I was contacted by the author of The Big Serious Guitar Book, Geoff Stockton, asking if I would like to receive a copy and write a review, and since I'm always on the lookout for new guitar material, I said sure.
This self published book sells for around $40 on Lulu. When I first saw the rather steep price, I got curious. Most guitar books sell for $5 to $20. What could this have that would warrant the price?
The first thing I noticed was that The Big Serious Guitar Book is just as it's name says. BIG 🙂 In fact, it's over 500 pages big. Looking through my library of guitar books, I could not find any other book nearly as long.
Secondly, having a quick peek at the contents, it has a wealth of information that you won't really find in one place anywhere else. In essence, this book could easily replace several other books based on the amount of content presented.
So my first impression was basically positive, now let's have a look inside.
The Table of Contents
I don't know about you, but the first thing I like to look at when I'm looking to buy a book is the table of contents. You can pretty much instantly tell whether it's right for you or not.
Here is the index of The Big Serious Guitar Book, bare with me: