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Fretboard Logic SE: Volumes I & II Combined Paperback – Jan 1 1998
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Brilliant. -- John Holly Denver CO
Fretboard Logic is The Best!! -- C.J. Hamwyk Delft Netherlands
I cant express the excitement I feel as I am getting to understand the guitar fretboard in a very real sense. My musical goals are now within reach and I have a way of getting there. At some point, while working through the second book, I will start putting together chord solos and working on finding a voice and style of my own... I decided to learn everything you offer in your books. Everything in your books has a useful purpose and I thank you for it. The comments from other customers in your books are NOT an exaggeration, they are right on target. -- Tony Beltram Columbus Hts. MN
I just received your books, and I want you to know they are intensely appreciated. Ive been playing almost 30 years, and Ive got all kinds of books and videos, but these books mean more to me than all that other [expletive deleted]. Ive had teachers but I learn best on my own. Have you studied systems analysis? Im a scientist and these books are presented in a way that I would have if I knew the material. I wish Id had these 15 years ago when my fingers werent so stiff. Why arent these books in every music store in America? -- Michael Fitzgerald Waukeegan IL
I see the greatness of these books and I understand what you are doing. And I thank you. Its a good thing you're doing. -- Bob Savage, Friendsville MD
I thought Volume I was excellent. It fills in gaps in my fretboard knowledge. I wish I'd had this 25 years ago. -- David Tyra Terre Haute IN
I would like to say that I've spent more money on guitar lesson books than I have on all my guitar equipment put together. If FRETBOARD LOGIC and FRETBOARD LOGIC II were available when I first started playing guitar I would have saved a lot of money. FRETBOARD LOGIC and FRETBOARD LOGIC II are the best instruction books I own, they are very easy to understand and very well put together. I would recommend these books to everybody from beginner to advanced players. -- Scott Spaulding Virginia Beach VA
The claims were outrageous, the quotes unbelievable and I thought it just can't be that simple. Now I am feeling sorry for anyone who hasn't gotten your books. They honestly advanced me years beyond where I'm at. Thank you. P.S. Why doesn't everyone know about this? -- Rev. Garth Heckman Madison WI
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I've been playing on and off for 16 years. Took lessons a long time ago and have read countless books on the subject. Nothing comes close to accomplishing what this book did for me in 2 days.
I am familiar with music theory but on a very basic level. I never commmited certain things to memory (modes, circle of 5ths) but I can name the notes on the fretboard.
I had never heard of the CAGED method but was quite used to viewing chords as patterns on the neck as opposed to individual notes. This book took that fact and explained it in a way that had me playing all over the neck after ONE night studying it.
It will show you how there are only a few basic chord SHAPES that when played in a certain order will repeat themselves moving up the neck. For me, seeing this fact instantly opened my eyes to the layout of the fretboard and has given me the knowledge to greatly improve my playing because I can now move all over the neck and hit the right chords in ways that allow for easier soloing around them.
Some comment that this book is no substitute for conventional theory education. I'll agree to that (especially if you will be playing with assorted musicians) but firmly believe that there is also no substitute to this book and the method it lays out.
Everyone learns at a different pace and some things 'click' better for some people. For me, the CAGED method in two nights completely changed how I view the instrument, and has allowed my playing to open up considerably.
I think how well you are able to apply this information might depend on whether or not you approach the guitar in terms of patterns or not. What I mean is, do you primarily see an open D as a constellation that looks like an arrow pointing to the right or do you see A, D, A, D, and F# in first position? If you see the former (the constellation), this book may provide a framework to link together your 'constellations'. If nothing else, it can help you get out of the movable E and A form rut. I still work from this book a couple times a week and the word 'work' is probably worthy of note. The book can unlock the door but can't make the journey for you.
For the price you can hardly go wrong if you are, at least an advanced beginner or intermediate player. It's worth it to have the light bulb go on and think, "gee, this is a logical ergonomic design", but don't expect to necessarily make an immediate quantum leap in your playing.
I'm not sure this would be a good beginning book unless you have an instructor to help you apply the method. You should be able to play barre chords and note that some of the ones in the CAGED sequence require a pretty good finger stretch, especially the movable G form.
These are all important things, and you need to know something about them to get the most out of the book. If you Google any of them you should be fine.
What this book _does_ tell you is how to view the fretboard as a small, recurring set of patterns (known as the CAGED system). It will guide you in understanding the major chords and major scales in terms of this simple system. After you get the hang of that, it will tell you how to adjust these patterns in order to get all the other kinds of chords and scales.
The book is relatively well written, and is meant to be read over slowly. The diagrams and exercises are straightforward, and the pace is very manageable. You need discipline to get something out of it, but I suppose that you were prepared for that if you meant to teach yourself to play out of a book.
In short, this book is very useful in understanding music theory _as applied to the guitar_. It will not really teach you about music theory in general - so if you want to play mostly classical pieces or compose using sheet music, you will also need a book on this. However, if you just want to understand the instrument and the entire toolbox of harmony and melody it affords you, this is a fantastic time-saving method.
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Take your time and work through these volumes rather than learning tabs to song after song. You will understand the guitar and be able to develop and analyze any style you wish. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chris Shoreman
This is truly a great book, well written and easy to understand, the problem is not with the book, it's with me, I get side tracked easily and get involved in too many projects,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jim
I have been playing classic guitar for 10+ years. I wish I had found this years ago.
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As advertised, really opened my eyes, I feel like i've just learnt every possible chord and scale in just 1 readingPublished on July 10 2008 by GiantSquid69
man i have to wonder what types of _other_ guitar books people have been reading all along to find this so revolutionary. Read morePublished on April 8 2004
Fretboard Logic SE is a valuable book and you'll understand a great deal more about the logic of the guitar's tuning and fret system within the first few pages but if you have... Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by AS Atwood
Most music is taught from a piano mentality... a long string of notes stretching from too low to sing to too high to sing. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Anne Speck
I have been working with fretboard logic for almost six months now. My playing has improved dramatically. I highly reccomend it.Published on March 1 2004 by J. Ippolito
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