New Book Allows Readers to Enjoy, Not Dread Learning Guitar

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Bill Auer gives out tips, techniques to enjoy ‘Discovering Your Guitar’

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A book where technical theories are seamlessly melded with artistic application, Bill Auer’s “Discovering Your Guitar” (published by Xlibris AU) allows readers to understand music better. This book is aimed to promote the education of music and to teach guitarists how to understand music theory. This understanding will then allow guitarists be competent, to purchase full music transcriptions, buy professional recordings of music and become songwriters.

“Discovering Your Guitar” includes 364 pages of guitar techniques and music theory, history of guitar, no lyrics and 200 famous tunes, all self-interpreted by the author. Also included are technical descriptions with each tune. Most of these transcriptions include four to five lines of guitar tablature and chord charts. And in many cases, Auer shows different ways of playing the same tune.

The primary target for this book is to allow guitarists to get enjoyment out of learning tunes and understanding the songwriting techniques. The author implores them not to be scared when looking at lots of numbers on a tablature chart because according to him, “chords are made up from five or six strings played together and then these groups of notes are simply repeated.”

Auer further encourages learners with “a final bit of advice,” saying, “I have found one of the quickest ways of learning a chord pattern or melody of notes is with the use of repetition, not intellect. Don’t mentally memorise a chord pattern, just play it a few times and you will be amazed.”

Discovering Your Guitar
By Bill Auer
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 362 pages | ISBN 9781514444283
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 362 pages | ISBN 9781514444290
E-Book | 362 pages | ISBN 9781514444306
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Samples, descriptions and song list available at

About the Author
Bill Auer has been professionally teaching guitar for the past 30 years, covering many different styles of music including folk, rock, blues, classical and jazz. He has studied under the instruction of many different guitar teachers including Steve McKenna, Ike Isaacs and Graham Cox, and in the past has attended a number of different jazz clinics at the Sydney Conservatorium of music. He has also completed various jazz theory courses hosted by the conservatorium and the Jazz Action Society. Auer has also played with a number of rock, folk, blues and jazz bands over the last 40 years and was once part of the band that later went on to become “Flowers” and later “Ice House.” He has also performed in a jazz group playing regularly at various restaurants in North Sydney. For seven years, Auer managed and conducted the University of Technology, U.T.S. Sydney Jazz Band.

Xlibris Publishing Australia, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving Australian authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles.For more information, visit or call 1800 455 039 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisAus on Twitter for the latest news.

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