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Looking for Old Time guitar book. This one any good?

Feb 23, 2023 - 4:09:15 AM
46 posts since 1/22/2014

Any opinions on this book?

Feb 23, 2023 - 7:45:10 AM

46 posts since 1/22/2014

How about this one?


Feb 23, 2023 - 11:30:08 PM

Tony O Rourke


33 posts since 2/13/2016

Lieberson's was one of the first books I bought when I moved into the world of flatpick guitar. That was about 1981. On my copy the price is actually printed on the bottom of the front cover, $4.95. It was a long time ago! It's a handy enough book to have, and contains some good advice by a very good picker. The copy I have lists 25 Records(LPs) to listen to. I'm not sure if that would be in any revised version of the book. It's a good introduction to flatpick guitar. The other book I used quite a bit in those days was ''Hot Licks For Bluegrass Guitar'' by Orrin Starr. Pretty much what it says. The side benefit of playing through these sorts of books is that the mind sometimes wanders as your'e playing through them and you end up creating your own ideas, at least that was my experience with them. Lieberson was in a band called The Central Park Sheiks??

Feb 26, 2023 - 9:09:28 AM



3 posts since 5/17/2018

John's book is a dandy. I have an older Oak book called Old Time Guitar that was primarily finger style.

Feb 28, 2023 - 6:19:23 PM

112 posts since 8/15/2008

I also have the Lieberson book,and like it.

If you like tab,you might

If you like to learn by ear....I like all of Steve Kaufman's

Mar 30, 2023 - 10:24:03 AM

103 posts since 2/20/2016

The original post should identify what they mean by "Old Time Music". Naming tunes that are popular would help. In addition, what are his goals and how accomplished a guitarist does he wants to become ? A book that uses tunes as a learning device will work best. Avoid books that are just designed to teach tunes instead of playing techniques.

The "Flatpicking Essentials" book/CDs are probably the next best thing to a good instrutor. A lot easier to get as well. Working your way through series one will advance a person past the beginner stage.

Mar 30, 2023 - 12:24:13 PM

6 posts since 6/23/2022

Who is Flatpicking Essentials by.

Nov 1, 2023 - 9:15:54 AM

3 posts since 11/1/2023

I heard about Lieberson book

Nov 1, 2023 - 1:51:12 PM

Tony O Rourke


33 posts since 2/13/2016

Another book I neglected to mention was Adam Granger's 500(?) fiddle tunes. I saw it on Mel Bay's website so maybe they bought the rights to it. My copy was TAB only and came with 3 cassettes, purchased in the mid 80s. A description:
and Mel Bay's site:

Nov 25, 2023 - 7:04:37 AM

6 posts since 6/23/2022

Thanks everyone for your comments. I ordered the Adam Granger book.

Nov 26, 2023 - 11:24:01 AM

6 posts since 6/23/2022

Who is the essentials book by?

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