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Fretboard Logic SE: Volumes I & II Combined [Paperback]

Bill Edwards
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Jan. 1 1998 0962477060 978-0962477065 Edition Not Stated
The Special Edition is Volumes I & II of the Fretboard Logic Series combined into a perfect bound presentation.

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Fretboard Logic SE: Volumes I & II Combined + Guitar Fretboard Workbook: A Complete System for Understanding the Fretboard For Acoustic or Electric Guitar + The Chord Wheel: The Ultimate Tool for All Musicians
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good enough Nov. 30 2003
By "ny92"
What is new in this book? Unfortunately, not much. I bought this book from the recommendations on What I was looking for is a fretboard trainer type of book, which would allow me to learn my fretboard thoroughly (as a type of exercise}. This book does not teach that. From my point of view, it would teach the reader to navigate the fretboard, but without improving your ability to read music and play it on the fretboard (How long can you fake being a musician without reading music?) ...
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2.0 out of 5 stars So-so July 25 2003
By A Customer
Not a bad guide to the underlying logic of the guitar fretboard. Very thorough, too. But if you want an easier, more concise, and practical guide (that I use as a performing musician and guitar instructor) that shows more concrete examples, try Fred Sokolow's Guitar Fretboard Road Maps. Edward's book is more useful for the intermediate guitarist (and beyond) who wants to deepen his understanding of the instrument (it won't improve your playing - Sokolow's will).
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5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it's supposed to do... May 14 2002
The book lays out a framework for understanding why the guitar is tuned the way it is, how chords can be found anywhere along the fretboard, and how to identify scales anywhere along the fretboard. It is appropriate for somebody with some experience with the instrument (barre chords are a must). If you are a rank beginner, this is not a good starting point. But, if you want to move beyond first position chords, if you want to understand the fretboard, and if you want to understand scales and why they are important, then this book is great. I use it as a stepping stone to more advanced tunes which require a deeper understanding of the fretboard. Think of this book as "Guitar Theory 101".
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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. Once you have this under your fingers then mess around with chord tones and chromatics, you will unleash your creativity on your instrument. It stopped me from flitting from pillar to post in my guitar playing. It is a great framework. Just look up the players that have been influenced by Bill Edward's layout...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A twist in the right direction May 25 2004
There are a lot of positive reviews for this book. Here's another one.
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.
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By Jim
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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, you have to set priorities and stick to them, so if you have patience, love the guitar and ask God to help you, who knows you may someday be the very best there is.

God bless all who try

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have April 12 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been playing classic guitar for 10+ years. I wish I had found this years ago.
This was just what I needed. Now I understand my instrument better and I'm a better musician because of it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get This Great Book - Disregard the Detractors Feb. 22 2004
Let me start off by saying that this book is unique, and because of that, it will probably always have detractors. I am writing to advise you not to pay any attention to them. There are thousands of books out there which teach guitar as if it is no different from a piano and I've bought an awful lot of them and wasted a lot of time.
The nay sayers seem to be attacking it in part because it gets rave reviews from readers. They seem to want to elevate themselves by putting down others, which is sad, but all too common. If I could, I'd ask them to produce credentials first, and then I'd ask how much effort they actually put into it. I'm pretty sure they are not household names in the field of guitar. A good example is the guy who felt slighted because Fretboard Logic didn't make him "master his guitar." Heh. That's funny and sad at the same time. To me that sounds like some kind of cart and horse situation where the horse is sitting back on his haunches waiting for a ride from the cart.
Let ME be clear - Fretboard Logic is the first book I have read which treats this unique instrument with the respect and detailed analysis it deserves. I am eternally grateful to the guy for taking the time and effort to put it together for the people like me who always wondered if there wasn't something missing from what my own teachers were teaching. After reading the Special Edition, I bought the entire series including the videos, and I'm glad I did. I will admit to having had to reread certain things a few times before it sunk in, but I usually have to do that anyway with any new stuff I'm learning - like with my pilots license, for example. And a lot of those books weren't even as well-written as Fretboard Logic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good way to get past the absolute beginner's stuff
This book does not tell you how to string or tune your guitar. It does not give you any "calisthenic" or finger-stretching exercises for your fretting hand, nor does it advise any... Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2010 by Daniel Silveyra Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing
As advertised, really opened my eyes, I feel like i've just learnt every possible chord and scale in just 1 reading
Published on July 10 2008 by GiantSquid69
3.0 out of 5 stars maybe better for other people
man i have to wonder what types of _other_ guitar books people have been reading all along to find this so revolutionary. Read more
Published on April 8 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of good ideas but not for people with small hands
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 more
Published on March 27 2004 by AS Atwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn to 'see' the guitar the way it's played
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 more
Published on March 22 2004 by Anne Speck
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Guitar book yet!
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much knowledge is assumed
Perhaps I just don't have the mental faculties for this book, but I am now looking for a very elementary music theory book so that one day Fret Logic might make sense. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Limited practical usefullness
I've been playing guitar for 7 years now and I've bought this book some years ago, thinking it would make me master my guitar, based on other reviews I've seen. Well... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by Christophe Keller
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