It’s All About Creating a Great Sound

By Mike Furry, Guitar, Instructor at The Lesson Studio

Mike Furry, Guitar, Instructor at The Lesson Studio

Mike Furry

As a guitar instructor here in Boulder, Colorado at The Lesson Studio, I’m always faced with the challenge of having to not only find new songs for my students, but also actually listening to, absorbing, as well as transcribing those songs for them. Lately, I’ve been getting into buying tablature books. is a great place to find these. I’ve found Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, and many others.

While they provide much needed support and guidance, it is still imperative that each player listens to the music. Use the tablature as reference, but the student must work out as must of the music as they can in their head. Most of the time, these books are correct—but sometimes they are not. And other times, you hear the song differently than what is in the book. If this is the case, I must say trust your instincts and play what you hear. At the end of the day, it’s all about creating a great sound—not about playing everything exactly note for note.

There is a series called the Guitar Tablature Edition. Anytime you find a book in this series, it’s a pretty safe bet that the music and tablature will be accurate, and will give you a detailed, precise account of what’s going on in the song. Good luck, have fun, and remember that music is just like any other skill—it takes research and dedication in order to succeed!


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