Guitar Fretboard Workbook: A Complete System for Understanding the Fretboard For Acoustic or Electric Guitar Paperback – Aug 1 2003
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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!
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.
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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It really does teach you your way around the fretboard like no other book has done!Published 5 months ago by Jimbo Slice
Great value with a lot of exercises to practice that will make you learn the neck.Published 11 months ago by Serge Allatrd
Very well organized, structured and explained. When you are reading you think it's a teacher that is talking to you. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Adamas
This is really a great book. It covers all the basics of guitar music theory and does so in a way that gives you a solid foundation to build on. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chris Turner