The Best “How To Play Guitar” Books of 2016

Learning to play guitar using a manual or “how to” book is one of the easiest ways to learn. Having the best materials available when teaching yourself an instrument is how you succeed. Anything less and you may give up or find incomplete information.

Below are some recommendations and reviews of the best of the best guitar training books for 2016.

Teach Yourself to Play Guitar: A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners by David M. Brewster

Teach Yourself To Play Guitar


  • High Amazon book ranking, others are using this resource and are having success
  • Includes all the basics (ie. tuning, guitar posture, string notes names, etc.)
  • Diagrams for both acoustic and electric guitar
  • Includes chord diagrams for many beginner chords


  • This is a short read. At only 48 pages, you may be wanting more and need to buy another book or utilize the internet and other resources
  • Leans toward guitar tablature rather than music notation

Available here: Kindle ($4.99) | Print ($6.07)

Hal Leonard Guitar Method, – Complete Edition: Books 1, 2 and 3 by Will Schmid and Greg Koch

Hal Leonard Guitar Method, - Complete Edition: Books 1, 2 and 3Pro’s

  • Books 1, 2 and 3. There is a ton of information in each of these books
  • Available in Kindle, paperback AND plastic comb formats. Plastic comb allows you to lay the book flat. This is helpful since you need both hands when playing guitar and cannot hold a book and play at the same time.
  • Comes with songs to play after you learn chords, like Yankee Doodle


  • Not for pop music. You won’t be instructed to learn chords and songwriting type information. This is more for those who are interested in learning the basics of guitar notes and beginning soloing.
  • Some have said that this product would have been a better DVD course than a book course. This would depend on your personality.

Available here: Kindle ($10.49) | Print ($14.00) | Plastic Comb Edition ($8.69)

Worship Guitar In Six Weeks: A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Learning Rhythm Guitar for Christian Worship Music by Micah Brooks

Worship Guitar In Six Weeks


  • This book is built upon the idea of learning in week increments
  • Each chord has a diagram, picture and written step by step finger placement. This feature is unique to this book and not in the other books in this list
  • Made for people interested in learning to play in a band or worship team
  • Uses sheet music examples


  • You learn 13 chords total. You will have to find another resource after the six week course
  • Does not come with a CD or DVD

Available here: Kindle ($6.99) | Print ($9.99)