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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Musicians Institute Press; 1 edition (Aug. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634049011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634049019
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.6 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven Stathatos on Jan. 18 2004
Format: Paperback
I have read countless testimonials about guitar books that guarantee results I never was able to achieve. This book actually delivered for me, and it has done so in a big way. My ambition, which previously eluded me entirely, has been to become fluent on the fretboard--to be able to improvise, follow changes, structure complex chords on the fly and the like. I tried so long in vain I decided I must just lack the necessary ability.
This book changed all that for me. I am doing things now I only dreamed of before. I don't know how the author figured it out, but he has come up with a way to communicate an understanding of music and the fretboard to both your head and, probably more important, your hands. Simple things like combining diagram exercises and playing, reinforced by having you speak the information out loud, really work to imprint the material on your fingers. The book walks you one step at a time, fairly painlessly, from simple to very complex. This thing is a gold mine. No kidding.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott Houghton on Jan. 24 2004
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If you are a guitarist, beginner or advanced, this book will take your playing to another level. In addition to being easy to read (with a little humor thrown in), it may reinvent the way you think about the fretboard. If you are a guitar teacher, it will be an invaluable tool for your students. I've been playing for 16 years, and this book helped get me off the plateau I've been on for a long time. I plan on buying more of this guy's books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E Scott on Jan. 13 2004
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This is one of the best books I've ever read for guitar. I have always had trouble finding my way around the fretbaord, but after working with this book I have no trouble at all. There are so many helpful tips and exercises that you can't help but become ultra fluent on guitar. And unlike most books, the material in this book is presented in a manner that is easy to understand. It's all connected perfectly, instead of YOU having to piece things together. I would recomend this book to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "wm_burke" on Dec 8 2003
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I have been using this book with my students since Barrett started putting together the opening chapters. I first used it with my advanced students, those who already had some experience with the 5 patterns of major scales. Immediately they returned saying that it helped them understand the scales and visualize the fretboard more easily.
Having my students walk in with diagrams of scales and intervals for me to check has been an incredible reversal of roles. Normally I would draw diagrams for them to study and play. Going over a chapter and sending them home to complete and play the exercises gets the student involved in a way that the normal draw, demonstrate, "see ya' next week" cycle never really reaches. It gives the student an opportunity to take home and digest the information that was normally only available during the lesson.
Teaching people to operate a guitar and teaching music on a guitar are almost completely different tasks. I found the first six chapters to be very helpful when initiating beginner and intermediate students into the world beyond the 3rd fret and power chords. There is something in this book for nearly anyone interested in knowing how to play the guitar.
If you are an instructor you will find the comprehensive, organized approach very thorough and focused. If you are self-studying the instrument or a student seeking more than just another tabbed-out solo this is a book you can keep coming back to throughout your journey. I highly recommend it.
Billy Burke
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By From the Musician's Pen TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 5 2009
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It's not for the beginner, but once students have some experience playing open chords, simple melodies, simple scales shapes and some tab, it's the next logical solution --- get them to learn the neck of the guitar and see how the moveable shapes are connected. It gives information and worksheets together in one package, but students will most likely need to go through this with a teacher.

It covers: naming notes in all positions up the neck; whole and half steps on single strings and across strings; octave patterns across strings; major, minor, and pentatonic scales patterns; intervals and compound intervals on the neck; arpeggios (includes extensions) patterns; other common chords, scales and modes. It's all useful stuff to players.

Warning - Getting through this material takes time and thought. Students who just wanna learn the next tab riff from Guitar Hero will never have the patience to do this (and consequently never improve much). A serious student will appreciate learning this... and once you get it, it's for life!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Just passin trough on June 22 2008
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A very good book. I did not need to go far in the book to begin learning. It is a thin little book but not one you will go though easily. It is a workbook that requires attention and will probably take me a year to go through. I have been playing guitar for about 20 years and I regret not thinking of looking for such a book earlier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Paquette on Oct. 29 2008
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If you are anything like me, you have read countless books on theory and while you seem to "get it" from reading the printed text, you find it difficult to connect all the dots and actually apply it to your playing. So you end up relying on your ear and memory without really understanding why you are playing what you are playing and where you should go next. The result may be ok, but imagine what you "could" do and how exponential your playing could be if you actually could apply some theory. I figured if i read enough books that sooner or later it would start to sink in and hopefully one day the "light bulb" would go on and it would all start to make sense. This is the book that did it for me. That by no means, makes me an accomplished player overnight, but I now have a renewed sense of optimism of where I will be in a year from now. I wouldnt say im a beginner, but most players progress to the pentatonics and then tend to drift around for a while. This book will take you to the next level. If you are a beginner it is essential foundation stuff. Are you confused with different authors definitions/descriptions of shapes vs patterns vs boxes etc etc? If so, buy this book and follow the basic shapes through the various scales and it will all begin to "gel" in your mind to the point where you will be able to readily identify them on the fretboard due to logic rather than memory alone. This may not be the most fun book in my collection, but it is the best book. Be prepared to practice though, its a workbook not a songbook.
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