My Guitar Songbook
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Welcome to My Guitar Songbook - the place where I store my collection of guitar songs, licks, favorite websites, online lesson links and other guitar related stuff.

Navigate the site using the above 'Menu', 'Search field' and 'Advanced Search' link to find specific content fast and easy. Tap the ' Preview Song ' icon to preview a Song. Click a 'Title' to view Song Details. Select an 'Artist' to display all their compositions or choose a 'Genre' to show songs included in that category.

The Songs and Licks have been transcribed from old handwritten notes collected and compiled over the years OR gathered from talented online teachers. The songs are broken down into their various parts (Timing, Intro, Verse, Chorus etc.). The Tab and Notation files are my own work and represent my interpretation of the songs. For the complete song breakdown please visit the tutorials. Tab files with references to any artist are not meant to be actual transcriptions of copyrighted material. The audio files, included for reference, are gathered from my personal music library OR extracted from websites offering free guitar lessons. A pdf link is also available to download or print the compositions.

For superb lessons, original videos and tabs etc. be sure to check out the many websites and Resources mentioned throughout this site.

Background

After a 15+ year hiatus from playing the guitar, I dusted off my old 1981 Taylor 810, had Ian Weston of Weston Instruments (Ottawa Guitar Repair Shop) work his magic and perform a personalized setup on it and, I started to play again.

I had quite a bit of trouble remembering the tunes I used to know so well.  I spent many hours sifting through old hand written and photocopied sheets of guitar songs and tabs etc.; and soon realized it was necessary to convert the whole kit and caboodle into an electronic format and add them to a simple website so I could access them easily.

The site consists of approximately 150 web pages, which includes the Admin, Member and Visitor portions of the application. There are about 15,000 lines of code with a MS Access database back end. The code is written in Classic ASP - VB Script and hosted by Cirrus Tech Ltd. (Toronto, Ontario).

The tools used to develop the site: Adobe Dreamweaver, and Fireworks, AVS4YOU Document Converter, Audio Converter and Audio Editor, Microsoft Access, Word and Notepad. The site is designed to allow Members (friends and family) to add and edit their own favourite Songs and Videos etc. However, I have not enabled this component. Maybe someday...

A Contact Us and Guestbook pages have been added to identify comments and/or suggestions. And, a "Song Rate" selection and "Song Viewed" count are included to recognize song popularity etc.

Disclaimer

I do not own the copyright of the songs, licks and audio files published here. All rights belong to the copyright holders - no copyright infringement is intended.

Most songs have been transcribed from old hand written notes collected and compiled over the years. The audio files are gathered from my personal music library OR extracted from websites offering free guitar lessons. These files are for my own private use and not used for any commercial or profit making enterprise. Also, the Tab and Notation files are my own work and represent my interpretation of the songs. Tab files with references to any artist are not meant to be actual transcriptions of copyrighted material.

For superb lessons, original videos and tabs etc. check out the many websites and Resources mentioned throughout the site.