Top online guitar destination GuitarInstructor.com says of Rhythm Guitar 365, “Nelson exhibits a broad grasp of rhythm techniques, offering credible examples in styles ranging from folk, country, and blues to R&B/funk, jazz, and metal. But the beauty of Rhythm Guitar 365 is that, even if you played all 365 exercises on a clean-toned Strat, your chops are certain to improve as you work through funky syncopated scratch rhythms, walking bass lines, R&B-style chord slides, high-octane metal pedals, country chord bends, and so on.”
Nelson also released the 240-page Fretboard Freedom in February 2013. Fretboard Freedom is a novel approach to visualizing and navigating the neck of the guitar—a concept that initially struck Nelson while he wrote Guitar Aerobics back in 2007.
Meanwhile, Guitar Aerobics has quickly become the go-to technique book for guitarists world-wide, garnering hundreds of 4- and 5-star reviews from happy players. Indeed, as one Amazon reviewer states, “It's by far the most important guitar book I own.”
What sets this trilogy of titles apart from other guitar books is the unique approach that Nelson took to each book.
“As a guitarist, I wanted to write books that would appeal to me; that is, books that had practical structures and music examples that didn’t sound like warm-up exercises. I wanted to compose music examples that guitarists could incorporate into their own music while, at the same time, improving their chops,” says Nelson.
Next up for Nelson is One-Man Guitar Jam, a title that is schedule to be released in the fall of 2014.
All titles are published by Milwaukee-based Hal Leonard Corporation, the largest print music publisher in the world.
About Troy Nelson:
Nelson began his guitar playing career in the small Wisconsin town of Viroqua, population 4,000. After months of begging his parents for an axe, he tapped into his savings account for a Harmony electric, a Fender Strat knockoff from the JC Penney catalogue. From that moment forward, Nelson would spend hours each day, much to his buddies’ dismay, woodshedding in his bedroom, playing everything from Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King to Dokken and Metallica.
“My friends would come to our front door on the weekends to ask me to hang out, and I’d say ‘no thanks’ and go back to my room to play guitar until dinner. Then, after dinner, I’d return to my room and play until my sister would bang on the wall to make me stop,” remembers Nelson.
Nelson attended Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Music. After freelancing for Hal Leonard Corporation, Nelson moved to New York City to be music editor, senior editor, and, finally, editor-in-chief of Guitar One, growing the magazine to the #2 guitar title in the world.
Following his time at Guitar One, Nelson took a detour from his music career to pursue his other passion, football, spending time with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, All American Football League, Gardner-Webb University, and BLESTO, a football scouting coop owned by seven NFL teams.
Firmly refocused on music, Nelson currently lives in Music City itself, Nashville, Tennessee.
Guitar Aerobics (2007)
Fretboard Freedom (2013)
Rhythm Guitar 365 (2014)
One-Man Guitar Jam (Fall 2014)
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