We all have that one friend: the one who can listen to guitar solos forever. The one who practices the same riff over and over until it’s perfect. If that person also happens to love reading, then we have ten great gift ideas for them!
1. The Missing Method: Reading Guitar Music Beyond the Open Position by Christian Triola
It’s easy enough to pick up the basics of guitar. There are literally thousands of free resources to be found across the web. But then what? This book helps guide guitar players to the next step and really learn how to master that fret board.
2. Tab Books
Tablature, or Tabs, are like sheet music just for guitars. They are much more intuitive to read then sheet music (while sheet music has the advantage of being more versatile). A great idea is to find tabs that relate to a favorite book. A guitar player who loves The Fault in our Stars would have a great time playing some Swedish hip-hop. Or maybe Clair de Lune is more your taste if you’re a fan of Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey.
3. I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne
Time to get aboard the crazy train. In this autobiography, Ozzy himself tells the story about the “working class kid from Aston who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time.” He also addresses the bat’s head that he bit off.
4. Slash by Slash
5. The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson
This autobiography tells the story of Marilyn Manson’s “metamorphosis from a frightened Christian schoolboy into the most feared and revered music superstar in the country.” In this book we not only see Manson’s rise to stardom, but experience his ability as a great story teller.
6. Hendrix: Setting the Record Straight by Edward E. Kramer
Considered the best book on the greatest guitar player of all time. In this book, Kramer creates a complete account of Hendrix’s legacy using first hand recollections and interviews.
7. Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath by Tony Iommi
Black Sabbath were once named “The Beatles of heavy metal.” In this book, guitarist Tony Iommi gives his first hand account of the ups and downs of his life as an artist.
8. Book-Themed Guitar Picks
A guitar player will always have a couple picks on them. They’ll be in pockets, in bags, and between the strings of their guitar. A quick search on Etsy and you can find picks for practically every fandom out there. Not to mention plenty of shops that will do custom work for you. A favorite book quote perhaps?
9. Bookish Strap
Every guitarist needs a good sturdy strap to keep their precious instrument safe while their playing. Check out this library book themed strap.
10. Bookish Guitar Body
This option is not for everyone, but it can mean an unforgettable gift. A skilled artist can make a regular guitar into a musical masterpiece. For an example, look no further then this stunning Lord of the Rings themed guitar created with nothing but Sharpie!
Rock on! 🙂
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