Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Review of DIARY OF A PLAYER by Brad Paisley

DIARY OF A PLAYER by Brad Paisley and David Wild is a rare look into the life of country music artist Brad Paisley and his relationship with the musical instrument that has made him famous. I’m not much of a fan of country music, but I’ve always admired the guitar playing of Brad Paisley. For me, his music has always stood out above other country artists simply for the artistry of it. Paisley is clearly talented as a songwriter and as a guitar player, and there have been plenty of times that I’ve sat down with my own guitar to play a Brad Paisley song.

DIARY OF A PLAYER is unique in that it chronicles some key moments in Paisley’s journey as a guitar player, as well as a tribute to the guitar player who have inspired along the way. From the first guitar given to him by his guitar-playing grandfather to his successful career making music for a living, Paisley calls the journey he writes about in DIARY OF A PLAYER, “The story of a life with strings attached.” It’s a very fitting description. Some super-practical guitar tips by Paisley are peppered throughout the text.

Guitar players, new and veteran, could benefit from reading about Paisley’s journey. As a player myself, I resonate with the feelings Paisley describes about learning and playing guitar. Whether you’re a country music fan or not, it would be hard to deny the talent Paisley has on the instrument.

I received this book for free for review from Howard Books, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own

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