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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 1 edition (Nov. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793551641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793551644
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.6 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frak A. on Jan. 30 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the book all shredders dream off. It is well written and organised with an accompanying CD that demonstrates every exercise clearly without leaving you wondering what it is supposed to sound like.
The books will teach you how to build up your chops. Starts off with basic chromatic exercises and goes on to sweep picking, tapping and various other coveted shreddign techniques. I would highly recommend it for someone who is a fairly adept guitarist who wants to take his playing to the next level.
I've also had the opportunity to take lessons with Carl and believe me, this book couldn't have been written by a more accomplished guitarist. Imagine Van halen and Malmsteen rolled into one and you start to get the picture..
Carl is also a professional transcriber and has done tons of authorised guitar transcriptions for Hal Leonard, Warner Bros. and Cherry Lane.
Well done Carl on writing the perfect solo'ists guide and thanks for all your help.
Cheers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mivo on Jan. 26 2003
Format: Paperback
i have been through numerous method and technique books and this one is by far the best. The books starts off with some good chromatic exercises. The next section contains 37 linear scalar sequences that can be applied to any style of music, especially hard rock. From there, Carl introduces some three-note-per string patterns including major 2nd, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, and 6ths intervals. There are several indepth pentatonic sequences as well as some alternate arpeggios. Carl goes over in detail the correct way to apply sweep picking arpeggios into your musical ideas. Hybrid picking, legato, one handed arpeggios, tapping and bending are also covered in this extensive guide to building chops. There are over 200 exercises that are all on the CD that comes with the book. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to improve their technical facility and overcome physical barriers.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "zigote" on Nov. 14 2002
Format: Paperback
I have had this book for a few years now,
And I have not yet to go though all the exercises at a high tempo.
Also the CD helps a lot for people that can not grasp rhythm concepts. He demonstrates every example. I did take some lessons from Carl a few years ago at AIM [Atlanta Institute Of Atlanta] and he never got into this much detail about building this type of Technique.
To me this is a great book and well worth it.
Congrats Carl, On such a cool book, Can I get a hard back copy :-)
I still owe you a few drinks from the Malmsteen show. Thanks for everything. SeeYa
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
the ultimate source for building chops Jan. 26 2003
By Mivo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
i have been through numerous method and technique books and this one is by far the best. The books starts off with some good chromatic exercises. The next section contains 37 linear scalar sequences that can be applied to any style of music, especially hard rock. From there, Carl introduces some three-note-per string patterns including major 2nd, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, and 6ths intervals. There are several indepth pentatonic sequences as well as some alternate arpeggios. Carl goes over in detail the correct way to apply sweep picking arpeggios into your musical ideas. Hybrid picking, legato, one handed arpeggios, tapping and bending are also covered in this extensive guide to building chops. There are over 200 exercises that are all on the CD that comes with the book. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to improve their technical facility and overcome physical barriers.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Shredder's Manual Jan. 30 2003
By Frak A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the book all shredders dream off. It is well written and organised with an accompanying CD that demonstrates every exercise clearly without leaving you wondering what it is supposed to sound like.
The books will teach you how to build up your chops. Starts off with basic chromatic exercises and goes on to sweep picking, tapping and various other coveted shreddign techniques. I would highly recommend it for someone who is a fairly adept guitarist who wants to take his playing to the next level.
I've also had the opportunity to take lessons with Carl and believe me, this book couldn't have been written by a more accomplished guitarist. Imagine Van halen and Malmsteen rolled into one and you start to get the picture..
Carl is also a professional transcriber and has done tons of authorised guitar transcriptions for Hal Leonard, Warner Bros. and Cherry Lane.
Well done Carl on writing the perfect solo'ists guide and thanks for all your help.
Cheers.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Technique only April 12 2008
By Mr. Doom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book itself will tell you this information, and its clearly in the title-this is all about technique, theory gets the boot.If thats what your looking for then from what Ive already got out of this book I can say you will enjoy this.

The early chapters will tread some familiar ground if you know some scales and basic finger strengthening exercises.But even early on t has some interesting ideas that might make you improve your dexterity so dont skip by them. The chapter on sweep picking is one Im currently working on and has some ways of picking that seem unlike what others would teach, and work very well for making you think in a different way.

Theres also chapters on linear scale movement, chicken picken,alternate picking arpeggios, tapping,bending and legato.Thats a great variety, and if I had been at a slightly lower level of playing, would have found this to be an even greater deal.I plan on going through the whole book regardless, it simply cant hurt.Right now Im just filling in the gaps of my technique.

Problems I encounter with this book include the cd and how its tracks are arranged.There are too many exercises per track- there are hundreds of exercises crammed into 18 tracks.If you are jumping back into the book and happen to be in the middle of a chapter, its a bit annoying to scan by ten or more tracks to get to what you need. Some of the exercises arent organized well either.One pattern is sometimes broken down into three different sections, which are the same pattern just repeated on tab for one or more bars.It seems like a waste of space when it could have simply said"now, repeat this bar".But thats just me nitpicking.

If any of the above mentioned skills are something you need help in,get the book.For the price you can grab it easily, and as long as you go at a good pace I cant see you not improving.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Book is great, CD is a mess Jan. 1 2009
By M. Dix - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for lots of ideas on how to build chops then this book rates at 5 stars. It is really fantastic.

What is not good is the CD for all of the reasons already mentioned, especially how several excerises are put into a single track. This means you have to use the fast forward of your CD player to get to the right location. CD player's fast forward features are bad.

The playing on the CD is not good. Whoever is playing guitar makes too many mistakes to count. There is even playing where extra notes on other strings are hit by mistake. Almost every excercise from 60 and on has some sort of buzzed or mis-picked note. Very sloppy. Sorry to say that whoever is playing here needs to spend more time practicing.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Terrifying Technique June 27 2008
By L. Rahmaan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As the title reads "Terrifying Techique" it delivers. This is a great book to add to your daily guitar studies. I have noticed steady improvement in my playing in a short amount of time. There are some cool chromatic, picking, and arpeggio exercises. Sweeps are simplified and broken into smaller patterns, which I have found helpful in building clean technique. This is a good guild for strengthening chops.


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