Purchase Includes Answering Your Questions Over Skype!
As Well As:
All Updates to Future Editions!
Published May 8, 2017, the Second Edition of “Applied Rhythm Guitar with Texas Style Walking Bass Lines”, includes an additional fifty pages while remaining devoted to actually showing ways to easily use (what appears to be, but really is not) a wide variety of chords when playing rhythm guitar.
“Applied Rhythm Guitar with Texas Style Walking Bass Lines” includes artwork of the fingerings used for different progressions, and enough discussion (or so I hope) to help you apply the fingerings to other progressions and keys. This is the book I wanted to buy thirty years ago when I first became introduced to Texas rhythm guitar backup. It did not exist back then, it does now.
The book is structured to have done me the most good when just learning to play guitar in this style, and now, to do you the most good while quickly increasing your ability, understanding, and fun.
In addition to giving you enough introductory and advanced information to keep you busy for years, it is designed for those guitar players who do not have consistent or even any access to players of this style. As such, this book will help you decipher what you hear on recordings and then to do it yourself.
For Any Level of Player!
The book is suitable for any level of player, from someone just starting out to those who have played for years. I was a rank beginner at thirty-six years old when I learned this style. At the time, I had never before played an instrument of any kind, unless you count the radio, or albums, eight tracks, and cassettes on the stereo. As my wife says: When she first met me, I played a wicked volume knob.
The Texas guitar backup style is suitable for almost any kind of acoustic music. Although it developed for use backing up fiddlers, it can be used with Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Swing, Folk, and many others. I have used it and seen others use it on electric guitar.
The following is an email from an experienced rhythm guitar player who has accompanied fiddlers for over twenty years.
Hi Mr. Daring,
I received your book, “Applied Rhythm Guitar with Texas Style Walking Bass Lines”, yesterday at 2PM. I just finished it cover to cover ( about one day). Wow! Some of the things I had figured out myself over the last 20 years, but there were so many great new ideas and tips in your book.
I love watching Anthony Mature and your book enlightened me as to how he gets so much done on such a small portion of the fingerboard. I love watching him and Royce Franklin on YouTube.
Just wanted to let you know you have a satisfied customer out in California.
Part of an email from another customer.
I like what you have done with the efficiency of the left hand. Learning the chords this way will pay big dividends at faster tempos.
I will let you know if I think of any enhancements. So far, I find the book to be very practical and useful.
Fiddle contests are a life-long, small muscle, participatory sport!
Parents of kids playing in fiddle contests: I urge you to learn to play rhythm guitar so you can play music with them on or off the stage. Fiddle contests are a life-long, small muscle, participatory sport. Unlike large-muscle organized sports run by adults who permit parents to cheer for their kids while watching from the bleachers, fiddle contests need parents to contribute and participate as backup guitar players with the kids. You won’t regret it!
The entire reason for my ending up with the knowledge to write this book results from my kids deciding to play in fiddle contests. Learning to play backup guitar provided me with the chance to be with them, not just watch them. And, the opportunity lasts a lifetime.
Backup Guitar Is Not Boring!
Thirty years ago when I first encountered Texas Style Rhythm Guitar Backup, I recognized that playing rhythm guitar did not have to be overwhelmingly boring. Playing backup guitar did not have to consist of playing the same three chords in the same tedious order, then moving my capo and doing it all again. It could be something more, it could be something not merely incidental to the lead, but something engaging, involving and intricate.
These mostly self-taught rhythm guitar players clarified and expanded the meaning of rhythm for me, they occupied the music, employed the lead players, riveted the listener, and were a dominant part of the entire presentation. I was fascinated!
Although you can faintly hear Chris in the background, this is a jam session recording of guitar tracks for “Grey Eagle” and many other breakdowns in the key of A using the same progression.
Answering Questions Online and Future Editions!
As I indicated at the top of this post, your purchase includes my answering your questions over Skype or another similar video connection. By this, I do not mean an ongoing series of online weekly lessons or something remotely similar. I do mean that if you have a question I will spend time with you online whether you have been working with the book for a week, a month, or two years and four months and sixteen days. In other words, I do not want to put a time limit on my assistance by offering to answer questions only during the first 60 or 90 days after you’ve purchased the book. Send me an email and we will find a time.
Additionally, your purchase includes any brief updates I make to this edition, and all future editions. Meaning, I will send you copies of changes to the existing pages as well as copies of all the pages I add for future editions. I cannot send you a new edition directly from my printer complete with a new cover and binding, but I will send you copies of the new pages.
Please Don’t Make Copies!
Books like this one are expensive. If you find one that isn’t, it should be. All too often, someone will buy a book like this, then share it with 54 friends by making copies for them. Either that or seven people will split the cost of one book and then make copies for each other. Either way, the author (whether it is me or anyone else) does not get paid for an enormous amount effort he or she put into writing their book. Therein, I ask you not to make copies of this book or anyone else’s, but I hope you will see my including updates, future editions, and answering your questions online as a benefit not normally included in the purchase price of this kind of book, and an inducement to complete your purchase.
Thank you for making your way to our website and to this page. I wrote this book to be the one I searched for thirty years ago when I wanted to learn this style of guitar. I am certain you will find it immensely useful, especially with my online help.
By itself, the price for this book is $29.95. The price for my other book about playing rhythm guitar is also $29.95. Purchased together, the price for each drops to $27.50 or a total of $55.00 for both.