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Classic Rock Guitar, Volume 1; Richie Sambora Interactive Guitar

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So you finally got that six-string twanger, but a week later you can’t stand hearing yourself play ”Wild Thing” once more? Here are two instructional discs designed to dig the novice rock & roller out of this dire scenario. With little theory-based fussing, each invites users to dive in and begin playing songs right away. And both discs offer well-designed, comprehensive help sections. The difference lies in what songs they teach: Classic Rock Guitar is eclectic, musically and technically (eight tunes, from Jimi Hendrix’s ”Hey Joe” to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ”Sweet Home Alabama”); Richie Sambora Interactive Guitar, meanwhile, instructs users in the Bon Jovi axman’s lite metal compositions. It’s up to you, but I prefer the Beatles’ ”Blackbird” over ”Wanted Dead or Alive.” Classic: A Sambora: B+

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