One-Man Guitar Jam is ranked as the #1 Hot New Guitar Release on Once again, Nelson creates a unique approach to guitar instruction a first-ever lesson book on simultaneous performance of lead and rhythm guitar styles.

One-Man Guitar Jam looks to follow in the footsteps of Nelson’s other top-selling titles—Guitar Aerobics, Fretboard Freedom, and Rhythm Guitar 365—which have quickly become the go-to technique books for guitarists worldwide, garnering hundreds of 4- and 5-star reviews from happy players.

Learn the important art of self-accompaniment while soloing in blues, rock, jazz, country, and funk styles. Studying One-Man Guitar Jam will increase your ability to play chords and bass lines simultaneously, creating a robust, room-filling sound with just one person, rather than a full band. This title also covers scale and chord-voicing vocabulary, as well as rhythm, groove, and phrasing.

“The goal of One-Man Guitar Jam is to teach guitarists how to be self-sufficient. Instead of relying on a rhythm section, the guitarist will learn how to play rhythm and lead simultaneously. The book was a lot of fun to write, and I’m sure guitarists will have even more fun playing it!” says Nelson.

All titles are published by Milwaukee-based Hal Leonard Corporation, the largest print music publisher in the world. Accompanying music tracks, recorded by Nelson himself, are available for download or streaming at

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 (2014)

Troy Nelson’s titles are available at