Learning to play the guitar from beginner guitar books is still huge, despite the availability of the more modern form of learning guitar, online video tutorials.
The "learn guitar books" (both acoustic and electric) are here to stay, since thousands of guitar lesson books are being sold everyday, so I thought I would buy, read and compare a couple of these books and see how they perform.
The books I ordered were not at random, but chosen from the top seller lists of online book stores, so these should be the best ones. Or the ones with the best marketing 😀
I am a guitar teacher of 15 years and a technical junkie, so I prefer to steer people towards online video lessons. I believe that with the multimedia technologies of the 21st century, beginner video lessons are the most efficient way of learning guitar from home, and are most advantageous from a pricing point of view as well. I'll add some recommendations for video lessons after the book reviews, in case you want to see that side of learning guitar as well.
Either way, here are my findings after reading through the most popular guitar learning books: