small paperback booklets are easy to read with each being less than 25 pages.

The Electric Guitar Basics and Acoustic Guitar Basics booklets cover exactly that – the basics of those instruments. They touch on the types and shapes of the guitars, the different types of woods used to make guitars and how they affect the sound, the key parts of the guitar, as well as the pickups and electronics, basic playing terminology, where to buy guitars, the care and maintenance, and so much more.

These books offer practical tips and advice and can be used as a great resource to learn and study the basics to help you decide what type of guitar would suit you best, and will get you prepped to head out and shop for your axe! As stated on page 11 of Electric Guitar Basics, “Guitar shopping is like clothes shopping – try some different sizes to find the best fit.”

Now when it comes to strings for your guitar, the Riff Notes Guitar String Basics booklet explains the different types of strings used for electric, acoustic and classical instruments, the different materials used for these strings and the types of sounds they produce, as well as how often you should change your strings, and even how to clean your strings. The information in this booklet will help you know what type of strings would best suit your instrument and style of play.

These three booklets are designed to be an introduction to the basics of the instruments and strings and can easily fit into a guitar case, gig bag, or small travel bag allowing you the opportunity to take it with you and read it anywhere. Use it as a quick reference guide until you’re up and knowledgeable on the basics of “guitar talk.”

Electric Guitar Basics
$6.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00128350
ISBN:  9781480392021
Width: 4.5 inches
Length:  6.75 inches
24 pages
Guitar String Basics
$6.99  (US)
Inventory #HL 00128352
ISBN:  9781480392045
Width:  4.5 inches
Length:  5.76 inches
25 pages
Acoustic Guitar Basics
$6.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00128351
ISBN:  9781480392038
Width:  4.5 inches
Length:  6.75 inches
24 pages

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