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Recording Techniques of the Guitar Masters, 1st Edition

  • Brian Tarquin
  • ISBN-10: 1435460162
  • ISBN-13: 9781435460164
  • 256 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

Discover the recording secrets of our generation’s guitar heroes: Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Zakk Wylde, Ted Nugent, Billy Sheehan, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke, Steve Morse, Jeff Beck, Leslie West, Robin Trower, Tommy Emmanuel—a total of 30 outstanding players in all. Detailed interviews with these guitar greats explore each performer’s recording techniques and offer practical advice for replicating the unique tone for which each is known. Rounding out the text, multi-Emmy award–winning composer, recording artist, producer, and author Brian Tarquin offers a wide range of hands-on information covering topics such as recording gear, mixing techniques, and guitar and amp choices. The result is a text that empowers guitarists of any skill to take their music to the next level!


  • Interviews with top-name guitarists and producers offers today's players a wide range of rare and valuable technique-focused advice.

  • The companion website includes step-by-step instructions on live recording with an array of different amps and direct boxes, as well as an examination of tne the pros and cons of digital vs. analog recording, and brief overviews of compressors/limiters, mic-pre amps, and the myriad options available for studio outboard and plug-in effects.

  • Guitar players of any skill level will benefit from the book's detailed descriptions of recording procedures, miking techniques, in-studio setups,and guitar tone descriptions.

About the Author

Brian Tarquin

The multi-Emmy Award-winning composer/guitarist Brian Tarquin has established himself as a top TV composer/recording artist and owner of Jungle Room Studios. Tarquin first appeared in the Top 20 Billboard Charts in 1997 with the commercial release “This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2” on Instinct Records. From 1996 to 2001, Brian recorded four solo albums, Ghost Dance, Last Kiss Goodbye, Soft Touch and High Life and has appeared in over twelve Instinct compilations, selling over 140,000 records in his career. Among his other accomplishments are writing the theme music for MTV’s “Road Rules” and producing music for many other TV shows,including “CSI,” ABC’s “Making The Band,” “Extra,” “Alias,” and the Keanu Reeves film “The Watcher.” In 1998, he formed the rock/electronica band Asphalt Jungle. In 2006, Tarquin opened his own boutique record label, BHP MUSIC, specializing in instrumental guitar music. Tarquin is a featured music writer and has been published in such national magazines as EQ, Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, and Recording.

Table of Contents

1. Guitar Recording Then and Now.
2. From the Horse's Mouth: Gunslinger.
3. Recording Gear.
4. In the Mix with Great Dynamics, Mic Pres, and Effects Processors.
5. Microphones for Tones.
Appendix A: iTunes Best Guitar Songs.
Appendix B: YouTube Best Guitar Videos.
Appendix C: Performance Rights Organizations.
Appendix D: Web References.
Appendix E: Trade Magazines.
Appendix F: Highly Recommended Readings.
Appendix G: Guitar Manufacturers.
Appendix H: Guitar Amp Manufacturers.
Appendix I: Guitar Accessory Companies.
Appendix J: Recording Manufacturers.
Appendix K: Top 10 Guitar Websites.