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Thursday, February 14, 2019

How To Play The Guitar - George Barnes & Bob Mersey

Examples 1 thru 4
How To Play Guitar
The Easy Way To Learn All The Chords & Rhythms
Vocal Accompaniment
Ballad Styles
Folk, Country & Western
Rhythm & Blues
Shuffle Beats
Guitar Demonstration and Text by George Barnes
Spoken Commentary by Bob Mersey
Music Minus One Music Book
Complete Music Enclosed
Music Minus One MMO 130

From the back cover: Bob Mersey is a foremost authority on today's popular music. Top-flight vocalists call upon his talents for arranging and conducting countless recording sessions. With an intuitive ear for new sounds, Bob Mersey has originated many instrumental effects which now have become standard in the recording studio. Some of his greatest hits include: Volare (Bobby Rydell), Good Timin' (Jimmy Jones), Traceys Theme (Spencer Ross), Go Jimmy Go (Jimmy Clanton), Corinna Corinna (Ray Peterson), Lonely Teenager (Dion), Your Other Love (Flamingos).

George Barnes and Bob Mersey have joined forces to create this course for the casual strummer and beginning student. Nevertheless, the teacher and working professional will benefit from the logical sequence of studies and the living approach to the sound of today's music.

From rock 'n roll to modern jazz, the name of George Barnes is synonymous with guitar. In an age of specialization, a musician like Barnes who excels in all the varied styles of America's popular music in indeed a rarity. Here is a guitarist who is equally at home with Paul Anka, Ella Fitzgerald, Rusty Draper, Red Foley, Connie Francis or Frank Sinatra; who has recorded with Mitch Miller, the McGuire Sisters, Perry Como, Bobby Rydell, Ray Peterson, Johnny Mathis and many other greats.

A recording artist in his own right for Mercury, Decca and Grand Awards labels, George Barnes spends most of his time in the recording studios ready to execute any conceivable guitar effects which the session may require. From this vast experience has come the formulation of an organized course in modern guitar rhythms.


  1. Hi, Mark...George Barnes is my father. As the producer of The George Barnes Legacy Collection (, I always appreciate shout-outs about Dad and his work. I've already made two of his instruction methods available...but one of the projects in the works will combine all of his methods (going all the way back to the early 1940s) in one package. It remains to be seen if I can include this, and the MMO album he did with his partner, Carl Kress ("Ten Duets for Two Guitars")...but he left a trove of knowledge, and I'll weave as much material as I can into one fine anthology. Cheers!

    1. Hello Alexandra! Good to hear from you! It was exciting to find a copy of this release along with the orginal instruction material. The bio information found on the cover was historically valuable to me and, I'm sure, to other folks who find "space age" music interesting. I hope inspiring musicians visit your site to check out the resources you mentioned above! Have a great day! – Mark


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