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

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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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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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahh, that's why it's tuned that way. March 24 2003
In a world of quick fixes, I'm somewhat surprised at the almost universal acclaim of this text. Maybe the word 'logic' in the title guards the gate. The author takes a unique approach to explain the the guitar's standard tuning. If you've ever wondered why the standard tuning is what it is, then this book is successful in explaining its ergonomic advantages. Expanding these forms to interconnected box patterns is also well done.
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.
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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 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best guitar book ever published. June 6 2002
I have been playing the guitar for two years now and thought I was making good progress until I tried to play with other experienced guitar players. I realized that I had a long way to go about mastering the guitar. Rather than really learning the guitar, I was just practicing songs and thinking real progress was being made. Promptly after my failed attempt of playing with my experienced friends, I bought this book and the light came on. I mean, it was like an explosion that lifted me to an entirely different level. I have never learned so much from any book Ive ever read - and Ive read a lot of books. All of the others are difficult to follow and assume that the reader is familiar with profound guitar theory knowledge. Edwards, on the other hand, takes all of the confusion and hones in on the most fundamental aspects of the guitar. The CAGED method is absolutely the best way to learn the guitar. If you follow this book from page one and really work on it, you will begin to notice drastic improvements and everything will begin to make sense - I mean, you will have an epiphany one day and say, "I've got it!" I have never written a review for a book until now - this is how strongly I feel about the knowledge you will take away from this book. Best guitar book ever published.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a great framework. Just look up the players that have ...
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Chris Shoreman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for someone wanting to really learn the guitar
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 more
Published 2 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
I have been playing classic guitar for 10+ years. I wish I had found this years ago.
This was just what I needed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by siavash rezaei
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Get This Great Book - Disregard the Detractors
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by "cobia51"
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