The Special Edition is Volumes I & II of the Fretboard Logic Series combined into a perfect bound presentation.
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.
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.
Some of these Amazon flamers apparently don't understand what they are reading very well.Read more ›
Thank goodness I found this book before things got so infuriating I quit. I wonder for how many people that's happened. Bill Edwards presents the fretboard as something that, purposely or miraculously, makes sense. Understanding the system prevents you from getting lost or feeling that everything you do right is luck; it allows you to manipulate the guitar. I bought the Special Edition (Fretboard Logic SE), and I would definitely recommend anyone else doing the same. The first book is good, but you'll want more, and I think that on it's own its not enough. I am now on the third book, which is also very helpful.
Make no mistakes, this book isn't a gimmick. You won't be a singer/songwriter by the end, you won't have a catalogue of songs, you won't speak french in 30 days, shed 90% of your body fat, lose 10 years of wrinkles and blemishes... This book just shows you how to make sense of the fretboard, and it is the most effective way I've experienced or heard of (I had two other popular guitar books, and have put up with endless stories of friends' failed guitar lessons). It will help you in leaps and bounds, but nothing can *make* you a guitar player.Read more ›